by Brianna Crandall — January 29, 2018 — Kellermeyer Bergensons Services, LLC (KBS), a provider of technology-enabled, integrated interior and exterior property services to multi-region and multi-site customers in North America, recently announced the acquisition of two independently owned facility services company that increase the company’s abilities to provide a single source for interior, exterior or bundled property services. These mark the company’s fourth and fifth acquisitions this year.
According to the KBS Web site, the company aggregates service and ancillary supporting data and builds proprietary models specifically for client facilities in order to engineer service frequency and staffing plans that most appropriately meet client needs. This and additional information is available through the KBS Web portal. There clients can view past, current and pending service activity, as well as quality reports. Additionally, the KBS system is designed with the capability to adjust reporting to the specific needs of individual clients.
With more than 41,000 active customer locations in all 50 US states, Canada, and Puerto Rico, KBS aims to deliver consistently high-quality, compliant and cost-effective service solutions. Based in Oceanside, California, the company is majority owned by private investment firm GI Partners.
East Coast Lot and Pavement Maintenance / National Maintenance Systems (NMS) is an independently owned exterior facility services company that delivers complete services for clients nationwide. A dedicated staff provides oversight of the company’s own employees as well as a network of vendors to ensure the property is maintained to high standards and the business remains open, even during inclement weather.
Mark Minasian, chief executive officer (CEO) and co-founder of KBS, stated:
We are very excited about the acquisition of East Coast/NMS. They are a leader in snow and ice management, landscaping and parking lot maintenance services primarily in the Northeast and Midwest regions. This expansion by KBS into complementary exterior services in very attractive end markets further strengthens our commercial value proposition, offering our customers the largest, most reliable integrated facility support solutions platform for interior, exterior or bundled services across North America.
East Coast/NMS offers a full line of on-site exterior maintenance services including regenerative air and brush truck sweeping, snow and ice removal, landscaping, power washing, asphalt repair, line striping and crack filling.
Uri Ben-Yashar, the founder/CEO of East Coast/NMS, is a top-tier operator who, after nearly three decades of dedication, has refined the predictive, efficient, simultaneous and scaled delivery of on-demand snow and ice management services. He will continue to lead the division going forward and we are very excited to welcome Uri and his talented team to the KBS family of companies.
Uri Ben-Yashar, the founder and CEO of East Coast/NMS, commented:
I am very happy to be partnering with KBS. I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Mark and his team over the past two years. After decades of operating independently and establishing our brand identity, I became very excited about the opportunities that a merger with KBS would provide for our people and customers. We will keep our brand identity while having the coverage and access to KBS’s resources. With KBS’s support and our knowledge of the exterior services market, we have now entered the next phase in our growth and development, and I am very excited about the future.
KBS CEO Minasian added:
Ice and snow management services are mission critical for customers who depend on East Coast/NMS to do the toughest jobs in the very toughest conditions to keep their properties safe and operating during major weather events. By merging with KBS, East Coast/NMS customers can now have even greater confidence that the service support as well as financial and operational underpinnings of East Coast/NMS are stronger than ever. Major hospitals with emergency vehicle flows, massive regional US Postal Service distribution centers moving millions of parcels per day, major regional banks and commercial clients all depend on the expert team at East Coast/NMS. During spring and summer, East Coast/NMS’s plows give way to exterior landscape and parking lot maintenance services in a very efficient cycle of year-round stewardship for exterior property environments.
Hoon Cho, managing director at GI Partners, a leading San Francisco-based private equity firm and KBS sponsor, stated:
East Coast/NMS marks the fourth acquisition by KBS in the past year, with more expected to close as we progress through 2018. The serial completion of these deals comes as a result of a very focused and disciplined strategic and operational path the company undertook over the past three years resulting in KBS becoming the acquirer of choice for regional facility support service providers. We congratulate Mark and the KBS team on the acquisition of East Coast/National Maintenance Systems and welcome Uri and his team into KBS.
Empire Services is an independently owned commercial facility maintenance company that has grown over the last 20+ years to become one of the leading facility services organizations in the Southeast. Through more than 1,100 carefully selected and trained staff, Empire Services delivers a full range of quality facility services in packages specially designed and customized for each of its more than 500 customers. As a company with a local presence, Empire Services believes that it has a corporate responsibility to support the communities in which its customers do business.
KBS’s Mark Minasian stated:
The acquisition of Empire Services marks another important milestone in the evolution and expansion of the KBS North American platform. 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 that today delivers mission critical support services to many of the most recognizable names throughout the Gulf Coast region, including the Superdome, the French Quarter, the New Orleans Convention Center, universities, hospital systems, and major commercial clients. 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.
Empire Founder and President Charlie Lusco said:
I am very excited to be teaming with Mark and the KBS team. 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 clean-up, special event services, emergency services, water extraction and dehumidification, landscape maintenance, trash removal, engineering services, HVAC, mechanical, and facility maintenance services.
Headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, Empire Services has branch offices in Baton Rouge, Monroe and Metairie, Louisiana, as well as Austin, Texas.