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Nor-Lake, Incorporated has grown to be a leader in the designing and manufacturing of quality refrigeration products. With its dedication to service and high-quality product line, Nor-Lake has earned one of the most respected names in the refrigeration industry.

In 1947, Nor-Lake was founded in the garage of a creamery in Hudson, Wisconsin (located just east of St. Paul and Minneapolis). In the beginning, Nor-Lake designed refrigeration products for bar and restaurant operations and some of its first products are still being used today. Nor-Lake originally manufactured ice cube makers.

Over time, Nor-Lake expanded its operation to include a large variety of foodservice refrigeration products. In 1982, Nor-Lake created a separate Scientific Division. Nor-Lake has been a consistent leader in refrigeration innovation and design: 1981-Nor-Lake increased the insulation properties and energy savings of its products by changing from fiberglass to polyurethane foam insulation; 1989-Nor-Lake was the first U.S. commercial refrigeration company to introduce a HCFC blowing Ozone Guard-22 polyurethane insulation, which reduced the amount of ozone depleting CFCs given off by the refrigeration products; 1994-Nor-Lake became one of the first companies in the industry to receive ISO 9001 certification; 1997- Nor-Lake started making CFC free foam to be used in its polyurethane insulation.

Through the years Nor-Lake remained a family-owned business until 2003, when it became part of the Standex Foodservice Group. Standex is a diversified manufacturing and marketing company with major operations in foodservice. Standex’s objectives are to improve organization productivity and lower operating costs. Standex is comprised of a variety of companies that fit well with the Nor-Lake acquisition.

These companies include: Master Bilt (manufactures refrigeration equipment mainly for retail), Barbeque King/BKI (manufactures fryers, self-serve hot displays, ovens and rotisseries), Federal Industries (manufactures fresh food display cases) and Procon (precision-crafted positive displacement pumps). Today, Nor-Lake offers a wide variety of refrigeration systems including walk-in coolers, walk-in freezers, milk coolers, ice cream freezers, environmental rooms, plasma refrigerators and chromatography refrigerators.


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