John Henry Foster Introduces A&RS
Single source industrial automation solution for delivering turnkey projects from start to finish
Eagan, Minnesota, July 6, 2022 – John Henry Foster Minnesota, Inc. (JHFoster), a value-added distributor of electrical and pneumatic parts and accessories, compressed air systems and robotics, has formed a new engineering firm called Automation and Robotics Solutions (A&RS) located in Des Moines, Iowa.
A&RS offers a fully automated process solution through their engineering and consultative services, specializing in the design, build and installation of industrial automated control systems and integration of robotic systems for clients nationally. Their team of experts have an extensive background in machine and panel shop work with years of experience designing, building, and starting up automated solutions for customers in a wide-variety of industries. They provide a single source solution for delivering turnkey projects from start to finish.
A&RS will join our JHFoster Automation Group of companies including Sensors Incorporated and Sensors Integration led by Tim Swedberg, Sr. Vice President, and will maintain its market facing operated independence, while simultaneously benefiting from the expanded capabilities offered by JHFoster.
“We saw a great opportunity introducing A&RS to the JHFoster group of companies”, Nicholas W. Martino, JHFoster CEO and President. “The purpose of this company is to add additional automated expertise and support that encourages our own internal growth needs of our Automation and Robotics Group, and add additional product offerings to our expanding customer base.”
A&RS will continue to operate locally and nationally, and remain at its headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. JHFoster will continue to operate in its five-state territory, and from its main location in Eagan, MN.
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About John Henry Foster Minnesota
Founded in 1938, JHFoster designs and customizes products and solutions to automate manufacturing applications for companies in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa. 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.
JHFoster was acquired 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 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 our territories.
Experienced at delivering turnkey projects from start to finish, including designing and building applications, integrating equipment, hardware, and solutions, A&RS works with specifications and utilizes their own programmers who customize projects where needed. The design team develops project concepts and 3D drawings for mechanical projects, assembly stations, robotics cells, material handling and palletizing cells for many industries providing a single source solution.
A&RS operates out of a 30,000-square foot facility with 9,000-square feet dedicated to an industrial control panel shop that is UL 508a certified and allows A&RS to provide parts and labor. It also creates space for part machining and steel fabrication to allow A&RS to develop a solution for proof of concept. This allows for part modification, bracket fabrication and prototype design testing.