Wind Point-backed Zone Climate Services adds-on Total Line Refrigeration

Total Line is Zone Climate Services' first add-on under Wind Point's ownership, which started in April. 

Wind Point Partners-backed Zone Climate Services added-on Total Line Refrigeration, a family-owned commercial refrigeration and HVAC company. Total Line is Zone Climate Services’ first add-on under Wind Point’s ownership, which started in April.

Press Release

Zone Climate Services (“Zone”), a portfolio company of Wind Point Partners (“Wind Point”), is pleased to announce the acquisition of Total Line Refrigeration, Inc. (“Total Line” or the “Company”). Total Line is Zone’s first acquisition under Wind Point’s ownership and enables Zone’s expansion into Ohio as well as the addition of complementary end-markets and repair services.

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Total Line is a family-owned and operated commercial refrigeration and HVAC company offering preventative maintenance, repair and installation services. Founded in 1998, Total Line has developed a reputation as one of Ohio’s premier service providers for food service, food grocery and retail, and other commercial kitchen equipment customers.

Headquartered in Alsip, Ill., Zone is a market leader in commercial refrigeration and HVAC services across the Midwest. Zone serves hundreds of customers spanning grocers, convenience stores and warehouse operators.

“We are extremely excited to have Total Line join the Zone Climate family,” said Henry Lees-Buckley, CEO of Zone. “The Total Line team has established a fantastic business serving customers across a variety of industry verticals. We look forward to further supporting the Company’s growth plans while continuing to build upon Total Line’s strong foundation for excellent customer service.”

Konrad Salaber, Managing Director at Wind Point, commented, “Expanding end market and geographic reach via strategic acquisitions is a key pillar within the Zone value creation plan. Total Line’s expertise in the food service and restaurant segments is a highly valuable addition for the combined platform. Additionally, the Total Line network fills a void in Zone’s footprint in the Midwest by adding operations in Ohio. We look forward to continuing to deliver world-class service levels for our customers, investing in our best-in-class technician base and supporting the next phase of growth for the combined organization.”

“We are excited to join the Zone Climate Services team,” stated Chris Cornet, Founder of Total Line. “We were attracted to Zone’s growth-focused nature and commitment to delivering a best-in-class experience for all stakeholders, including technicians, customers and suppliers. I believe our combined team shares strong cultural alignment and a similar vision for the future. I look forward to working with Henry and the Zone team while continuing to build upon the combined organization’s strong foundation.”

Wind Point is an active investor in the business services sector, with select current investments including Corbett Technology Solutions, Quantix, Vertex and American Trailer Rental Group (“ATRG”). Total Line represents the first acquisition for Zone Climate Services after partnering with Wind Point in April 2021. Zone will continue to seek strategic acquisition opportunities, with a focus on leading commercial refrigeration, kitchen equipment and HVAC repair service providers.

Honigman served as legal counsel to Zone. Gross & Gross served as legal counsel to Total Line.

About Zone Climate Services
Zone Mechanical is one of the largest providers of commercial and industrial refrigeration HVAC installation and maintenance services to customers in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana. Through decades of experience, Zone has established a reputation as one of the Midwest’s premier refrigeration and HVAC service providers by offering a comprehensive suite of services including design, build, and engineering capabilities as well as an array of customer equipment needs. Zone services a variety of customers including independent and specialty grocery chains, convenience stores, and warehouses.

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About Wind Point Partners
Wind Point Partners is a Chicago-based private equity investment firm with approximately $4 billion in assets under management. Wind Point focuses on partnering with top caliber management teams to acquire well-positioned middle market businesses where it can establish a clear path to value creation. The firm targets investments in the consumer products, industrial products and business services sectors. Wind Point is currently investing out of Wind Point Partners IX, a fund that was initiated in 2019.