On March 10, Cineplex announced the acquisition of Ed Pellegrini’s Dandy Amusements International, a Simi Valley, Calif.-based route with locations primarily in the western states of California, Arizona, Washington and Texas, and all the company’s assets. Upon completion of the transaction, which is anticipated in April, Dandy will join Cineplex’s growing Player One Amusement Group.
“With Player One, we remain focused on scaling our U.S. operations through new and existing customer development, segment expansion and strategic mergers and acquisitions like this one,” said Ellis Jacob, president and CEO of Cineplex. “Dandy is well-known in the industry as a leading amusement gaming machine operator in the western United States and we are pleased to have them join our rapidly growing amusement solutions business. Today’s announcement further strengthens our ability to service customers on a truly North American scale.”
Player One says the acquisition reinforces its market position with an addition of over 50 employees, including John Lemieux who has been with Dandy for 25 years. He will lead Player One’s western operations.
“I am very pleased to be selling my business to a company that is so committed to the amusement game industry as I believe they will take it to a new level of excellence,” said Ed Pellegrini, founder and owner of Dandy.
“Under John’s leadership, Dandy’s offices and warehouse in California will act as the base of operations for our expansion in the west,” said Joe McCullagh, VP and general manager at Player One. “The addition of Dandy to our rapidly growing business in the U.S. better positions us for continued growth and enhances our ability to provide amusement services to a much broader and expanded market across North America.”
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