Komppa Machinery Group acquired by private business owner

By Freeman Staff

Jan. 12, 2018

Greg Knight
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BROOKFIELD — Greg Knight, a Milwaukee-based business owner, acquired Komppa Machinery Group Inc., a Brookfield-based manufacturer of roll forming machinery.

According to the Thursday announcement, Marcus Poppler will be a minority owner of the company, which will be renamed Knight Manufacturing. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Knight Manufacturing will continue to manufacture roll forming machinery in the United States.

Knight’s previous acquisitions include Standard Tar Products (now Knight Chemicals), and McDermott Cue, a Menomonee Falls-based manufacturer of pool cues.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to take this company forward. The machinery is top quality and known for running at the fastest rates,” Knight said in a statement. “It is great to keep American manufacturing going and we look to keep that tradition alive going forward.”

Marcus Poppler
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Poppler holds a diploma in mold making from Hennepin Technical College in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and a mechanical engineering degree from Milwaukee School of Engineering. He also brings 15 years of real-world experience in various manufacturing roles. In his new position, Poppler will be using his expertise to run the day to day operations and develop new products to help the company expand into additional markets.

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead the effort with Greg in delivering industry-leading machinery to customers,” Poppler said in the announcement.

Komppa Machinery Group Inc. was founded in the 1930s as a roll-forming division of Artos Engineering, the division was spun off in the 1990s as Emerald Industries, which was later renamed Komppa Machinery Group Inc.