KBS Completes Acquisition of Empire Services

by Katie Lee

Oceanside, Calif. — Kellermeyer Bergensons Services, LLC (KBS), the largest provider of technology-enabled, integrated interior and exterior property services to multi-site and multi-region customers in North America, has completed the acquisition of Empire Services (Empire), an independently owned commercial facility maintenance company headquartered in New Orleans. The transaction closed on December 29, 2017.

“The acquisition of Empire Services marks another important milestone in the evolution and expansion of the KBS North American platform,” says Mark Minasian, chief executive officer and co-founder of KBS. “Empire delivers bundled or single service solutions to an impressive portfolio of clients in very attractive industry end markets. Over the past two decades, Charlie and his team have steadfastly built a great regional business. We look forward to equipping the team with advanced systems, technology, and shared back office services so that they can continue to grow and lead in the region.”

“I am very excited to be teaming with Mark and the KBS team,” says Charlie Lusco, Empire’s founder and president. “As we set out to chart our long term strategic plan, it became clear that teaming with KBS would provide our people and our customers the absolute best path forward. This partnership allows us to continue to deliver our brand of Empire service to our customers with our same leadership team, while adding tremendous resources that now make it possible for us to compete for and win projects that may have been out of reach for us in the past.”

Empire provides commercial janitorial, pressure washing, porter services, truck-mounted regenerative air sweeper truck operations, general contracting, painting, sheetrock, demolition services, electrical services, construction cleanup, special event services, emergency services, water extraction and dehumidification, landscape maintenance, trash removal, engineering services, HVAC, mechanical and facility maintenance services.

“The Empire acquisition provides yet another example of a best-in-class regional operator merging with KBS in order to leverage KBS’s operating platform and access KBS’s substantial selling and managerial resources,” says Hoon Cho, managing director at GI Partners.

Empire Services is a commercial facility maintenance company headquartered in New Orleans, with branch offices in Baton Rouge, La.; Monroe, La.; Austin, Texas, and Metairie, La. Empire Services has grown over the last 20+ years to become one of the leading facility services organizations in the Southeast. For more information, visit empirenola.com.

Kellermeyer Bergensons Services, LLC (KBS) is the largest provider of technology-enabled, integrated interior and exterior property services to retailers, grocers and multi-site customers in North America. Based in Oceanside, Calif., the company is majority owned by GI Partners. For more information, visit kbs-services.com.

GI Partners is a leading private investment firm based in San Francisco. For more information, visit gipartners.com.

SOURCE: Kellermeyer Bergensons Services, LLC

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