TriMark USA Acquires S.S. Kemp & Company

TriMark USA, Inc., the nation's third largest distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies, has strengthened its service power by acquiring S.S. Kemp & Co. of Cleveland, OH. The addition of S.S. Kemp on June 1, 2007 to TriMark operations will broaden the presence of TriMark USA by allowing service to areas not previously included under any of the other TriMark USA divisions. TriMark's buying power will now benefit areas throughout Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia, Michigan and Indiana.
S.S. Kemp & Company has been providing foodservice equipment and supplies, along with kitchen and dining design since 1926. Mark and Steven Fishman are recognized for their outstanding business leadership and progressive dealings within the industry. Their unique vision and applied business success is indispensable. It is this leadership that will keep Mark and Steven Fishman and the entire management team in place at S.S. Kemp & Company.
Jerry Hyman, President and CEO of TriMark USA stated, "We are both proud and privileged to welcome S.S. Kemp as our sixth TriMark operating division. Mark and Steven Fishman, along with the entire S.S. Kemp management team and their employees share our vision, values and dedication to the industry. We are thrilled to be joining forces with one of the country's most respected foodservice equipment and supplies distributors only six months after Audax Group became TriMark's new equity partner."
The experience and knowledge available from all of TriMark's senior division members allows for trusted customer care and advice and a sales force trained with expert product awareness. In addition to the newly acquired S.S. Kemp & Co., TriMark's broad service divisions include TriMark United East of South Attleboro, MA; TriMark Marlinn of Chicago, IL; TriMark Foodcraft of Winston Salem, NC and TriMark Raygal and TriMark Robert Clark, both of Irvine, CA. In all, more than 600 employees service all segments of foodservice commerce including restaurant chains, independent restaurants, schools, stadiums, casinos, healthcare and contract in-plant feeders.