GOLDSBORO, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Empire Equipment Company ("Empire Group") (www.empire-equipment.com), has acquired Pacific Marketing Associates, Inc (“PMA”) (www.pmareps.com), a wholesale distributor of commercial foodservice equipment based in Hayward, CA. Together, the company has seven distribution locations throughout the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southwest, West Coast and Pacific Northwest.
PMA is a value-added wholesale distributor of commercial foodservice equipment and aftermarket parts to the foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, and retail industries. PMA has provided market-leading wholesale distribution capabilities for over 70 years throughout the West Coast (California) and Pacific Northwest markets.
“On behalf of all the employees at PMA, we are extremely proud and excited to be joining forces with the Empire Group family,” said Jerry Dowd, PMA’s President and CEO. “Our experience in dealing with the Empire Group’s leadership team has been wonderful. I have found that we have similar cultures and values, which will make for a seamless transition.”
Combined, Empire, TruTemp, Norm’s and PMA are distribution partners for leading commercial foodservice brands such as True, Scotsman, Ice-O-Matic, Blendtec, Cornelius, Royal, and Everpure.
The transaction continues to build on Empire Group’s strategy to focus on expanding product lines, adding sales resources, and opening new locations throughout the U.S.
“We are extremely excited to partner with the talented team at PMA to continue our collective tradition of providing exceptional customer service and leading distribution capabilities to our loyal customers. This transaction adds scale in the West Coast and Pacific Northwest and allows both Empire Group and PMA to better serve our partners in the region,” said Jim Kirkland, CEO of Empire Group.