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Franklin Machine Products- A Perfect 10!

Who is Franklin Machine Products?

Founded in 1918, Franklin Machine Products emerged as a small manufacturing shop, specializing in components for commercial coffee urns. They have come a long way in the past 100 years and grown into a large manufacturer, that supplies an extensive line of kitchen parts and accessories.  Some of their featured products include: The Baffle Boss, the ultimate tool for hood filter removal. Carbon Cure, which quickly removes grease from kitchen surfaces within minutes. The Fryer Splash Guard, a one-size-fits-all splash guard.

What’s new?

It’s a 10!

The Perfect 10 Spatula, a new item from FMP, empties a #10 can in less than 10 seconds! Reduce your labor and product wasted, by efficiently grabbing thick and viscous product with The Perfect 10 Spatula. This spatula works by using its unique flexible, curved blade edges. It can be used with items such as Sauces, pastes, puddings, and pie filling. The ergonomically designed large handle reduces wrist strain and features a long handle, to keep hands away from the product. It is chemical-resistant and will not absorb odors or contaminants. The spatula is made from a heavy-duty, durable FDA compliant copolymer polypropylene.

Detect Counterfeits

The UV Pro UV Light, a counterfeit detector uses UV spectrum light to validate security markings on currency, passports, license, and IDs. This detector is powered by 5 LED bulbs, includes a carrying strap and uses 3 AAA batteries (Not included).

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These are just some of the many Franklin Machine Products that we offer on our website. Shop all items here.

Blodgett Ovens

Blodgett – Reliable Commercial Ovens

Blodgett Ovens began in 1848 when Gardner S. Blodgett build his first oven for a Vermont tavern owner. Today, Blodgett is the leading manufacturer of commercial ovens in the world. Restaurants, fast-food chains, hotels, hospitals, institutions, small businesses and large corporations alike rely on the Blodgett name to do the job right. Durable, efficient and reliable, Blodgett offers every kind of oven your commercial kitchen needs in order to be successful.

Convection OvensBlodgett Convection Ovens

Convection ovens are one of the most popular pieces of commercial cooking equipment. Known for their speed and efficiency, Convection Ovens use fans to circulate heated air through the cooking cavity to help foods cook as much as 35% faster than conventional ovens.

Blodgett believes in offering operators real and lasting value by building products with exceptional materials and craftsmanship. That’s why Blodgett convection ovens are the industry benchmark for quality and reliability, providing decades of rigorous use in any commercial kitchen. Blodgett offers hundreds of convection ovens in a variety of sizes and styles, ensuring operators the perfect oven for every unique commercial kitchen!

Blodgett Convection Ovens

Combi Ovens

Blodgett Combi Ovens

Combi ovens get their name because they offer three ways to cook from one unit: pressureless steam, convection heat, and a combination of the two. This unique ability makes it possible to steam, poach, roast, blanch, bake, rethermalize or reheat, prepare sous vide products, and in some models, proof. The ability to perform each of these functions make it possible for commercial kitchens to consolidate both a convection oven and a steamer into a combi oven, helping to justify the seemingly high cost of the equipment.

All Blodgett Combi ovens are manufactured to the same tough standards as the most respected convection ovens in the world. Fit, finish and features are painstakingly considered before the Blodgett nameplate can be applied. Blodgett’s goal is to bring operators all of the features they need without the bells and whistles they don’t. Whichever Blodgett Combi you select, you are guaranteed a quality oven that will improve product quality and increase yield while decreasing your labor and cleaning costs.

Pizza Ovens

Blodgett Pizza Ovens

The Blodgett Deck Oven line has set industry wide standards for excellence in baking
characteristics, performance and reliability. Simplicity of design and quality construction
throughout assure years of trouble-free operation. Blodgett provides the strongest warranty
in the business with a standard five-year door warranty!

