CHICAGO – The Food Equipment Division of Cozzini Inc. has been acquired by the Middleby Corporation effective Sept. 22, and will become a part of Middleby’s Food Processing Equipment Division, announced Ivo Cozzini, president and chief executive officer of Cozzini Inc. Middleby’s Food Processing Equipment Platform includes globally known brands, such as Alkar, RapidPak and MP Equipment.

“There comes a point in one’s career where one realizes that as an owner/operator it is very important to execute a succession plan to assure the ongoing well-being of one’s company,” Cozzini said. “My decision in selecting the Middleby Corporation was based on numerous factors. The Middleby commitment toward acquiring high-quality companies and toward continued growth satisfied my concerns that the Cozzini brand will flourish and continue its successful growth and existence well into the future. In turn, it will secure the livelihood of the many loyal worldwide Cozzini employees that helped make Cozzini one of the most recognized, high-quality brands of meat-processing equipment and technologies globally.”