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LeMatic Inc Providing Newer Technology In Bread Slicing

It's as easy as sliced bread.


That old saying could not be more of a misnomer about the factory of local niche manufacturer LeMatic Inc.

There is nothing simple about the bread-slicing machines assembled at the company's 57,000-square-foot factory in Blackman Township. LeMatic builds automation equipment for wholesale bakeries to slice and package soft-roll products, such as hot dog and hamburger buns.

Some of the intricate bread-slicing machines at LeMatic stretch up to 80 feet long. After being assembled and tested locally, the machines are broken down and shipped throughout the world.


LeMatic CEO Dale J. Lecrone, 48, said his company's annual revenue is about $10 million, a large portion of which is reinvested to maintain LeMatic's state-of-the-art technology.


LeMatic was founded in 1973 by Lecrone's father, Dale S. Lecrone. Many fast-food restaurants, such as McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's, depend on LeMatic's equipment for their soft-roll needs, Dale J. Lecrone said.


Lecrone said LeMatic does about 30 percent of its business internationally.


As fast food has grown throughout the world, so has our product," Lecrone said. "We've got equipment around the world — Saudi Arabia, Japan, China — I think we have equipment in 60-some countries."


In addition to slicing equipment, LeMatic also makes orientating, stacking, packaging and cleaning equipment for the baking industry.


LeMatic's staff of about 50 includes designers, a sales team, an engineering department, a manufacturing group and field-service employees.


Lecrone said his company has been able to succeed over the years, despite a challenging economy, by staying up-to-date with the industry's newest technology.


"Over the last eight years, we've integrated vision and robotics into our solutions that we can provide," Lecrone said. "We can now automate a process in the bakery utilizing mechanical means, or where it warrants, we can utilize robotic and vision. We're utilizing the vision-control technology on one end to do process checks.


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