Last updated: February 12. 2014 10:10AM - 549 Views
By William Laney wlaney@civitasmedia.com



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LIMA — A local company enters 2014 ready to take the wraps off new pieces of specialty stainless cookware to complement any cookware set.


Range Kleen Manufacturing launched the new cookware, constructed of stainless steel with a brushed exterior finish and designed with an impact bonded, aluminum disk encapsulated base which is engineered to distribute heat quickly and evenly to allow precise temperature control, a Range Kleen news release said.


The handles on the cookware are riveted for durability and performance.


The new specialty cookware, which can purchased piece by piece, is compatible with all range types, including induction ovens. In addition to the multi-use function, another unique feature is bottom to top interior volume markings in both quarts and metric measurement, and each piece comes with a tempered glass lid, oven safe to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.


The cookware included a four-piece multi-sauce pan, which included a three-quart sauce pan and steamer insert and double broiler insert, a three-piece megapan, which includes a seven-quart and 12-inch pan with tempered glass lid, four-piece multi-cooker, which includes a steamer and pasta inserts, and a 16-quart stock pot and a 20-quart stock pot, both with tempered glass lids.


Range Kleen manufactures household products sold to major retail chains globally and has been taking care of customers since 1971. Its product divisions include original equipment manufacturing quality replacement drip pans for ranges and stoves; non-stick metal bakeware; kitchen decorative products specializing in exclusive licensed designs; storage, 0rganization, insulated food and beverage bottles and household cleaning supplies.


Range Kleen introduced its own line of cookware — stainless steel and enameled cast iron as well as pot racks — in 2007.


On Dec. 21, 2009, Range Kleen partnered with Berndes Cookware USA and has taken the lead of all sales, marketing and shipping of Berndes Cookware USA from its international headquarters in Lima.


Kennedy Manufacturing


VAN WERT — Kennedy Manufacturing, which was founded in 1911 in Fort Wayne, Ind. and moved production to Van Wert in 1914, manufactures steel tool chests, roller cabinets, stationary and mobile workbenches, modular storage cabinets and tool storage for the machining world. A subsidiary company, Blue Bell Bio-Medical, markets and distributes medical carts and accessories for hospitals and clinics in the United States and abroad.


“We pride ourselves in providing quality and engineering controls to develop systems that meet and exceed our customer’s expectations,” Kennedy Manufacturing executives said in a news release. “You can customize every department in your plant by mixing and matching everything from machinists’ chests and roller cabinets, to modular storage, visual organization, and mobile maintenance carts and benches.”


In January, Kennedy Manufacturing became a new addition to the Industrial Supply Plus Inc. buying group as a preferred supplier of American-made tool storage equipment.


“Kennedy is the brand leader in our industry,” Kennedy Manufacturing Vice President of Sales and Marketing Craig Martin said in a news release printed in Industrial Distribution. “When it comes to value, our products are the best in the marketplace in terms of the highest quality, capacity, service and durability for the price. Our products are made in the USA by a proud and professional work group that not only builds the products — they guarantee them and use the products themselves.”


Kennedy Manufacturing views the relationship with IBC as a way to grow its business and increase its access to the marketplace.


“IBC gives us access to a group of independent distributors that we may not have been able to get in front of otherwise,” Kennedy national sales manager John Gammell said in the news release. “Through them we can reach end-users in new industries and sub-industries that would be near impossible for us to get to on our own.”


Gammell told Industrial Distribution that Kennedy Manufacturing was attracted to the marketing support and programs offered by IBC which ensure that products are supported from a distribution standpoint. He talked about benefits of IBC’s annual national meeting, where Kennedy would be able to meet with multiple distributors at once during a concentrated trip which would help save time and money.


He said the meeting also would provide an opportunity to foster relationships with IBC’s independent distributors.

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