FOR RELEASE 10/22/14 – For Immediate Release
East Moline, IL October 22, 2014

Electro Freeze®, a division of H.C. Duke and Son LLC (Duke), today announced the promotion of Penny Klingler to Senior Vice President, International Sales. “It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Penny to this newly developed position,” said Tom Hotard, President. “This focus on the global foodservice markets will strengthen our solutions for existing international customers and facilitate the expansion of our growing international sales with U.S. based chains.” Klingler will be responsible for directing the Company’s sales, service and support in all countries and regions outside the continental U.S. as well as all U.S. based chain export business.

“The dynamic development of popular American quick service restaurants (QSRs) outside the U.S. continues and we are expanding our reach with them to support the soft serve and frozen beverage product quality that is representative of their brands,” said Klingler. Most recently V.P. Sales, Klinger has been a part of the Duke team for almost 25 years with a background in manufacturing, product development, training, service and sales. “Our existing international distributor network and service teams are enthusiastic about the emphasis we are placing on this business and I’m ready to augment our structure to realize the significant potential in the market.” Hotard will personally be taking control of domestic sales and service operations during the transition phase of the Company’s global growth initiative.

“The Ali Group is a solid presence in the global market and as a part of the group we are poised to deliver our customer-centric new innovations and proven equipment solutions to more international foodservice markets,” stated Hotard. Electro Freeze introduced, Genni™, the first soft serve frozen dessert quality management smartphone app to the U.S. frozen dessert industry last year. Genni™ gives operators the ability to better manage their soft serve assets from across the store, or anywhere in the world where they can use their phone or tablet. “Electro Freeze is committed to providing multi-unit chains in the U.S. and internationally the best products, service and support and this sales expansion is our next step in that mission.”  

About Electro Freeze

  Electro Freeze® is a leading manufacturer of frozen treat and frozen beverage equipment. In 1929 Charles Ericson started Electro Freeze® and began manufacturing soft serve ice cream freezers in New York. H.C. Duke & Son built their first pressurized soft serve freezer for Dairy Queen ® in 1946. Electro Freeze® was purchased by H.C. Duke & Son in 1969. Over the next several years Electro Freeze® developed many innovations that quickly became industry standards, including:
• First Soft Server freezer to dispense a “twist” product
• First “cabinet” style pressurized freezer
• First slush freezer to use a neutral base to be mixed with several flavors
• First mixer developed to blend cookies and candies with soft serve
• First Peristaltic style pressurized freezer
• First soft serve frozen dessert smartphone app for product quality management

  The full Electro Freeze® line ranges from space-saving counter top models to compact floor units both gravity and pressurized. Together, they offer the perfect fit for all frozen dessert and frozen beverage needs: soft serve ice cream, yogurt, shakes, frozen custard, slush, frozen cocktails, gelato and Italian Ice. Electro Freeze® prides itself in manufacturing equipment that is dependable, easy to operate and simple to maintain to assist operators in growing profits and serving excellent products to consumers. H.C. Duke & Son/Electro Freeze® was purchased by the ALI Group in 2003. For more information please log on to

About ALI Group

  The ALI Group, an Italian corporation founded 50 years ago, is headquartered in Milan, Italy. The company, through its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures markets and services a broad line of commercial and institutional foodservice equipment used by major restaurant and hotel chains, independent restaurants, hospitals, schools, airports, correctional institutions, canteens, etc.

  The ALI GROUP operates globally through 76 brands and 8000 employees located in 26 different countries, and, in terms of sales, is one of the world’s two largest groups in this industry. It has 55 manufacturing facilities in 14 countries and sales and service subsidiaries in Europe, North America, Russia, Japan, China, Singapore, the Middle East, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

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