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Welcome to the Vollrath Media Center. A resource for editorial media featuring company and product information, news and resources.

Vollrath Company History – Story of a Family and Brand

In 1874 Jacob J. Vollrath founded the Sheboygan Cast Steel Co. in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. At the time, it produced railroad frogs, small cast parts for the furniture industry, cooking ranges and agricultural implements. In 1900, the focus switched to cooking utensils, which was the beginning of the journey to becoming the industry powerhouse Vollrath is today with multiple divisions and facilities around the world.

Quick Facts

• Women-owned family business
• Established in 1874
• Medium-sized global manufacturer
• 11 manufacturing facilities
• Over 1,250 employees
• 20 acquisitions since 1974

Vollrath Company Leadership

There's not one person in this company that doesn't impact our business and our customers. It's what we are, and I think it's what makes us special. – Paul Bartelt

Paul Bartelt – President & CEO
Paul Egbert – VP of Foodservice Smallwares & Equipment
Brian Hedlund – VP of Foodservice Equipment
Dennis Park – VP Food Service Sales
Paul D’Alberto – VP of International Foodservice
Jean Horvath – VP of Custom & Specialty Products
Christina Wegner – VP Marketing
Daniel Glusick – Senior VP Operations
Jeff Madson – VP Human Resources
Keith Papenfuss – VP Information Services
Nancy Wagner – VP Customer Experience
Peter Roever – VP Product Engineering & Quality
Steve Heun – VP Finance & CFO

Available Headshots

View and download images of Vollrath's CEO and executive leadership team members. Additional information is available per request.

Industry Leadership and Education

Vollrath is focused on leading by example and taking an active role in moving the foodservice industry forward. To create more opportunity and equality for all, the company promotes education and innovation. Explore how in the links below.


The Vollrath Feed is a podcast hosted by Chef Rich, Vollrath’s corporate chef and product training manager. It focuses on the evolving nature of the foodservice industry, key industry trends, products, and how operators can differentiate themselves.


Vollrath University is a training facility at Vollrath’s headquarters in Sheboygan, Wis. that offers a variety of educational sessions. Each training takes place in the 12,000 square-foot training area where students experience hands-on product training, classroom instruction and a tour of the manufacturing facility.

Customer Focus

The Chef Series is a video series that are a result of Vollrath’s extremely close connection with its most important customers: the chefs that make food using the Vollrath products. Listening to their needs and wants is the most important thing that drives Vollrath’s product development.


For over a hundred years, the Vollrath Company and its founding families have been passionate about giving back to the communities they serve. The efforts are centered around supporting programs that impact youth and other organizations that make the local communities better places to live.

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Tiffany Wieser
Media and Public Relations Lead