After 70 years as a family business, Kercher Enterprises is pleased to announce new ownership as of April, 2016. Curt Snyder purchased Kercher Industries ( and the Lancaster Products ( brand of high shear mixers. Additionally, he assumes the role of President and CEO. Previous owner, Ed Kercher will remain on staff to share the wealth of knowledge he accumulated since his family started the business in 1946. Current and future customers can expect the same great service and dedication to excellence that has become a trademark of Kercher Industries and Lancaster Products.

curt-snyder-lancaster-productsCurt has served in numerous financial and operational roles over his 20 year professional career including as a management consultant for Accenture and successfully leading Mergers and Acquisitions for companies such as Triumph Group and QuEST Global Services. This experience provided Curt with a good eye for identifying healthy companies with growth potential and an understanding of how to best manage the transition. Kercher Enterprises perfectly fit his search criteria and fulfilled Curt’s goal of owning his own corporation. Says Snyder, “Kercher Enterprises stood out among the other manufacturing companies I looked into, because of the positive impact it has on its customers in delivering value and solutions. Customers come to us every day with new challenges that require our expertise and that keeps me and my employees excited to come to work every day.”

The Lancaster Products brand of high shear mixers and industrial material processing equipment was an attractive selling point in the decision to purchase the company. This extremely versatile niche product line spans across a wide variety of applications, but it is the increasing demand throughout industry to recycle residual by-products that accounts for significant growth potential. Curt plans to make additional investments in equipment, technology and people. Among these initiatives are a renewed focus on sales and marketing which includes the addition of a new lead Sales Engineer, additional sales reps, updated marketing collateral and a new website soon to be launched. “The Lancaster Products brand is a world-class product line, but what makes it special is our staff of knowledgeable engineering and manufacturing personnel. Customers often come to us with raw material and an idea for the final product, we go beyond providing them with the machinery to make this happen, we provide them a scalable solution that enhances their entire process.”

In addition to the Lancaster Products brand, Kercher Industries continues to provide precision CNC machining, engineering, and fabrication on a contract basis to the Central Pennsylvania region and beyond. This dedication to providing turnkey solutions to the manufacturing community combined with a renewed focus on sales and marketing positions Kercher Enterprises for future growth from existing and future markets.

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Maintenance Bulletin: Rotor Wear and Replacement in Industrial Mixers

The high-speed rotor is the primary mixing and pelletizing tool in industrial high shear mixers and in many ways, it is the most utilized part of the machine. But rotor wear is also a good leading indicator of your machine’s overall operating condition as it is a direct result of material processing. Chances are, if the rotor is worn, there is other preventative maintenance to be done.

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What Preventative Maintenance Will Prolong the Life of My Mixing Equipment?

Industrial mixers are built to run and withstand a great deal of abuse, however, regular preventive maintenance efforts can help keep your mixer running like new. The two most critical components that can affect the life of your mixer are lubrication and inspection of working tools. Below is an overview of the in-depth information provided in our full maintenance schedule available for download below.


Lubrication: Proper lubrication can encompass multiple areas on your mixer, not just the shaft seals of the mixing tool. Lubrication of all seals as well as drive gears, discharge valves and other locations where bearings are utilized is the best way to extend the life of your mixer. Automated lubrication systems on larger production mixers help maintain proper lubrication intervals, but regular visual inspection should be scheduled to assure the system is working properly.

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