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01/06/2015 12:00:00 AM

Hockenbergs Wins Foodservice Equipment Reports' Management Excellence Award

FER January 2015

Hockenbergs Food Service Equipment & Supply, Omaha, Neb., has been selected as the winner of Foodservice Equipment Reports' Management Excellence Award in the Large Dealer category for 2015. Read the full article here: Foodservice Equipment Reports - January 2015

This award recognizes excellence in the delivery and performance of equipment and supplies functions and services by E&S dealers and distributors. In announcing the award, FER Publisher Robin Ashton said, "Hockenbergs' reputation for ethical behavior, sophistication in managing these functions, and overall excellence in executing these functions led to their winning this award. We hope they will serve as an example that will help inspire others and raise the standards of these functions within the foodservice industry." 

While sponsored by FER, this is a juried award. Hockenbergs was nominated and selected by an Awards Selection Advisory Board for Dealers made up primarily of leading equipment and supplies manufacturers chosen because of their wide experience and knowledge of the industry and its leading players. The Board used a specific and detailed set of criteria in naming and evaluating nominees and choosing award winners.

Hockenbergs will be honored at FER's Industry Awards Dinner, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at the Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, Calif., during The NAFEM Show.
08/14/2014 12:00:00 AM

Hockenbergs Annual Griffin Becker Memorial Golf Tournament: A Continued Success!

It's hard to believe... To date, we have raised over 280,000.00 for the American Cancer Society.  We continue to support the work of the American Cancer Society in hopes of mitigating the pain and suffering that we have all experienced due to this devastating disease.  The money that we raise is specifically earmarked to fund the Dining Center of American Cancer Society Nebraska Hope Lodge.

The American Cancer Society Nebraska Hope Lodge will address the need for affordable, supportive lodging by providing 24-hour, temporary housing free of charge to cancer patients and their families traveling 50 or more miles to receive treatment. The Nebraska Hope Lodge will provide a comfortable, nurturing environment and unprecedented access to quality care and support, as well as alleviate part of the financial burden associated with cancer treatment.

In addition to our contributions to the American Cancer Society, we have funded over 25,000.00 in educational scholarships for Culinary Arts Schools through the Omaha Restaurant Association, Des Moines Area Community College, Hennepin Technical College and Johnson County Community College.
03/28/2014 12:00:00 AM

Hockenbergs Receives Buffalo Wild Wings "Vendor of Excellence" Award

Hockenbergs is honored to have been named Buffalo Wild Wings “Vendor of Excellence” for 2013.  The award was presented by Sally Smith, President and CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings at their Annual Convention. This award was given out for Hockenbergs’ commitment to the Buffalo Wild Wings brand and our ongoing partnership.
Among the services we provide BWW are Detailed Plans and Specs, Equipment Procurement, Staging, Delivery, Installation, Warranty and Service Call assistance.
03/24/2014 12:00:00 AM

Hockenbergs Buys Grand Restaurant Equipment and Design

Hockenbergs has completed the purchase of Grand Equipment .  Grand will continue to operate as a separate branch under the name Grand Equipment for a short period in Minneapolis with Eric Skogrand the former owner and founder as the Manager.  

Grand Restaurant Equipment and Design focuses on design build and national account sales and will operate from its current location in Plymouth. According to Tom Schrack Jr., "Most of what they do is outside of the market. So there is not a lot of crossover with our current office up there.  I think everything will be business as usual for their customers and suppliers. We won't really change much."

Joining Hockenbergs are 13 Grand Restaurant Equipment and Design employees, including former owner Eric Skogrand. "We reached out to Eric about close to a year ago and the company was doing well on its own. We thought the company would fit well with us," said Tom Jr., "They are good quality people."
05/30/2013 12:00:00 AM

Hockenbergs Opens Hospitality Division

We are pleased to announce the opening of The Hockenbergs Hospitality Division in Austin, Texas.  This new division will be managed by Ed Szymczak with the support of Mike Rabalais (project manager) and Fred Willemsen (design/cad) with plans to add additional personnel as the office develops.  Their focus will be on hotel equipment packages and design with a host of national firms that they have worked with over the years.  Ed and his team brings 20+ years of experience to Hockenbergs and we are looking forward to making great inroads into this segment of the industry with our new team.
02/27/2012 12:00:00 AM

