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Middleby Buys Lynx Grills

Adds to growing premium portfolio
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The Middleby Corp., a maker of commercial and residential kitchen appliances, has acquired Lynx Grills, the premium outdoor cooking vendor.

The Middleby Corp., a maker of commercial and residential kitchen appliances, has acquired Lynx Grills, the premium outdoor cooking vendor.

No sale price was disclosed.

Lynx, a $50 million maker of Lynx and Sedona grills, joins Middleby’s growing roster of home appliance brands that includes TurboChef, Jade, MagiKitch’n, Viking Range and most recently AGA Rangemaster, which was acquired last July for $200 million.

Middleby chairman/CEO Selim Bassoul described his latest acquisition as “a highly complementary fit with our growing portfolio of premium residential brands,” citing Lynx’s “many exclusive products and one-of-a-kind features which position it as a leader in the outdoor cooking category.”

CES attendees may know Lynx from its LVCC-side cookouts where the company featured its HAL-like SmartGrill, which asks about the foods to be prepared before providing spoken cooking directions.

Lynx will continue operations and manufacturing from its headquarters in Downey, Calif., and at least one distributor, Eastern Marketing, confirmed that it is still under contract to carry the brand, despite Viking’s aggressive acquisitions of premium majap distributors to create its own two-step network under Middleby.

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