Foodservice Equipment Reports

Carlisle Companies Acquires San Jamar

Carlisle Companies has acquired San Jamar, the maker of dispensers for paper towels, tissue, soap and air purification as well as personal and food safety products for commercial and institutional foodservice markets.

San Jamar, based in Elkhorn, Wis., has annual sales of approximately $87 million and 120 employees. The business will operate as a separate unit within Carlisle FoodService Products, which makes products for the restaurant, healthcare and janitorial sectors, including foodservice permanentware, table coverings, cookware, displayware, catering equipment, and meal delivery systems. San Jamar joins other familiar names within this division, including Sparta Brush and Dinex.

Carlisle has been in business since 1917 with current revenues of $3.5 billion; its five major divisions span construction materials, interconnect technologies, fluid technologies and brake and friction products. Its corporate headquarters are in Scottsdale, Ariz., with the Foodservice Products division manufacturing based out of Oklahoma City.

Carlisle’s President/CEO, D. Christian “Chris” Koch, calls San Jamar an excellent fit within Carlisle. “We were presented with a unique opportunity to acquire San Jamar, a business that has been on our target list for many years with a coveted brand within the foodservice industry,” he says. “San Jamar offers Carlisle FoodService Products innovative new products, opportunities to expand Carlisle’s presence in San Jamar’s complementary sales channels and a history of profitable growth. In addition, Carlisle can provide new outlets for San Jamar products and contribute to San Jamar’s continuous improvement through the Carlisle Operating System.”


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