About Us

For over 45 years, Semi-Bulk Systems has designed and manufactured modular engineered process solutions
involving powder handling and powder-liquid mixing systems for manufacturers of beverage, dairy, food, and industrial
products.  Semi-Bulk competes on its mixing technology, engineering expertise, and ability to support
powder handling and powder liquid mixing applications.

Company Profile

Semi-Bulk’s unique technology offers 21st Century solutions that optimize process efficiencies and provide the lowest manufacturing costs to compete in today’s fierce competitive environment. Semi-Bulk Systems, Inc. is considered a true partner in developing specific processes customized to maximize competitive and profitability positions. Our patented processes have revolutionized the markets we serve including Dairy, Food, Beverage, Health & Beauty, Paint & Coatings, Paper, Power Generation, Chemical Manufacturing and more!

Semi-Bulk Systems, Inc. is a world class provider of modular engineered process solutions involving dry ingredient handling and dry/liquid mixing systems. We serve the following industries:

  • Dairy Mixes – Ice Cream Mix/Yogurt Mix & Milk Powder Rehydration
  • Beverage Mix Processes
  • Sugar Liquefication
  • Dressing & Sauces
  • Meat Processing – Pickle, Spice and Brine Processes
  • Pharmaceutical and health care
  • Paint Plant /Paper Plant — Pigment Dispersion & Thickeners; Chemical Processes; Mining Processes
  • Power Plant – Flue gas stack treatment- -Land and Marine: Flue gas de-sulfurization [FGD] w/ Limestone and MgO; Hg Control w/ Powdered Activated Carbon [PAC] processes; NOx mitigation w/ Urea solution for a cleaner environment.
  • Oil Field Fracking and Forest Fire Fighting Chemicals
  • AIR-PALLET® Container – Specialized returnable/reusable semi-bulk shipping containers for powder products; w/ built-in fluidizable pallet for total dust free filling and unloading.

Vision & Mission

Our Vision

Deliver a competitive advantage to our customers, while being a business unit within a multi-national platform, which enables SBS to gain an improved market presence, achieve YOY revenue and margin improvement,

 

Our Mission

Expand and enhance our recognition as an essential provider of modular, engineered process solutions involving powder handling and powder-liquid mixing systems by manufacturers of food & beverage, and industrial products.

 

Core Values

  • INTEGRITY:  Through Integrity and honesty, the SBS team will strive to develop relationships built on ethics and trust with each other, our customers and our suppliers.
  • INNOVATION:  The SBS team is dedicated to developing creative ideas into Innovative solutions to meet our customer’s challenges.
  • RESPECT FOR PEOPLE:  To create an environment for employees which is conducive to producing a cohesive, effective customer focused team.  To encourage and challenge each employee to continue to grow to develop his/her full potential.
  • RESPONSIBILITY:  SBS conducts its business in a responsible manner, maintaining accountability for its products and services before, during and after the sale; providing a dependable organization producing consistent and reliable products and services which meet or exceed our customer’s expectations.
  • QUALITY:  At SBS, We take pride in our people, products and services. Our pride is evident in our superior quality products and our unwavering commitment to excellence; always knowing the ultimate judge of our effort is the customer.

Core Products & Services

Semi-Bulk Systems designs and manufactures modular engineered process solutions involving powder ingredient handling and powder/liquid mixing systems for sanitary and industrial manufacturers.

Semi-Bulk Systems competes on its mixing technology, engineering expertise, and ability to support powder handling and powder liquid mixing applications.  Our customers include the following markets and applications:

  • Beverage – Brewing / Nutritional / RTD / Sport & Energy
  • Dairy – Cheese, Cultured Products / Frozen Desserts
  • Food – Confectionary / Dressings & Sauces / Food Ingredients / Meats
  • Sugar Liquefication
  • Health & Beauty
  • Mining – Oil / Gas – Fracking
  • Paint – Pigments / Thickeners
  • Paper
  • Pet Care
  • Power (Coal, Marine)- FGD / Hg Removal / Nox Reduction
  • Chemical / Various Industrial

Our History

Origin

Semi-Bulk Systems, Inc. was founded by Avrom R. Handleman and Charles S. Alack in 1975. Mr. Alack was with Monsanto for 11 years and worked in Manufacturing, Central Engineering, Specialty Chemical Sales, Commercial Development and Product Marketing. Mr. Handleman was with Monsanto for 20 years and worked in Research, Commercial Development and as Market Manager for the Wildfire Chemical Business

It was in the development of the Wildfire Chemical Business that Mr. Handleman designed and patented the initial Ejector Mixer Slurry Unit and the precursor to the Air-Pallet® Container. The development of the Ejector Mixer and the shipping container with the air membrane in the base made it possible for Monsanto to offer a fire retardant chemical in the form of a dry powder and rapidly convert the powder into a solution to be pumped aboard airplanes to bomb forest fires and minimize the impact on the environment. This technology continues to be the primary process support for fighting forest fires in a number of world areas.

