Hank Whetstone, president of Whetstone Industries USA, and Rex Baker, president of Imperial Design Technologies (IDT), recently announced a partnership to design and manufacture a new range of chocolate enrobing and chocolate moulding machinery. In addition, specialized robotic packing systems will also be offered.
“It has been long overdue to supply a quality, domestic-manufactured line of chocolate enrobing equipment for the bakery and confectionery industries,” the two chief executives assert.
IDT, located in Grand Rapids, Mich., has long been a provider for confectionery extruders, chain-driven chocolate moulding equipment, and other related machines to the industry. The new line of St. Augustine, Fla.-based Whetstone Industries’ designs for chocolate enrobing equipment and loose mould, chocolate moulding plants will now provide a natural addition to the IDT existing lines, the executives add.
The Whetstone family has a long history in the chocolate confectionery industry relating to both equipment manufacturing and the actual production of chocolate items for the private label business. These experiences helped in the new designs for sanitary, accessible and operator-friendly equipment.
A newly formed relationship between Bainbridge Associates and E. Klein Associates will make up the sales force. Both Bainbridge and Klein are veterans in providing equipment for the bakery & confectionery industries. “Rex and I could not ask for a better way to help promote our new lines of Grand Rapids, Michigan-manufactured equipment to the industry,” adds Whetstone.