Refrigerating Company was incorporated in the State
of Illinois in December 1937. The company carried
on the business of manufacturing and marketing refrigeration
equipment from a Chicago area plant until moving
to Tennessee in 1976. It has continued in the same
business since that time and its corporate office
is now in Lewisburg, Tennessee.
In 1951, Dole incorporated as a wholly owned subsidiary
in the State of Illinois licensed to carry on a
similar business to the parent company in Ontario,
Canada. In June 1989, the Canadian plant was closed
and the site sold. Manufacturing was consolidated
to the Lewisburg factory in Tennessee.
In 1967, Dole acquired Kenco Plastics Company, a
company that manufactures molded fiberglass products,
based in Necedah, Wisconsin. In 1988 Kenco was merged
with Dole and operates as a division of the group.
June 1988 the Dole Group of Companies was purchased
by Climate Master, Inc. of Canada. An air conditioning
and heating manufacturer based in Edmonton, Alberta,
Climate Master owned all the shares of Dole Refrigerating
Company through a wholly owned subsidiary Dole Climate
Master, Inc. registered in Delaware.
February, 1991, John W. Cook, Sr. purchased the
Dole Climate Master, Inc. from Cooper & Lybrand
after the parent company, Climate Master Ltd. of
Alberta, Ontario, Canada was forced into receivership
by Royal Bank of Canada.
the ownership of Mr. Cook, the company has introduced
two new products, the Vertical Plate Freezer and
the Side Ram Plate Freezer. Although the competition
continues to refer to Dole products as "antiquated,"
growth has continued as more people recognize the
benefits of Dole products.