1975-1995 – The Early Years – SBS 1.0

For two decades, the company’s focus was manufacturing semi-bulk containers for powders, filling & unloading units and process systems for delivering powder from totally enclosed containers.  Processes supported with powder delivery directly from the Air-Pallet® container included:  Gravity controlled discharge; Powder delivery directly to several VACUCAM® Mixer process options; and process options including Pneumatic Convey powder handling and processing.

The company produced a full line of products including Air-Pallet® Containers in round, rectangular and mini configurations; Industrial Air-Cone® Hoppers; and fill and unload units and systems for APC handling. These products were used in a variety of chemical and industrial industries like PVC, printing ink, chemicals and filter aids.

1975 – 1979: The Company began development work out of machine shop in Webster Groves, Missouri.  Design, development, and prototyping was very active relating to design and tooling for air-pallet container, filling equipment, unload systems, and VACUCAM® Ejector Mixer (EJM).  SBS opened office and manufacturing facility ultimately in Fenton, Missouri.  Established basic test and demo / pilot plant facility and began product introduction to target customers.

1979-1994: The Company moved into a new 20,000 square-foot manufacturing, operation, office, and pilot plant in Overland, Missouri.  Provided initial facility for Air-Pallet® Container assembly, manufacturing of filling and unload systems for the Air-Pallet® container, and expanded pilot plant for testing and demo of a large range of powders.  The Company moved to an expanded 65,000 square feet manufacturing, office, and pilot plant facility at current location in Fenton, Missouri.    Provided additional space required for manufacturing of process equipment, pilot plant facility and expanded office requirements.

 

1996-2016 – Semi-Bulk 2.0

1995:  Decision was made to reduce emphasis on air-pallet container business and increase emphasis on process business and sanitary markets versus industrial markets and products.  Adopted manufacturing practices related to 3A Sanitary Fabrication.  Began developing processes related to sanitary handling of powder and processes related to powder/liquid mixing.

Mr. Handleman retired from Semi-Bulk Systems in 1996 shortly after the formation of the Semi-Bulk Systems Sanitary Division (food, dairy, beverage, cosmetic and pharmaceutical) in 1995. Mr. Ronald Bentley was named Director of the new division. The VACUCAM® (VACUUM Convey and Mix) Slurry Processes were expanded to offer both the food and industrial markets this state-of-the-art technology for mixing powders and liquids.

Although systems were previously sold for such processes, the company began to focus on these hygienic processes for dry powder handling and powder/liquid mixing. To support and promote the VACUCAM® Slurry Process Technology, Semi-Bulk’s product lines were expanded, adding many new products to meet the requirements for hygienic processes. These new product lines were developed to offer a TOTAL SOLUTION, including dry side modular processes with Air Cone ® Hopper (ACH) and powder/liquid mixing modular processes based on Vacucam® Ejector Mixer (EJM) and full solution standardized modular skidded powder mixing processes.

The products developed to focus on conditioned powder feed included bulk bag unload stations, bulk bag unloaders with surge bins, hygienic design Air-Cone® Hoppers and many new modular processes.

With the achievement of ISO 9001 and 3-A Certification as well as sanitary fab transition, Semi-Bulk Systems expanded into new food, chemical and industrial markets including dairy, beverage, sugar, power plants, paint and others serving both smaller operations as well as Fortune 50 manufacturers.

At the same time, Semi-Bulk Systems began expansion of distribution outside the United States into Europe, Mexico, China, Asia, Brazil, Japan and India.

1997:  Introduction of the first bulk handling Sugar Liquefication process designed to vacuum convey sugar from bulk truck unload with water on a Continuous Steady-State (on-demand) basis.  Used for handling large volume ingredients.  Original installations with U.S. ice cream facility.

1998:  Company achieved ISO 9001-1994 Certification.  SBS currently holds ISO 9001-2015 Certification.        Provided credibility and capability to increase emphasis in manufacturing for sanitary processes and projects through major engineering houses.

2000:  Introduction of the EJM 2000 Inline Mixing Skid unit designed to vacuum convey conditioned powder from various powder sources, mix powder with liquid media on a Single Pass or Batch Recycle basis.  Used for handling most medium volume ingredients, including those with higher solids.   Original installations within various U.S. based paint and cheese facilities.

2004:  Introduction of the Mixer-on-Stand (MOS) unit specifically designed for optimum dissolution of thickeners, gums, dairy protein powders, and sensitive ingredients, typically lower solids (<20-30%).   Original installation at a paint plant in Sweden.

