110 YEARS

 

OF CONTINUOUS INNOVATION

 

Market Forge has been in business for over 110 years, and continues to strive for perfection within its vast line of available models. From the innovative boilers to the new Eco-Friendly equipment that saves you time and money, it is clear that Market Forge has gained strength and wisdom with age. So put the power of steam cooking to work for you, with Market Forge


Many top restaurants have discovered that steam cooking isn't just about cooking quickly; it's about cooking well.

Steam cooking has been used for decades by institutions ranging from schools to sports arenas to produce large amounts of food quickly. This history has led many to believe that steam is simply about volume. But myths are being dispelled, mentalities are evolving, and the future of steam is bright. Many top restaurants around the country have discovered that steam cooking isn't just about cooking quickly; it's about cooking well. And as more chefs and restaurateurs discover the advantages of steam, they're discovering Market Forge. With over 350 different models (the most in the industry), Market Forge is uniquely positioned to fit your need. So whether you need to cook fresh lobster bisque or a whole lot of hot dogs, the Market Forge lineup will meet your demands

 

 

 

 

 


 

THE HISTORY OF MARKET FORGE

Market Forge Industries is an industry leader in steam cooking equipment and technology now approaching 120 years in business. In 1896, Louis I. Beckwith founded the company, as an iron and metal workshop located in what is now known as the Quincy Market District of Boston. Beckwith came to Boston with only his knowledge of the ironwork and blacksmith trades. His shop quickly became recognized for excellence and highly skilled craftsmanship. Located next to a large meat packing plant, Beckwith was soon commissioned by the owner of that plant to manufacture galvanized racks, to eliminate the unsanitary practice of storing meat on wooden shelves. This event was the beginning of Market Forge as a supplier to the foodservice industry.


The 1920s saw the emergence of the Market Forge Company as a national entity, specializing in metal shelving for the meat, fur, and refrigeration industries, to name a few. In the late '20s, the company began using stainless steel, which resulted in the first modern steam cooker. Through the years, Market Forge has manufactured a wide range of consumer products, such as; luggage racks, ski racks, ski poles and bicycle carriers, as well as, one of the earliest infant car seats for automobiles. In the 1970s, Market Forge sold many of its divisions and focused on becoming the premier steam equipment manufacturer in the world. In this pursuit, we added many new products: steam jacketed kettles, convection ovens and tilting skillets, which essentially afforded us the ability to fill entire commercial kitchens with our equipment.


On November 1st, 1993, after a series of ownership changes, the employees of Market Forge purchased the company and created a 100 percent equally owned Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The company reorganized and became Market Forge Industries, Inc. with each shop, office, and management employee owning an equal share of the company.

 

On January 7, 2014, Market Forge was purchased by The Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ: MIDD) of Elgin, IL. Market Forge moved to Vermont in July 2014 combining its production and customer service with Blodgett Oven Corporation, also owned by Middleby.

 



Most recently our R&D efforts have been focused on creating environmentally sustainable cooking equipment . These efforts have earned us numerous awards such as; GFEN's Blue Flame Award in 2007, back to back Kitchen Innovation Awards in 2008 and 2009, presented at the NRA Show. These awards were for products we developed that not only reduce energy usage but also drastically reduce water consumption.


Market Forge also supports our troops. For more than a decade, we have been providing specialized products to the military to help provide hot meals to our soldiers in combat. Our products are found in US military installations around the globe.


The ideals upon which Market Forge was founded are as alive today as they were in 1896. The dedication of each employee to manufacture the finest products in the cooking industry consistently shows. When you purchase a Market Forge product, you are purchasing a piece of that long tradition and history.