Blodgett Pizza Ovens

Energy Star

Energy Star products are given their designation due to designs that cut your energy usage, contributing to a cleaner environment. These Energy Star products lower your utility bills due to the lowered energy usage and in some states, qualify for large rebates, making these products even better investments! Blodgett offers several Energy Star rated ovens to bring efficiencies to your commercial kitchen. Learn more about Energy Star Rated Convection Ovens from Central Restaurant Products.

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Central Restaurant Products offers thousands of Blodgett ovens, steamers and more. Browse online or speak to one of our expert product consultants at 800.215.9293 for assistance finding the perfect equipment for your kitchen!

Waring Commercial Products

Blend, Prep, and Cook with Waring Commercial


Waring Commercial began in 1937 when the company introduced the first blender to the United States. Today, Waring is one of the leading manufacturers of professional appliances for the foodservice industry. Waring Commercial offers high-performance, large-volume food processors and blenders, heavy-duty heating appliances such as grills, griddles, toasters and deep fryers, and a variety of specialty products. Waring strives to provide innovative products to help operators blend, prep, and cook like never before. With 80 years of manufacturing expertise locally and globally, Waring is proud to offer continuously expanding collections of superior professional products.

Waring BlendersBlenders

From immersion blenders to heavy-duty food blenders, Waring makes it easy to perfectly blend even the most complicated recipes. Since Waring brought the first blender to American in 1937, Waring has developed top of the line blenders for every part of the kitchen.

Top Models:

Waring Toasters


Waring Toasters provides reliability with their rugged designed made to withstand the demands of even the busiest kitchens!

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Waring Sandwich Grills

Sandwich Grills

Waring Sandwich Grills open up the possibilities of your menu! Unrivaled speed and consistency make Waring Commercial panini grills especially appealing to foodservice operators who demand quality and quantity in their output. Equipped with advanced heating elements located above and below the food item, the panini presses cut cooking time significantly and ensure uniform results.

Top Models:

Waring Food Processors

Food Processors

Waring Food Processors simplify prep work for every shift. With the ability to process liquid, chop vegetables, and so much more, Waring has the model food operators need to keep their kitchen running smoothly!

Top Models:

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Central Restaurant Products offers hundreds of Waring products across each of their reliable lines. Browse online or speak to one of our expert product consultants at 800.215.9293 for assistance finding the perfect equipment for your kitchen!

Vulcan Commercial Cooking Equipment

Vulcan: Done to Perfection

Vulcan History

The Vulcan name first appeared in 1890 with the formation of the Vulcan Gas Heating Company. Through the early 20th century, both the Vulcan and Hart companies grew and continued to add product lines until 1949 when Vulcan-Hart was formed as Hart Manufacturing Company acquired the Vulcan name and line of commercial products.

Since that time, Vulcan-Hart has become one of the world’s largest and most trusted manufacturers of commercial kitchen equipment. The company continues to work ahead of the curve through research and development to provide operators with top quality kitchen equipment.

Vulcan Commercial Cooking Equipment


Vulcan manufactures ranges and fryers, griddles and heated holding with everything other kind of commercial cooking equipment in between! Their broad line of commercial, industrial and professional cooking equipment has been recognized by professional kitchen chefs and operators for its quality, energy efficiency and consistency.


Versatile and dependable, Vulcan’s commercial and professional ranges are built to work hard in operations of all sizes. Innovative features help you improve productivity and deliver the high-quality, consistent professional results needed to keep diners coming back to your restaurant for more.

  • Vulcan SX36-6B
    • 36″ wide range with (6) cast iron burners and (1) standard oven
    • LP or Natural gas operation
    • Stainless steel construction
  • Vulcan  60-SS-6B-24G
    • 60″ wide range
    • (6) cast iron burners, (1) standard oven, (1) baker’s width oven, 24″
    • LP or Natural gas operation
    • Endurance Range with most reputable bake in the industry
  • Vulcan EV36-S-6FP
    • 36″ wide range
    • (6) burners, (1) baker’s width oven
    • Electric operation
    • Porcelain bottom and door back

Convection Ovens

Vulcan commercial convection ovens provide consistently superior results. With either gas or electric models and a host of optional features and configurations suited for every professional foodservice need, you’ll find no greater value in convection ovens.

