EverSmith Brands, a franchised brands platform and a portfolio company of the Riverside Co., has made an investment in Green Guard Services, a provider of commercial kitchen exhaust cleaning (KEC) and related ancillary services and products for fire prevention and mitigation.

Headquartered in Escondido, Calif., Green Guard services multiple blue-chip customers and several multi-site restaurant and hospitality groups regionally and nationally. In 2022, Green Guard served over 400 customers across eight states, primarily in California.

“This investment presents an attractive opportunity for EverSmith’s expansion into commercial KEC, an ideal market for continued expansion,” comments Riverside Micro-Cap Fund managing partner Loren Schlachet. “The scale, service and customer base of Green Guard combined with EverSmith’s expertise in supporting accelerated and profitable growth for franchise owners offer this platform an unparalleled opportunity for accelerated growth through a franchise model.”