Marlen International acquires Unitherm Food Systems

The acquisition expands Marlen’s ability to deliver custom, continuous thermal, and chilling food processing equipment.

Marlen International, Inc., a manufacturer of food processing equipment and systems, and a subsidiary of Chicago-based Duravant LLC, acquired Unitherm Food Systems, adding a new set of thermal processing technologies to Marlen’s existing offering of food processing solutions that maximize food product quality, production efficiency, and safety.

Unitherm has been serving a wide range of food processors worldwide since 1985 and is known for its innovative approach to developing thermal food processing equipment that helps processors maximize their yields while enhancing the safety of their products and the profitability of their operations. Headquartered in Bristow, O.K., Unitherm has a global footprint with offices in the Netherlands and Thailand. With a robust portfolio of patents for its unique food processing methods and solutions, Unitherm designs and manufactures highly advanced hygienic cooking, chilling, pasteurizing, and freezing equipment and has a full suite of value-added services that includes process improvement consultations, food safety audits, executive chef consultations, and R&D support. Additionally, Unitherm offers complete lines and integrated systems with complete lifetime support.

“Marlen is a respected leader in custom-built thermal technologies, and we are extremely excited to add Unitherm to our portfolio,” says Bob Campbell, Marlen International’s President. “Partnering with the Unitherm team strengthens our position as the premier provider of thermal solutions in every market we serve and further supports our strategy of serving the industry through the delivery of innovative processes and customer support before, during, and after the sale.”

Unitherm water cook systems, spiral chillers and freezers, complete frying lines, and pre- and post-package pasteurization will complement Marlen’s existing offering of thermal solutions including batch ovens and chillers, industrial smokehouses and dehydrators.

“Marlen and Unitherm clearly have a shared passion for quality, performance and innovation,” says Mark Smith, Unitherm Senior Vice President and General Manager. “Our team of dedicated associates looks forward with great anticipation to leveraging our joint strengths and continuing to pursue our mission of being trusted partners to customers worldwide. Unitherm reached a size where tapping into the deep resources of Marlen and Duravant will help us make the next leap in growth and performance.”

Unitherm will join the Marlen family of distinct food industry brands, retaining their well-established brand position in the marketplace. The company will continue to be based in its current manufacturing, sales and test facilities, while also gaining access to Marlen’s world-class Solution Center and customer support operations in Riverside, M.O.

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