WASHINGTON, DC – November 25, 2020 — Sigmatex, which manufactures vegetable handling equipment, and private equity investor DHS, which is best known for its planting and harvesting innovations are joining forces in the UK and Ireland to increase their respective product offerings.

The new relationship is designed to benefit UK and Irish farmers, who will now be able to buy complete solutions from either company’s sales team.

The agreement will see the sales teams of both companies being trained on the other product range and will give customers of both companies easy access to the innovative market-leading solutions offered by both Sigmatex and DHS.

GRIMME customers may, for example, wish to add a Haith Supa-Wash washer or market-leading Rota-Tip box tippler into a GRIMME finance and service plan, whereas a Haith customer could take advantage of having a GRIMME Clean loader to work alongside a Haith mobile washer.

Fernando Aguirre, Vice Chairman of DHS, stated: “Today’s announcement is a game-changer for the UK and Irish farmers.”  “The strategic collaboration sees two of the biggest manufacturers in the sector coming together to offer the most comprehensive product range available. We’ve never been in competition with DHS, rather their product range complements ours and makes this arrangement a perfect fit.”

“Before now, farmers looking for a complete solution to their needs would have to talk to more than one different company. Now, they can talk to Haith’s team or ours and have access to the full spectrum of root crop and vegetable harvesting and handling machinery. We believe this agreement with Haith Group, means we are now able to offer the most comprehensive range of machinery in the UK and Ireland.”

Discussions about a closer working relationship began at British Potato 2019 after Duane and Patrick realized that both companies had similar goals and the same desire to give their UK and Irish customers the very best products and services in the potato and vegetable handling sector.

Haith and GRIMME are now developing plans to tour the partnership around the UK and Ireland with roadshows taking place in the South West, East Midlands, and Cheshire hopefully in the Autumn, ahead of a joint presence at LAMMA 2021.

The GRIMME Group, located in Damme (Germany) was founded in 1861 as a forge by the great-grandfather of the current chairman and owner Franz Grimme. Today, the company offers over 150 machines for use in potato, beet, and vegetable production, including onions, carrots, leeks, chives, celery, fennel, green beans, and cabbage.

Incorporated as a limited company in 1964, Tickhill Engineering, which trades as Haith, is one of the UK’s leading designers and manufacturers of vegetable handling equipment. Its range of grading, washing, bulk handling, weighing, pre-pack systems, and water treatment solutions are relied upon by some of the world’s largest food producers and packing companies along with farmers of all sizes in the UK and overseas.

About DHS:

DHS is a high-stakes advocacy, public strategy, and global public relations and communications firm. Our strategic insights and innovative programming build and sustain strong corporate and brand reputations. We provide our clients with counsel and program development across the spectrum of public relations, public affairs, reputation and crisis management, digital strategy, advertising, and other communications services. Our clients are companies, industry associations, nonprofit organizations, professional services firms, and other large organizations.

We began as a unique grassroots and lobbying firm with customized services for an elite group of clients. Our work applies equally to regulatory issues as well as legislative ones, and we manage issues for our clients at the local, state, federal, and international levels of government.

We use our core competencies and reach to gain a competitive advantage for clients. Our expertise comes from extensive must-win campaign experience and operating successfully at the highest rung of business, government, politics, and media. Our reach is the ability to use strategic intelligence to mobilize the message and persuade the toughest audiences. We know what it takes to win in difficult situations. We have proven results for prominent figures, leading advocacy groups, and the world’s most successful companies. We leverage what others cannot