Chicago-based supplier for QC stores completes key expansion

Chicagoland Equipment & Supply (CES), a portfolio company of Cooper Management and a leading provider of equipment, supplies and services for the food industry, has acquired United Fast Food & Beverage Service (UFFB), a leading supplier of equipment and services for convenience stores and fast food restaurants.

CES and UFFB serve many chains and local stores in the Quad Cities, and the recent transaction continues CES’ efforts to expand its equipment offerings and service capabilities, according to a company statement.

“United Fast Food & Beverage has an excellent reputation for quality service with C-stores,” CES CEO Tyler Jeffrey said of the convenience stores. “Their service network of nearly 20 technicians and their impressive equipment lines are a great addition to CES. We are honored to welcome the UFFB into our family at CES.

“The combination creates a comprehensive line of equipment that now includes beverage and ice machines to the already extensive equipment lines offered by CES,” he added. “In addition, our service network now includes nearly 40 technicians in the upper Midwest who can service a growing range of equipment.”

“We are very pleased for the employees of UFFB as this combination with CES provides the next phase of growth for our business,” UFFB President Al Kollar said in the statement. “CES’s family culture and emphasis on quality service is a perfect match for what we’ve built here at United Food and Beverage.

The acquisition of UFFB is part of CES’ strategy to be the leading seller of equipment, supplies and services to the food industry. With this acquisition, CES enters the convenience market in addition to its existing expertise in the grocery, food processing and restaurant sectors. Together, CES and UFFB will expand their offerings to existing customers by enabling them to become a single supplier of equipment and services.

“We are delighted to welcome Al and the entire UFFB team to the CES family,” said Elliot Wheeler, Chief Investment Officer of Cooper Management LLC. “We remain committed to growing the business to create a special community for customers, suppliers and most importantly, our talented employees. The acquisition of UFFB is a continuation of this strategy and our long-term vision. term.

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