Big Growth Year for AEK Leads to Relocation to Accommodate Larger Used Packaging Inventory and Showroom

by AaronEquipmentCo7. November 2016 09:10
It’s an exciting time at packaging industry leader Aaron Kendell Packaging Equipment. After a banner year of growth in 2016, AEK is relocating from Bensenville, Illinois to a standalone, state-of-the-art facility in Belvidere, Illinois, just west of Chicago, by January 1, 2017. The reasoning is simple: In two years, our footprint has tripled, and the value of our inventory jumped 25 percent from 2015 to 2016. [More]

Aaron Equipment, Aaron Kendell Packaging Equipment (AEK) and Paul O. Abbe will be Exhibiting at INTERPHEX 2013 in New York

by AaronEquipmentCo21. March 2013 19:55
Aaron Equipment, Aaron Kendell Packaging Equipment (AEK) and Paul O. Abbe will be exhibiting at the 2013 INTERPHEX pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical trade show at the Javits Center in New York, NY on April 23-25, 2013. Aaron Equipment and Aaron Kendell Packaging Equipment will be in Booth #2279 exhibiting Late-model, good-quality USED pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical equipment. Paul O. Abbe will be exhibiting in Booth #2283 showcasing NEW solids drying, mixing, blending and size reduction equipment which have been engineered specifically for thousands of customers around the world. [More]

AEK Packaging Expands Its Warehouse for Second Time in 2011

by AaronEquipmentCo15. December 2011 11:30
Demand for Used Packaging Equipment Necessitates Continued Increase in Storage Space Bensenville, IL – December 15, 2011 – On December 1, 2011, AEK Packaging Equipment completed another expansion of its climate-controlled warehouse. This milestone marked the second time this year a global increase in the demand for its like-new, reconditioned and used packaging equipment has prompted the company to increase its storage space. Back in March, AEK doubled its warehouse to 100,000 square feet. This latest growth has brought that number up to 150,000 square feet, resulting in a 200 percent augmentation in warehouse size over last year’s square footage of 50,000. This rapid development differentiates AEK Packaging from the majority of American businesses. Last week, the Associated Press reported, “U.S. service firms expanded in November at slower pace.” Indeed, the index of service activity in the country “was the lowest since January 2010.” Adding to this dim picture was a Department of Commerce revelation in late November that “U.S-based multinational corporations added almost 3 million jobs to their payrolls in foreign countries between 1999 and 2009, while slashing 864,600 jobs at home.” AEK Packaging Equipment is a relatively new company that was formed expressly to leverage the combined expertise, financial resources and global reach of Aaron Equipment Company Inc. and Kendell Equipment. Banking on that partnership goal has paid off, with AEK’s global marketplace presence having resulted in unprecedented demand for the company’s used, reconditioned and like-new packaging equipment. “When we entered the marketplace, our goal was to provide the highest-quality packaging equipment, with the most dependable service, at competitive prices,” explains company spokesperson, KC Christensen. “The fact that we’ve had to substantially increase our warehouse space since then is a testament to our ability to achieve that goal.” Christensen goes on to add, “While we are proud of that growth, we’re even prouder of the fact that we’ve been able to reach a worldwide customer base while keeping operations – and jobs – right here in the U.S. Our newly expanded warehouse is conveniently located just five minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.” Now triple its original size at 150,000 square feet, the expanded warehouse allows the company to better showcase its diverse inventory of new, reconditioned-to-new and used equipment. The centralized location also enables AEK Packaging Equipment to merchandise its 125 categories of machinery in a manner that makes it easy for customers to inspect it, be it onsite or via video online. In addition, thanks to the increased climate-controlled storage space, the company can maintain in-stock inventory of spare and change parts. That means customer requests are fulfilled and shipped promptly – usually in about a week. Packaging equipment users who would like to learn more about the reconditioned and used equipment that will be filling the newly expanded AEK Packaging Equipment warehouse can do so online at http://www.aekpack.com. Interested media may arrange a company interview by calling (630) 238-2660. ###

Aaron Kendell Packaging Expands Sales Staff with the Return of Pat Quinn!

