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GTI Acquires Fisher-Nickel Inc.

Fisher-Nickel Inc. (FNI), the San Ramon, Calif.-based commercial-foodservice energy-efficiency testing firm, has been acquired by GTI Int’l., a wholly owned subsidiary of Gas Technology Institute.

FNI, owned and operated by Don Fisher and Judy Nickel, is an engineering consulting firm with deep expertise in commercial-kitchen energy-efficiency and appliance-performance testing. It provides comprehensive, unbiased information to the foodservice industry about energy efficiency for cooking, ventilating, refrigerating, lighting and water-heating equipment.

For more than a quarter-century, the firm has worked under contract to Pacific Gas and Electric Company on its Food Service Technology Center program. Under the program, FNI has developed more than 40 standard test methods (STMs), impacted energy-efficiency codes and standards, produced reports and documentation, hosted seminars, provided site surveys and audits and supported customer-management efforts for the commercial foodservice industry. FNI also helped develop, and continues to support, the Energy Star program for commercial foodservice and provides fee-based services, including site surveys, energy-efficiency educational seminars and training and facility-design and equipment-specification assistance.

Fisher-Nickel’s expertise will complement GTI’s focus on traditional energy-efficiency research and development as well as its Emerging Technology Program, which works with more than 20 energy utilities seeking to accelerate the use of new, more efficient end-use equipment.

“We see tremendous potential for FNI to bring even greater impact to energy utility companies, their restaurant and institutional foodservice customers and suppliers in this key commercial market segment,” stated Ron Snedic, pres.-GTI Int’l./v.p.-corporate development at GTI. “Fisher-Nickel aligns well with GTI's future vision for energy efficiency and supports the key pillars of our overall strategic framework, and we're very excited about the opportunities ahead.”

The firm will remain known as Fisher-Nickel and will continue its affiliation with the PG&E Food Service Technology Center.

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