KPS Global® was formed in December 2015 by D Cubed Group LLC through the acquisition of Kysor Panel Systems from Manitowoc Company, Inc. and the Hill Phoenix Walk-ins Division from Dover Corporation. With a long history of acquisitions, the key to success is the knowledge base retained by the workforce that comprises the KPSG team.
Jersey grocery store owner C.V. Hill wanted a better way to refrigerate perishables for his customers. C.V. built a dairy ice box that he sold for $75, and continued to sell as the newfound business: C.V. Hill Refrigerator Works.
Mr. Hill establishes his first manufacturing factory to produce coolers for C.V. Hill Refrigerators Works.
In another part of the country, Mr. Charles Needham begins a leading industry of walk-ins in his home garage.
Mr. Needham officially creates Charles Needham Industries Inc. and purchases a plot of land less than a mile away from where KPS Global Headquarters currently sits.
Bud Hewitt founded Kalt Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Following Mr. Needham’s death, Charles Needham Industries Inc. was purchased by Kysor Industrial Corporation forming Kysor//Needham.
Similarly, Hill Refrigeration is purchased by another well-known refrigeration manufacturer, Phoenix Refrigeration Systems, to form Hillphoenix.
Kysor Industrial, Co. sought opportunity to increase their revenue by purchasing the family owned business Kalt Manufacturing, Inc. Through this acquisition, they gained manufacturing facilities in Oregon, Arizona, and Indiana. Kalt Manufacturing, Inc. was then changed to also operate under the name Kysor//Kalt.
As business began to expand rapidly, it was decided to open a brand new Kysor//Needham facility in Piney Flats, Tennessee.
Cooler Technology is purchased in Puyallup, WA
Kysor Industrial, Co. was sold to Scotsman Industries, consolidating Kysor//Katt and Kysor//Needham to Kysor Panel Systems.
Kysor Panel Systems relocated its headquarters to Fossil Creek in Fort Worth, TX.
Food service giant and conglomerate Welbilt Corporation, a wholly owned entity of Berisford, PhL., courted Scotsman Industries and Kysor Panel Systems for acquisition for the purpose of creating the largest and strongest food service equipment organization in the world. Within the same year. Hillphoenix was also expanding rapidly through several acquisitions, one being the National Cooler Corporation in Southern California.
Kysor Panel Systems moves to its current location: 4201 North Beach Street.
Manitowoc, another conglomerate and manufacturer of walk-in freezers and refrigeration products, purchased Kysor Panel Systems and made us a division of Manitowoc Walk-ins. In 2009, Hillphoenix opened a brand-new walk-in division in Fort Worth, TX.
A private equity firm. D3 Group, acquired the Manitowoc Walk-Ins division and the Hillphoenix Walk-Ins division to form what we are currently know as today: KPS Global!
Acquired in November, Custom Cooler brings continuous line panels as well as an international customer base to the KPS Global portfolio.