Midwest Industrial Rubber Acquires Jerry Brothers Industries

ST. LOUIS, MO – Midwest Industrial Rubber (MIR), a leading fabricator and distributor of lightweight conveyor belting and related components, has acquired Jerry Brothers Industries (JBI), a distributor of conveyor belting with two locations in Richmond, VA and Charlotte, NC.  Founded in 1905, JBI is one of the industry’s most recognizable brands. 

“We are delighted to welcome Mandy Lushch, Mike Barker and the entire Jerry Brothers team to MIR,” said Brian McSharry, CEO of MIR.  “This strategic acquisition expands both our geographical footprint in the Virginia and North Carolina regions and our capabilities in attractive end markets.  The opportunity to not only leverage Jerry Brothers’ leading position within these markets, but also bring MIR’s product portfolio and group expertise to Jerry Brothers, will allow our customers to further consolidate their purchasing needs.  This acquisition is another significant step in our growth strategy, which calls for us to continue to be as close as we can be to our customers.”

“The JBI team prides itself on providing belting solutions that increase our customers’ profits, and we are excited to be able to offer expanded capabilities as a part of MIR,” said Mandy Lushch, president of Jerry Brothers.  “Additionally, MIR’s culture aligns with our own.  We began as a family business in the early 1900s and have worked hard to maintain that family-owned atmosphere throughout the years.  We believe in investing in our workforce, embracing the creativity of our diverse team, and conducting all business with integrity. MIR shares these same values.  Teaming up with MIR will help JBI fulfill its growth potential in our rapidly expanding marketplace, while maintaining our core values of respect for employees and exemplary customer care.” 

This is MIR’s fourth acquisition in 2018 and adds two new locations, bringing the company’s national footprint to 25 sales and service locations.  

Founded in January 1980, Midwest Industrial Rubber, Inc. is a privately-owned corporation specializing in the fabrication and distribution of conveyor belting and industrial conveyor products. The company provides value-added products and services through their more than 20 full-service sales and fabrication facilities and satellite locations across the United States.

MIR Acquires Van Con Inc., Expanding its Presence into Michigan

ST. LOUIS, MO –Midwest Industrial Rubber (“MIR”), a leading fabricator and distributor of lightweight conveyor belting and related components, has acquired Van Con, Inc. (“Van Con”), a distributor of conveyor belting for the automotive industry based outside of Detroit, Michigan.

“We are delighted to welcome Kerry and all the employees of Van Con to MIR. This strategic acquisition expands our geographical footprint in to the Michigan region and expands our capabilities in the automotive end market. The opportunity to not only leverage Van Con’s leading position within automotive across the MIR network, but also bring MIR’s product portfolio and group expertise to Van Con will allow our customers to further consolidate their purchasing needs. “This is a significant step in our growth strategy of being closer to our customer’,” Brian McSharry, CEO of MIR, said.

Van Con President Kerry McConnell said, “We are very happy to become the latest company to join MIR. We can now expand our capabilities to our customers in the region with access to the wealth of manufacturing and expert resources that MIR has to offer.”

This is MIR’s third acquisition this year. 

Founded in January 1980, Midwest Industrial Rubber, Inc. is a privately-owned corporation specializing in the fabrication and distribution of conveyor belting and industrial conveyor products. The company provides value-added products and services through their more than 20 full-service sales and fabrication facilities and satellite locations across the United States.

MIR Completes Acquisition of Conveyor Belting Supply in Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN – Midwest Industrial Rubber (MIR), the nation’s premier independent specialty fabricator and distributor of conveyor belts and conveyor accessories, is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Conveyor Belting Supply (CBS). As of February 23, 2018, the company and its assets will now operate as MIR, Inc.

Located in Maple Grove, MN, Conveyor Belting Supply was established by Jim Roufs and John Engfer in 2005. “We found that the team at MIR shares our same values: a customer-centric approach based on trust, responsiveness and reliability. Those qualities have been built on a foundation of excellent service, depth of expertise and a willingness to stay until the customer is satisfied,” said Jim Roufs.

The merger continues to expand MIR’s reach and nationwide footprint, as well as the ability to provide a wider array of products, services and resources to its customers. “We are excited to bring the CBS team onboard. Their consistent and unwavering customer dedication will be enhanced by the resources of MIR. This acquisition will also allow MIR to rapidly expand into Minnesota and the Dakotas’” said Mike Bruhn, CEO of MIR.

Founded in January 1980, Midwest Industrial Rubber, Inc. is a privately-owned corporation specializing in the fabrication and distribution of lightweight conveyor belting and industrial conveyor products. The company provides value-added products and services through their more than 20 full-service sales and fabrication facilities and satellite locations across the United States.