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Award-Winning Equipment & New Products at National Restaurant Association Show

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TROY, OHIO – (May 10, 2019) – Restauranteurs, chefs and food industry professionals will have the chance to get a first-hand look at the latest in innovative and award-winning kitchen equipment from ITW Food Equipment Group brands when they visit one of the industry’s largest trade shows of the year this Spring.

More than 100 high performance and energy-efficient commercial kitchen products from ITW Food Equipment Group brands like Hobart, Baxter, Traulsen, Vulcan, Wolf, Berkel, Stero and Somat, will be on the floor of Chicago’s McCormick Center at booths #4031, #4237 and #4241 during the National Restaurant Association Show 2019. Visitors to ITW Food Equipment Group booths this year can see the latest in kitchen equipment advancements, including the industry’s most energy efficient flight-type washer, a one-of-a-kind oven, a heavy-duty cooking solution for small kitchens, and a new line of simple, affordable food preparation and dishwashing equipment.

“The National Restaurant Association Show is a highlight of the year as it gives us a chance to talk with foodservice professionals about their needs while introducing them to our latest advancements in performance and resource efficiency,” said Todd Blair, Director of Marketing for ITW Food Equipment Group. “This year, we’re debuting Centerline™ by Hobart, a new line of kitchen equipment for restaurants that don’t require the advanced technology features or extreme-volume, continuous run-time requirements of our premium equipment solutions, but still desire Hobart quality and reliability. We’re also extremely proud that three ITW Food Equipment Group products are being featured at the Kitchen Innovations booth, showcasing the advanced technology and innovative, customer-driven design that goes into our products.”

ITW Food Equipment Group LLC (a subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works) is the industry’s premier manufacturer of a wide range of equipment for discerning food industry professionals. This year, equipment from three of its brands, Baxter, Hobart and Vulcan, will be featured in the Kitchen Innovations Award booth at the National Restaurant Association Show, May 18-21:

  • The Hobart FT1000e Low Energy Series Dishwasher, a flight-type washer built for high volume operations is designed to reduce energy consumption and connected amp load requirements. It offers the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership, saving operators thousands of dollars in energy costs annually for greater lifetime value.
  • The self-cleaning Baxter BV400G VersaOven™ combines the best features of steamer, rotisserie, convection and combi ovens into one space-saving design.
  • The Vulcan Versatile Chef Station, a compact, heavy duty, multi-function cooking station allows chefs to maximize every inch of space while streamlining their workflow.

In addition to products featured at the Kitchen Innovations Award booth, ITW Food Equipment Group brands will be bringing their newest and most popular food equipment products to this year’s show, as well as information about Hobart Service, the only nationwide, factory-trained service network dedicated to commercial food equipment installation and maintenance.

New to this year’s show is the introduction of Centerline by Hobart, which will debut at the Hobart booth with the Centerline HMM20 Standard Heavy-Duty 20-Quart Mixer and the Centerline Undercounter Dishwasher. Hobart is also introducing its new line of HS Series portion scale slicers, which save retail foodservice operations time, resources and the need for separate pieces of slicing and weighing equipment. The HS6-1PS manual slicer and the HS7-1PS automatic slicer offer precise slicing and instant weighing to increase efficiency and help retail and foodservice establishments serve customers faster. Both models accurately weigh product up to 10 pounds in increments of 0.01 pounds or 0.1 ounces.

Traulsen, known for its 80-year history of manufacturing quality, high-performance commercial refrigeration products, will give show visitors a chance to check out R-Series refrigeration units featuring the new StayClear™ Condensers for reduced maintenance and the next generation Smart Control for ease of use. Trauslen will also feature popular equipment including its glycol prep table, best-in-class blast chillers, and ENERGY STAR® certified reach-in and compact refrigerators.

Industry favorite products will also be on display from Baxter, the brand recognized for superior baking and cooking equipment. The recently introduced VersaOven™, which combines the best features of rotisserie, steam, convection and combi cooking into one space-saving design in addition to an impressive self-cleaning capability, will be a “must see” at this year’s show. For the first time, Baxter will also be introducing its new BC100E five-pan electric convection oven with a self-contained steam system.

Vulcan, the brand chefs and operators look to for top-quality, energy efficient cooking products, will feature several new products and technologies. Along with the Versatile Chef Station, Vulcan will feature its EO Boilerless Countertop Steamer with new auto-fill capability, built to withstand the heat of any kitchen and decrease total cost of ownership. Vulcan will also be showcasing its EnduranceTM Range with refrigerated drawers and its ABC7P Combi Oven with temperature probe.

A few additional ITW Food Equipment Group products and technologies featured at The National Restaurant Show 2019 include:

  • The Hobart Advansys™ CLeN, featuring Automatic Soil Removal and Drain Water Energy Recovery;
  • Traulsen’s Even-Thaw Refrigerator, designed for labor savings and food safety by rapidly thawing frozen product under safe, temperature-controlled conditions;
  • Vulcan’s Countertop Electric Fryer (CEF), a co-development project with QSR chain Captain D’s;
  • Continuous feed and combination-style food processors from Hobart.

To learn more about ITW Food Equipment Group products and Hobart Service, visit booths #4031, #4237, #4241 and the Kitchen Innovations Award booth at the National Restaurant Show 2019, or visit,,,, and

About ITW Food Equipment Group

ITW Food Equipment Group LLC, a subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works, is the brand behind the brands found in commercial kitchens, bakeries, delis and groceries around the world. An ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2008, ITW Food Equipment Group embodies a family of premium brands including Hobart, Traulsen, Baxter, Vulcan, Wolf, Berkel, Stero, Somat, Gaylord, Kairak and Peerless—covering all your core food equipment needs, from food preparation and refrigeration to cooking and baking to dishwashing and waste disposal to weighing and wrapping. Backed by our nationwide network of factory-trained service technicians, we’re always nearby to install, maintain and service your equipment. Explore ITW Food Equipment Group by visiting

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