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Issue Date: Vol. 53, No. 1, January 2013, Posted On: 12/18/2012

Canteen Acquires Wisconsin's Stansfield Vending; Family Successor Focuses On Music And Games

Emily Jed
TAGS: vending, vending machine business, Stansfield Vending, Inc., Canteen Vending Services Inc., Compass Group North America, Stansfield Vending sales, vending operation, Stansfield’s music and games division, Jim Stansfield, Janet Stansfield Hess

LA CROSSE, WI -- Canteen Vending Services Inc., a division of Compass Group North America, has acquired the vending and dining operations of Stansfield Vending Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Canteen, the nation's largest vending operation, will run Stansfield's vending business from the latter's existing facilities in La Crosse and Eau Claire, WI, which will become branches of Canteen's nationwide network.

Stansfield has 200 employees and serves more than 2,000 vending and amusement accounts in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, according to its website.

The acquisition does not include Stansfield’s music and games division, which will continue to be run by the company's current president and third-generation operator Janet Stansfield Hess.

"Canteen’s national presence will best assure the lowest retail prices for our customers and the most competitive benefit costs for our employees," Hess said. “This transition also allows me to take a much more active role in the music and games division." She said her sister, Julie Nordeen, will step back from the company to focus more time on her family.

Stansfield Vending was founded in 1942 by Hess and Nordeen's grandfather, Jim Stansfield, in Winona, MN. The restaurateur became enamored with the coin-op business when he installed a jukebox in his restaurant. Its success led him to place and service machines in other locations, and expand into operating pool tables and videogames.

Stansfield relocated the growing business to La Crosse in the 1950s and was joined in 1966 by his son, Jim Stansfield Jr. The second-generation operator led the company's move into full-line vending and established it as a leader in its market before passing the reins to his daughters.

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