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ITW Food Equipment Group Earns 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award

EPA Recognition is 11th Consecutive Award for ITW and Its Family of Brands

GLENVIEW, Illinois – (April 2, 2018) – Energy and resource efficient cooking equipment from some of the professional food world’s most trusted brands have, for the 11th consecutive year, earned ITW Food Equipment Group the nation’s highest award for energy efficiency.  

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded ITW Food Equipment Group its ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award for 2018, the agency’s highest industry honor. By maintaining a focus on energy savings and efficiency in the manufacturing of food equipment from its family of premium brands – Hobart, Baxter, Traulsen, Vulcan, Wolf, Stero and Wittco to name a few – ITW Food Equipment Group has earned Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence awards since 2010, as well as ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year awards in 2008 and 2009.

“ITW Food Equipment Group has always been strongly committed to energy and resource efficiency, and our partnership with ENERGY STAR over the last 11 years has been a reflection of this,” said Lei Schlitz, Executive Vice President, ITW Food Equipment Group. “We focus on designing and building efficient, high performance food equipment, not for the awards, but to better support our customers, the industry and our environment, which is one reason why professionals consistently choose our brands across categories.”

ITW Food Equipment Group brands build high performance, commercial food equipment that provides superior energy and resource efficiency. With an expansive offering of more than 400 ENERGY STAR-certified products, ITW Food Equipment Group is focused on the continued development of next-generation, energy-efficient equipment in 2018, the promotion of resource efficiency to its dealer network and customers, and continuous energy efficiency improvements at its manufacturing facilities.

A highlight of ITW Food Equipment Group’s energy efficient equipment and technology introductions in 2017 and 2018 include the market release of:

  • The Hobart CLEN series rack-conveyor dishwashing machines with Drain Water Energy Recovery and Automatic Soil Removal;
  • The Vulcan Countertop Electric Fryer, the industry’s first such ENERGY STAR rated product;
  • The new Vulcan C24EA and C24ET LWE steamers, which reduce water usage by 90 percent and energy usage by 50 percent versus traditional models, making them the first successful electric à la carte countertop and floor steamers of their kind; and,
  • Traulsen’s addition of low GWP refrigerant models as well as technology enhancements including: LED lights, ECM fan improvements and Adaptive Control Technology.

Additional ENERGY STAR certified products include: Hobart and Stero undercounter, door-type, and pot, pan and utensil dishwashers; Baxter gas rack ovens, Vulcan griddles and VC5E electric convection ovens; and Wittco holding cabinets.

The 2018 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are bestowed upon companies and other organizations demonstrating continued leadership in energy efficiency and commitment to the ENERGY STAR program. Since its inception in 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped to save American families and businesses over $450 billion and reduce greenhouse gas emission by more than 2.8 billion metric tons. In 2016 alone, ENERGY STAR certified products, homes, buildings, and plants helped Americans save over $30 billion in energy costs and approximately 400 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity while achieving broad emissions reductions.

In addition to designing, manufacturing and selling ENERGY STAR certified products, ITW Food Equipment Group has also made significant investments to educate clients on the benefits of ENERGY STAR equipment. For more information about ENERGY STAR certified foodservice and food retail equipment available from ITW Food Equipment Group, visit

About ITW Food Equipment Group

ITW Food Equipment Group LLC, an Illinois Tool Works company, is the brand behind the brands found in commercial kitchens, bakeries, delis and groceries around the world. An ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2008, ITW Food Equipment Group North America embodies a family of premium brands including Hobart, Traulsen, Baxter, Vulcan, Wolf, Berkel, Stero, Somat, Gaylord, Kairak, Wittco and Peerless—covering all your food equipment needs, from food preparation and refrigeration, to cooking and baking, to dishwashing and waste disposal, to weighing and packaging. Backed by our nationwide network of 1,500 factory-trained service technicians, we’re always nearby to install, maintain and service your equipment. Explore ITW Food Equipment Group by visiting


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