Move Expands Middleby’s West Coast Footprint

The Middleby Corp. has acquired Imperial Commercial Cooking Equipment.

Based in Corona, Calif., the company manufactures ranges, fryers, ovens, countertop equipment and other specialty cooking products for the commercial kitchen. Imperial has annual revenues of approximately $40 million.

“Imperial is a leading, highly-respected commercial foodservice brand with products that complement the existing Middleby core cooking category,” Middleby CEO Tim FitzGerald said. “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.

“We are excited to realize the many synergies between the companies,” FitzGerald continued. “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.”

Since its inception in 1957, the Imperial mission has been to be the preferred global supplier of high-quality, top-value cooking equipment to the foodservice industry.