ST. LOUIS - Emerson Climate Technologies, a business of Emerson, has announced the acquisition of Oaksmere Refrigeration Design and Consultancy Ltd., a leading provider in the United Kingdom of design, project management, and maintenance management for the supermarket retail industry.

With offices in Pontefract, Yorkshire, and Stowmarket, Suffolk, the company has customers throughout the United Kingdom, including Marks & Spencer, Sainsburys, Waitrose, and Asda.

"This is a first-class organization that will provide the means for us to continue to grow our customer base in this key segment of our business," said Ed Purvis, group vice president, Emerson Climate Technologies. "Oaksmere's proven industry expertise and insight will significantly enhance Emerson's continuing commitment to developing the best and most comprehensive solutions and services for the global supermarket industry."

"The acquisition of our company by Emerson provides a unique opportunity to accelerate our growth and build upon our past successes," stated Mike Goodier, founding member of Oaksmere and retiring chairman. "This is a great opportunity for Oaksmere to offer our existing customers even more value, while continuing to provide the unmatched level of service they have come to expect."

As part of the acquisition, Oaksmere's existing directors, Julian West, Peter Garner, Keith Bertie, and managing director Bob Richardson, will remain with the business. Mike Goodier will also continue with the organization, acting as a consultant.

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Publication date: 12/19/2005