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Franke Foodservice Acquires Ohio Manufacturer Sertek for QSR Growth

franke foodservice logoTennessee-based coffee equipment and foodservice equipment provider Franke Foodservice Systems has announced the acquisition of commercial kitchen equipment manufacturer Sertek LLC, a move the company hopes will bolster its quick-service restaurant chain market business.

Based in Dublin, Ohio, Sertek manufactures a range of products for commercial kitchens and dining areas, providing kitchen workstations to numerous big name clients in the fast food sector, including to Canada’s largest coffee-focused chain, Tim Hortons.

“Sertek’s practice of supplying major QSR chains through distributors, while maintaining close functional ties with chains’ design engineers, is wholly reflective of Franke’s business strategy in the chain fabrication market,” Thomas Campion, Franke Foodservice Systems CEO, said in a company announcement of the acquisition, the financial terms of which were not disclosed. “We are impressed with founder Tim Schiff’s accomplishments and look forward to expanding and accelerating his vision among our combined customer base.”

The current Sertek management team will remain in place, according to the Franke announcement. Sertek currently employs approximately 95 people in its 74,000-square-foot Ohio facility. Based in Smyrna, Tenn., Franke Foodservice Systems is a part of the Swiss Franke Group, manufacturing and distributing a number of foodservice solutions, including a range of specialty beverage equipment in the coffee category that includes semi-automatic espresso machines and batch coffee brewers.


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