Cambro was founded by two brothers, Bill and Argyle Campbell, in 1951, when Bill invented the Camtray® and Argyle began selling the tray to the American Hospital Supply Corporation. The Camtray was quickly embraced by restaurant, hotel, school and cafeteria operators, and it became the industry standard. Growing from this heritage, today we offer the most complete line of sizes, shapes, colors and materials in foodservice trays. Bill's creativity was the impetus for new product development.
Throughout the 1960's, Cambro introduced Camcover® plate covers, drinkware, dinnerware and serving bowls to provide operators with long lasting tableware and serving items. Cambro also created the first plastic food pan and the first clear food storage container. By continuing to answer operators' storage needs, Cambro has developed the complete food storage solution to help operators ensure food is stored safe and fresh. This includes our recent innovations with our exclusive FlipLid®, GripLid®, and SlidingLid™.
Cambro combined plastic molding with foam insulation in the early 1970's to create the first Camtainer®. This was the beginning of our full line of insulated food and beverage containers that keep hot food hot or cold food cold for holding, transporting and catering. Our expansion in this area has been with our merchandising equipment that helps operators grow their business using our CamKiosk®, Cambars®, Salad Bars, Ice Caddies and more. 55 years of innovation!
In the eighties, Cambro began to export. Cambro acquired Presswerk Kongen in 1997 and Ozay Manufacturing in 2004. Both of these European tray manufacturers have enabled Cambro to expand throughout Europe and offer the widest selection of trays on the globe. We now market all our products worldwide and international sales represents a significant part of our business. New product innovation is a tradition at Cambro. In recent years we have introduced revolutionary products like the Camrack® Warewashing System, Camshelving® and the thermoelectric Camtherm® Cabinet.
Every product will continue to be engineered to help food service operators increase sales, reduce labor and improve service. Over the last fifty-five years, Cambro has grown from one product, the Camtray, to thousands of products; from one salesman to a global sales and distribution network; from two presses in a small shop to several manufacturing capabilities. Yet, with our growth, the Cambro vision has never wavered: we are committed to creating and providing the most durable and highest quality products for the foodservice industry.