Wine and Spirits Expertise Leads to Acquisition Announcement by Bastian Solutions

Indianapolis, IN, April 23, 2015 –(– Modern Materials Handling magazine announced on opening day of ProMat last month that Bastian Solutions, a leading systems integrator, acquired Forte Engineering, a software firm outside Chicago specializing in warehouse execution systems. The acquisition is intended to strengthen the companies’ overall product offering to wine and spirits clients. Over the past few decades, the Forte team—led by Jim Love and Bernie Victor—authored the software marketed by Contech, a platform that has become a leader in wine and spirits distribution. Aaron Jones, Bastian Solutions’ president, said, “The acquisition of the Forte Engineering team completes a highly strategic move in an effort to combine the leading wine and spirits industry warehouse execution system (WES) of Forte and the real-time information systems of Bastian Solutions. Over the last few decades, Jim Love and Bernie Victor have built an amazing software platform that will be fully integrated into our Exacta suite. The industry has been lacking this type of turnkey software package, and I could not be more exited to bring this solution to the market.”

About Bastian Solutions
Bastian Solutions (, a global material handling systems integrator and expert in e-commerce fulfillment automation is an innovator in the fields of material handling automation, goods-to-person systems, wearable AR technology, supply chain software, and robotics. Bastian Solutions recently announced the acquisition of Forte Engineering. The merge creates a turnkey software suite for beverage distributors and strengthens the companies’ overall product offerings and customer support.

Bastian Solutions is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, with an additional 16 domestic offices and 7 international offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Uniquely positioned, Bastian Solutions offers customers complete and innovative turnkey material handling systems, from design and simulation, all the way through installation and operations. Modern Materials Handling named Bastian Solutions 2015 Top 20 Systems Suppliers Worldwide.

Bastian Solutions provides integrated material handling systems reducing the total cost of order fulfillment and delivery cycle times for its customers; tremendous productivity gains and a quick return on investment are ensured. Automating supply chain logistics with harmony between material flow, information flow, and operational processes, yields a unique and important competitive advantage.

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