Artic Temp joins Imperial Brown effective January 1, 2017. This joining of two companies gives Imperial Brown three plants across the U.S., one each in the East Coast, Mid West, and West Coast.
“Our employees are all very excited to be welcoming a new factory to the IB family,” said Justin L. Sandall, President and CEO of Imperial Brown. “This addition expands our footprint and provides critical access to the Mid-West, allowing us to better serve our expanding customer base.”
“During my very first telephone conversation with Justin, we hit it off right away,” said Diane West, President of Artic Temp. “I realized that he represented a company that cares about its employees as well as its customers, a quality I was looking for. I’ve always known I wanted to pass Artic on to a quality business that keeps its word, takes care of its employees and creates a family atmosphere.”
As part of Imperial Brown, the employees of Artic Temp have much to gain. In addition to a national presence and access to new customers, Artic Temp gets a partner with deep financial resources to invest in the Artic Temp plant. Mr. Sandall said that Imperial Brown has plans to invest over $1.5 million in new equipment within the first two years of IB ownership, with much of that equipment already on order.
Imperial Brown is no stranger to acquisitions, equipment investments and aggressive growth plans. In 2012, Imperial Manufacturing of Portland, OR acquired W.A. Brown & Son of Salisbury, NC to form Imperial Brown. Over the past four years, the two companies have been merged into one cohesive company in all aspects, from manufacturing to quoting, with more than $1 million in new machinery invested in the North Carolina plant. According to Sandall, the North Carolina plant has grown from 40 employees to 130, with a $15 million increase in revenue.
As a company that is 100% employee owned, Sandall told the Artic employees that culture is Imperial Brown’s top priority. “We are the best at what we do, and we must be,” he said. “Beyond the typical supermarket, convenience stores and restaurants, IB serves some of the highest profile and most demanding customers and applications in the industry. Throughout the industry, we are known as the company to call when everyone else says no."
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