Vollrath Acquires Polar Wear, Stoelting

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SHEBOYGAN, WI. – Vollrath President and Chief Executive Officer, Paul Bartelt, announced the acquisition of Kiel, Wisconsin based Polar Ware Company including its Stoelting operation. 

Stoelting is a diverse manufacturer with three primary divisions: foodservice, cleaning and process equipment. Polar Ware is also a varied, multi-industry manufacturer that predominantly serves the foodservice industry by providing a selection of smallwares, serving equipment, and components for OEM customers. 

Stoelting’s Foodservice Division offers a broad and premium line of soft serve ice cream and frozen beverage dispensing equipment that supports a fast growing area in foodservice menu development.  Stoeltingsupplies freezers to thousands of retail and foodservice companies, and is recognized as a leader in frozen treat technology. The company’s full line of frozen treat equipment in countertop or floor models, includes soft serve, custard, shake, batch freezers and frozen beverage equipment including slush and carbonated slush offerings.

Stoelting’s Cleaning Equipment Division designs and manufactures a complete line of industrial parts cleaning equipmentfor general industrial and electronics assembly applications. The company’s Process Solutions Division designs and manufactures a full line of USDA approved cheese making equipment, with a long history of providing high quality cheese vats, curd tables, block formers, draining and matting conveyors, as well as salting belts.

Polar Ware has been providing foodservice products for industry professionals with an extensive selection of durable, high quality, deep drawn products for the foodservice and healthcare industries. The foodservice product line includes steam table pans, chafing dishes, stock pots, mixing bowls, serving trays and utensils, and a wide variety of other kitchen items.

In terms of operations, Polar Ware and Stoelting will remain separate entities under The Vollrath Company and continue to service their existing channels. Both companies will conduct business as usual for the foreseeable future.

“Combining with Polar Ware/Stoeltingallows Vollrath to diversify and greatly expand our offering of equipment and smallwares and it further establishes Vollrath as a foodservice industry leader,” saidBartelt. “Also, we will continue to support Stoelting’sstrong engineering and manufacturing capabilities, enabling the company to continue to service its customers in this growing segment of the foodservice market.”

“We are thrilled that Vollrath and Polar Ware are reuniting after 105 years.  Both companies have rich histories in the foodservice industry, and each can trace their roots back to 1874 when Jacob J. Vollrathopened his first enamelware plant in Sheboygan,” added Bartelt. 

For more than 137 years, The Vollrath Company, L.L.C., has been setting the standard as a manufacturer of quality equipment and smallwares supplies for the foodservice industry. Vollrath offers the largest selection and best value for prep, cook, and serve foodservice solutions. Established in 1905, Stoelting’s tradition of quality, performance and environmental awareness is the result of our many years of experience in equipment design, fabrication and manufacture.Since 1907, Polar Ware has been providing products for industry professionals with an extensive selection of durable, high quality, deep drawn products and serving equipment.

For more information about Vollrath visit www.vollrathco.com or search “Vollrath” to find us on Facebook or Twitter. For more information about Polar Ware and Stoelting, visit www.polarware.com, www.stoelting.comor search “Polar Ware” or “Stoelting” to find us on Facebook or Twitter.  For media inquiries, contact Cathy Fitzgerald at 920-459-5266 or via e-mail at cfitzgerald@vollrathco.com.

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