Aeroglide Corp. has acquired National Drying Machinery Co.

Aeroglide has expanded its product line and market reach with the acquisition of National Drying Machinery Co., a maker of industrial dryers such as this one.
Aeroglide Corp., a Raleigh, N.C., supplier of thermal processing equipment, has acquired National Drying Machinery Co. in Phila- delphia. Combining the two brands gives the group a position in virtually every segment to which they supply thermal processing equipment.

Founded in 1940, Aeroglide supplies industrial dryers, ovens, roasters and coolers for such products as pet food, ready-to-eat breakfast cereals, snacks, nuts, industrial rubber, charcoal and synthetic polymers. The company also is known for sanitary design and as specialists in the science of airflow and heat transfer.

Eighty-year-old National provides dryers and dehydration equipment for synthetic fiber and nonwoven industries, textile, French fry, fruit-and-vegetable, and chemical industries.

The acquisition, which comes less than two years after Aeroglide purchased Food Engineering Corp., Minneapolis, expands the company's ability to serve customers in a wide range of markets.

“This marriage between these two world-class suppliers makes sense due to the tremendous synergies in terms of design and market coverage,” said J. Fredrick Kelly Jr., Aeroglide president and CEO. National's dryer designs “minimize shipping and shop-assembly costs, and complement our existing fully-shop-assembled dryer designs,” he said.