Ska Fab taken over by private equity firm


Ska Fabricating, the Colorado-based company who help craft brewers meet their manufacturing needs, has been purchased by private equity firm Hanover Partners.

The company build machines like depalletisers, conveyers and production line equipment that improve efficiency.

The purchase of Ska Fab by Hanover Partners was confirmed by The Durango Herald and a post on the private equity firm’s website confirms the takeover was completed in December 2020.

Partner in Ska Fab, Matt Vincent, told The Durango Herald: “They had approached just about a year-and-a-half ago, with interest in Ska Fab and over the past year and a half of negotiating and working things out with them, we agreed to essentially partner with them.

“They are focused on keeping the company in Durango. That was big emphasis for us – that they want to keep all manufacturing here in Durango.”

Vincent helped build dozens of devices over the years to help Ska Brewing achieve efficiencies in brewing, packaging and distribution of their beer.

The strong demand for one of those machines, the can depalletiser, inspired Vincent to start a new company to serve the needs of his fellow craft brewers.

The type of machines used by large commercial brewers like MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch typically cost around $200,000 – well out of the price range of small craft brewers.

Ska Fabricating began in June 2012 in Durango, Colorado. The company now employs more than 50 people manufacturing and selling depalletisers, conveyers and packaging line equipment to businesses around the world.

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