Vulcan Convection Ovens

  • Vulcan VC44GD
    • Double stack gas convection oven
    • LP or Natural gas operation
    • There are two independently operated stainless steel doors
    • Energy Star rated
  • Vulcan VC4GD
    • Single stack gas convection oven
    • LP or Natural gas operation
    • Unique heat recovery system to recirculate air and save energy
    • Stainless steel construction
    • Energy Star rated
  • Vulcan VC44ED
    • Double stack electric convection oven
    • 208V or 240V electric connection required
    • 60 minute timer with audible alarm so operator can hear in even the busiest kitchens


Vulcan innovative fryers are easy to operate and maintain, maximizing your productivity and minimizing your restaurant’s operational costs. With faster recovery, they’re designed to be the most profitable pieces of equipment in your commercial kitchen, day in and day out.

Vulcan Fryers

  • Vulcan LG300
    • 35-40 lb. oil capacity
    • LP or Natural gas operation
    • Freestanding Economy Fryer
  • Vulcan 1ER50A-2
    • 50 lb. oil capacity
    • Electric operation
    • Quicker Recovery and More Surface Area with Flat Ribbon Heat Elements

Energy Star

Energy Star products are given their designation due to designs that cut your energy usage, contributing to a cleaner environment. These Energy Star products lower your utility bills due to the lowered energy usage and in some states, qualify for large rebates, making these products even better investments! Vulcan has put in countless hours of research and development to product cooking equipment that exceed these strict regulations to save you money in the long run. Learn more about Vulcan Energy Star Rated products from Central!

Ready to Shop?

Central Restaurant Products offers thousands of Vulcan products across every product line. Browse their products on our website or talk one on one with a expert product consultant at 800.215.9293 to find the perfect Vulcan equipment for your commercial kitchen!

Kolpak Walk-Ins – Providing Convenience and Flexibility

Kolpak, a division of Welbilt, puts a lot of thought behind their walk-in refrigeration. Plus, in the process, they exceeded many federal standards. This hard work resulted in a robust environmentally friendly construction, rigorous testing before shipping, low operational costs and assured food safety.

Welbilt manufactures Kolpak in house, which sets them apart from their competitors. For foodservice and restaurant operators, this means all Kolpak items come complete with a number of pre-assembled components and accessories.

In addition, Welbilt also performs a quality check on Kolpak walk-ins, inspecting for any leaks, and starts them up to ensure the product is ready to go and will operate properly.

Panels and Doors

Kolpak walk-ins have 4″ panels which exceed all federal insulation requirements. Each walk-in is 100 percent foamed into place with a non-CFC urethane foam. Coved corners on the floor panels allow for easier cleaning and greater sanitation. Cam locks ensure that your panels will lock to a rigid air-tight seal.

The door and door jambs are constructed of fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) for structural integrity and provides a thermal break. The other great thing about using FRP is it doesn’t create condensation the way a metal door would. Doors close automatically at a 120° angle and satisfy energy regulations. This also helps alleviate worry about leaving the door open accidentally. Adjustable hinges ensure your door is properly sealed, keeping air inside the unit, and keeping outside air out.


Kolpak’s patented Era bracketed technology is approved for up to 1,000 lbs. per square ft. uniform load. This new floor design is built to last and eliminates floor delamination, which helps you avoid down-time on your walk-in. This is because the Era bracket eliminates the need for a plywood underlay on foot traffic floors, while enhancing its ability to handle light rolling cart traffic. This improved design continues to meet NSF and DOE requirements, as well. If you need a structural floor for heavy duty storage, Kolpak can help. The Era bracket on structural floors with the addition of 3/16″ overlay provides superior strength

Polar-Pak Offers Easy Installation, Quick Shipping

Have limited space or budget? Kolpak has your solution with their Polar-Pak walk-ins. These self-contained refrigeration units can be used in any configuration without the need for numbered panels. Top mount and side mount models are available.

