RG Group announces distribution and integration partnership with Doosan Robotics.
April 11, 2019
York, PA – Rich Freeh, President and CEO of RG Group, headquartered in York, PA, announced the agreement with a global leader in collaborative robots, Doosan Robotics, to be the first to integrate their collaborative robot lines in the United States, specifically throughout the Mid-Atlantic states.
Doosan Robotics offers COBOTs that can be useful in different industries and processes ranging from assembly and inspection to gluing and packaging. Armed with the world’s most diversified lineup of collaborative robots that boast high-performance torque sensors and the industry-leading collision detection technology, Doosan Robotics aims to become a leading player in the world’s COBOT market, which is expected to grow exponentially in the era of the fourth Industrial Revolution. Rich Freeh, President and CEO of RG Group, commented, “It’s not often we have the opportunity to partner with a premier global brand and launch the newest and best technology in collaborative robotics. We are honored to be the Mid-Atlantic partner for the Doosan collaborative robotic product offering. The growth in the collaborative space is amazing and we have an opportunity to aggressively grow our market share with Doosan as a vendor partner.”
Patrick Gross, VP of Business Development for Robotics and Flexible Outsourced Manufacturing said, “We are extremely excited about our partnership with Doosan. While our companies reside on opposite sides of the world, our cultures are quite similar. Both companies emphasize integrity, dedication to our people, dedication to our customers and emphasis on world class technology and innovation.”
“After in-depth analysis of Doosan’s collaborative robotic offering we have decided it’s the right move for our company. It’s truly an honor to be Doosan’s first partner in the United States. I look forward to many years of mutual success between both organizations.”
RG Group acquires The Proud Company
February 4, 2019
York, PA –Rich Freeh, President and CEO of RG Group, headquartered in York, PA, announced today the acquisition of The Proud Company, an industrial automation solution provider located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 4, 2019.
The Proud CompanyThe Proud Company, founded in 1993, is a leading provider of industrial automation products and services. For over 26 years, The Proud Company has specialized in helping customers increase their productivity and profitability through the application and supply of emerging technologies. The Proud Company’s automation offerings include robotics, machine and process control, machine vision, embedded computing and IIOT solutions. By intelligently combining state-of-the-art technology and manufacturing expertise, The Proud Company has built a reputation as an innovative partner willing and able to tackle the most challenging automation applications.
Rich Freeh, President and CEO of RG Group, commented, “The Proud Company is an ideal strategic fit for our growth-oriented automation market segment. The combination of strong global brands and technical expertise will dramatically strengthen our automation-based solutions. Our acquisition strategy focuses on adding specialized business partners with experience and expertise in a variety of distribution and turnkey solutions like The Proud Company. In addition, adding another Pittsburgh-based business strengthens our overall market presence in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. We look for a competitive advantage in our acquisitions. With Proud, it’s a very talented sales and engineering team combined with great brands. What more can we ask for in a business partner?”
Patrick Gross, VP of Robotics and Automation, commented, “I sincerely believe this will be a fantastic next step for Proud, RG and our respective customer bases. In recent years it’s been my pleasure to collaborate with the Proud organization on various projects. The culture of our two organizations is a match. The Proud Company’s reputation in the robotics and automation segment is stellar. Our goal is to continue to develop automation services as a core competency at RG Group. I am confident in saying that this arrangement will help us continue to do that in a big way.”
Randy Gross, Executive Chairman of RG Group, commented, “I am excited to add the Proud automation team to our business model. We are firm believers in the acquisition model, and Proud, as an automation service provider, is a core market strategic fit for us, adding value for our stakeholders, customers, vendor partners and our associates. We are very pleased to have Mark and his team join our business.”
Mark Proud, President of The Proud Company said, “I believe RG Group was the ideal fit for us. The cultures of the businesses are very similar. RG is also committed to growing their footprint in the automation business and sees the value of The Proud Company brand and market strategy. They also understand both the distribution and our value-added automation service segment. Like The Proud Company, RG is also committed to providing an exceptional customer experience and our combined customers will now have access to additional products and service offerings as we grow the Proud Automation Division together.”
Terms of the purchase were not disclosed.
The Proud Company, founded in 1993, is a leading provider of industrial automation products and services. For over 26 years, The Proud Company has specialized in helping customers increase their productivity and profitability through the application and supply of emerging technologies. The Proud Company’s automation offerings include robotics, machine and process control, machine vision, embedded computing and IIOT solutions. By intelligently combining state-of-the-art technology and manufacturing expertise, The Proud Company has built a reputation as an innovative partner willing and able to tackle the most challenging automation applications.