by AaronEquipmentCo21. October 2011 12:41
Used Equipment Veteran Joins AEK Packaging as Senior Salesman Chicago, IL – October 21, 2011 - Aaron Kendell Packaging Equipment is pleased to welcome Pat Quinn and his 22 years of experience to the sales team at AEK Packaging. After 12 successful years with the Aaron Equipment family, Pat took a short detour to help a start-up company get their packaging equipment sales off the ground. After three years, Pat decided to come back to where he once called home, bringing his expertise back to the Aaron Group of companies. Quinn’s previous experience, industry reputation and previous tenure at Aaron Equipment was something the AEK Packaging Equipment division could not pass up. According to the U.S department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, “The median number of years that wage and salary workers had been with their current employer was 4.4 in January of 2010.” Quinn’s previous loyalty and dedication almost tripled that figure. Nor could the company overlook Pat’s total experience in selling used process machinery, plastic equipment and focus on packaging machinery. In all, he brings more than 22 years of experience in providing solutions to customers needing used packaging or processing equipment. What prompted Quinn to return to the Aaron Family? He cites a combination of the launch of its AEK Packaging division over two years ago in addition to the team atmosphere within the sales department he once loved as his impetus. “The fact that AEK is relatively new and growing so rapidly allows me the opportunity to use my technical expertise and customer relationships to help expand the company and help the company reach the next level” he explains. “The amount of inventory AEK offers to sell and the resources they have in place to manage assets or buy surplus equipment worldwide is second to none”. His longstanding history with the division’s parent company and employment stability it once provided him contributed to Quinn’s decision as well. He views his new role as the next progression in his successful sales career path. “AEK gives me a broader base to work with customers and apply my years of expertise to help provide solutions for their equipment needs. Our company is truly a one stop shop for all of our customers packaging and processing equipment needs” What is Quinn looking forward to most in his new role at AEK Packaging? I’m excited about promoting the new division of a company that helped my career start. I’m also thrilled to have access to all of the Aaron resources and global reach to achieve that aim. Having already established himself as a good fit with the corporate management and goals, Quinn looks forward to the possibility of another 10, or more, years as an Aaron Equipment team member Packaging equipment users who would like to leverage Quinn’s sales expertise and experience can learn more about what AEK Packaging has to offer online at http://www.aekpack.com. Interested Media may arrange a company interview by calling (630)-238-2660. ###

Aaron Equipment Has Expanded Its West Coast Division

by AaronEquipmentCo11. February 2011 15:20
Aaron Equipment has expanded its West Coast Division by sourcing a larger facility. The new location is 2033 Clement Ave., Building 31, Office 120, Alameda, CA 94501 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The new facility can handle the expected growth of the Aaron Industrial Marketplace Auction division. Aaron Industrial Marketplace was launched in June of 2010 to provide our customers another venue to source used process equipment. The Aaron Industrial Marketplace provides a place for Aaron Equipment's customers to sell their surplus assets. The Aaron Industrial Marketplace has exceeded projected grow targets thus requiring a larger facility. The new facility is in a light industrial location which will provide storage for used processing equipment on the West Coast. The West Coast facility will also support Aaron Equipment's packaging division, AEK Packaging Equipment (www.AEKpack.com) and Aaron's Appraisal division.

