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Bastian Solutions

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Bastian Solutions is an independent material handling and robotics systems integrator providing automated solutions for distribution, manufacturing, and order fulfillment centers around the world[1]. In 2017, Bastian Solutions was acquired by Toyota Advanced Logistics, a subsidiary of Japan-based Toyota Industries Corporation. The company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind.[2]


  • 1950s - 1970s – Bastian Solutions was originally incorporated on October 31, 1952 by Elgan Stark[1], the father-in-law of Bill Bastian Sr. In 1962, Bill Bastian, Sr. purchased the company from Mr. Stark and became the new president. The company’s primary product lines included conveyor, casters, racking, hand trucks and more. The company also expanded into Louisville, Kentucky, and Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  • 1980s – During the 1980s, Bastian Solutions oriented its research towards material handling systems. Additionally, a satellite office was opened in Evansville, Indiana[3].
  • 1990s - In January 1992, Bill Bastian II purchased the company from Bill Bastian Sr. and became the new President. The company added offices in Michigan and Missouri. Then in 1997, Bastian Solutions purchased ASAP Automation (now Bastian Software Solutions), a company that develops Supply Chain Execution Software. In 1998, Bastian Solutions opened an office in Bengaluru, India[4].
  • 2000s – In 2003, Bastian Solutions opened an office near Los Angeles, California. The company also formed Blue Arc Engineering (now Bastian Automation Engineering) to design and manufacture custom material handling automation equipment. During the same year, Bastian Robotics was established.
  • In 2010, Bastian Canada was formed and a satellite office was opened in Toronto, Canada. In May 2010, Bastian Solutions opened a satellite office in Atlanta, Georgia.[5]
  • In 2011, Bastian Solutions opened a new office in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to provide service to customers in the Latin and South American markets. In the same month, Bastian Australia was formed in Sydney, Australia, to provide local support to the company’s Australian and Asian Pacific customers[6].
  • In 2012, Bastian Solutions opened an international office in Mexico.
  • In 2013, Bastian Solutions opened its second office in Canada, located in Montreal. Also in 2013, Bastian Solutions was named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in the U.S.[7]
  • In 2014, Aaron Jones became President of Bastian Solutions[8], and Bill Bastian II transitioned to CEO. Bastian Solutions also moved to a larger corporate headquarters on Meridian Street in Indianapolis. A new warehouse for eCommerce material handling products and a panel shop was established on the northwest side of Indianapolis. Bastian Software Solutions moved to a larger facility on Nelson Miller Parkway in Louisville, KY.
  • In 2015, Bastian Solutions formed a new division in Dallas, TX, focused on the development of mobile robotics. Jointly, the company opened a satellite office in the same location[9].
  • In 2016, Bastian Solutions expanded operations to Europe, opening an office in Madrid, Spain. That same year, Bastian Solutions joined The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) as the manufacturer of ZiPline Conveyor[10]. Bastian Software Solutions also announced the release of ExactaBEV[11], part of the Exacta Supply Chain Software family. Bastian Solutions also opened an office in Pennsylvania to serve East Coast customers as well as formed a new Tire Handling Group.
  • In 2017, Bastian Solutions was acquired by Toyota Advanced Logistics[12], a subsidiary of Japan-based Toyota Industries Corporation. The company continues under the Bastian Solutions brand with Aaron Jones and Bill Bastian II remaining as corporate leadership. In 2017, Bastian Automation Engineering also received ISO 9001:2015 certification, while Bastian Solutions’ consulting group expanded into Mexico. The same year, Bastian Solutions earned 16th place on Modern Materials Handling Top 20 Worldwide Materials Handling Systems Suppliers list[13]. The company will open a new manufacturing facility in Westfield, Indiana, in 2018[14].


In 2017, Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) created a new business division to manage North American activities in the area of logistics solutions named “Toyota Advanced Logistics Solutions” (TALS). TALS operates separately from Toyota’s forklift business, except for coordination in strategic areas as appropriate.

At the same time TICO announced the acquisition of Bastian Solutions, LLC, which was the first group company in the TALS operative structure[15][16].


  1. 1.0 1.1 "BOSS Magazine | Bastian Solutions: 64 Years of Industrial Innovation". BOSS Magazine. 2017-03-02. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  2. Phillips, Erica E. (2017-02-06). "Toyota Industries Acquires Warehouse Robotics Developer". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  3. "Bastian Material Handling Corporation | The MHEDA Journal". www.themhedajournal.org. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  4. "India deal boosts Bastian". Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  5. "BOSS Magazine | Bastian Solutions: 64 Years of Industrial Innovation". BOSS Magazine. 2017-03-02. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  6. "Bastian Solutions celebrates its 60th anniversary". www.mmh.com. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  7. "Bastian Solutions: Number 1696 on the 2013 Inc. 5000". Inc.com. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  8. "Aaron Jones: The future of material handling -". 2015-05-28. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  9. "Meet Brian Reinhart of Bastian Solutions in Farmers Branch - Voyage Dallas Magazine | Dallas City Guide". Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  10. "PROFILE - BASTIAN SOLUTIONS - CEMA". www.cemanet.org. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  11. "Bastian Solutions Launches New Beverage Software Suite, ExactaBev – New Products and Services – DC Velocity". www.dcvelocity.com. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  12. "Toyota's new intralogistics division explained". www.mmh.com. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  13. "Top 20 Worldwide Materials Handling Systems Suppliers 2017". www.mmh.com. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  14. Staff, BF (2017-10-16). "Bastian Solutions Investing $8M In Fifth Indiana Facility". Business Facilities - Area Economic Development, Site Selection & Workforce Solutions. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  15. "Toyota Industries to Acquire Bastian Solutions LLC to Bolster Materials Handling Solutions Business in North America | Toyota Industries Corporation". www.toyota-industries.com. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  16. "Toyota acquires Bastian Solutions – DC Velocity". www.dcvelocity.com. Retrieved 2017-12-21.

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