RG Group announces integration partnership with FANUC America Corporation
November 21, 2018
York, PA – Rich Freeh, President and CEO of RG Group, headquartered in York, PA, announced the agreement with the global leader in industrial robots, FANUC America, to integrate their industrial robot lines throughout the US.
FANUC is the global leader in automation for manufacturing, with innovative product lines that are world-renowned for driving customers to be more efficient, reliable and more profitable. FANUC produces the widest range of CNC Systems, factory automation and industrial robots with over 100 models. Their products support an extensive range of industries and applications, from aerospace and alternative energy to food/beverage, plastics and medical/ pharmaceutical. FANUC customers include the Jacksonville Jaguars, JTEKT Automotive, Ferrara Candy, Unilever and many others.
Rich Freeh, President and CEO of RG Group, commented, “We could not be prouder to add the FANUC brand to our growing portfolio of Global Robotic partners. We can now offer our customers complete automation solutions, from pick and place to collaborative and industrial robotics all delivered and deployed with a world-class service model.”
Patrick Gross, VP of Business Development for Robotics and Flexible Outsourced Manufacturing said, “The Fanuc organization brings robotic market dominance to the RG Group. They are and have been the leader in the industrial robotics marketplace for years. As a leadership team we collectively feel that Fanuc rounds out our automation offering, giving us the ability to provide every possible solution to our current and future customers looking to automate.”
RG Group Acquires Morse Fluid Technologies
June 7, 2018
York, PA – Rich Freeh, CEO of RG Group, headquartered in York, PA, announced today the acquisition of Morse Fluid Technologies in Ramsey, New Jersey on June 7, 2018.
Morse Fluid Technologies, founded in 1970 is a leading provider of fluid processing and conveyance components and application engineered solutions. MFT has established long-term strategic distribution partnerships with world-class manufacturers for the medical device and life science, biopharmaceutical, semiconductor, high purity and water filtration markets, as well as factory automation and material handling. MFT has a rich history of providing key global customers with consulting and supply chain solutions ranging from product concept, market studies, FDA validation, focus and advocacy groups, packaging and sterilization.
Rich Freeh, President and CEO of RG Group, commented, “The combination of Morse Fluid Technologies and RG Group is a perfect fit for our goal of providing technical trusted expertise in our target markets to our premier customers. This really strengthens our ability to provide pneumatic, electronics and process products and services to our regional medical and bio-pharma customer base. The combination of RG and MFT offers our vendor partners and customers both distribution and manufacturing services and increases our market share in the New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware markets. We could not be more pleased to offer the combined synergistic strength of both companies as a singular solution to our customers. We look for companies that have a demonstrated history of strong long-term relationships with both vendors and customers, and MFT checks all the boxes for us.”
Randy Gross, Executive Chairman of RG Group, commented, “I am excited to add the Morse Fluid Technologies team to our business model. We are firm believers in the acquisition model, and MFT is a core market strategic fit for us, adding value for our stakeholders, customers, vendor partners and our associates. We are very pleased to have Bruce and his team join our business.”
Bruce Ford, President of Morse Fluid Technologies said, “I believe RG Group was the best fit for us. The cultures of the businesses are very similar. RG understands the value of the Morse Fluid Technologies brand and market strategy, and they understand distribution and our value-added manufacturing service segment. RG also is committed to providing an exceptional customer experience and the MFT customers will now have access to a much broader product and service offering as we grow the Morse Fluid Technologies Division together. Most importantly, our long-term commitment to core values and the value of long-term relationships with key customers are shared by both companies'”
RG Group Acquires Fluid Component Services
August 1, 2016
York, PA – RG Group announced today the acquisition of Fluid Component Services.
Fluid Component ServicesFounded in 1985, FCS is a technical service provider to the Energy, Marine and Industrial markets. Fluid Component Services has built a quality reputation for engineering, manufacturing, installation and servicing of hydraulic and pneumatic systems and sub-systems. With an experienced, dedicated field service team, FCS provides custom preventative maintenance, installation and troubleshooting services to Marine and Industrial customers on a national level.
The FCS division of RG Group will provide complete field service and installation to regional customers and to key markets on a national basis. The combination of RG and FCS offers both distribution services and engineering and manufacturing strength in the West Virginia, Virginia and Western Pennsylvania geographical markets. READ MORE
RG Group Acquires Asdec
May 2, 2016
Rich Freeh, President and CEO of RG Group, headquartered in York, PA, announced the acquisition of Asdec, Inc. located in Souderton, Pennsylvania on May 2, 2016.
