McLANE TO PURCHASE INVENTORY, PROVIDE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND HELP TRANSITION OPERATIONS
OAK CREEK, WIS. – Franchise Foodservice, Inc. (FFS) of Oak Creek, a quick-service restaurant distributor, announced today that it has entered into a transition support agreement with McLane Foodservice, Inc. and will transition its business to McLane over the next two months. The Carrollton, Texas-based McLane will be prepared to purchase existing inventory, hire qualified FFS employees and offer service to FFS customers as part of the agreement.
“Business realities caused us to conclude that this was the best course of action. This agreement allows us to protect our employees and maintain service and supplies for our customers,” said James D. Purcell, president and CEO of FFS. “In no way does this decision diminish everything our company and our team of employees have accomplished over the past 10 years.”
To facilitate the transition process, FFS made an Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors under Wisconsin law. Such an assignment simplifies and expedites the process to benefit creditors. FFS expects to complete the transition to McLane no later than Nov. 15, 2007.
FFS’s transition support agreement with McLane, a national foodservice distributor that is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., takes effect immediately. The agreement provides payment to the majority of suppliers for product purchased by FFS during the transition period and provides coordinated efforts to allow FFS to continue customer services during this transition. The agreement also calls for McLane to consider positions for current FFS employees who meet employment qualifications. FFS currently has 111 employees. McLane operates 18 distribution centers nationwide, including one in Sturtevant, Wis., near FFS headquarters.
“We commend FFS’s approach and commitment to its customers, employees and vendors under these circumstances,” said Susan Adzick, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for McLane Foodservice. “We are pleased to be able to help ensure vendors and customers have their financial, product and service needs met going forward, and we think we can provide great employment opportunities for FFS staff.”
About FFS: FFS is a privately-held corporation that supplies fresh and frozen food products, dry goods and smallwares to franchisee-owned restaurants throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Upper Michigan and Minnesota.
About McLane Foodservice, Inc.: McLane Foodservice, Inc. provides distribution services throughout the United States, delivering food and non-food products to more than 20,000 restaurants across the country. Headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, the company operates 18 distribution centers nationwide. McLane Foodservice employs approximately 3,500 and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of McLane Company, Inc., a unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A) (NYSE: BRK.B) and the nation’s largest wholesale distributor of food and consumer packaged goods to the convenience, mass merchandise, and drug store channels.