Two leading equipment brands unite

Henny Penny, Henny Penny, inventor of the first commercial pressure fryer, and Wood Stone Corp., leading maker of stone hearth cooking equipment, agreed to unite come together recently in an alliance expected to strengthen both.
Keith Carpenter, co-founder of Wood Stone, shared: “We never considered selling Wood Stone until we met and got to know Henny Penny. Now, we will be able to expand our innovation capacity and global distribution and service footprint through this acquisition. This is an exciting time for Wood Stone; made even more so now with Henny Penny.”
“With Henny Penny, Wood Stone will be able to innovate and grow without compromising its brand, core values and niche product offerings,” adds Wood Stone President Kurt Eickmeyer. “We’re excited for what the future holds.”
At Henny Penny, President Rob Connelly adds: “We have admired Wood Stone for years as a leader and innovator in our industry. We’ve been deeply impressed by its commitment to the culinary experience and the quality of its products, and we will build on this expertise to broaden our range of foodservice solutions for our growing customer base. In turn, we deliver to Wood Stone the scale and resources to manage accelerated growth.”
close in the coming weeks.
“Wood Stone is one of the most highly respected brands in the foodservice equipment industry, and we’re big fans of the company’s products and its business philosophy and culture,” declares Steve Cobb, chairman and CEO of Henny Penny. “The two companies possess unique capabilities, yet have similar backbones; we’re both employee-centric organizations that grew through innovation and commitment to customer-driven solutions.”
Henny Penny manufactures commercial-grade cooking, holding and merchandising equipment for thousands of restaurants, supermarkets and institutions around the world. Its expertise in volume manufacturing can influence go-to-market strategies for new and innovative products from Wood Stone. Wood Stone’s stone hearth ovens, rotisseries, planchas, charbroilers and tandoors enhance the dining experience for more than 13,000 restaurants in 75-plus countries.

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