Asdec, Inc. Founded in 1986, Asdec is an automation and pneumatic distributor specializing in the pharmaceutical and medical markets in the Mid-Atlantic region. Asdec has built a solid reputation for providing customers with technical knowledge and automation expertise with a commitment to excellent customer service. Asdec provides customers with a variety of automation, packaging and material handling solutions. Effective immediately, Asdec customers will be serviced by RG Group. Asdec’s key vendors include DeStaCo / Robohand and American Feeder Systems.
Rich Freeh, President and CEO of RG Group, commented, “We are excited and proud to have the Asdec customer and key vendor partners join RG Group. Our acquisition model is to add synergistic customer-focused businesses with a strong local presence in key growth markets. We will now provide our customers an even broader automation offering. This acquisition strengthens our ability to offer turn-key automation services for the packaging, medical device and machine building elements of our customer base. We believe this strategic addition creates value for our customers, vendor partners and ultimately, for our associates.
Dan Martin, President of Asdec said, “I believe RG Group was the best fit for us. The cultures of the businesses are very similar. RG provides excellent customer service and Asdec customers will now have access to a much broader product and service offering from RG Group. See coverage in INDUSTRIAL DISTRIBUTION
Ed Stum named Executive Vice President of Manufacturing
October 14, 2015
York, PA – RG Group has named Edward Stum as its Executive Vice President of Manufacturing. Ed was previously serving as the Vice President of Manufacturing. Ed has over 20 years’ experience in the manufacturing and engineering fields and has served as the Vice President of Manufacturing for the RG Group for the past 11 years. Ed is a native of Pennsylvania and he and his wife Lisa reside in Carlisle.
RG Group opens RG Marcellus Shale Service Center in Montoursville, PA
June 18, 2015
York, PA – RG Group is pleased to announce the opening of RG Marcellus Shale Service Center in Montoursville, PA. The center will be specializing in servicing, maintaining and refurbishing heavy equipment, particularly that used in the hydraulic fracking industry.
Located in the heart of the Marcellus Formation, the service center will provide troubleshooting and technical service in the shop as well as remote locations 24/7, if needed.
Rich Freeh, RG Group President and CEO stated, “We are very excited to offer our customers in the Marcellus market a solution for their challenge, which is finding a high-quality local single source for natural gas rig maintenance. Our local technical services team provides on-demand servicing of both hydraulic and diesel technology. We offer diagnostic, repair and preventive maintenance from our new location in Montoursville, or onsite at our customer’s location or job site.”
In addition to technical field service, the expert team of Walker Gross and Donald Nash is set up to assess and understand a customer’s specific equipment needs, define critical inventory requirements, provide DOT inspections, diesel equipment and pneumatic services. Additional hydraulic services include preventive maintenance, system cleaning and maintenance, re-hosing, pump and valve repair as well as digital pressure and flow testing. All of these service offerings combine to create a unique opportunity to greatly reduce downtime and operating expenses for customers in Montoursville and the surrounding areas.
RG Group Breaks Ground on Flour Mill Branch Expansion
June 3, 2015
York, PA – RG Group is pleased to announce the groundbreaking for the expansion of our Flour Mill Road manufacturing and distribution center in York, PA. The new facility plan will provide an additional 22,500 sq.ft. of manufacturing and distribution space. In addition to the floor space, the building will feature a mezzanine which will house a state-of-the-art 1,250 sq.ft. training and conference center.
Rich Freeh, President and CEO commented “This expansion will more than double our manufacturing and distribution center location. We are expanding to meet the growing need of our flexible outsourced manufacturing business model. This gives us additional space for raw materials as well as the warehousing and shipping of finished goods for our partners.”
“For our vendor partners and customers in the distribution services business segment, the added floor space provides an opportunity to improve our productivity in the distribution center. We have faced some space constraints in the last few years and we feel it’s the time to make this significant investment to better serve our customers and vendor partners.” The additional space allows for more complex packaging equipment, streamlining the entire distribution process.
York, PA – RG Group is proud to announce that Ed Stum, Vice President of Manufacturing and Dave Hoke, Engineer/Project Manager have earned their Certified Fluid Power Hydraulic Specialist (CFPHS) certification. CFPHS certification is one of many professional certifications that can be earned in the fluid power industry and is administered through the International Fluid Power Society.
This particular level of achievement and certification is geared for those designing systems, writing specifications and sizing and selecting hydraulic components for mobile and industrial operating machinery. As certified Hydraulic Specialists, Ed and Dave will design systems which are drafted to fluid power essential practices supported by National and International Standards. The realization of this accomplishment brings with it improved reliability, greater efficiency, reduced liability and decreased environmental impact in future work. Both Ed and Dave plan to continue the path to additional certification with the intent of earning the designation Certified Fluid Power Engineer (CFPE).
