Two California automation firms merge, DST Controls Inc. and CKC Engineering LLC, which in turn have been purchased by the Michigan-based Depatie Fluid Power Group. DST Controls, based in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, has provided a broad array of automation and industrial controls services to a diverse, global base of customers from multibillion-dollar manufacturers to entrepreneurial startups for nearly 50 years.

CKC Engineering, also with headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, provides innovative automated equipment solutions to a variety of clients, from small startups to large manufacturing companies, in and around Silicon Valley and the West Coast.

Depatie Fluid Power, with headquarters in the southwestern Michigan city of Portage, has served the hydraulic and pneumatic power needs of thousands of customers across western Michigan and northern Indiana for more than 60 years.


Growing market – This opportunity presented a way for Depatie Fluid Power to balance its business in the fast-growing market for factory and infrastructure automation, controls and data. Combined, these companies, DST Controls and CKC Engineering offer the full suite of capabilities in automation. Strategically, they share many similarities with Depatie that will allow it to leverage engineering, business systems, sales and support across to build new ideas and create efficiency.


Future investment – The merging of DST Controls and CKC Engineering is an investment in the future and it creates a combined company that can perform in the industry. Buying the California automation firms was a natural progression as Depatie Fluid Power continues to expand beyond its traditional fluid power offerings.

Enhanced customer value – Customers of the combined Company will have a nimble and experienced partner that can support all their automation requirements. Since the acquisition, and to highlight the next chapter in their automation journey, the two companies will merge and be rebranded as CKC Automation.

Employee future – Employees of DST Controls and CKC Engineering will gain additional opportunities for personal growth through new projects, customers and technologies because the development of employee expertise is a cornerstone of the organization

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