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Welbilt (WBT)

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Rich Sheffer Investor Relations
Bill Johnson President and Chief Executive Officer
Marty Agard Chief Financial Officer
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Operator

Good morning. My name is Fia and I will be the conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the Welbilt, Inc. 2021 Q1 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] At this time, I would like to turn the conference over to Rich Sheffer.

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Rich Sheffer

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Marty Agard

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mentioned be will to back the question-and-answer turn I session over the Bill will the his Rich for at closing a As we call, remarks. beginning With call of not conducting today. that,

Bill Johnson

more call, belief began the today’s company that were leaner beginning end efficient we we in pandemic reiterate or May the when I of we stronger continued than that is to at XXXX. my a our Welbilt transformation want Before is program structurally and

can use leadership to customers continue focus digital and to innovation help will we We succeed on our grow. opportunities and where

and to preference. will leverage the service win brand We innovation for our to of continue customer battle culture

morning deliver flow quarter improved first cash and improved margins us again earnings will a XXXX great Thanks as this concludes day. We abates. joining this for This free much crisis have call. today’s and

Operator

today’s gentlemen, for conference and Ladies call. thank you in participating

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