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Astec acquires BC-based MINDS Automation

March 23, 2022  By Rock to Road staff

AStec World of AsphaltAt World of Asphalt, Astec will exhibit its brands together as OneASTEC. (Image: Astec).

Astec Industries is entering into a definitive agreement to acquire MINDS Automation Group Inc., a developer of plant automation control systems and cloud-based data management for the asphalt industry.

Based in British Columbia, MINDS has locations in the United States, United Kingdom, France and Belgium.

The company develops user-friendly, advanced, customizable plant automation control systems for drum, batch, combo/hybrid hot mix plants, emulsion plants, liquid terminals, silo load-out, ticketing and data management for the asphalt industry.

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“MINDS technology complements our existing offerings for asphalt production joining Astec Controls and Grathwol Automation as we build out a digital platform across our Rock to Road value chain of products.,” said Barry Ruffalo, president and CEO of Astec Industries.


“Our combined business will provide the knowledge and resources to further invest in industry leading innovations that drive value for customers.”

MINDS CEO Pierre Vidaillac and the company’s leadership team will stay with Astec to support the advancement of automation and controls technology and the Rock to Road digital platform.

“We are excited to join Astec. We are a good fit with the company and its products and services,” Vidaillac said.

“Astec built its business applying state-of-the-art technology to the industry. They have a reputation for innovation, and we are looking forward to contributing to their growth and long-term success.”

Astec’s acquisition of MINDS is consistent with the company’s Purpose – Built to Connect, OneASTEC business model and growth strategy. The company is taking advantage of its strong balance sheet to complete the acquisition and invest in its long-term profitable growth.

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