Polar-Pak is the industry’s simplest installation. There’s no need for a refrigeration technician or a plumber (saving you money!) and offers superior air circulation around the coils, making it both economical and efficient to run. In the past, we’ve had two of our Product Consultants, neither of whom had ever put together a Kolpak walk-in before, quickly put together a Polar-Pak during a Kolpak visit to our office.

When you need it fast, some 7’6″ high Polar-Pak units Polar-Paks qualify for Kolpak’s Quick Ship Program. These units will ship within 48 hours after your order has been received!


KoldFront – When You Require a Walk-In with Greater Flexibility

Made from the same quality panels and components Kolpak is known for, the remote refrigerated KoldFront unit features Rapid-Ship components that are ready to assemble. 7’6″ or 8’6″ panel heights and single or two compartment options are available. This facilitates faster ship times and a potentially cost-effective solution depending on your requirements.

All KoldFront models are Rapid Ship, which means they ship within five days after your order has been received. Long lasting LED door section light with safety night light ensures safety and energy efficiency. Doors feature a standard kick plate for greater durability.

Shop Kolpak at Central

When you shop for Kolpak walk-ins at Central, you receive free shipping on all Kolpak units! Our Product Consultants are standing by to help you get the most out of your space by fitting you with the correct walk-in for your business. Shop today!


Garland Ranges

Garland Electric Ranges – Unmatched Performance & Durability

Garland, a division of the Welbilt brand, has been manufacturing top quality ranges since 1864 where their operations began in a small Foundry in Detroit. Over the last 150+ years, Garland has engineered ranges inspired by chefs to unleash your unlimited culinary creativity through unmatched performance and durability. The company has listened to the needs of chefs and created ranges so intuitive and adaptive, it helps you take food further!

Garland Electric Ranges

Advantages of Electric Ranges

Depending on the application, electric ranges can be the perfect solution for your commercial kitchen. The biggest advantage? Many see an added layer of safety in electric ranges due to the fact that a standing pilot light is not required at all times. For many churches and schools who only use their range a few days a week, the electric range poses simplicity and safety as a key advantage.

Speaking of safety, Garland electric ranges feature over heat protection where elements that are turned on for more than 8 minutes without a pot or pan on it, automatically has its power reduced! No more accidental burns to your staff!

An additional advantage is the simplicity of upkeep. No need to remove and clean grates after each use! Garland’s high-performance elements on their electric ranges are sealed to provide greater heat  and easier clean up! No more sauces or crumbs falling in small cracks that are impossible to clean.

The Garland Advantage

Garland Electric Ranges are designed to simplify operations in your commercial kitchen while performing at the highest level. With a 10″ high standard backguard, sealed elements to provide greater heat and easier cleaning, a durable stainless steel exterior, and so much more, Garland Electric Ranges are an easy choice.


Garland Ranges offers hundreds of ranges in various sizes and styles, but if those do not fit your needs, Garland allows your kitchen to build for your future and your specific needs. Add broilers, griddles, casters, change sizes, and so much more while always providing performance that the competition can’t match.

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Ready to shop? Shop with Central and save on top quality ranges from Garland! Have questions? Call 800-215-9293 to speak with one of our helpful protect consultants!

The NAFEM Show 2017

That’s a Wrap – Our NAFEM Recap

Another NAFEM (North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers) is in the books! We had a great time walking the floor and learning more about new trends and designs that are making a splash in the world of foodservice. We got to catch up with some of our biggest vendors, as well as meet potential new ones, and discover innovations to better enable us to continue fulfilling our purpose – to equip people who feed the world.

Here’s what was hot at this year’s show.

Enhanced Technology

Technological innovations have redefined the ways nearly all industries conduct business. From the mainstream use of smart phones to advanced computer systems that save us all time and money. This is especially true in the world of foodservice. At the show we saw our share of internet-enabled remote and programmable equipment that assists in automating cooking processes while providing that individualized experience customers expect. Examples include the abundance of new coffee makers and espresso machines that can be programmed to make that trendy, high-end latte in a fraction of the time (and price) as traditional espresso machines.

