Texas-based equipment manufacturer Stewart Systems has acquired Manchester’s Spooner Vicars.

The acquisition was announced on 21 May. Stewart Systems’ headquarters will remain in Texas, and the Spooner Vicars office, in Manchester, will continue to focus on bakery equipment technology.

Wayne Poteet, previous owner of Spooner Vicars, will be MD of the Manchester company.

He said: "The combining of both companies will be much stronger than the sum of the parts, and we are looking forward to the future with great confidence."

Spooner Vicars, will "be able to expand its product portfolio", which includes recently founded Robotics and Tortilla divisions.

Spooner Vicars manufactures bakery equipment for items ranging from bread to crackers to pies.