Zone Climate Services Acquires Smart Care Equipment Solutions

The combination will operate in all 50 states

Deanna Dicristo March 11, 2022

Zone Climate Services (“Zone”), a portfolio company of Wind Point Partners (“Wind Point”), is pleased to announce the acquisition of Smart Care Equipment Solutions, a national service provider of commercial food equipment services. Zone Climate Services is a Midwest based company providing commercial and industrial refrigeration & HVAC services to grocery stores, convenience stores and food service warehouse customers.

Henry Lees-Buckley, CEO of Zone will become the new CEO of the combined entity reporting to the board of directors.  Bill Emory, current Smart Care CEO has been named Chairman of Smart Care Equipment Solutions and will provide strategic oversight to the business while reporting into the board of directors. Gyner Ozgul has been named President and Chief Operating Officer of Smart Care Equipment Solutions and will report into Lees-Buckley.

“Smart Care and its portfolio of companies have a track record of exceptional growth and I am excited to work with their skilled management team.  We share a common vision of superior service for customers, a best-in-class workplace for technicians, and aggressive pursuit of acquisitions. We will combine under the Smart Care banner with Zone Climate Services being rebranded Smart Care Climate Solutions, which provides a tremendous opportunity to better serve more customers as a united group.”  said the new CEO Lees-Buckley.

Bill Emory former Smart Care CEO added, “This is a fantastic next step in the continued growth of Smart Care.  Our combined resources and passionate employees will undoubtably deliver unmatched service and solutions for our customers”.

The company will continue to have corporate offices in St. Paul, Minnesota and Alsip, Illinois.   The combination of Smart Care Equipment Solutions and Smart Care Climate Solutions will operate in all 50 states with over 1,100 technicians.

About Zone Climate Services

Zone Climate Services is one of the largest providers of commercial and industrial refrigeration & HVAC services to customers in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana. Through decades of experience, Zone has established a reputation as one of the Midwest’s premier refrigeration and HVAC service providers by offering a comprehensive suite of services including design, build, and engineering capabilities as well as an array of customer equipment needs. Zone services a variety of customers including independent and specialty grocery chains, convenience stores, and warehouses.

Additional information about Zone is available at

About Smart Care Equipment Solutions

Smart Care® Equipment Solutions is a portfolio of 15 service company brands with a mission to ensure every commercial kitchen in America is ready to serve.  With company-wide values dedicated to safety, service, and integrity, Smart Care companies strive to become the best commercial food equipment service providers by delighting customers and being the first choice for top technicians.  Smart Care, the largest portfolio brand, is a national cooking, refrigeration, and dish wash service company with over 500 technicians servicing 40,000+ foodservice locations across all 50 states, including restaurants, hospitals, universities, grocery, c-store, and hospitality locations. Other Smart Care portfolio brands include REMCO, Turbo Technicians, Horizon Bradco, Jaguar, Puremist, VP Coffee, and Superior Service. Including all its service companies, Smart Care Equipment Solutions has over 1,400 employees. Smart Care corporate headquarters are in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Additional information about Smart Care is available at

Media Contact:
Ian Thorburn, Smart Care
Phone: 612-597-0321

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