Mr. Bassoul continued, “A modest increase in sales at our Food Processing Equipment Group is expected to accelerate in the second half as we anticipate continued strength in demand from food processors looking to expand and modernize existing plant operations and new customers developing processing operations overseas due to increasing demand for pre-cooked and pre-processed foods in developing markets.”
Mr. Bassoul further commented, “We continue to further initiatives to integrate the newly acquired businesses and realize synergies across the expanded Food Processing Equipment Group, which we expect to benefit the profit margins in future periods.”
Mr. Bassoul concluded, “We were very pleased to have entered into a new and expanded credit facility. This facility provides for increased financing availability to fund growth initiatives and greater flexibility to meet the business needs for our broadened scope of operations as we continue to expand globally.”
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