History

With more than 140 years of bulk material handling experience, Syntron Material Handling is a recognized industry leader in providing innovative engineering, high-performance products, and superior customer service.
Established in May 2014, Syntron Material Handling (SMH) was built out of the legacies of Link-Belt Company and Syntron Company, formerly owned by FMC Technologies. Today, our skilled employees have a combined 4,212 years of industry knowledge that they put into the SMH product every day. We are dedicated to providing customers with complete material handling solutions.

Syntron Timeline

  • William Dana Ewart organizes the Link‑Belt Machinery Company, in Chicago, to extend the field of operations of Link‑Belt® and wheels to power transmissions, elevators, and conveyors in the various industries.

    William Dana Ewart organizes the Link‑Belt Machinery Company, in Chicago, to extend the field of...

  • The New York office of the Link‑Belt Machinery Company unites with the firm of Burr and Dodge to form the Link‑Belt Engineering Company, with plant and main office in Philadelphia.

    The New York office of the Link‑Belt Machinery Company unites with the firm of Burr and Dodge to...

  • These three related companies, the Ewart Manufacturing Company, then located at Indianapolis; the Link‑Belt Machinery Company, Chicago; and the Link‑Belt Engineering Company, Philadelphia, consolidate as the Link‑Belt Company, with Mr. Charles Piez as its president.

    These three related companies, the Ewart Manufacturing Company, then located at Indianapolis; the...

  • The Link‑Belt Company buys the H. W. Caldwell & Son Company plant and business, in Chicago, thus increasing its screw conveyor and power transmission lines, and adding machine-molded gears and other Caldwell specialties.

    The Link‑Belt Company buys the H. W. Caldwell & Son Company plant and business, in Chicago, thus...

  • The Syntron Company of Homer City, Pennsylvania, is formed.

    The Syntron Company of Homer City, Pennsylvania, is formed.

  • Link‑Belt acquires The Syntron Company, a manufacturer of vibratory feeders, primarily for coal and ore handling.

    Link‑Belt acquires The Syntron Company, a manufacturer of vibratory feeders, primarily for coal and...

  • The FMC Corporation makes its second major acquisition of the decade, purchasing Link-Belt Company, a Chicago based manufacturer of power transmission, processing, and bulk handling equipment.

    The FMC Corporation makes its second major acquisition of the decade, purchasing Link-Belt...

  • FMC moves its Machinery Divisions administrative staff from San Jose, California, to the Prudential Building in Chicago, where Link‑Belt was headquartered.

    FMC moves its Machinery Divisions administrative staff from San Jose, California, to the...

  • Among FMC’s major investments in the early 1970s is a new 300,000-square-foot plant in Saltillo, Mississippi, to build Link‑Belt Material Handling Equipment.

    Among FMC’s major investments in the early 1970s is a new 300,000-square-foot plant in Saltillo,...

  • FMC restructures to create 2 separate, publicly traded companies: FMC Technologies (machinery) and FMC Corporation (chemicals).

    FMC restructures to create 2 separate, publicly traded companies: FMC Technologies (machinery) and FMC...

  • FMC Technologies opens Material Handling Solutions Changshu facility.

    FMC Technologies opens Material Handling Solutions Changshu facility.

  • Syntron facility (vibratory products) is relocated to Saltillo, Mississippi. Material Handling Solutions acquires Technisys.

    Syntron facility (vibratory products) is relocated to Saltillo, Mississippi. Material Handling...

  • FMC Technologies divests its Material Handling Products business to Syntron Material Handling.

    FMC Technologies divests its Material Handling Products business to Syntron Material...

  • Syntron Material Handling invests $6M in factory equipment and robotic automation.

    Syntron Material Handling invests $6M in factory equipment and robotic automation.

  • Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI), a global supplier of high-value, critical components for process industries, acquires Syntron Material Handling, LLC to deliver market-leading products and technologies.

    Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI), a global supplier of high-value, critical components for process...

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