There were also plenty of innovations in the beer and wine scene, like this “Growler to Go” machine that allows users to hit a button and fill their own growlers.


Putting the Customer First in Food Preparation

Manufacturers continue to go out of their way to deliver new solutions to better enhance the customer experience. This year’s big focus was on color-coding supplies to prevent cross-contamination, accommodating guests with dietary restrictions. This includes tools for allergy-friendly food preparation. Be on the lookout for more purple products, like storage containers and cutting boards, that signify the product is may contain a popular allergen, like peanuts.


San Jamar unveiled their new bandage dispenser with blue bandages that standout more in food dishes than traditional beige bandages, making them easier to spot and keeping sanitary food prep practices the main priority.

More Environmental and Budget Friendly Options

Another trend in recent years is putting an emphasis on social responsibility and being conscience of energy consumption. This year, every category offered new products that provide high performance without consuming the amount of energy they used to. Such products include holding and transport equipment that can retain heat longer without a utility hookup, and green servingware options.

Water-saving options were also plentiful.

As a distributor, trade shows like this provide an incredible opportunity to network and learn more about what we can be offering to better serve our customers. But the benefits don’t stop there. NAFEM is a great opportunity for anyone involved in the foodservice industry. Meet with like-minded industry professionals, share stories, learn from the best, showcase your products and discover innovations that could transform the way you do business. The next NAFEM will be hosted February 7 – 9, 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. We hope to see you there!

NAFEM Show 2017: What to Expect

The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers Trade Show, also known as the NAFEM Show, takes place every two years and brings together over 500 manufacturers to showcase the latest products, review latest trends and provide other learning and networking opportunities for those in the foodservice industry. The 2017 show will take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL on February 9-11. If you are attending this year’s show, here are some helpful tips and products to look out for.

Also, be sure to follow Central on the social media platforms you participate in for live updates, pictures and more! We will be providing live video from the show floor on Facebook, so stay tuned!

Schedule and Floor Plan 

The 2017 NAFEM Show schedule is as follows:

Wednesday February 8: Kick-off party from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday February 9: Show floor open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday February 10: Show floor open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday February 11: Show floor open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., after-show party from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Each year the after-show party features a dinner reception and live concert. This year’s concert will feature The Killers. (Didn’t buy tickets? Click here).

When it comes to the floor plan, there is much ground to be covered in the three days the show floor is open. The NAFEM Show map is helpful to determine which booths you may want to go to. The NAFEM Show mobile app is also available with benefits for attendees and exhibitors to have a successful show experience.

Sneak Peek of New Products

The most exciting part of the NAFEM Show is the opportunity to see new products from manufacturers. Each NAFEM, manufacturers unveil their latest and greatest items. In 2015, allergen identifiers and induction were hot topics. This year, expect to see more energy-efficient solutions in refrigeration, cooking and more! Our team will be on the show floor looking for the latest trends, so be sure to follow us this weekend as we give you the scoop!

What’s Hot, What’s Cool® 

Each show, NAFEM spotlights some of the newest product offerings in their WHAT’S HOT! WHAT’S COOL!® booth, located in Booth 1840. The booth this year will highlight some of the following trends:

  • Better Tech
  • Labor Lifesavers
  • Consumer-First Innovations
  • Eco (and Budget) Friendly Options

New this year to the WHAT’S HOT! WHAT’S COOL!® booth is their Inspiration Station – a series of four discussions designed to generate conversation around the latest equipment and supplies trends. The series will be led by Mike Colburn and Mary Esther Treat, founders of product design firm Ideas Well Done. Inspiration Station discussions will take place Feb. 10 and 11, from 11 – 11:30 a.m. and 2 – 2:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the NAFEM Show website here. Or follow them on Twitter for further updates.