Greg Knight Acquires Komppa Machinery Group Inc.

Business to be Renamed Knight Manufacturing.

Milwaukee-based business owner Greg Knight has acquired Komppa Machinery Group Inc. (KMG), a Brookfield-based manufacturer of roll forming machinery.

Marcus Poppler has joined Knight as a minority owner of the company. The company is to be renamed Knight Manufacturing, and will continue to manufacture roll forming machinery in the United States. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Knight has a passion for manufacturing. His previous acquisitions include Standard Tar Products (now Knight Chemicals), and McDermott Cue, a Menomonee Falls-based manufacturer of pool cues.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to take this company forward. The machinery is top-quality and known for running at the fastest rates,” Knight said.

Greg Knight

“It is great to keep American manufacturing going and we look to keep that tradition alive going forward.”

Poppler holds a diploma in Mold Making from Hennepin Technical College in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and a Mechanical Engineering degree from Milwaukee School of Engineering. He also brings 15 years of real-world experience in various manufacturing roles. In his new role, Poppler will be using his expertise to run the day-to-day operations and develop new products to help the company expand into additional markets.

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead the effort with Greg in delivering industry-leading machinery to customers,” Poppler said.

About Komppa Machinery Group Inc.

Originally founded in the 1930s as a roll-forming division of Artos Engineering, the division was spun off in the 1990s as Emerald Industries, which was later renamed Komppa Machinery Group Inc.


Marcus Poppler

The company has found lasting success with its industry-leading line of Artos-branded roll-formers, which are used for a wide range of applications including building products and HVAC. Knight hopes, with Marcus’ help, to continue this success by increasing the capabilities of existing products, along with the creation of new products to meet customers’ changing needs.

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