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 strategic 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.


Burke Porter Group completes acquisition of Automation Equipment Manufacturer, NACS, Inc. (NACS), headquartered in Ham Lake, Minnesota, USA. NACS is a custom manufacturer of automated systems and tool fixtures that also provides contract manufacturing for some of the world’s most trusted brands in the life science industry, such as Boston Scientific, St. Jude Medical, Medtronic and 3M.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


BEPCO starts planning expansion into powertrain and balancing markets.


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


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.

1997 – 2003

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


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

1988 – 89

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


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


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