Mepaco, part of the Apache Stainless Equipment Corporation family, announces two new managers to the national sales team – Roy Howe and Joe Abitz. Mepaco provides food processing equipment including thermal processing solutions, mixers, blenders, cookers, augers, dumpers, sanitary conveyors and material handling systems to food manufacturers.

Roy Howe joins the Mepaco group with an extensive technical background in food processing and food packaging sales and service. Roy is responsible for new and existing customers in the states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Joe Abitz has over ten years of experience in the engineering, sales and project management of sanitary food processing equipment. He is responsible for the Northeastern states, including: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.

Regarding the additions to the sales team, Dennis Buehring, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, stated, “We are very excited about the addition of Joe Abitz and Roy Howe, we are building an excellent team with industry expertise to serve customers at the highest level. Rounding out the team is Tom Hoffmann, Director of International Sales and Greg Gruber, Regional Sales Manager for the Midwest – both with over 15 years in this business.”

Mepaco provides sanitary design equipment to demanding regulatory compliance industries. Food processing equipment products are cleanable to a microbiological level, accessible for inspection and maintenance and validated for industry cleaning and sanitizing protocols. For more information about Mepaco, visit