ELGIN, Ill. – The Middleby Corp. announced its acquisition of Sedico, Italy-based Firex Srl. The company, which has approximately $20 million in annual revenue, is a leading manufacturer of steam cooking equipment for the commercial foodservice industry.

“The Firex acquisition extends our product offerings in steam and sous vide cooking, categories which continue to grow due to health benefits and enhanced food quality,” said Selim Bassoul, CEO of Middleby. “Firex products are highly innovative and include automated features allowing for reduced labor, increased capacity and standardization of cooking processes. We see expanded opportunities for growth as we introduce Firex products in the US to complement our current equipment lineup and in the international markets leveraging our infrastructure and customer relationships globally.”

The Middleby Corp. develops, manufactures, markets and services equipment used in the commercial foodservice, food processing and residential kitchen equipment industries. In late March, the company announced the acquisition of another Italy-based supplier, Ve.Ma.C., a  manufacturer of automation and robotics technology for food processing companies.