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Franke Acquires Project Management Firm Facility Solutions Inc.

Franke Foodservice Systems has strengthened its presence in chain remodel and retrofit market with its acquisition of Facility Solutions Inc., a project management firm which Franke says complements its business supporting large-scale facility improvement programs for global restaurant brands.

“FSI’s business mirrors our own in many ways,” says Franke CEO Thomas Campion. “Not only do they manage complex, high-risk rollouts of new menu and service platforms for the biggest foodservice brands, they’ve also become a trusted partner that works closely with their customers from planning to close-out.”

FSI, based in the metropolitan Detroit area, will continue to be led by its current management team, including company founder Tom Cullen. The company handles all aspects of nationwide rollouts, from in-store surveys and site preparation to execution timelines, client approvals and full management of contractors, vendors and logistics providers. It will continue serving current accounts such as Yum! Brands, Panera Bread, Wendy's and Starbucks, and branch into activities managed by Franke Supply Inc., the distribution and services arm of Franke Foodservice Systems.

“FSI and Franke are a perfect fit,” says Wally Kisling, Franke Supply President. “We both are positioned to help the foodservice industry, using the right resources and expertise, to control the time, cost and complexity of restaurant remodels and retrofits. These programs have been on the rise while new store openings, which were often more straightforward, have slowed. The timing of this marriage is right.”

Franke Foodservice Systems, headquartered in Smyrna, Tenn., is part of the Swiss-based Franke Group.

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