Manitowoc: Ice Machines and Shipbuilding Define Wisconsin Town

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Manitowoc, WI, Is a Town of 35,000 People Who Can Go with the Flow

Manitowoc ice machines used to be all we knew about Manitowoc. In fact, we didn’t even know that Manitowoc ice machines were built in a place called Manitowoc. Then we took the time to find out more about this small town in eastern Wisconsin. It’s not just the epicenter of the commercial ice machine world; it’s the pride of the Manitowoc River and the county seat of – you guessed it – Manitowoc County. Located in Brett Farve’s back pocket, just a half-hour from Green Bay, Manitowoc sits at the mouth of the Manitowoc River where it enters Lake Michigan.

Manitowoc History

Manitowoc’s humble origins date back to 1820 and the family of Matthew Stanley, the original settlers. Given its geographical advantages as a gateway to the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, Manitowoc unsurprisingly has been closely tied to seafaring, trading, fishing and shipbuilding. During World War II, Manitowoc iced its share of the Axis military machine by building tankers, subs and landing craft.

Manitowoc Attractions

Today, this powerhouse of commercial icemaker manufacturing is the site of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, one of the largest museums in the U.S. dedicated to ships and seafarers. Originally the Manitowoc Submarine Memorial Association, the museum is the current home of the mothballed WWII submarine Cobia and boasts over 60,000 square feet of displays. The quality and quantity of the Manitowoc museum’s efforts have been rewarded with Smithsonian Museum affiliation.

Other Manitowoc Features

For a small town that doesn’t even have its own TV station, Manitowoc is associated with a good number of fun features and facts:

  • the mother house of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity is in Manitowoc.
  • this city of some 35,000 residents also is home to about 23,000 Roman Catholics.
  • Manitowoc has sent several favorite sons to the NFL, including Don Davey, Doug Free and Mike Lorenz.
  • In the movie The Prince and Me, Julia Stiles plays a farm girl from Manitowoc, the ice machine mecca of the country.

And Manitowoc Ice Machines

Of course, on our little restaurant equipment blog, no mention of Manitowoc, WI, is going to pass without us pontificating a little about best-of-breed Manitowoc ice machines like the Manitowoc SY-0504, an easy-to-clean and typically reliable Manitowoc icemaker that generates 540 pounds of half-dice sized ice cubes every day. Manitowoc ice machines are made by the Manitowoc Foodservice Group, a three-division corporation that features the brands Manitowoc Ice, Kolpak, McCall, Hartford, Servend and Multiplex.

Needless to say, Manitowoc ice machines are pretty darned important to the small town of Manitowoc, WI. Without them – and the good people of Manitowoc who make them – our glasses would be a lot lonelier during long, hot, ice-cube-less summer nights.

The 2008 International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

The 2008 International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas is almost here. Here at Short Order, that’s exciting news, because we are participating in this year’s Expo. We are exhibiting at International Pizza Expo Booth number 8033, so if you visit the Pizza Expo, stop by and visit us . . . while you’re at our booth, you can register to win a top of the line driver or putter. That’s right, we’re giving away golf clubs at the Pizza Expo! But there’s a lot more to do here than just win our giveaway, read on for the scoop on the Pizza Expo.

Worlds Largest Pizza Tradeshow

Billed as the World’s Largest and Oldest Pizza Tradeshow, the International Pizza Expo is being held from April 1 to April 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

International Pizza Expo: Education, Networking and Fun All in One

The Pizza Expo is a great event for pizzeria operators looking to expand their business and keep up to date with the latest in restaurant equipment such as the Garland pizza oven – the Garland GPD48, Hatco Heated Shelves for Pizza or Eagle cut and pack tables for pizza.

Pizzeria owners often come just to network and have a great time in Vegas with the rest of the Pizza industry. Also, pizzeria operators can often get great deals on restaurant equipment during the Pizza Expo, as restaurant industry vendors (like yours truly) are out in force.

Third Annual International Pizza Expo

The third time is going to be a charm for the Pizza Expo. After debuting two years ago as The International Pizza Expo, the event has grown into “the show of show’s for the pizza industry”. Besides all the great deals on pizza equipment and the networking events, the International Pizza Expo offers tons of classes and seminars on every facet of the Pizza Industry. With more than 50 educational events, classes and seminars will cover topics such as building pizza sales, managing your workers, pizza marketing strategies as well as web development and internet marketing for pizzerias.

International Pizza Expo Has Classes on Making Better Pizza

On the technical, and more delicious side, the Pizza Expo has classes on making a better pizza crust, making authentic Neapolitan pizza and the art of making fresh mozarella.

International Pizza Expo Games and Contests

To really liven up the event, the organizers of the International Pizza Expo have spiced up the event with exciting contests such as the International Pizza Challenge, the World Pizza Games and a $20,000 MEGA BUCKS Giveaway, where one lucky pizzeria owner or operator will take home $20,000 in cash.

Attend The 2008 International Pizza Expo

Whatever else you do in April, make sure attending the 2008 International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas is one of them. We think you’ll have a great time, learn a lot about the pizza industry and maybe find some great deals from Pizza equipment dealers – like us!

The 2008 International Pizza Expo Website

To learn more and register to attend the The 2008 International Pizza Expo, visit their website at See you there!

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