Aaron Equipment Sponsored…Lawless Electric Drag Bike Breaks Another World Record

by AaronEquipmentCo7. October 2010 12:57
Orange County Choppers and Lawless Industries Take a Brand New Beast Down the Dragstrip to Clutch the Quarter-Mile World Record The Lawless Electric Drag Bike was Piloted to an ET of 7.469 seconds at 177 Miles Per Hour Breaking the Previously Held Quarter-Mile Record for a Battery-Powered Motorcycle NEWBURGH, NY – October 7, 2010 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Orange County Choppers, the custom motorcycle shop, announces today that it has broken the previously held quarter-mile record for a battery-powered motorcycle. The historical accomplishment was recorded at Virginia Motorsports Park located near Petersburg, VA on September 24, 2010. Legendary drag racer Larry ‘Spiderman’ McBride rode the 363 volt, 4000 amp electric bike to a 7.469, 177 miles per hour quarter-mile pass shattering the existing world record of 7.82 seconds at 168mph. The Lawless Electric Drag Bike will be featured in an episode of American Chopper tonight, Thursday, October 7 at 9PM ET/PT on TLC.   The Lawless Electric Drag bike is sponsored by AEK Packaging and Aaron Equipment Company, both companies are based in Bensenville, IL. The bike puts out over 600 horsepower, contains an electric DC Drive System, and a GE 13 inch Motor with a double Zilla controller. The team running the electric drag bike at Virginia Motorsports Park got in elapsed times of 8.02, 7.57, 7.50, and 7.46. Speeds at the quarter mile were 159, 163, 172, 174, and 177 mph. The team says that a speed of 200mph is quite possible with this bike once they manage to find more horsepower to put to the pavement. Coincidentally, this isn’t the first time that OCC broke the record. The first attempt was on August 29th at Quaker City Raceway in Salem, Ohio, where the team registered 7.77 seconds at 165 miles per hour. And this isn’t the last record OCC and Lawless Industries are hoping to break. Next up is the current land speed record for an electric motorcycle recently set at 179 miles per hour this past September at the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in northwestern Utah. “I’m proud to say that as a company that with the Lawless Electric Drag Bike we were able to break the same world record twice,” said Paul Teutul, Sr, Founder and CEO of Orange County Choppers. “And we look forward to what’s next with the bike.” “The entire experience of this build, from the planning and building with the OCC crew, to breaking the World Record at the track, was incredibly positive and rewarding. I look forward to future ventures with this first class team,” said Shawn Lawless, CEO of Ohio-based Lawless Industries. The Lawless Electric Drag Bike will be featured on American Chopper tonight, Thursday, October 7 at 9pm ET/PT on TLC. For more information and a video of the quarter mile record, please visit www.orangecountychoppers.com. SOURCE: Orange County Choppers   CONTACT Michele Paolella, 845-522-5222 x1006 michele@orangecountychoppers.com

Aaron Equipment and AEK Packaging Sponsor Battery-Powered Drag Bike

by AaronEquipmentCo5. October 2010 13:09
Electric Speed Bike Breaks Land Speed Record Bensenville, IL – September, 2010 – The Orange County Chopper’s team has done it again. They have designed and built a bike that has broken the record for the fastest electric-powered drag bike in the world. Yes, we said “electric-powered” motorcycle. The historical accomplishment was recorded at Virginia Motorsports Park in Petersburg, VA on September 24, 2010.   The “Lawless Electric Drag Bike” was sponsored by Aaron Equipment Company and AEK Packaging. Larry “Spiderman” McBride piloted the 363 volt, 4000 amp electric bike to a 7.469 second ET, 177 MPH quarter mile pass breaking the 176 mph land speed record for a battery-powered motorcycle. The bike, which is owned by Shawn Lawless (owner of Lawless Industries) puts out over 600 horsepower, contains an electric DC drive system, a GE 13-inch Motor and 1,980 A123 battery cells.     The drag bike itself is unique in two ways: 1) its record-breaking speed; and 2) the eco-friendliness of the battery-operated power that generates that speed. Indeed, its series of rechargeable batteries creates in excess of 600 horsepower. As result, the Lawless Electric Drag Bike is transforming the typical weak and slow view of battery-operated power into one of strength and lightning quickness. It’s fitting then that Aaron Equipment Company and AEK Packaging have been personally asked by Orange County Choppers to serve as two of the bike’s main sponsors. That invitation came partly as a result of the companies’ past relationship with the custom motorcycle manufacturer who unveiled the “Aaron Bike” in 2008. More importantly, however, it arose from what the bike represents. The two companies, which are industry leaders in providing new and used packaging and process equipment, are effecting a transformation of their own. Like the motorbike they’re sponsoring, they’re changing the way individuals think and feel about used equipment – as a viable alternative with a new standard of quality that’s both “greener” and more economical than new.     “The reason we sponsored the bike is that it reflects what we are about as a company,” explains KC Christensen of AEK Packaging. “We’re all about quality, speed and ‘going green’. We provide the highest quality used equipment in the industry because we have the same buying criteria as our customers do. At the same time, we offer the ‘fastest’ solution for our customer’s production needs and shortest time-to-market because all of our inventory is immediately available for shipment and doesn’t need to be rebuilt. Most new equipment takes 16 to 20 weeks for delivery and still has not been tested in a production environment. Because packaging changes so rapidly, we’ll even rent our equipment to companies only for the time they need it, and you can’t get any greener or economical than that. If you think about it…every plant in the world runs on used equipment!” Businesses owners who would like to learn more about the philosophy and approach that earned Aaron Equipment Company and AEK Packaging of the Lawless Electric Drag Bike can do so online at http://www.aekpack.com and http://www.aaronequipment.com respectively. Interested media may arrange a company interview by calling (630) 238-2660.

