Meet Our All New RD-10 Series Refrigerated Dough Retarder Cabinet!

FWE / Food Warming Equipment Company, Inc. • All New Series, RD-10 Refrigerated Dough Retarder Cabinet
FWE / Food Warming Equipment Company, Inc. • All New Series, RD-10 Refrigerated Dough Retarder Cabinet

Today Food Warming Equipment proudly presents the Refrigerated Dough Retarder! This new product is fresh off the FWE assembly line and is ready to serve you and your customers. Manufactured to ensure consistency in your dough rise as well as promote complex flavor development that excellent airy structure in pizza crust.

  • Available now!
  • Ideal for use with dough press
  • Fast cool down time reaches 55°F retarding temperature (13°C) in less than 10 minutes
  • Electronic, easy-to-use, lockable controls concealed inside cavity
  • LED bulb in top of unit illuminates interior cabinet when door is open
  • Self-closing door stays open at 90 degrees or more for easy loading and unloading
  • Features a 1/4 HP compressor and dynamic condenser which enhances cooling in warm environments

FWE / Food Warming Equipment Company, Inc. • All New Series, RD-10 Refrigerated Dough Retarder Cabinet

The newest addition to our very popular refrigerator line the Dough Retarder fills an important place in FWE’s goal to help our customer’s craft the perfect pizza.  Made of the reliable construction FWE is known for, the Refrigerated Dough Retarder is both strong and easy to use. Electronic concealed controls located inside the cabinet prevent accidental tampering. The unit is equipped with a self-closing door that stays open at 90 degrees; the Refrigerated Dough Retarder ‘s door will never get in the way of trying to use it.

RD-10 Product PageRD-10 Spec Sheet (PDF Download)

We’re back from #NRAShow2018 – we are #FiredUp to share the details!

Food Warming Equipment Company recently returned from the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, IL.  This year FWE unveiled new products and updates to existing lines. Brand new products like the innovative Clymate IQ® Drawers.

What is the NRA Show? Well, show.restaurant.org has this to say:

“The National Restaurant Association Show is a can’t-miss opportunity to discover the latest innovations in food and beverage and network with over 66,000 foodservice professionals from around the world. Here’s all the information you’ll need to register, book your travel, and get the most out of this incredible four-day experience.”

National Sales Manager, Travis Hartley, at NRA!
National Sales Manager, Travis Hartley, at NRA!

Every year, the NRA show hosts thousands of professionals from all across the food service industry. FWE is proud to have a large presence at this show, so close to our corporate headquarters and sales office in Crystal Lake, IL.

Thank you to each and every person that stopped by our booth to learn about what’s new at FWE.

This year we were excited to announce the Clymate IQ® Precision Heated & Humidified Holding Drawer! The new series of FWE Drawer Warmers employs the same Precision Holding Temperature Technology (PHTT) found in all of our best-selling Clymate IQ® series of cabinets.

  • FWE / Food Warming Equipment Company, Inc • NEW SERIES • Precise Humidity Temperature Technology Drawers • Model Shown PHTT-2DR-6SL
    FWE / Food Warming Equipment Company, Inc • NEW SERIES • Precise Humidity Temperature Technology Drawers • Model Shown PHTT-2DR-6SL

    Available soon, with a selection of single, double or multiple drawer versions. Contact us for further details.

  • FWE has many designs and styles to accommodate the standard 12″ x 20″ shallow pans, and pans up to 6″ deep.
  • Standard and Side Load designs allow for narrow or shallow openings against walls and counters in the kitchen.
  • Solid stainless steel and built with the quality
    FWE / Food Warming Equipment Company, Inc. • Also New! • Heated Holding Shelves - New Features & Options like Individual Control Switches, Color Powder Coating & More!
    FWE / Food Warming Equipment Company, Inc. • Also New! • Heated Holding Shelves – New Features & Options like Individual Control Switches, Color Powder Coating & More!

    you have come to expect with FWE products.

These warming drawers hold vegetables, potatoes and pasta hot, moist and flavorful. Stage hot beef, pork, poultry, and fish and retain flavorful juices at the precise temperature and humidity that you set.

