The Middleby Corp was founded in 1888 as a manufacturer of baking ovens: Middleby Marshall Oven Company and is incorporated in the state of Delaware. The Company is engaged in the design, manufacture, marketing, distribution, and service of a line of cooking and warming equipment used in all types of commercial restaurants and institutional kitchens and food preparation, cooking and packaging equipment for food processing operations. The Company conducts its business through two main business segments: the Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group and the Food Processing Equipment Group. The Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group offers conveyor ovens, combi-ovens, convection ovens, baking ovens, proofing ovens, deck ovens, speed cooking ovens, hydrovection ovens, ranges, fryers, rethermalizers, steam cooking equipment, warming equipment, heated cabinets, charbroliers, ventless cooking systems, kitchen ventilation, induction cooking equipment, countertop cooking equipment, toasters, and beverage equipment used across all types of foodservice operations, including quick-service restaurants, full-service restaurants, convenience stores, retail outlets, hotels and other institutions. Commercial foodservice equipment is marketed under a portfolio of thirty one brands, including Anets, Beech, Blodgett, Blodgett Combi, Blodgett Range, Bloomfield, Britannia, CTX, Carter-Hoffmann, CookTek, Doyon, Frifri, Giga, Holman, Houno, IMC, Jade, Lang, Lincat, MagiKitch'n, Middleby Marshall, MPC, Nieco, Nu-Vu, PerfectFry, Pitco Frialator, Southbend, Star, Toastmaster, TurboChef and Wells. The Food Processing Equipment Group offers cooking and baking solutions including, batch ovens, baking ovens, proofing ovens, conveyor ovens, continuous processing ovens, frying systems and automated thermal processing systems. Food processing equipment is marketed under a portfolio of eleven brands, including Alkar, Armor Inox, Auto-Bake, Baker Thermal Solutions, Cozzini, Danfotech, Drake, Maurer-Atmos, MP Equipment, RapidPak and Stewart Systems. The company's products and services are marketed in the U.S. and in over 100 countries through a combination of the Company's sales personnel and international marketing divisions and subsidiaries, together with an extensive network of independent dealers, distributors, consultants, sales representatives and agents. The Company's competitors to the Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group are: Manitowoc Company, Inc.; Vulcan-Hart and Hobart Corporation, subsidiaries of Illinois Tool Works Inc.; Electrolux AB; Groen, a subsidiary of Dover Corporation; Rational AG; and the Ali Group. Competitors to the Food Processing Equipment Group include AMF Bakery Systems, Convenience Food Systems, FMC Technologies, Multivac, Marel, Formax, and Heat and Control. The residential kitchen appliance sector is highly competitive and includes a number of global competitors including, Whirlpool Corporation, AB Electrolux, GE Appliances, LG Corporation, Panasonic Corporation and Samsung Group. Within the premium segment of this kitchen equipment market there are fewer competitors and the companys primary competition includes Wolf and Subzero, subsidiaries of Sub-Zero Group, Inc.; Thermador, Bosch and Gaggenau, subsidiaries of Bosch Siemens; Dacor and Miele. The Company has developed, acquired and assembled a portfolio of trademarks and trade names.