Sandvik, Stockholm, says longtime distributors and end users of Allied Construction Products’ breakers and compactors can expect the same quality products and level of service that they enjoyed prior to Sandvik’s acquisition of the Cleveland-based company on Oct. 1, 2020.
“We are going to continue to do right what Allied has done right for many years,” says Jonas Lindqvist, who was named managing director of the company that is being renamed Sandvik. “That includes striving towards providing impeccable service to our dealers and customers and continuing to examine current and better ways to produce, deliver and support our quality products.”
Sandvik already owned 21 percent of Allied, the North American distributor for Sandvik’s Rammer hydraulic breakers, before the acquisition was completed. Soon afterward, Lindqvist was named to the company’s top management position.
“Allied has always appreciated side-by-side testing of Rammer breakers with new models from other manufacturers, which helps us measure our productivity and reliability,” Jonas says. “And we are typically pleased when we continue to be favored as a result of those tests.”
“Later this year,” he continued, “we will expand our Rammer product lines beyond hydraulic breakers and compactors in North America. We intend to be a full provider of excellent attachment tools.”
Jonas adds that Sandvik’s decision to acquire Allied was heavily influenced its employees and robust history of quality that dates back to 1942. Also influencing the decision was Allied’s operational footprint and its collection of distributors, some dating back to the 1990s.
Scott Scholz, a district manager in the Northeast U.S. and eastern Canada for Sandvik, adds, “Our distributors and rental companies look forward to the future because they know Sandvik is taking all the positive things we do, and they are supporting us and enabling us to grow.”
Demetrius Smith, a supervisor and 15-year Allied employee, says he has heard “nothing but positive responses” to new ownership. “Hardly anything has changed … we continue to be proud of our highly efficient shipping and assembly processes, and we look forward to the future with support from Sandvik.”
At some point, the company will be relocating from its downtown Cleveland location to a facility in the same region that will provide more space for warehousing, service and manufacturing, according to Jonas. “We’re not planning any changes internally, but as we grow, we will be adding employees to maintain efficiencies in our operations and manufacturing.”
“The Cleveland-based operation will support all of North America, including both Allied and Sandvik customers,” Jonas says. “We are 100 percent committed to the North American market and believe that investing in a strong local presence within all aspects of the business is key to success.”
As part of this commitment, the company formerly known as Allied will undergo a rebranding during 2021 where the company name will be formerly changed to Sandvik Rock Processing Solutions North America and all products will be marketed under the Rammer brand name.
“The people will be the same, the products will be the same and the commitment to provide outstanding service will remain the same,” Jonas says.
“It’s in the Sandvik DNA to be in the forefront of technology development, deliver top quality products and support, and constantly improve on them,” Jonas concludes. “We are going to invest Sandvik technological expertise and other resources to grow this company and become the leading attachment tools supplier in North America.”