The Drawer is great for concession stands, convenience stores, quick service restaurants, bistros & cafes, cafeterias, country clubs, nightclubs & bars.

To see additional new items and features, join us on our What’s New page over at www.fwe.com/whats-new

Celebrating Earth Day, Every Day!

Food Warming Equipment Company has a commitment to quality above all else.

This includes being a good steward of the world around us. Sunday, April 22nd is Earth Day and FWE would like to highlight what we do every day to ensure a better, brighter, and healthier planet.

Here are just a few ways FWE takes good care of Earth!

99% Paperless: FWE is proud to declare that we have taken measures to ensure that our manufacturing facility in Portland, Tennessee is 99% paperless. Utilizing top of the line computer technology we entrust in provides many benefits over paper methods.

Energy Star Ratings: Working hand in hand with the Department of Energy. FWE certifies an ever-increasing number of products to the Energy Star standard. This has two major benefits; first, it draws less energy making it better for the planet. Secondly, because it draws less power from the wall it saves you money!

Running Hot & Cold: FWE converted to a High-Efficiency air system with programmable thermostats to reduce heating and air conditioning cost. In the hotter months, FWE volunteers for brownout periods. Similarly, in the winter, we recycle the heat generated from the day to day manufacturing process within our facility.

Visit our Community & Sustainability web page, HERE for a deep dive into FWE’s sustainability procedures!

Our equipment helps limit waste, lowers energy costs, and reduces food waste. We encourage companies and individuals alike to pledge to do your best to help the planet.

The State of Restaurant Sustainability Report

Here at Food Warming Equipment Co., we strive to make as many products as possible to meet new energy sustainability standards, that is why we submit our equipment to be rated by the Energy Star system. Creating energy efficient systems for our cabinets not only protects the planet but also your wallet when the energy bill comes due.  

On February 7th, 2018, the National Restaurant Association released the newest edition of the State of Restaurant Sustainability report. The purpose of this report is to show the new trends in green-friendly practices in restaurants and help newcomers to understand what sustainability can do for them. The report covers all types and sizes of restaurants.

Here are a few key takeaways:

  • Water saving innovations: We all know that restaurants need bathrooms and we all know how much water is used in a typical flush of the toilet. This is why many restaurants are employing the low-flush toilets to help lower water usage in the establishment.
  • Energy-efficient equipment: The report shows that nearly 80% of all restaurants employ the use of energy efficient lights and more than half utilize programmable heating. Around 40% use Energy Star rated cooling systems. (Refrigerators, Freezers, and Ice makers)
  • Waste Reduction: Around half of all restaurant operators keep a diligent track of all food wasted in their establishment creates with 20% of total restaurant operators choosing to donate edible leftovers to charities in their local community.

FWE is proud to have energy efficient equipment to help restaurant operators achieve their goal of sustainability.

You can read the full report here.

FWE Says “Thank You, Javier!”

Deron Lichte (FWE President, left) shown with Javier (Right) on Retirement Celebration Day
Deron Lichte (FWE President, left) shown with Javier (Right) on Retirement Celebration Day

This is Javier Espinosa; he started working at FWE in 1987 at our factory in Crystal Lake, IL. In his time with Food Warming Equipment Company, Javier wore a few hats. From General Assembly to Electrical Javier was essential in making sure that FWE is synonymous with quality. When a new custom order came through Javier was the one entrusted with building it.

Joining us less than a year of FWE’s manufacturing facility burned down in 1987, Javier has stuck by FWE through thick and thin. Even moving 500 miles south with the company when we relocated from Crystal Lake, IL to Portland, TN in 2012. That level of commitment did not go unnoticed.

But all good things must come to an end and on February 27, 2018, Javier retired from FWE and will return to Crystal Lake, IL. His commitment was rewarded as a thank you for 30 great years of service, President and CEO of FWE, Deron Licthe honored Javier with an all-expense paid trip to anywhere in the world.

Javier has chosen the sunny beaches of San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico to relax with family.

