Blue Point Capital Partners and its Blue Point III portfolio company, Russell Hendrix, have announced the acquisition of Guitech Services. Headquartered in Montreal, Guitech provides maintenance, repair, parts and services for the foodservice equipment market throughout Quebec.
For over 40 years Guitech has provided customers with maintenance and repair services on commercial kitchen equipment such as dishwashers, ovens, and fryers, as well as refrigerated and HVAC equipment. The company provides kitchen equipment replacements and parts, as well as services customers in a range of end markets with primary focus on the commercial, institutional and catering sectors.
“Upon merging Canada’s two largest foodservice equipment dealers, Russell Food Equipment and Hendrix Hotel & Restaurant Equipment & Supplies, into Russell Hendrix in November 2016, our coast-to-coast network is strategically positioned to add Guitech’s maintenance and repair expertise in the second largest market in Canada,” said Mark Morris, a Partner with Blue Point. “We are excited to participate in the next phase of growth at Russell Hendrix and expand on the expertise and resources available to our customers.”
The acquisition of Guitech augments the talent of the Russell Hendrix parts and service business, and provides additional growth opportunities by leveraging Russell Hendrix’s customer network and its national operation best practices. Guitech will also benefit from Russell Hendrix’s greater purchasing scale and market leadership.
Maxime Larouche, co-owner of Guitech is excited to be joining the newly formed Russell Hendrix. Larouche stated that, “Guitech has enjoyed a long standing partnership with Russell Food Equipment over the years. We look forward to providing the same great service our customers have come to expect.”
“The Russell Hendrix commitment is to grow our business and maintain impeccable quality, reliability and customer service standards. The acquisition of Guitech will enhance our existing parts and services coverage and ensure our customers’ needs and expectations are exceeded,” said Larry Vander Baaren, Chief Executive Officer of Russell Hendrix.
Russell Hendrix Foodservice Equipment (www.russellhendrix.com) was formed by the merger of Russell Food Equipment (Vancouver, British Columbia), which was founded in 1938, and Hendrix Hotel and Restaurant Supply (Brockville, Ontario) , which was founded in 1982, the combined company operates out of seventeen sales showrooms, four distribution centers and three manufacturing facilities located across Canada. Russell Hendrix offers an assortment of equipment, supplies, parts and services to more than 20,000 foodservice operators across the country, and serves the restaurant, institutional, government, education, healthcare, hospitality and other foodservice markets. A one-stop solution provider, Russell Hendrix offers its customers comprehensive hands-on services from planning and design to outfitting of food prep areas and small wares supply to aftermarket repair and maintenance.
Blue Point Capital Partners (www.bluepointcapital.com) is a private equity firm managing over $800 million in committed capital. With offices in Cleveland, Charlotte, Seattle and Shanghai, Blue Point’s geographical footprint allows it to establish relationships with local and regional entrepreneurs and advisors, while providing the resources of an international firm. The Blue Point group has a 26-year track record of partnering with companies in the lower middle market to facilitate growth and transformative change. It is one of only a few middle market private equity firms with a presence in both the United States and China, which provides a distinct advantage for its portfolio companies. Blue Point typically invests in manufacturing, distribution and service businesses generating between $20 million and $200 million in revenue.