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HKD Snowmakers acquires Controls, Monitoring and Automation division of Sno.matic

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HKD Snowmakers has acquired the Controls, Monitoring and Automation business of Sno.matic, which is based in Lyme, New Hampshire, US.

HKD Snowmakers manufactures a variety of low energy snow making solutions and equipment, including the Impulse R5 Tower, the Diablo fan gun, and KLiK automation.

Sno.matic Controls and Engineering produces a range of products that monitor snow making and automatically control pump stations and air plants using its proprietary iSno platform. The Engineering division of Sno.matic will remain under the ownership and direction of Scott Barthold – the company’s founder and President – and continue to operate independently as Sno.matic.

Operating under the name iSno Controls and Automation, this new division of HKD Snowmakers is intended to leverage the inherent strengths of both companies.

iSno Controls and Automation will retain its focus on providing products and solutions that are not specific to any one snow gun or machinery vendor.

“The control and automation portion of our business has grown steadily since our inception, and our iSno software platform has arguably become the snow making industry standard,” said Barthold. “HKD has assembled a nationwide team of professionals who will help service and support our current and future customer base. HKD also operates a top-shelf manufacturing & design facility for the production of control panels and automation products.”

“This is a natural fit,” said Charles Santry, President of HKD Snowmakers. “I have known Scott for 24 years and our companies have worked closely together in the development of our KLiK automation and the Tracker product line. I am excited to work with Scott, and his Controls team of Lance Anderson and Erik Larson. By combining their expertise in controls, with our outstanding team in the field, we are well-positioned to assist our customers going forward on all technical fronts.”

The newly formed iSno Controls and Automation division of HKD Snowmakers will remain in Lyme. Barthold will continue his involvement in operating and co-managing iSno Controls and Automation over the next two years, and then gradually transition to a decreased role.

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