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JBT to purchase LEKTRO

JBT Corporation of Chicago reached an agreement to acquire LEKTRO Inc., which focuses on the design, manufacture, and supply of all-electric towbarless tow and pushback vehicles for the business jet and commercial aviation market.


January 22, 2019
By Wings Staff

JBT operates as an airport equipment company through its JBT AeroTech division and, through its FoodTech segment, also holds a major presence in the design, production and servicing of products and automated systems for the food processing industry.

“We are excited to be part of JBT,” said Eric Paulson, owner of LEKTRO. “Together our companies will provide customers a global sales and support presence, a much broader portfolio of products and services, and deeper engineering capabilities for future product development.” Located in Warrenton, Oregon, LEKTRO will join with JBT AeroTech’s GSE business unit.

JBT describes LEKTRO’s family of all-electric towbarless vehicles as a great complement to JBT AeroTech’s expanding line-up of diesel tow tractors and other Ground Support Equipment (GSE) products. This GSE segment includes de-icers, cargo loaders, belt loaders, mobile stairs, pre-conditioned air carts, and ground power units.

“LEKTRO’s reputation for great customer service and products that are easy to operate, easy to maintain, and highly reliable makes it an ideal fit for JBT AeroTech,” said Dave Burdakin, EVP and president of JBT AeroTech.