From everyone here at FWE, we would like to say, “Thank you, Javier!”

NAFEM Helps Make Energy Star Audits More Efficient

To make products better, faster, and customer affordable Food Warming Equipment Co. needs to make units at a high level of efficiency. Part of this efficiency is the Energy Star rating that FWE is proud to have adorned on their products. Energy Star is a program that manufacturers volunteer to enter that helps both companies and individuals save money through efficient energy. The benefit is two-fold, first is the cost savings on your energy bill and second is environmental protection from the same energy efficiency. 

NAFEM has been discussing with the Environmental Protection Agency to aid the U.S. Government in making the Energy Star audits even more efficient by conducting audits through a third-party. This process was first only approved on steam cookers. In 2018, the Department of Energy is beginning to look into expanding the program to other food service equipment. Government funding prevents the DOE to implement this change. Fortunately, NAFEM is working to expand the program.  Read about it on NAFEM’s website: https://www.nafem.org/resources/making-energy-star-audits-more-efficient/

FWE boasts a large array of products with the Energy Star rating. Visit our webpage at http://www.fwe.com/energy-star. Here, you can view our most popular models with the Energy Star rating. Discover the Energy Star rebate and see if you qualify! On our page, we invite you to look at our FAQ and learn about the Energy Star rating.

What do these changes to the process mean for the FWE consumer? It means that the consumer gets the product better, faster, and affordable.

Call (800) 222-4393 to speak with an FWE Foodservice Professional.

Or Email sales@fwe.com

Congratulations to Micah Beard our latest ‘Extra Mile Award’ Winner!

CELEBRATING & RECOGNIZING OUTSTANDING FWE EMPLOYEES
Micah Beard Earns Award for His Hard Work & Commitment to FWE 

Please join us in congratulating Micah Beard, our next winner of the Extra Mile Award!

Congratulations to Micah Beard our latest 'Extra Mile Award' Winner!
Congratulations to Micah Beard our latest ‘Extra Mile Award’ Winner!

It is not the length of an employee’s tenure that speaks to their quality of work. It is the effort put into the work. Since joining FWE in May of 2017, Micah has put in 200% into everything he has done for us. He has adapted quickly to policy, procedure and tasks given. He continues to think outside of the box to make procedures better for every task we present to him, without asking.

Micah’s commitment to his work has persevered through many long days and sometimes, long nights. A complete overhaul of our company history wall shows us all on a daily basis how planning, research and passion can build a beautiful story. We thank Micah for his dedication to telling our story the right way. As FWE’s Graphic Designer, Micah has elevated the artwork and photography of the company to the next level. He is always ready, willing, and able to provide design insight that keeps FWE in front of the curve and competition.

Keep up the good work, Micah!

About Food Warming Equipment
Food Warming Equipment Company, (FWE) was founded in the 1940s in the suburbs of Chicago, pioneering the “HOT-SERVE” line of Food Warming & Conveying Cabinets and Portable Bars for Pepsi-Cola. The Company incorporated in 1953. FWE offers Low Temperature Cooking – Holding Ovens, Full Line of Heated Serving products and cabinets, Utility Cabinets, Mobile Refrigeration / Freezers, Portable Bars and the “PHTT”…the advanced and Intuitive Climate Control™ technology that automatically maintains the set levels of heat and humidity for short or long term holding. For more information, visit www.FWE.com

American Red Cross Blood Drive at FWE’s Tennessee Manufacturing Facility

American Red Cross Blood Drive Bus at FWE shown with FWE President Deron Lichte
American Red Cross Blood Drive Bus at FWE shown with FWE President Deron Lichte

At Food Warming Equipment we understand the needs of the greater community around us. That is why we have partnered with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive for FWE employees. Founded by a nurse who worked during the American Civil War the American Red Cross official began operations in the early 1880s. For over 135 years the American Red Cross has been saving lives not only at home but abroad. Nearly 40% of all the blood donated in the United States comes from the American Red Cross.

American Red Cross FWE Blood Drive, FWE's National Sales Manager Travis Hartley shown donating blood.
American Red Cross FWE Blood Drive, FWE’s National Sales Manager Travis Hartley shown donating blood.

