“The acquisition of Nieco Corporation, a leader in the manufacture of conveyor broilers, further enhanced our industry leading platform of automated and rapid-cook technologies at our Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group. Nieco conveyor technology is currently in use by several leading quick serve restaurant chains. The ability of Nieco to improve food quality, accelerate the cooking process and reduce or re-allocate labor is critical to operators. At the Food Processing Equipment Group, the acquisitions of Baker Thermal Solutions, Stewart Systems, and Spooner Vicars significantly expanded the Middleby platform as a leading supplier of technologies for the baking industry.” Bassoul concluded, “Through the acquisition of Viking, we entered the residential market with the leading brand in the premium segment of the residential market. We expect we will be able to grow sales and profitability at Viking as we realize synergies with our existing platforms including improvements in product design, reduction in manufacturing costs, development of new innovative products, and the expansion of products sold into international markets.”Conference Call A conference call will be held at 10:00 a.m. Central time on February 27, 2013 and can be accessed by dialing (866) 200-6965 and providing conference code 46030671# or through the investor relations section of The Middleby Corporation website at www.middleby.com. An audio replay of the call will be available approximately one half hour after its completion and can be accessed by calling (866) 206-0173 and providing code 280037#. Statements in this press release or otherwise attributable to the Company regarding the Company's business which are not historical fact are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company cautions investors that such statements are estimates of future performance and are highly dependent upon a variety of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. Such factors include variability in financing costs; quarterly variations in operating results; dependence on key customers; international exposure; foreign exchange and political risks affecting international sales; changing market conditions; the impact of competitive products and pricing; the timely development and market acceptance of the Company's products; the availability and cost of raw materials; and other risks detailed herein and from time-to-time in the Company's SEC filings.