Hockenbergs Joins Canstruction to Help Fight Hunger in Kansas City

Hockenbergs is setting out to prove that “Wii CAN Fight Hunger” by participating in Canstruction, an annual benefit for Harvesters Community Food Network.
Canstruction is a design/build competition in which teams are given 12 hours to create unconventional, astounding structures using only canned food and other non-perishable items. When the exhibit closes, the cans are donated to Harvesters for distribution to those in need.
The Hockenbergs team has designed a display of more than 7,100 cans of food arranged in a scene based on Pac-Man, the classic video game in which an icon gobbles up dots through a video maze while averting ghosts who pursue him.
“The cans in our display will go to the hungry of Kansas City who are trying to escape the ghost of hunger,” said Adam Rich, Hockenbergs team captain.
The Hockenbergs display and those of other Canstruction teams can be seen from Feb. 23-March 23 at Ward Parkway Center, 8600 Ward Parkway, Kansas City. The display is free and open during regular mall hours.
“Canstruction gives us a chance to join with many of our friends and partners in the architectural and construction industries to support a cause important to our community,” Rich said.
Everyone can get involved and support the initiative, Rich said. While contest judges give awards in categories such as Best Use of Labels and Structural Integrity, anyone can vote on the People’s Choice Award by visiting www.harvesters.org/event.
There are other ways to support the Hockenbergs entry and Harvesters, Rich said:
Send a check payable to “Harvesters” to:
Harvesters - The Community Food Network
PO Box 412233
Kansas City, MO 64141-2233
Write “Canstruction – Hockenbergs” on the memo line.
Click here to donate online. Write “Canstruction – Hockenbergs” in the comment field.
Joining Rich on the Hockenbergs team are Mike Bainum, Kirk Farmer, Terry Anderson and JT Gaughf. Additional team members are Phil Brown, Sarah Brutto, Stephen Clauder, Mary Cunningham, Kyle Farmer, Jeff Gaughf, Liz Griddine, Mike Heinisch, Candi Hill, Bonnie Howard, Mary Koutelas, Janice Lary, Bill Lattimer, Bruce Massengale, Lesley McDonald, Tom Nemmers, DeWitt Newcomer and Lance Strecker.
Organizations that helped make the Hockenbergs entry possible include Price Chopper, Cosentino’s Price Chopper Store 119, Ridgeview Hy-Vee, Dimensional Innovations Inc., Drexel Technology, Eden Organ Foods, Mario Camacnho Foods, Overland Park Walmart Neighborhood Market Store #5207, Shawnee Aldo Store #52 and other financial supporters.
02/07/2012 12:00:00 AM

Where the Heat was Extra Sweet

When people are willing to jump into a freezing lake in January to raise money for Special Olympics, you really have to give them credit.
And something really hot. Right away.
Hockenbergs was happy to help restore normal body temperatures for the hardy characters that volunteered for the recent Polar Plunge events at Longview and Shawnee Mission lakes in the Kansas City area. We donated the high-powered pizza ovens that Papa Murphy’s used to bake and serve 150 piping hot pizzas to the shivering souls as they emerged from the changing tents after braving the icy waters.
“Hockenbergs played an integral role in allowing us to keep up with the appetites of thousands of cold, hungry volunteers,” said Lisa Keller, Field Marketing Representative for Papa Murphy’s International. “They donated use of two ovens, organized their service and setup, hosted two oven testing sessions and coordinated delivery and pickup of the two ovens to our remote locations on event day.
“Working with Hockenbergs, you come to appreciate their commitment to your partnership and you feel confident they will always perform to the highest level.”
At a Polar Plunge, speed matters. You want to get in and out of the water fast, change into warm and dry clothes fast, and get a slice of hot pizza fast. Our conveyer-belt pizza ovens are up to the task, delivering a fully baked, delicious hot pizza in two minutes – the very same Papa Murphy pizzas that take 15 minutes to bake in home ovens.
We imagine that no one has ever appreciated that speed and efficiency as much as these folks did. To see why, just check out these Kansas City Star photos of the event: http://mingle.kansascity.com/photos/2012/special-olympics-kansas-polar-plunge/
We were delighted to do our part to give them some support. Way to go, Plungers!
12/30/2011 12:00:00 AM

Hockenbergs Minnesota New Location

Hockenbergs Minnesota has moved to a new location just 3 minutes south of the Mall of America at 2015 Silver Bell Road in Eagan. Please click here for hours and directions. The phone numbers remain the same.

