John Henry Foster Acquires the Distribution Business of Motion Tech Automation

Monday, December 14, 2020 – John Henry Foster Minnesota, Inc. (JHFoster) announced today that it acquired the distribution business of Motion Tech Automation (MTA) in Oakdale, Minnesota. This acquisition of Motion Tech Distribution (MTD) expands John Henry Foster’s product offerings and enhances the organization with an increased ability to more broadly serve customers and compete in the automation, robotics and compressed air marketplace.  

JHFoster provides compressed air systems and automation solutions collectively, allowing a unique collaboration with both the supply and demand sides of compressed air systems while also offering value-added engineering, design services, installation and warranty expertise, and continued support from certified technicians after the sale.

Through the merger, customers will experience a more diversified product portfolio with access to the best automation, robotics and compressed air technology on the market today. Additionally, more vendor partnerships will provide the right solutions for customer applications. With the addition of the MTD team from their distribution business, JHFoster expands their existing highly-experienced team committed to providing the best customer service experience and product knowledge.

“With the acquisition and integration of MTD within the JHFoster family, we are excited about the product breadth and depth that will complement the well-established lines we already provide.  This expanded capability will not only serve our current customer base but will also enhance our ability to upsell and cross sell our products and services to the customers that MTD services”, said Nick Martino, CEO. “As we continue to explore expanding our reach into our served geographies, expanded product offerings will be critical to differentiating us from other distributors in the territory, and enables JHFoster to remain as the preferred supplier of choice for our customers automation, air and robotics needs”.

JHFoster was purchased by High Road Capital Partners in May of 2019, and is committed to implementing organic and acquisitive growth strategies that uniquely enhance the company in its served geographies. JHFoster will continue operations in Eagan, Minnesota, with an advanced robotics design and training facility and UL 508A-certified control panel shop also in Eagan, and offices in Hiawatha, Iowa and Fargo, North Dakota. In addition to a full mobile service team with substantial stock of inventory serving Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas.

MTA started in 1987 as a manufacturing representative of motion control technology and has grown into a full-service motion control leader. They will maintain their brand and continue business with a focus on manufacturing, but have sold their distribution business to John Henry Foster Minnesota.

The acquisition closed on Monday, December 14, 2020. We are committed to supporting our customers throughout this transition. For comments or questions, please contact us.

Motion Tech Automation

Since starting as a manufacturing representative of motion control technology in 1987, Motion Tech Automation has steadily grown into a full-service motion control leader. Their focus has been on accelerating growth in the areas of motion technology, supply chain management and/or complete product development solutions. Headquartered in Oakdale, Minnesota, MTA became a full-service distributor of motion control technology while offering a full range of value-add manufacturing services that focuses on minimizing production costs and lead times to maximize ROI.

John Henry Foster Minnesota

Founded in 1938, John Henry Foster Minnesota (JHFoster) is a leading value-added distributor of motion control parts and accessories, compressed air systems, collaborative robots, industrial robotics, and electrical automation products. JHFoster customizes products and solutions to automate manufacturing applications for companies in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa. The company is headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota, with an advanced robotics design and training facility and UL 508A-certified control panel shop also in Eagan, a facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Fargo, North Dakota, and a fully-equipped team of mobile service technicians throughout the five-state area.