Chef'n Announces New Executive Board Chair

 
 

Chef’n Corporation, a kitchen products company that recently sold a majority share of itself to the private equity firm CID Capital, has announced the appointment of Linda Graebner, former Board Chair of the International Housewares Association, as Executive Chairman.

“All teams under the Chef’n umbrella including product development, operations, finance, sales and marketing” will work closely with Graebner and Chef’n founder and CEO David Holcomb, the company said in a statement.

Known for kitchen and cooking products such as the PepperBall, a squeeze-operated pepper grinder, Chef'n has 250 patents to its name. Holcomb, who also holds the title “Famous Inventor,” says the new money raised will be used to launch as many as 20 new products in 2012. Holcomb says new products and marketing will push annual sales from $40 million in 2011 to $50 million in the next several years and to as much as $100 million in the next 10 years.

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

Winner: Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
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Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
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When it’s time to make doughnuts — or loaves of bread, or sheets of rolls — it could well be a Belshaw Adamatic piece of equipment that’s turning out the baked goods. From a 120,000-square-foot plant in Auburn, Belshaw Adamatic produces the ovens, fryers, conveyors and specialty equipment like jelly injectors used by wholesale and retail bakeries.
 
The firm’s two legacy companies — Belshaw started in 1923, Adamatic in 1962 — combined forces in 2007. Italy’s Ali Group North America is the parent.
 
It it takes work to maintain a legacy. A months-long strike in 2013 damaged morale and forced a leadership change. Frank Chandler was named president and CEO of Belshaw Adamatic in September 2013. The company has since strived to mend workplace relationships while also introducing a stream of new products, such as a convection oven, the BX Eco-touch, with energy saving features and steam injection that can be programmed for precise times in baking. The company energetically describes it as “an oven that saves time, reduces errors, makes an awesome product, and is fun to use and depend on every day!”
 
So far, more than 3,000 have been installed in quick-service restaurants, bakeries, cafés and supermarkets in the United States. They are the legacy of Thomas and Walter Belshaw, former builders of marine engines, who began producing patented manual and automated doughnut-making machines in Seattle 90 years ago. They sold thousands worldwide and, today, Belshaw Adamatic is the nation’s largest maker and distributor of doughnut-making equipment.