Refrigeration manufacturer celebrates 90th anniversary

A George Barker frigidaire ‘hifront’ with glass doors in the 1950s.

Bradford-based commercial refrigeration manufacturer Epta UK last week celebrated its 90th anniversary.

Its history in commercial refrigeration began 90 years ago in 1928 with the founding of George Barker, a brand which joined the new Epta Group in 1999, and, along with the acquisition of Cold Service in 2014, created Epta UK in 2017.

The celebrations took place over 3 days and included the unveiling of a new showroom within the firm’s Bradford premises by Marco Nocivelli, chairman and CEO of the Epta Group.

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The showroom will be used to showcase new offerings from brands including George Barker, Costan, Bonnet Névé, Eurocryor, Misa and Iarp, as well as being utilised as a conference hall for presenting technological innovations and Epta Service. Furthermore, a section of the showroom has been dedicated to the City & Guilds-certified Epta CO2 Training Centre, aimed at responding to the increasing demand from the market for systems that use natural refrigerants.

Celebrations also took in employee award ceremonies, including marking 40th anniversary staff service milestones, and presenting a £7,000 fundraising cheque to Cancer Research UK.

The last of the 3 days was an open day for local people, who were given the opportunity to visit the site and made to feel an integral part of a story that Epta feels has been built on passion, dedication and teamwork.

Epta UK produces cold rooms, serve-over cabinets, bespoke products and can design, install and maintain complete refrigeration and air conditioning systems for the large-scale retail, Ho.Re.Ca and food and beverage sectors.

The firm has over 400 employees and operates with a production plant in Bradford, and offices in Bradford and Ringwood.

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