Seabrook automation firm acquired by Ohio company

Move will strengthen life sciences, pharmaceutical engineering services

Superior Controls, Inc., a life sciences control system integrator of custom industrial automation has been acquired by E-Technologies Group, an Ohio-based control system integration firm owned by Falfurrias Capital Partners, a Charlotte-based private equity firm. The acquisition makes ETech one of the nation’s leading providers of automation software and systems integration and engineering design services with approximately 400 employees, including 350 engineers.

Superior Controls CEO Rick Pierro and Ron Case attend the ISPE Boston Spring Conference.

As the leading control systems automation provider in the U.S. life sciences industry since 1993, Superior Controls was a key acquisition for ETech, which has seen an increasing demand for industrial automation due to rapid adoption of automation technology and robust growth in the industry. The company works with biotech and pharmaceutical companies in 36 states and 15 countries.

In 2017, Superior Controls merged with Banks Integration Group as a strategic move by Falfurrias Capital Partners to enhance the strengths and growth opportunities of its three industrial automation subsidiaries. With the 2017 addition of Banks Integration Group, a ten-year Rockwell Automation Solution Partner on the West Coast, the company works nationally with industry leaders such as Pfizer, Biogen, GE Healthcare, Genentech, Gilead and more.

The Seabrook-based company will retain its name and maintain the company’s focus in serving the life sciences industry, with 135 engineers and professionals on both the East and West Coasts. Superior Controls Co-founder and President Rick Pierro will continue as president of Superior Controls’ life sciences solutions vertical, reporting to ETech CEO Ralph Carter, and will also join the ETech board.

“The addition of Superior Controls significantly expands the breadth and depth of ETech’s engineering talent and capabilities as well as our ability to serve customers regardless of where they are located and whenever their needs arise,” said Carter. “We are thrilled to welcome Rick and Superior Controls to the ETech team.”

“Superior Controls, its customers and employees will all benefit from the synergies of working with our new sister companies. Following this acquisition, we will continue our efforts to grow, open new offices, and obtain new clients while continuing to provide tremendous service to our existing clients,” said Pierro. “ETech has developed an excellent formula for growth and stability. The new corporation pairs a portfolio of multiple successful system integrators with complementary markets and strengths, strong management, and talented engineering teams who serve an increasing demand for automation amongst our clients.”