The Cambro Story: When William and Argyle Campbell first opened the doors at Cambro Manufacturing in 1951 their goal was to make a hospital meal tray of the highest quality possible. Named the Camtray®, it demonstrated that they were as committed to excellence in the food service industry as they were to the quality of their own products. As 2011 marked the company’s 60th year of leadership in quality, innovation and customer service, today Cambro serves the world with the industry’s most complete selection of products for widely diverse segments of the food service business.
Since 1951, the company has experienced many changes including a greatly expanded product line, new methods of manufacturing and distribution, and an increased emphasis on issues like environmental responsibility. From a single factory in California, Cambro has grown to become an international presence with production facilities and sales offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. But the original guiding vision of the Campbell brothers remains unchanged: to create and provide the most innovative, durable and highest quality products for the food service industry. Now led by William’s son Argyle, Cambro is still dedicated to meeting our customers’ needs, and equally committed to helping you serve, satisfy and delight your guests.
At the heart of our business philosophy is our willingness to listen, so in a very real way we owe all our success to you, our customer. Our longevity in a very competitive field for 60 years certainly proves the value of that philosophy, and we are proud to have earned the loyalty of customers of all sizes and in all segments of the industry. From hotels to healthcare to caterers, from restaurant chains to educational facilities, we understand the food service business and we design and create our products with the end user foremost in mind. Our goal is to provide our customers the best possible value on products that are durable, save labor and increase food safety, so you can offer your guests a superior experience while enhancing profitability.
Cambro is uniquely committed to investing in the people and processes that make our products a reality. We’re proud that children and grandchildren of some of our first employees are with us today, and of the dedication to quality and service of our entire family worldwide. We continually work on developing new ideas for specific industry segments, and invest in new tooling and leading-edge machinery to bring these products to market. We persistently strive to improve our manufacturing methods to be more efficient in terms of process and materials, to keep costs under control while keeping our planet healthy. And we constantly seek to maintain quality and value despite rising costs of transport and raw materials, the need to reduce environmental impacts, and the demand of end users for total order accuracy and responsive service across a global market.
From once offering a single product, the Camtray, sixty years ago, today Cambro offers a wide range of trays, table service and display items, storage, shelving, merchandising and insulated transport products, as well as innovative warewashing systems and healthcare meal delivery solutions. The future is certain to bring great changes to our industry. Yet one thing that will remain a constant is Cambro’s tradition of continually developing new products that help food service operators save time and money, increase sales, reduce labor and improve service.
In the years ahead, guided by the commitment of its founders to innovation, quality, and value, Cambro Manufacturing will still be the leader in serving the food service industry and you, our valued customer.
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