Gray Inc. acquires 75-year-old, family-owned Anderson Dahlen

Anderson Dahlen
Anderson Dahlen plant.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Gray, Inc., the holding company for Gray Construction and nine other Gray companies recognized as a global leader in food and beverage facility solutions, announced Monday the acquisition of Anderson Dahlen, a 75-year-old and family operated specialty equipment manufacturer and custom stainless-steel fabricator for the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, industrial and vacuum technology markets.

“Being able to offer the manufacturing of premium-quality specialty alloy components and equipment for multiple markets, including food processing, is exciting new territory for us,” said Stephen Gray, president and CEO, Gray Inc. “The evolution in the Food & Beverage market continues to intensify globally. Adding Anderson Dahlen to the Gray family of brands allows us to fulfill critical demands and stay ahead of our customers’ needs.”

This acquisition is part of a strategic long-term growth plan carefully developed by Gray leadership with guidance from the Gray Inc. board of directors. Realizing the constant changing dynamics in the food and beverage industry, Gray’s focus has historically been to provide customers with a solutions-based approach. The addition of Anderson Dahlen to the Gray family positions Gray at the forefront of the food and beverage market in the design, construction, process engineering, automation & controls, and now, the manufacturing of key critical systems.

The unparalleled craftsmanship and expertise that Anderson Dahlen also has in the pharmaceutical, industrial, and vacuum technology markets further opens doors for Gray to better serve customer needs.

“Anderson Dahlen’s engineering team has an innate ability to listen to our customers’ needs and solve the challenges they’re facing by designing and building turnkey equipment,” stated Tom Knoll, president and CEO, Anderson Dahlen. “Incorporating the Anderson Dahlen skillsets with Gray’s turnkey platform of services will provide the marketplace with combined capabilities required in this constantly changing market.”

Anderson Dahlen, now a Gray company, will maintain its headquarters in Ramsey, Minn. and will continue operations under its current leadership.

In addition to the acquisition, Gray is announcing the promotion of Tyler Cundiff to president, Gray Inc. food and beverage market. Having devoted his entire career to Gray, Cundiff has grown Gray’s footprint in the food and beverage sector by building and strengthening relationships with world-class brands as well as developing Gray’s overall food and beverage growth strategy.

“Spending the past 13 years entrenched in the food and beverage industry has given me a greater appreciation for what our customers face every day,” said Cundiff. “With the growing world population, food and beverage companies are forced to reinvent themselves to keep up with this tremendous demand. Our talented engineers and project managers dedicated to highly technical and specialty solutions are equipped to tackle our customers’ challenges both today and tomorrow.

“It’s extremely rewarding to be able to play a role in assisting our food and beverage customers achieve their goals,” he said.