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About Winston Industries

We’ve been manufacturing foodservice equipment for decades, and we admit we’ve been known to change direction over the years. While we aren’t perfect, one thing has remained constant: we understand the business and we get our customers.

Winston Industries came into being because of a partnership with a famous Colonel when we developed a fryer specifically to meet the needs of his restaurants.

We are returning to our roots by prioritizing customizable features and engineering over production equipment. What we do will be driven by our customers’ needs.

Founder Winston Shelton left GE in the late 60s because of his entrepreneurial spirit and a driving need to create something. He designed a workhorse of a pressure fryer for a legendary restaurant operator, as well as the ability to franchise an entire system. He created a whole new class of cooking and holding equipment that others attempt to copy to this day.

We’ve built upon this legacy because we believe in building partnerships with customers and because there is an entrepreneur in each of us. It’s the reason we’ve expanded our business – to perpetuate our entrepreneurial spirit and to provide the opportunity for others to do the same.

Our History

Engineering Prototype Venture Begins
Winston Shelton started an Engineering Prototype Services venture.
Winston Meets Colonel Harland Sanders
Improves upon the design of the Mies pressure fryer and Winston meets Colonel Harland Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
The Invention of the Collectramatic® Fryer
Winston engineered and developed the first Collectramatic® pressure fryer.
Commercial Appliances Formed
The company that eventually became Winston Industries, Commercial Appliances, was formed in a four-car garage in Louisville, KY. Collectramatic® fryers were put into production.
Norman Rockwell Meets Colonel Sanders
Winston Shelton takes dear friend Colonel Harland Sanders to meet Norman Rockwell to prepare for his signature portrait, a painting commissioned by Winston. The request was originally denied by Rockwell, but after a relentless pursuit by Winston, and $8,000 later, the painting was completed in 1975.
Moved Operations to 2345 Carton Dr.
Winston moved it's Company Location to Current Headquarters at 2345 Carton Dr., Louisville, KY U.S.A.
Going Worldwide: Collectramatic® Receives International Orders
Collectramatic, Inc. received its first international order.
Controlled Vapor Technology (CVap®) Discovered
Developed the primary variables of temperature and texture control in hot food holding applications, which eventually became known in the culinary world as Controlled Vapor Technology or CVap®.
Winston Industries Inc. Established
Collectramatic, Inc. was renamed Winston Industries to encapsulate the development of new products such as CVap® and other product lines in foodservice.
CVap® Cooking Expanded
Winston Industries expanded CVap® cooking, poaching, braising, and roasting meat and introduced CVap® Cook and Hold Appliances.
Patent Obtained for CVap®
Winston Industries obtained a patent for CVap® technology as the first patent to describe the use of water vapor to thermalize foods.
Received Honorary Doctorate
Winston Shelton received an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from Sullivan University.
Winston's Restaurant
Opened Winston's Restaurant at Sullivan University.
New President/CEO
David Shelton named President/CEO of Winston Industries.
Received Honorary Doctorate
Winston Shelton received an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration in Foodservice Management from Johnson & Wales University.
Winston Shelton wrote and published 'The Fundamentals of Controlled Vapor Technology'.
Distinguished Alumni
Inducted into WVU Alumni Association's Academy of Distinguished Alumni.
Received Honorary Doctorate
Winston Shelton received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from WVU.
AKFCF Supplier Award
Received AKFCF Supplier of Distinction Award.
Educator of the Year
Winston Industries named FCSI Educator of the Year.
James Beard House
Winston Industries became the first manufacturer ever invited to perform at the James Beard House in New York City.
Innovation Award
Winston Industires received® International Chefs Congress Innovator Technology and Innovation Award for CVap Cook & Hold Oven
New President/CEO
Valerie Shelton named President/CEO of Winston Industries.
Best in Class
CVap® named Best in Class for Cook & Hold Ovens by readers of Food & Equipment Supplies Magazine.
Award of Excellence
Winston Industries received A&W Supplier Award of Excellence.
Salvagnini Equipment
New Salvagnini Equipment purchase &installed (SL4 and P4).
Win2uit Division
Win2uit Division created and Win2uit building opened.
Culture Club
Company Culture Standards/Culture Club established. The strive to standout from the rest, insisting on creating a family-like environment for our employees, where they can thrive with the best resources, Winston established the Culture Club.
Winston Shelton Steps Down
Winston Shelton steps down as COB and divests himself of controlling interest in the Company. But, that didn't mean Winston's involvement ended. He still came to the office every day to tinker in the engineering lab.
Divisions Created
Manufacturing division and Ventures division created.
Development Begins
Ventures division begins development on BeyondZero liquor freezing machine.
Lift Assist
Collectramatic® Lift Assist developed.
4 Divisions
First year operating as 4 divisions.
CVap® Gets A New Design
New CVap® design with touch controls, programmable dial and NFC bump technology developed and put into testing.
Winston Shelton Honored
Winston Shelton honored in Louisville's Business First's Salute to Veterans.
Winston Shelton Passes
Winston Shelton passes away at the age of 96. At the time of his passing, Winston still made occasional trips into the office to work on various projects. He will be greatly missed.

Winston Culture

Culture is a combination of core values, behaviors, beliefs, attitudes, and personalities that make up an organization. Corporate culture describes and governs the way owners and team members think, feel, and act. A person that is a culture fit simply “gets it”. They understand what is trying to be accomplished, and consistently support the values through their effort, communication, and actions.

At Winston, we are passionate about our culture and the core values contained in the following pages. We want to fill our company with team members that are ready to tackle any challenge. We want team members that are self-motivated to produce the best results and that want to be part of creating something great. It is our belief that a workforce comprised of similar mindsets results in a heightened sense of belonging and commitment and ultimately enables us to work more productively toward our common goal.


When people ask if you think outside the box, do you ask, “what box?” If the answer is YES and you are looking for a collaborative team to join, look no further!

We have endless curiosity and passion for finding new ways to do things. We believe in working both independently and ​collaboratively to create the best products and services possible. We consider flexibility a virtue, and we encourage questioning the status quo.

We place a high premium on integrity, accountability, passion, reliability, and the desire to be part of a team. So whether you’re a dreamer, nonconformist, problem-solver, collaborator, science geek, creative, people person, bean counter, widget maker, or team player, we are looking for folks who share the same values. Are you in?