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Our History

Burke E. Porter Machinery Company (BEPCO), our flagship company, was founded in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA in 1953 producing high quality, high durability machinery. Following China Everbright’s investment activity with BEPCO in 2015, we have continued to grow by acquisition. Burke Porter Group was formed to lead its family of intelligent machinery manufacturers.

1950s
Founded in 1953 as Burke E. Porter Machinery Company

1953

Founded in 1953 as Burke E. Porter Machinery Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we began as a general purpose machine company.

 

1950s
BEPCO entered the automotive industry

1955

BEPCO entered the automotive industry with the launch of roller benches to test vehicles, and started manufacturing custom solutions by 1956.

1980s
BEP Europe headquartered in Brugge

1988-89

Company expands into Korea, and Europe with BEP Europe headquartered in Brugge.

1990s
BEPCO dynamometers

1990s

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) began purchasing BEPCO dynamometers to meet new, emerging standards.

1990s
a manufacturing facility in Wuxi

1997-2003

Continued global expansion into South America, Europe, expansion into India and China, opening a manufacturing facility in Wuxi.

2000s
reframed our strategy around our domain expertise

2006

Beginning in 2006, our newly appointed executive leadership team reframed our strategy around our domain expertise in mission-critical intelligent machines, instrumentation, and integrated assembly solutions.

2010s
BEPCO acquires XL Machine

2012

BEPCO acquires XL Machine Company, supplier of precision machined components.

2010s
BEPCO starts planning expansion into powertrain and balancing markets

2014

BEPCO starts planning expansion into powertrain and balancing markets.

2010s
BEPCO was acquired by ECIL, an affiliate of China Everbright Limited, in March 2015

2015

BEPCO was acquired by ECIL, an affiliate of China Everbright Limited, in March 2015. The transaction provided us with additional funding to pursue our business strategy and new opportunities complementary to our existing system and solution offerings and supplied the capital needed to accelerate the execution of our long-term strategic vision.

2010s
BEPCO acquires Universal Balancing

2015

BEPCO acquires Universal Balancing, leader in the development and manufacture of high production balancing machines.

2010s
BEPCO acquires CIMAT

2015

BEPCO acquires CIMAT, leader in the development and manufacture of aftermarket balancers.

2010s
BEPCO acquires Epic Equipment & Engineering

2015

BEPCO acquires Epic Equipment & Engineering, a premier supplier of automated assembly and test systems for the automotive powertrain market.

2010s
Burke Porter Group (BPG) is formed

2016

Burke Porter Group (BPG) is formed to tell the story of Burke E. Porter Machinery Company’s growth by acquisition.

2010s
BPG acquires Korvis

2016

BPG acquires Korvis, a leader in additive manufacturing and life science instrumentation.

2010s
BPG acquires Kleinknecht

2016

BPG acquires Kleinknecht, specializing in electrical discharge texturing (EDT), automotive testing, automotive and drive systems, environmental technologies and solutions, power quality systems, and machine tooling and applications for various industries.

2010s
Korvis absorbs Primatics’ engineering team

2017

Korvis absorbs Primatics’ engineering team, Primatics joins Burke Porter Group.

2010s
BPG acquires LISMAR

2017

BPG acquires LISMAR, a global leader in non-destructive testing (NDT) for the steel and aluminum industry. The combination of LISMAR and Kleinknecht within the BPG family of companies leverages a unique complement of solutions for the steel industry in products, engineering and scale.

2010s
BPG acquires Titan

2018

BPG acquires Titan, a global leader in custom-engineered test stands, automated assembly systems, and mobile test equipment for off-highway OEMs and tier 1 suppliers.

2010s
BPG expands European presence with purchase of Van Hoecke Automation

2018

Burke Porter Group expands European presence with purchase of Van Hoecke Automation in Belgium, specializing in vision systems, process management, assembly automation, mechatronics, and product inspection and tracking, for the food, automotive OEM, metal, plastic, paper, and medical supply industries.

2010s
BPG announces an investment in Grabit Inc.

2018

BPG announces an investment in Grabit Inc., for an exclusive manufacturing licensing agreement for Stackit™, an automated material stacking robotic system for the manufacture of soft goods.

2010s
BPG acquires Italian company, Galileo TP Process Equipment

2018

BPG acquires Italian company, Galileo TP Process Equipment, specializing in fluid and gas distribution, control and measurement in thermodynamics, spectrometry and gas analysis, and precision mechanics.

2010s
BPG announces strategic consulting partnership with WinterPark Engineering LLC

2018

In May, BPG announces strategic consulting partnership with WinterPark Engineering LLC, leaders in OBD evaluation, certification, and documentation, gasoline & diesel vehicle calibration, and emission compliance testing. BPG later acquired WinterPark in September.