KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, U.S. — Sebatec America, Inc., Lenexa, Kansas, has become the exclusive agent in North America for OMAS s.r.l., an Italian manufacturer of milling and agricultural equipment. Sebatec's owners, Ben J. Ross and Robert L. Bonanni, announced the alliance last month.

OMAS produces a line of three compact mills with daily capacities of 18, 30 and 50 tonnes of flour. The systems comprise a separate milling and cleaning unit, each of which can be shipped in 40-foot containers. The units can be installed side-by-side in a warehouse or in separate structures. Grain is moved from the cleaning house/tempering system to the mill by incline conveyors.

Announcing the introduction of the OMAS line, Mr. Ross said, "We will continue to supply equipment, service, spare parts and technical support as we have in the past."

Headquartered in Padua, Italy, OMAS was established in 1966 by Adriano Nalon. Originally devoted to the manufacturing of agricultural equipment, the company in the late 1980s expanded into grain processing equipment. A mechanical engineer by training, Mr. Nalon continues to head the business today.

Among advantages of the OMAS compact milling system cited by Mr. Ross are European-style rollstands that automatically engage and disengage. Milling performance is enhanced by variable-speed feed rolls triggered by the grain stock.

Mr. Ross and Mr. Bonanni established Sebatec in 1999. Mr. Ross has been in the milling equipment business since 1964, when he joined Henry Simon in South Africa. He moved to the United States in 1985 and joined Sangati America in 1991.

Mr. Bonanni also entered the business with Henry Simon in South Africa, in the early 1980s. He was a Sangati representative beginning in 1984 and in 1990 established a company that was the sole agent for Sangati Berga in central and southern Africa.

Mr. Ross and Mr. Bonanni established Sebatec last year as the sole U.S. agents for equipment manufactured by Sangati Berga S.p.A.

Earlier this year, a strategic alliance was announced between Golfetto S.p.A. and Sangati Berga S.p.A. Under a restructuring associated with the alliance, Cereal Technologies, Inc., Millersville, Maryland, U.S., was named the sole representative in North America for both the Golfetto and Sangati Berga equipment lines.

Sebatec will exhibit the OMAS line at the upcoming Association of Operative Millers annual trade show and predicted that a unit would be installed in North America in four to six months.

Mr. Ross said OMAS would develop and market a broader line of equipment in coming years. "By virtue of the fact they are moving into North America, they will need to develop equipment with greater capacity," he said. "The largest of their compact mills is the starting point for U.S. milling operations."

Mr. Bonanni said that Sebatec was exploring additional alliances to further broaden its equipment offerings.

Taylor Holdings purchases Smoot conveying business

PARSONS, KANSAS, U.S. — Taylor Holdings, Inc., an investor group in Parsons that also owns packaging and process control businesses, recently completed the purchase of The Smoot Co., a manufacturer of material management and handling systems for the grain and milling industries.

Smoot was founded in 1960 by David Smoot and employs about 75 persons at a 125,000-square-foot office and manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Kansas. The company designs and manufactures dense and dilute phase pneumatic conveying systems and components for bulk material handling.

Mr. Smoot will remain with the company as a consultant, Taylor said.

Taylor Holdings also owns Taylor Products, Inc., of Parsons and Avatar Packaging Systems, Inc., Decatur, Alabama, U.S.