Unveiling Of Electric Drag Bike at Sturgis Bike Week … A SUCCESS!

by AaronEquipmentCo27. August 2010 16:06
  Lawless Electric Drag Bike   Susan, Michael and Emily Cohen with Paul Teutul Sr. Orange County Choppers, Lawless Industries, Aaron Equipment and AEK Packaging Equipment recently unveiled the Lawless Electric Drag Bike on Thursday, August 12 at 10:30am at the Sturgis Drag way in South Dakota. The Lawless, AEK Packaging Equipment & Aaron Equipment Electric Drag bike was built with the intention to break the ¼ mile speed record by an electric powered motorcycle, attempting to reach a speed of 200mph.     The Lawless Industries, Aaron Equipment and AEK Packaging , two part “American Chopper” Episode, “Debut of the Lawless Electric Drag Bike” will be airing on September 23rd and 30th on TLC.     *The bike is co-sponsored by Aaron Equipment Company, Inc. and AEK Packaging Equipment, both of Bensenville, IL. Photos from Sturgis Bike Week:         The Sturgis Rally Week is held annually, usually in the first full week of August and generally gathers over 400,000 attendees to bike week. Sturgis Rally Week's 70th Anniversary ended in a successful manner with record breaking crowds of visitors, entertainment, vendors, food and amenities. The Legendary Buffalo Chip is already counting Sturgis Rally Week 2010 as one of its most successful rally gatherings ever. Featured Article in the Rapid City Journal, Sturgis Rally Daily See a Preview of the Lawless Electric Drag Bike on YouTube     Skateboarder and Sculptor Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 Tyler Jerke Vaughn Shafer is set up at the Buffalo Chip working on his 2010 sculpture. Shafer has brought a piece of his work to the rally for the last seven years and has included Sturgis motorcycle rally goers in the work. Two months ago Schafer had a vision to create a large, bronze, statue honoring those that have been killed in action. What he has brought to the rally this year is a large battlefield cross, a makeshift cross using soldier’s boots, rifle and helmet. Shafer said he wanted to create a tribute to those that have served in the Armed Forces. “All this goes to those that gave their lives,” he said softly while crying. “There is a lot of heart going into it.” While at the Buffalo Chip Shafer is giving everyone the opportunity to allow him to engrave their initials into the bronze base of the piece. “Anyone wanting to show their respect can have their initials engraved and a patch for their jacket,” he said. After the rally, Shafer said it will be displayed in Washington, D.C. and he hopes to find a good home for it after that. A kid at heart, Shafer will also attempt to break the world record motorized skateboard record on Thursday, a record he previously held in the 90’s by going 70.55 mph. Shafer is a former Hollywood stuntman. View this article at Sturgis Street Blog at the Rapid City Journal In other battery powered vehicle news: Ohio State University Students Break the Battery Powered Land Speed Record     If you think of electric cars as kind of pumped-up golf carts useful for getting around town but not much else, then you probably haven't encountered the 307-mph Buckeye Bullet 2.5 Built by a group of students at Ohio State University, yesterday the electric car broke their own world land speed record for battery powered vehicles, by averaging 307.66-mph over two runs in opposite directions at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Pretty quick for a glorified golf cart, and I expect it will take some heat off the Tesla people in defending bragging rights for electric vehicles. Unfortunately, I don't think you'll see the Buckeye Bullet in showrooms anytime soon. Click Here To View The Buckeye Bullet 2.5

