To our customers and friends around the world: Manitowoc Foodservice is happy to announce that as of today, October 27, 2008, we have completed the acquisition of Enodis plc, creating the leading global foodservice equipment company. This financial closing marks the beginning of an exciting journey during which we will seek to further enhance the innovation, solutions, and customer focused initiatives already underway within our many global brands, locations, and organisations.
At Manitowoc Foodservice, we are committed to:
Innovation in our technology, brands, and service - Continuing to approach today’s challenges with an inventive spirit committed to helping create a more profitable future for our customers.
Customer-Focused Solutions - Blending our technology, manufacturing, and support expertise with the real-world needs of our customers to create collaborative solutions that meet tomorrow’s operating requirements.
Leading Brands and Products - Including cooking equipment from Cleveland, Convotherm, Frymaster, Garland, Lincoln, and Merrychef; refrigeration equipment from Delfield, Kolpak, Kysor Panel and Kysor Warren; ice equipment and accessories from Manitowoc; beverage equipment from Manitowoc, Multiplex, Servend, and Scotsman Beverage Systems; and a wide range of other products from other brands in our broad portfolio. An attached chart provides a listing of all the brands within the Manitowoc Foodservice portfolio and major contact centres for each. This information is also available on all of our websites.
Local Service and Support - Around the corner and around the world, backing our products with expert service, culinary expertise, merchandising capability, and around-the-clock technical support.
Best-in-Class Organisation - Constructed from the core foundations of Enodis and Manitowoc, enhanced with your feedback, and aligned by geography, market, and application to meet your needs.
Global Access - Building on the existing base of sales, distribution, support, and manufacturing on five continents and more than 100 countries, and enhancing that with the global experience, infrastructure, and systems of our Manitowoc Crane business.
As you can imagine, integrating two industry leaders will take careful consideration and some time. While we work toward the future, we will continue to support you through our existing processes, partners, and channels. For the near-term, we anticipate the following:
As part of the acquisition process, Manitowoc reached agreements with US and European regulatory agencies to divest all assets of the Enodis ice business. By agreement, these divestitures will be completed no later than March 10, 2009. During the interim period, these entities will operate independently of Manitowoc. Scotsman Beverage Systems, our beverage business located in Halesowen, remains an important part of the Manitowoc, Enodis group.
As a valued customer of Manitowoc, Enodis, and our many brands, we hope you share our enthusiasm for the new possibilities created by this acquisition. We encourage you to stay in close contact with our primary representatives to you and your company, and to count on them for ongoing support with your daily needs.