ST. LOUIS — Emerson has agreed to acquire Cooper-Atkins, a manufacturer of temperature management and environmental measurement devices and wireless monitoring solutions for food service, health care, and industrial markets.

Cooper-Atkins is a longtime provider of technology in food service markets with a comprehensive offering of temperature management and monitoring products for spot inspection and fixed location uses, including restaurants, supermarkets, and other places where food is handled, prepared, and stored. Their solutions are modernizing food quality management utilizing mobile and cloud-based quality, safety, and compliance systems.

“Temperature management in food retail and restaurants is a dynamic market due to increasing regulatory requirements, rising labor costs, and the proliferation of locations where fresh foods are prepared and served,” said Robert T. Sharp, executive president, Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions. “This acquisition further strengthens our ability to meet the evolving needs of our cold chain customers — from grower to retailer — to help provide consistent and safe control of food and other temperature-sensitive goods.”

Cooper-Atkins is a strong complement to Emerson’s global cold chain business, which includes the ProAct Services portfolio for supermarkets and the Cargo Solutions business, which provides real-time perishable cargo tracking and monitoring services.

“We see food safety as a critical need that will shape demand in our end markets,” said David N. Farr, chairman and CEO, Emerson. “Cooper-Atkins’ strong brand reputation and leading portfolio of automated temperature and monitoring solutions broadens our access to the food service industry.”

Cooper-Atkins’ food quality portfolio strategically expands Emerson’s broad cold chain portfolio of products and services for producer, retail, industrial, and transportation customers. Emerson’s compressor technologies, controls, and connected solutions optimize energy consumption and operational performance in the assets powering supermarket, food service, and refrigerated shipping operations.

The added expertise from Cooper-Atkins significantly extends Emerson’s global capabilities in monitoring food, its preparation, and other high-value shipments throughout the entire supply chain to preserve freshness and quality.

Headquartered in Middlefield, Connecticut, Cooper-Atkins is a privately-owned company with approximately 150 employees and has offices and operations in Ohio, Florida, and Singapore.

The acquisition is expected to close within the next 60 days and is subject to various regulatory approvals.

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Publication date: 12/20/17