December 20, 2017

St. Louis manufacturer set to acquire Middlefield's Cooper-Atkins

Middlefield foodservice technology manufacturer Cooper-Atkins is being acquired by Emerson, a St. Louis, Mo., technology company for an undisclosed sum.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Cooper-Atkins makes temperature management and environmental measurement devices and wireless monitoring solutions for food service, healthcare and industrial markets. Its products modernize food quality management ny using mobile and cloud-based quality, safety and compliance systems.

"Temperature management in food retail and restaurants is a dynamic market due to increasing regulatory requirements, rising labor costs and the proliferation of locations where fresh foods are prepared and served," said Robert T. Sharp, executive president of Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions. "This acquisition further strengthens our ability to meet the evolving needs of our cold chain customers – from grower to retailer – to help provide consistent and safe control of food and other temperature-sensitive goods."

Food safety is a critical need that will "shape demand" in the markets where Emerson does business, said Emerson CEO David N. Farr.

The added expertise from Cooper-Atkins significantly extends Emerson's global capabilities in monitoring food, its preparation, and other high-value shipments throughout the entire supply chain to preserve freshness and quality.

Headquartered in Middlefield, Cooper-Atkins has about 150 employees, and has offices and operations in Ohio, Florida and Singapore. Emerson is a technology and engineering company serving the industrial, commercial, and residential markets.

The acquisition is expected to close within the next 60 days.

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