Rich Freeh, President and Chief Executive Officer of RG Group, stated, “Our business model is based on creating a competitive advantage through technology for our customers. Industry certifications are a great way to demonstrate the trusted expertise customers depend on from a tri-technology motion control supplier. Ed and Dave are key to our Engineered Solutions Team. We are very pleased that both have earned their CFPHS certifications.”
RG Group recognized as Governor’s ImPAct Award nominee
April 10, 2015
Harrisburg, PA – RG Group is being recognized for creating jobs that pay and their economic impact within the commonwealth as part of the third annual Governor’s ImPAct Awards. Awards will be presented at a ceremony at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA on May 21, 2015.
Rich Freeh, President and Chief Executive Officer of RG Group, stated, “We are thrilled to see our long-range vision of creating growth opportunities through manufacturing services become a reality. We are extremely proud of Ed Stum, Vice President of Manufacturing Services, and his entire team. Ed’s team had the ability to take a prototype and transform it into a robust and proven product line.”
RG Group was nominated for the Entrepreneur ImPAct Award as a direct result of a design/build project enhancing the design and manufacture of the SteraMist™ BIT™ product line from TOMI™Environmental Solutions, Inc. SteraMist™ BIT™ is a portable fast-acting biological disinfection technology which leaves zero residue or noxious fumes. The SteraMist™ BIT™ system is designed to battle serious contaminants in a wide range of applications from MRSA in operating rooms to Ebola in West Africa.
The Governor’s ImPAct Awards recognizes companies throughout the state in five categories: Community Impact, Entrepreneurial Impact, Export Impact, Jobs That Pay and Small Business Impact. RG Group was nominated for the EntrepreneurImPAct Award.
Community ImPAct Award – This award is given to a company that exemplifies the tenet of “doing well by doing good.” The winners in this category show a sustained commitment to the growth and development of their employees and the community(ies) in which they do business.
Entrepreneur ImPAct Award – This award is given to an entrepreneur who has led his or her company to a position of strength in the marketplace by way of growth in one or all of the following areas: creativity, innovation, managerial ability, leadership skills, and turnaround.
Export ImPAct Award – This award is given to a company that has significantly increased its export sales and the number of new foreign markets to which it sells.
Jobs That Pay ImPAct Award – This award is given to a company that has demonstrated consistent job growth and retention over the past two years. The company must have had a positive net gain in new jobs during this time period.
Small Business ImPAct Award – This award is given to a small business that has been an innovator within its industry, demonstrated revenue/profit growth, increased its workforce, and committed to the growth and development of its employees and community. The company must have 100 or fewer employees.
RG Group was nominated for the award by the Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) network. Each of the 10 PREP regions submitted up to five nominations per category.
PREP is a statewide network of partners that works to regionalize and coordinate local economic development services to businesses and entrepreneurs. Representatives from the Team Pennsylvania Foundation and Journal Multimedia evaluated the nominations and will select the award recipients. For more information and the full list of nominees, visit newpa.com/gia.
RG Group announces a distribution partnership with AFEX Fire Suppression Systems
February 11, 2015
RG Group is pleased to announce that they have been named the authorized distributor of AFEX Fire Suppression Systems in the Mid-Atlantic region. The area includes Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and eastern New York.
RG Group’s Dennis Ohme, Chief Sales Officer, commented “It’s a good fit for our services offerings. There is a lot of synergy between their markets and the markets we serve today.” AFEX is a worldwide specialist in fire suppression equipment designed exclusively for mobile heavy equipment, particularly equipment used in the mining and forestry industries.
AFEX systems function and protect, but do not deter operation while providing protection for everything from engine fire to debris fire. The systems can be easily serviced and recharged in the field decreasing downtime while protecting valuable capital investment from fire. AFEX, together with RG Group can customize, install and service a fire suppression system that works no matter how hostile the equipment environment. Ohme notes “This type of system is NOT do-it-yourself. It requires licensed installers. Our technicians already have expertise in the piping and tubing required in these automated systems.”
Rich Freeh, RG Group President and CEO, remarked “We are extremely excited to add AFEX to our service-based customer offerings. Our goal is to provide our customer a competitive advantage, and the ability to reduce significant personal and capital-based risk for our mobile hydraulic customers is very appealing to us. AFEX is an ideal fit for RG Group… providing our mobile heavy equipment customers with a specific service to reduce their downtime and increase operator safety is another example of our value proposition.”
