St. Paul Based Commercial Kitchen Service Leader Buys Alpro; Strengthens East Coast Capabilities, Continues Growth Strategy
ST. PAUL, July 2, 2018 – St. Paul, Minnesota-based Smart Care® Equipment Solutions, the largest independent provider of kitchen equipment repair and maintenance to the commercial foodservice industry, announces today its second strategic acquisition in the past 30 days. The company closed on its purchase of Alpro Service Company on June 29, 2018. Alpro is a leading provider of kitchen equipment maintenance and repair services in the New York City tri-state area. The combination of the Smart Care and Alpro Teams will make Smart Care the largest provider of kitchen equipment repair services in the country’s largest market.
“Our vision is to be the premier service company in America,” said Bill Emory, Chief Executive Officer, of Smart Care. “In addition to driving organic growth, we are committed to joining forces with the best equipment care companies in the industry. Alpro has a terrific team and shares our commitment to delivering a great customer experience and providing growth opportunities for our people.”
Founded in 1947, Alpro Service provides repair, maintenance, installation and parts to commercial foodservice companies. The company employs 38 people, including 18 field technicians, and provides service in New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut, with a focus on full service restaurants, hospitality, and corporate dining. Clients include iconic brands and landmarks such as Tavern on the Green in Central Park, One World Observatory in the new World Trade Center, and the New York corporate office of Facebook.
“After 70 years as a family owned and operated business, I am excited about this opportunity for Alpro, and I am confident that this new partnership will enhance growth opportunities for both companies” says Glenn Sherman, owner and president of the Alpro Service Company.
Along with the recent acquisition of REMCO, Smart Care has increased its sales and technician workforce by nearly 15% merely eight months after being sold by Ecolab to a leading Boston based private equity firm.
“This continues to be an exciting time for Smart Care and our employees,” adds Emory. “The Smart Care team is executing the strategic plan that management and the private equity sponsor created at the start of our relationship. We have accomplished a great deal in a short period of time. Over the next several months we will be implementing additional strategic initiatives to help deliver our vision and continue our transformation.”
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About Smart Care Equipment Solutions
Smart Care® Equipment Solutions is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota. Smart Care is the leading provider of comprehensive commercial kitchen repair, maintenance services, and parts to the U.S. commercial food service industry. The company services 40,000 locations in all 50 states across the following market segments: Full Serve Restaurants, Quick Serve Restaurants, Healthcare, Education, Hospitality, Government Facilities and Corporate Offices. With over 500 technicians Smart Care is the largest independent Kitchen Equipment Service organization not affiliated with an OEM manufacturer. For more information visit www.smartcaresolutions.com.
About Alpro Service Company
Founded in 1947, Alpro Service has grown to become the premier provider and industry leader of quality parts and repair service for commercial food service equipment in the New York tri-state area. The company provides expert technicians and a fully equipped fleet of service vehicles on 24/7 emergency standby to clients in the hospitality, hotel and corporate markets within New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. Clients include some of New York’s iconic landmark buildings including Tavern on the Green in Central Park. One World Observatory in the new World Trade Center and the New York office of Facebook.
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