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Franke Acquires Chain Link Services

The move positions the company to win the business of major chains
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SMYRNA, Tenn. —Franke Foodservice Systems has bought Chain Link Services LP, a specialty distributor serving the national foodservice and retail markets. The deal allows Franke, a global equipment supplier based in Smyrna, Tenn., to appeal to large accounts with expanded and personalized supply chain, logistics and project management services.

Chain Link interfaces with both the restaurant and convenience-store industries. The Fort Worth, Texas-based company’s Turnkey Resources is geared toward retailers opening and renovating their stores, while In Step Foodservice caters to restaurant chains that are developing or remodeling units.

Franke has kept on the current management team, led by President Kevin Garsek. The supplier will now be able to leverage Chain Link’s 310,000-square-foot facility near downtown Fort Worth and its 80-member staff.

“We greatly admire the organization and customer base that [founder Harold Gernsbacher] has built over many years, and we look forward to carrying on that legacy,” said Thomas Campion, CEO of Franke Foodservice Systems. “Kevin and his team are a perfect fit because their goals are the same as ours. We build deep knowledge of our customers’ business, and then leverage extensive assets and decades of chain experience to help them grow in a way that lowers costs to franchisees while protecting their brands.”

Franke Foodservice Systems is a division of Franke Group, known for its automated coffee machines and restroom fixtures. This arm of the company employs more than 1,700 associates worldwide and manufactures and distributes equipment and supplies from facilities in the United States, Europe and Asia.

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