Middleby: Acquires Imperial Commercial Cooking Equipment

Elgin / IL. (tmc) The Middleby Corporation, a leading worldwide manufacturer of equipment for the commercial foodservice, food processing, and residential kitchen industries, announced the acquisition of Imperial Commercial Cooking Equipment. Based in Corona, California, the company manufactures ranges, fryers, ovens, counter-top equipment and other specialty cooking products for the commercial kitchen. Imperial has annual revenues of approximately USD 40 million.

«Imperial is a leading, highly-respected commercial foodservice brand with products that complement the existing Middleby core cooking category. While we are enhancing our current brand portfolio, this acquisition also expands our west coast footprint and allows us to provide broader capabilities and support to our domestic customers,» said Tim FitzGerald, Middleby CEO.

«We are excited to realize the many synergies between the companies. Imperial has impressive manufacturing capabilities, which will provide potential for greater efficiencies and flexibility to our commercial foodservice platform. Working with our long-standing international distribution partners, Imperial has a prime opportunity to expand its global reach. Imperial also has an established presence in the quickly growing fast-casual chain restaurant segment, which will be a benefit to the Middleby brands as well.»