John Doyle Joins Aaron’s Packaging Managerial Team

by AaronEquipmentCo27. July 2010 16:15
New Management Brings 25 Years of Packaging Sales Engineer Experience to the Aaron Equipment Family Chicago, IL – AEK Packaging, a joint venture between Aaron Equipment Company and Kendell Equipment, is pleased to announce the addition of John Doyle to its packaging team. Joining the company in a managerial capacity, Doyle brings with him a quarter century of experience as a packaging sales engineer. He will leverage that track record to advance AEK Packaging’s mission of providing the highest quality packaging equipment with the most dependable service at competitive prices. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average U.S. worker changes careers three to five times during their lifetime. As a result, unearthing a sales engineer with 10 years of dedicated experience is rare these days, let alone one with 25 years. Yet that’s precisely what John Doyle will be contributing in his new management position with AEK Packaging. With his quarter-century career in selling and renting both new and used packaging equipment, he’s been exposed to thousands of processes. As a result, he’s now recognized as one of the foremost experts in the field. What lured Doyle away from his own used equipment company to AEK Packaging, a joint venture of Aaron Equipment? “I was impressed by the reputation Aaron Equipment has earned for being conducive to its customers’ needs. The company really goes above and beyond the nuts and bolts to ensure 100% client satisfaction,” Doyle explains. He goes on to elaborate, “Aaron and AEK have a goal of offering the highest-quality equipment at an excellent value proposition. They strive to inventory and offer excellent condition used machinery, reflecting customer demand in this volatile economy.” That economic aspect is an important part of AEK Packaging’s business philosophy. Recognizing that every company in the world operates on used equipment, AEK offers its clients two cost-effective solutions. AEK and Aaron Equipment customers can purchase excellent condition used equipment at a fraction of its original price tag, or they can rent equipment for only the time span they actually need it. When asked to contribute his viewpoint on John Doyle joining the AEK Packaging team, company President KC Christensen echoed the new addition’s admiration. “As a company, we’re excited to have John Doyle as a member of our team. The experience, integrity and reputation he brings to the Aaron Equipment fold is unparalleled in the industry.” Businesses owners who would like to learn more about the commitment to new and used equipment quality, reputation and price that drew Doyle to AEK Packaging can do so online at http://www.aekpack.com. Interested media may arrange a company interview by calling (630) 238-2660.

It’s Official! Aaron Equipment and AEK Packaging have teamed up with Orange County Choppers!

by AaronEquipmentCo16. July 2010 16:20
We are pleased to announce our latest collaboration with OCC and Shawn Lawless of Lawless Industries, Ltd. With our assistance, Shawn will achieve two goals: one by breaking the land speed record of 176 mph and the other for speed on a ¼ mile track in less than 7.82 seconds. Both records pertain to battery powered motorcycles. The specially designed OCC Drag Bike will be unveiled at the 2010 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, SD held August 9th thru the 15th. Our new bike will be powered by a series of rechargeable batteries creating an excess of 600 horsepower. The AEK, Aaron Equipment and Lawless logos are positioned prominently on the body. In addition, the AEK and Aaron Equipment logos will be displayed as a backdrop to the bike built in OCC’s shop. The bike will be introduced in a two-part episode slated to air on American Chopper this coming this fall. OCC invited us to partner with them on this project because of our past relationship and for what this bike represents. Like our companies, the new Drag Bike exemplifies: Speed – We provide the fastest ‘Go to Market’ solutions. Technology - We have developed and we utilize the latest information based technology in order to manage, source and sell process and packaging equipment. Green - The used equipment industry is one of the original recyclers..... Long before it became in vogue. Below is more information and a photo of the Lawless Drag Bike without the Wheelie Bar.       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyomA2oEtl4 - Link to information about Shawn Lawless http://www.sturgis.com/ - Link to information about Sturgis

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