Brad Lamberton, Director of Business Development for AFEX commented on this partnership “I was told by Rich Freeh that RG Group does not pick up new product lines very often. During our initial conversations, I felt they had the “right stuff” to be a terrific partner. Technical expertise, professional sales team, solid client relationships and vision. I am thrilled that Rich and his executive team saw AFEX Fire Suppression as a good fit. The sales team has already found great opportunities which is exciting! Together, I feel this long-term relationship will be very prosperous!”
TOMI™ Announces Manufacturing Partnership with RG Group
TOMI™ Environmental Solutions, Inc. (“TOMI” or the “Company”) (TOMZ), a global bacteria and infectious disease control company, announced that RG Group has been named TOMI™’s platinum manufacturing partner for TOMI™ Environmental Solutions decontamination technology “SteraMist” using TOMI™ Binary Ionization Technology (BIT) platform.
RG Group Names Rich Freeh President and CEO
York-based RG Group has named Rich Freeh as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Rich was previously serving as the Chief Operating Officer. Rich has over 35 years’ experience in the industrial distribution and manufacturing field and has served in a variety of senior leadership roles in his 25-year tenure with RG Group. Rich is a native of Pennsylvania and he and his wife Jan reside in New Cumberland. Current CEO Randy Gross will assume the role of Executive Chairman of the Board.
Randy Gross commented, “We are all pleased to have Rich take the next step in his leadership of the RG Group business. Rich and I have worked very closely over the past 5 years in his COO role and I am extremely confident in Rich’s ability to provide the execution and strategic direction necessary for the company to continue its growth and maintain its exemplary standard of customer service.”
In a statement, Rich added, “I’m extremely excited about the future of the RG Group. We believe we are in a great market position going forward. Our customer base is looking for on-demand engineering and manufacturing expertise from their vendors, which is truly our area of expertise. Our service-based technical solutions offer customers a competitive advantage with a lower total cost of ownership.”
Michael Kays will assume the position of Vice Chair and Lead Director of the RG Group Board of Directors. Michael Kays is currently the owner of MJK Consulting, a York-based firm that provides strategic and operational guidance to business owners and executives. Michael has an extensive leadership resume, resulting from a career that spanned multiple industries located in North America, Europe and Asia. In his previous roles, he served as Vice President and General Manager for Carrier Air Conditioning, as Division President of Carlisle Companies for their custom fabrication groups and as Executive Vice President of Global Operations within the pharmaceutical industry. Mike has been serving on the RG Board for the last 2 years.
RG Group has provided leadership in the design and delivery of innovative motion control products and fluid handling solutions for over 55 years with a commitment to a very simple core concept: We Keep Business In Motion!
As a single source partner, RG Group provides customers with motion control and fluid handling services and solutions. RG Group’s value proposition centers around 3 distinct solutions: Engineered Systems and Solutions, an MRO brick and mortar network and a variety of distribution and manufacturing service offerings. RG Group serves customers from 11 branch locations in the Mid-Atlantic region.
RG Group is now ISO certified through Bureau Veritas
RG Group is pleased to announce that we are taking our ISO certification to the next level with certification through Bureau Veritas Certification. This continues our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction by ensuring high levels of service quality and customer satisfaction.
The Bureau Veritas Certification Mark is recognized and renowned throughout the world as a valued symbol of reliability, sustainability and trust.
RG Group Obtains ISO 9001:2008 Certification
ISO Certification at Mahwah RG Group is pleased to announce that our Mahwah facility is now ISO Certified. The facility at 305 Island Road, Mahwah NJ passed the ISO certification audit with zero nonconformance’s or findings and have received the ISO certification as of March 7, 2013.
ISO Certification at York RG Group, headquartered in York, Pennsylvania, is proud to announce the achievement of ISO 9001:2008 certification for the 15 Flour Mill Road West location in February 2012. RG Group successfully passed the audit of its quality management system by QMI™SAI Global. ISO certification is another way in which RG Group continues to strengthen the organization with a focus towards providing exceptional quality services to customers.
The ISO 9001:2008 standards are internationally recognized and used by service and manufacturing organizations to create a standardized QMS (quality management system) that is continuously evaluated to ensure conformity to the principles of quality improvement and customer satisfaction.
Rich Freeh, RG Group’s President and Chief Operating Officer noted “the ISO certification demonstrates to customers, both current and prospective, that RG Group is committed to quality at all levels of the organization. We believe a formal quality process leads to a dependable and consistent customer experience.”
As a single source partner, RG Group provides customers with motion control and fluid handling services and solutions. RG Group’s value proposition centers around 3 distinct solutions: Engineered Systems and Solutions, an MRO brick and mortar network and a variety of distribution and manufacturing service offerings. RG Group serves customers from 10 branch locations, in the Mid-Atlantic region.