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 commercial refrigeration industry to receive ISO 9001 certification
1997 - Nor-Lake started using 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.
The Standex Foodservice Equipment Group is a broad-line manufacturer of innovative commercial foodservice equipment offering a wealth of refrigeration and cooking expertise. Products include walk-in coolers and freezers, refrigerated, non-refrigerated and hot display cabinets and storage systems, commercial ovens, rotisseries and cooking equipment, bakery and deli display cases, hot food counter-top products, rotary vane pumps and stainless steel fabrication, millwork and solid surface stonework.
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.
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