2012:  Established representative presence in China as well as expanded presence in multiple paint plants in China and additional systems with international paint plants in multiple Asian countries.

 

2016 – Present – Semi-Bulk 3.0

The company’s products have always strongly supported industries’ initiatives to develop sustainable processes.  From the support of the wildfire chemical business for fighting wildfires around the world, to providing the industrial and food process industries with process solutions to reduce energy consumption and provide major Process XstreamLining® benefits, the company’s technology and process solutions continue to provide opportunities to allow customers to improve their product quality, meet capacities and achieve lowest cost production while meeting or exceeding their sustainable objectives.

  • Company focus-powder handling & powder/liquid mixing processes –THE TOTAL PROCESS SOLUTION
  • Technology – dry side modular processes w/ ACH including PH& BBU product line; powder/liquid mixing modular processes based on EJM
  • Build brand to promote and recognize Technology benefits vs. Traditional processes —Process XstreamLining®
  • Product lines – dry side standardized modular components; standardized modular skidded powder mixing processes
  • Distinguish Engineering & Fabrication Standards for Sanitary vs. Industrial Projects.

2016:  Established presence in India with major paint company.  Expanded partnerships and presence in India, China, in Italy for Europe, and in Chile for South America.

2018:  Installed pilot plant in Milan, Italy.

A History of Quality

The company’s products have always strongly supported industries’ initiatives to develop sustainable processes.  From the support of the wildfire chemical business for fighting wildfires around the world, to providing the industrial and food process industries with process solutions to reduce energy consumption and provide major Process XstreamLining® benefits, the company’s technology and process solutions continue to provide opportunities to allow customers to improve their product quality, meet capacities and achieve lowest cost production while meeting or exceeding their sustainable objectives.

Management Team

Charles Alack
CEO / COO
855-585-7590 Ext. 115
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Jeff Doherty
President
855-585-7590 Ext. 129
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Regarding: Design & Process Engineering, Project Management, Industrial & Sanitary Application Engineering

Brian Traylor
Vice-President, Sales and Marketing
855-585-7590 Ext. 122
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Regarding: Sales and Marketing Director

Iris Freidel
Director, Technical Services
855-585-7590 Ext. 136
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Regarding: Pilot & field Testing, demonstrations & application testing, Equipment rental agreements, and Contract Service administration

Bernie Klipsch
Director of Operations
855-585-7590 Ext. 117
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Al Moresi
Controller
855-585-7590 Ext. 111
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Sales Team

Brian Traylor
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
800-732-8769 Ext. 122
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Ron Bentley
Sales Manager
800-732-8769 Ext. 112
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Mark Huling
Sales Manager
305-323-7724
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John Heutel
Sales Manager
800-732-8769 Ext. 138
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International Associates:

Brazil:  TETRALON   (11) 4081-7000     Contact Name: Caio Roza

Mexico:  K-AP  +52 (442) 203 7104   Contact Name:  Cesar Mosqueda

P.R. China:  Weihai Office 0631-5215211  Contact Name:  Mr. Liang Yezhuang

Semi-Bulk Systems is ISO 9001 : 2015 Certified!

Semi-Bulk Systems is proud to be certified to ISO 9001:2015 standards. We’re certified to the highest standards of service, quality and performance by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This unique designation is only awarded to manufacturers most committed to providing those superior levels of service, quality and performance.

Since achieving our first ISO 9001 certification in 1999, we have committed our Continuous Improvement efforts to provide the best Process Technology, Quality, Service and Performance to support our Customer’s needs.  Our unique technology allows us to offer the most efficient Processes and Benefits required by major customers in the industries we serve, and ISO 9001:2015 continues to provide the operation platform to achieve those goals.”

Charles S. Alack, CEO/COO, Semi-Bulk Systems.

If you need technical support, please contact us at 855-585-7590.

Semi-Bulk Systems operates a pilot plant in Fenton, MO to both demonstrate our Dynamic Dispersion Technology as well as to conduct actual testing of customer products. We will also conduct trials with our equipment in the customers’ facility. Leasing and rental options are also available.

Join Our Team!

At Semi-Bulk Systems, Inc., we are always seeking qualified candidates to join our team in sales, engineering, manufacturing/production and support. Semi-Bulk Systems has regular jobs available in our St. Louis, Missouri, USA headquarters. Check this page regularly for new job postings.

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Semi-Bulk Systems, Inc. is considered a true partner in developing specific processes customized to maximize competitive and profitability positions. Our patented processes; our modular skidded approach to provide a Total Solution for both dry side and dry/liquid mixing; and our focus on providing major benefits vs. traditional processes have revolutionized the markets we serve including BeverageDairyFoodHealth & Beauty, Paint & Coatings, Paper, Power Generation, Chemical Manufacturing and more!

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Semi-Bulk has been installed around the world.

Industries Served