Blood donation is but a small part of ARC’s humanitarian activities including First Aid, CPR, Water Safety, Scientific Research, Cellular Therapy, and many more. But the ARC is most notably known for its Disaster Relief programs during Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 Haitian Earthquake, and others.

Hosting the blood drive was an easy set up all any host needs to do are three simple steps outlined on the redcrossblood.org website. The host needs to offer a suitable location for donating. They need to help recruit donors within the organization. It is the responsibility of the host to schedule the donors for the appointment slot. The ARC does the rest.

American Red Cross FWE Blood Drive, Chris Huffman shown donating blood.
American Red Cross FWE Blood Drive, FWE’s Vice President Chris Huffman shown donating blood.

FWE was proud to host a blood drive for company employees on January 31, 2018. Many employees including company Vice President, Christopher Huffman (shown left) were present to donate. For every person that donates blood can have the potential to save the lives of up to three people for eight to ten minutes out of a day FWE thinks that it is worth every second. 

Go to redcross.org to find out more information about donating blood or hosting your own blood drive!

Congratulations to Jimmy Granados our latest ‘Extra Mile Award’ Winner!

CELEBRATING & RECOGNIZING OUTSTANDING FWE EMPLOYEES
Jimmy Granados Earns Award for His Hard Work & Commitment to FWE 

Jimmy Granados, Extra Mile Award Winner

Please join us in congratulating Jimmy Granados, our next winner of the Extra Mile Award!

This is an award that is long overdue. You become so accustomed to certain people going the extra mile, you can unintentionally take it for granted.  Jimmy is one of those people.  He is a key person in the production operations at F.W.E., supervising all three Final Assembly Lines.  Whether it is working over through the week or on Saturdays, Jimmy is always here giving it 110%, looking out for F.W.E.’s best interest.  He is constantly suggesting improvements, training new people and sharing his knowledge.

Keep up the good work, Jimmy!

About Food Warming Equipment
Food Warming Equipment Company, (FWE) was founded in the 1940s in the suburbs of Chicago, pioneering the “HOT-SERVE” line of Food Warming & Conveying Cabinets and Portable Bars for Pepsi-Cola. The Company incorporated in 1953. FWE offers Low Temperature Cooking – Holding Ovens, Full Line of Heated Serving products and cabinets, Utility Cabinets, Mobile Refrigeration / Freezers, Portable Bars and the “PHTT”…the advanced and Intuitive Climate Control™ technology that automatically maintains the set levels of heat and humidity for short or long term holding. For more information, visit www.FWE.com

Congratulations to Jason Gregory our latest ‘Extra Mile Award’ Winner!

CELEBRATING & RECOGNIZING OUTSTANDING FWE EMPLOYEES
Jason Gregory Earns Award for His Hard Work & Commitment to FWE 

Jason Gregory, Extra Mile Award WinnerPlease join us in congratulating Jason Gregory – our newest recipient of the Extra Mile Award!

He was nominated by Arturo Perez.  Jason has demonstrated the spirit of the Extra Mile Award by being willing to tackle any challenge put in front of him.  He helped us get an assembly line up and running.  Jason has served several stints in Inventory Control.  In between, he has done Final Assembly, built doors, and done Small Part Assembly in Electrical, just to name a few.  Recently Jason has become a proficient operator of the Artos Wire machine.

Keep up the good work, Jason!

About Food Warming Equipment
Food Warming Equipment Company, (FWE) was founded in the 1940s in the suburbs of Chicago, pioneering the “HOT-SERVE” line of Food Warming & Conveying Cabinets and Portable Bars for Pepsi-Cola. The Company incorporated in 1953. FWE offers Low Temperature Cooking – Holding Ovens, Full Line of Heated Serving products and cabinets, Utility Cabinets, Mobile Refrigeration / Freezers, Portable Bars and the “PHTT”…the advanced and Intuitive Climate Control™ technology that automatically maintains the set levels of heat and humidity for short or long term holding. For more information, visit www.FWE.com