The new location freatures an expanded show room, offices and distribution center to better serve our Twin Cities customers.

The former location at 701 Kasota Avenue SE is now closed.
12/12/2011 12:00:00 AM

The Egg & I Chooses Omaha for 50th Site

Omaha’s Hockenbergs equips site for Denver-based restaurant chain
OMAHA (December 12, 2011) – The 50th location for The Egg & I Restaurants opened today in Omaha, with equipment sold and installed by national industry leader Hockenbergs Food Service Equipment & Supply.
The Egg & I, serving breakfast and lunch, was founded in 1987 in Fort Collins, Colo., and currently operates in 10 midwestern, western and southern states.
Hockenbergs ordered, staged, delivered and installed the restaurant’s equipment package, as the company has done for a number of previous The Egg & I openings.
“We have come to use Hockenbergs to help us meet our growth goals,” said Don Lamb, President of The Egg & I. “They are more than just reliable vendors. They problem-solve on the fly and they are as committed as we are to making sure that things are done on time, and done right.”  
Hockenbergs Food Service Equipment & Supply is a full-service dealer founded in 1908, providing equipment, design, installation, supplies and consultation to customers across the food service spectrum.
“We pride ourselves on going beyond selling equipment, to advising customers on brands, models, combinations and designs that work best for their unique situation,” said Tom Nemmers, national accounts manager for Hockenbergs. “We offer a complete line of high-quality choices at every price point, and we stand behind our products and our work. That’s why multi-unit operators keep coming back to us, time after time.”
About The Egg & I Restaurants:  The Egg & I Restaurants, headquartered in Lone Tree, CO, opened its first restaurant in Ft. Collins, CO in 1987. With Omaha’s opening there will be 50 company and franchise restaurants operating in 10 states throughout the U.S. The Egg & I Restaurants are casual, full-service, breakfast and lunch restaurants open Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. (2:30 p.m. on weekends). Arabica premium high grown coffees, 100% pure-squeezed orange juice, generous portions and creative menu items all combine to make a meal at The Egg & I delicious and memorable. Frittatas, omelettes, whole wheat pancakes, waffles and many delicious “non-egg” and “Smarter Choice” items make up the extensive breakfast and brunch menu. Lunch choices include chef-inspired sandwiches, generous salads and freshly-prepared, homemade soups. Private meeting rooms are available at most locations. The Egg & I Restaurant recently was named, for the second year in a row, to Technomic’s The Future 50 listing, its annual ranking of the fastest-growing concepts between $25 million and $50 million in sales. For further information, visit www.TheEggandIRestaurants.com.
04/26/2011 03:02:27 PM

Hockenbergs’ Tom Schrack Sr. Named FE&S Hall of Fame Award Winner

Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Magazine announced that Tom Schrack Sr. of Hockenbergs Equipment & Supply Co. is its 2011 Hall of Fame Award winner. FE&S will present the award during its annual Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala, which will take place on Sat., May 21, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago.

The magazine stated: “As the president of Omaha, Neb.-based Hockenbergs, Schrack has continued to nurture the business by investing in the people and processes necessary to make the company successful.”

"Tom has cultivated a reputation for being among the most honest and fair food service professionals anywhere in the industry," said Maureen Slocum, FE&S publisher. "His word is his bond. Tom generously gives back to the industry and the communities he serves through numerous charitable endeavors. Like the previous eight food service professionals who have received this award, Tom's integrity has raised the bar for the entire industry."

FE&S' Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards gala recognizes the food service community's brightest stars by presenting them with some of the industry's most time-honored awards. Held each year on the Saturday of the National Restaurant Association's trade show in Chicago, this event brings together the best of the best to celebrate the ongoing success of the foodservice industry. Other awards to be presented the evening of May 21 include: FE&S' Top Achievers, Facility Design Project of the Year and DSR of the Year.