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Empire Equipment Company acquires Houston, TX based Greater Texas Ice

Empire Equipment Company acquires Houston, TX based Greater Texas Ice to further expand leading Distribution Platform

Wholesale distributors of commercial foodservice equipment partner to expand offerings and share expertise throughout the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, South Central, Southwest, and West Coast.

Empire Equipment Company ("Empire") (www.empire-equipment.com), has acquired Greater Texas Ice (GTI), Houston, TX to further expand a leading wholesale distribution platform for commercial foodservice equipment. Together, the Company will have nine distribution locations throughout the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, South Central, Southwest, and West Coast.

Greater Texas Ice is a value-added wholesale distributor of commercial foodservice equipment and aftermarket parts in the foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, and retail industries. Greater Texas Ice has provided market-leading wholesale distribution capabilities for over 50 years throughout Texas and South Central markets.

“On behalf of all the employees at Greater Texas Ice, we are extremely proud and excited to be joining forces with the Empire Group family,” said Rick Lawson - President. “Our experience in dealing with the management team at Empire has been wonderful; I have learned that we have similar cultures and values, which will make this transition seamless”.

Combined, Empire, TruTemp, Norm’s, PMA and Greater Texas Ice are distribution partners for leading commercial foodservice brands such as True, Scotsman, Ice-O-Matic, Co

rnelius, Royal, American Range, Kelvinator, Midea, Blendtec, 3M and Pentair.


The transaction expands our geography and logistics network, whose strategy continues to focus on expanding product lines, adding sales resources, and opening new locations throughout the U.S.


“We are extremely excited to be partnering with the talented team at Greater Texas Ice to continue our collective tradition of providing exceptional customer service and leading distribution capabilities to our loyal customers. This transaction adds scale in the Texas and South Central regions and allows both Empire Group and Greater Texas Ice to better serve our partners in the regions” said Jim Kirkland, CEO of Empire Group.


Empire is backed by PNC Riverarch (www.pncriverarch.com) in the wholesale distribution sector and are committed to additional partnerships that will expand Empire Groups products, services and geographic footprint




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