About Us

Who We Are

Alliance Automation began operations in August 2008 when President and CEO, Doug Wenninger, took advantage of an opportunity he saw within the market to branch out and offer automation to underserved industries. Our innovative thinkers design and build robotic automation systems that optimize production processes. We provide automation solutions for a multitude of industries; each helping upgrade efficiency, increase throughput and guarantee reliability in production.

What We Do

Simply put, we build the machines that allow YOU to build your products.

We are innovative thinkers, designers and builders. We are experts in designing and building automation systems that optimize your production process and help you increase your throughput. From small standalone machines, gauges and fixtures to fully automated assembly lines, we have the staff and expertise to do it all.

Let us solve your problems, and create something that’s right for YOU.

To see examples of our work, check out our automation in action here.

  • Our locations:
  • Van Wert, Ohio – Engineering & Manufacturing, 140,000 sq. ft.
  • León, Guanajuato, Mexico – Engineering & Manufacturing, 30,000 sq. ft.

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We are transparent and offer a high level of integrity and service with everyone we work with. To us, every customer matters, and we won’t quit until the job is done right.

Our History

Alliance Automation
The Beginning

The beginning of Alliance Automation in Delphos, Ohio.

Pallet Recycling
CHEP Pallet Partnership

Start of Automating CHEP Processes.

Move to Van Wert, Ohio
Van Wert Location

Main office and manufacturing facility moved to Van Wert, Ohio.

Research & Development
R&D Product Development Team

R&D team was created to develop products.

León, Guanajuato, Mexico
Mexico Partnership

Established a partnership with an automation engineering company in Mexico.

Robotic Pallet Dismantler
Robotic Pallet Dismantler

Industry changing automation was released, the Robotic Pallet Dismantler.

The Urban Sawmill
The Urban Sawmill

The Urban Sawmill provides scanning, optimizing, trimming and sortation of boards to the pallet industry.

Acquisition of SMETCO
Acquisition of SMETCO

Expands pallet industry portfolio by acquiring Smetco, Inc.

New Construction
Our Future

Construction begins on the new 140,000 square foot building.

The Big Move
Under One Roof

Alliance Automation consolidates four locations under one roof.

Our Story

After purchasing a small building in Delphos, Ohio, the company began its initial year with only six employees and in the middle of the infamous 2008 recession. By December 2008, the company had grown to over thirty employees and has been evolving and expanding ever since.

The nascent company’s first big opportunity came in its initial year from CHEP, a global company concerned with moving goods and the largest wooden pallet company in the world. CHEP used mostly basic manual equipment with low automation. Alliance found a strong niche for custom automation in many business sectors like automotive, consumer goods, food & beverage, and the battery & energy industries. As Alliance began work on automating CHEP’s processes, they continued to focus on custom automation projects with partners like Whirlpool, Samsung, Federal Mogul, Lakeview Farms, Dana, and Bridgestone, now a large part of Alliance’s business.

In 2014, the Alliance team studied automation trends in Europe. They discovered the continent was ahead of the United States by twenty years since the end of World War II when a shortage in available labor necessitated developing automation solutions. Applying this information, as well as reports from the lumber industry and a 2012 OSHA study on the leading cause of amputation in the pallet industry being the manual pallet dismantler, Alliance sought to improve pallet recycling. The improvement objective led to the development of the Robotic Pallet Dismantler, The Urban Sawmill, and Sort & Repair Systems. These products have nearly doubled pallet production while using fewer people, helping to solve the ongoing labor problem and bring more automation opportunities into the market.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is well underway with the present-day labor shortage, which has created a massive opportunity for automation across all sectors and has led to a boom within the industry. Alliance Automation’s in-house engineers supply the company with the proper skills for each unique robotic and automation opportunity. Alliance is keeping pace with industry growth by supporting STEM education, through coaching and funding local robotics clubs. Alliance has also established a scholarship fund for engineering students and implemented education programs such as internships, co-ops, O.W.E, and an apprenticeship program. We believe in supporting the next generation of automation engineers so much that we created a classroom in our new facility to aid in Alliance’s recruitment efforts.


At Alliance Automation, our values are the heart of our family and the foundation of everything we do. As a team we embody all that family represents by honoring God, helping others grow and improving lives. We take pride in promoting a culture of humility, trust, integrity, and respect.

  • Relentless Execution
  • Humble Confidence
  • Always Do the Right Thing
  • Committed to Growth
  • Committed to a Positive, Healthy Work Environment

Custom Solutions

Our systems can improve quality, increase production, and reduce product defects. Take a look at a few examples of the many solutions that we have provided to customers, like you. All projects are designed custom to fit the needs of your business.

  • Robotic Palletizing
  • Robotic Case Packing
  • Robotic Integration
  • Material Handling Conveyance Systems
  • Screw Driving
  • Riveting
  • Automated Painting Systems
  • Adhesive Dispensing
  • MIG and Resistance Welding
  • Vision Guided Robotics
  • Vision Inspection/Verification Systems
  • Leak Testing
  • Pressing
  • Force/Distance Monitoring
  • Press Tending
  • Machine Tending
  • Ultrasonic Welding
  • Heatstaking
  • Orbital Forming

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