The Middleby Corp., Elgin, Ill., has acquired Plano, Texas-based Stewart Systems Global, L.L.C., a manufacturer of baking systems for the food-processing industry with annual revenues of approximately $30 million. The acquisition places Middleby at more $1 billion in sales annually.

“Stewart Systems is a long-standing and well-recognized leader in the production of highly automated proofing and oven systems for the baking industry,” says Selim A. Bassoul, chairman and CEO of Middleby. “This addition is highly complementary to our recent acquisitions of Auto-Bake and Baker Thermal Solutions. We are providing customers a broader portfolio of patented technologies and an integrated baking system.

"The global manufacturing, sales and support infrastructure of Middleby will allow us to further extend the presence of these brands internationally. We are very well-positioned with our customers to meet their increasing demands for advanced technologies to support their growth initiatives as they expand in emerging markets.”

The Middleby Corp. develops, manufactures, markets and services a broad line of equipment for the commercial foodservice and food-processing industries.