(Jonesboro, Arkansas) www.hytrol.com December 12, 2017—Hytrol has announced the renovation of its Technology Center, set for completion in mid-2018. The upgrade is an investment of over $1.5 million to upgrade the center’s infrastructure and showcase of the company’s newest material handling products.

Renovations to the Technology Center will be completed in two phases. The first phase is slated for completion in March of 2018 and includes the installation of a Research and Development laboratory, product showcase area and Client Experience Studio. The studio will be comprised of product displays, a theatre, virtual reality simulation and augmented reality demonstration space to show both current and potential customers the newest technology in material handling.

The second phase will populate the new infrastructure with a multi-level material handling system that highlights the latest technology from Hytrol and is scheduled for completion in June of 2018.

Ben Moyer, Hytrol’s director of research and development, said the renovation is a sign of the company’s ongoing commitment to innovation in an industry that is constantly adopting new technology to solve new challenges.

“Our goal at Hytrol is to find total solutions for our customers, and the Technology Center is the beginning of that process,” said Moyer. “The rate of adoption is faster than ever for technology today, and we need to be very intentional and forward-thinking when we create those solutions.”

The Hytrol Technology Center, located less than a half mile from the company’s main office and manufacturing center in Jonesboro, was built in 1992 and expanded in 1998. It has been used to create and test new products for the company—a function Moyer, hired in June of 2017, wants to expand upon.

“Innovation is our future, but it’s also a big part of Hytrol’s heritage,” said Moyer. “Our founder, Tom Loberg, was an innovator. A commitment to innovation is a commitment to our customers, a commitment to our success, and a commitment to the very foundation of this company.”

David Peacock, Hytrol’s president, said the renovations to the Technology Center will play a large factor in the company’s strategy.

“Hytrol is an innovative company looking to solve our customers’ problems and change the industry we’re a part of,” said Peacock. “The Technology Center allows us to do that, and this renovation is a demonstration of that commitment.”

About Hytrol:

Hytrol (www.hytrol.com) designs and manufactures advanced conveyor systems, controls and solutions for customers with processing, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution needs. Established in 1947, Hytrol has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to understanding the unique material handling needs of businesses.

From traditional roller and gravity conveyors to the most advanced conveying system technologies such as 24-volt conveying solutions and logic-driven zero-pressure accumulation, we seek to create the most value possible for our customers. We believe that these solutions are only as good as the people behind them. Hytrol works with a network of integration partners to implement solutions for customers across the globe.

Our emphasis on the "Hytrol Family" mindset continues to make Hytrol a great place to work as well as a mainstay of the company's respected position within the material handling industry. With 2017 marking the company's 70th year in business, we look forward to accomplishing many more milestones in this monumental year of our company's history. Hytrol is a proud member of MHI, CEMA (Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association), RILA (Retail Industry Leaders Association) and IABSC (International Association of Baggage System). Follow Hytrol on Twitter @Hytrol.

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