Birko Acquires Espy Technologies, Inc.

Service Division Now Part of Birko/Chad Equipment, LLC

Online PR News – 05-December-2012 – Henderson, COlo. – Birko, a leader in providing food safety solutions to the protein industry, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Espy Technologies, Inc., of Marshfield, Mo.

ETI specializes in providing ongoing servicing and upkeep of washing and pasteurizing cabinets manufactured by Chad Equipment, LLC, Olathe, Kan., the equipment division of Birko.

Birko purchased all assets and proprietary intellectual property from ETI. Under the terms of the agreement, ETI will become part of the service division for Birko. ETI co-owners Tom Espy and Mitch Espy will become employees of Chad Equipment, LLC.

“Espy is well known for its important expertise in servicing Chad’s washing and pasteurizing cabinets, a critical part of keeping protein processing safe and pathogen free,” said Mark Swanson, chief executive officer of Birko.

Through Birko’s environmentally-responsible chemicals for sanitation and processing, Chad’s carcass washing and pasteurizing equipment, and now Espy's servicing capabilities, customers will further benefit from The Birko Advantage, a total integrated food safety solution of chemistry, equipment and technology.

ETI’s Mitch Espy said, “We’re really excited about this new venture with Birko and Chad. Having all the resources – chemistry, equipment and servicing – under one brand name will make it easier for our customers. This will alleviate worry about breakdowns during shifts and give customers a higher degree of assurance regarding food safety.”

He continued, “Offering the crucial service component complements Chad’s success in manufacturing cabinets, as well as Birko’s expertise in chemistry. And, we’ll be able to grow, along with Birko and Chad.”

ETI customers will continue to receive scheduled maintenance through the new service division, with additional technical support, troubleshooting, training, expanded chemical analysis, enhanced legal defensibility and food safety data.

According to Mike Gangel, president of Chad Equipment, LLC, “ETI services some of the biggest companies in the world and their own customers are well known for supplying top quality service to keep these critical food safety systems in optimal condition.”

About Birko

Birko is a leading provider of food safety solutions to the protein processing, food and beverage industries. Birko manufactures concentrated CIP, sanitation, antimicrobial intervention and process chemical formulations. Birko’s equipment division, Chad Equipment, LLC, designs and manufactures chemical dispensing systems, antimicrobial mixing and spraying conveyors and carcass washing and pasteurizing equipment. Birko’s information technology includes BirkoStats™, an online chemical usage tracking system. Founded in 1953, Birko is a WBENC Certified Women’s Business Enterprise and was awarded Supplier of the Century by the National Meat Association.

About Chad

Chad Equipment, LLC, a Birko company, designs and manufactures chemical dispensing systems, antimicrobial mixing and spraying conveyors and carcass washing and pasteurizing equipment. Chad serves small to large volume meat harvesting and processing operations. Chad is an industry leader in antimicrobial spray systems, the patented recirculating hot water pasteurization system and the patented oscillating action wash system for high and low pressure processing applications.