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kitchens to go built by carlin

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The Kitchens To Go built by Carlin business was developed through the combination of executives with deep history within the foodservice facility industry. The foundation of the company dates back several decades beginning with Kevin Carlin, an entrepreneur who was seeking to improve his California-based catering business. Mr. Carlin desired to prepare fresh, quality food on location; however, existing methods and equipment did not make this strategy feasible. Subsequently, Mr. Carlin built his first mobile unit in 1980 and founded a business known for many years as Carlin Mobile Kitchens in 1981.

In the mid-1980’s, Mr. Carlin was joined by Ralph Goldbeck, a rising expert in foodservice facility architecture. Over Carlin’s history, the business produced mobile kitchens, relocatable buildings, and specialty foodservice vehicles for a wide array of clients around the globe. In 1989, Carlin Manufacturing was sold by Kevin Carlin to frozen yogurt company TCBY Enterprises, Inc., and in 1993, Mr. Goldbeck was named CEO/President of Carlin Manufacturing. In 1997 TCBY Enterprises, Inc. implemented a restructuring plan and Mr. Goldbeck purchased Carlin Manufacturing, Inc. to re-establish the business as an independent company.

In 1999, Steve Rubin, the former CEO of Culinary Enterprises, formed Kitchens To Go offering mobile kitchen units for short and long-term lease. Fred Stowell joined Kitchens To Go in 1999 as a partner and brought middle market company leadership, engineering and legal expertise to the growing enterprise.

In 2004, a formalized business partnership was formed between Kitchens To Go and Carlin Manufacturing to provide a fully integrated foodservice offering to the marketplace and, in 2008, GRS Holding, LLC was formed to bring Kitchens To Go and Carlin Manufacturing under a single ownership group owned equally by Mr. Rubin, Mr. Stowell, and Mr. Goldbeck and established the current name Kitchens To Go built by Carlin.

Carlin Manufacturing celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2011 and unveiled a new commercial kitchen concept known as “Bolt-On®”; a pre-constructed, code-compliant modular kitchen. The company received a 2012 Kitchen Innovation Award from the National Restaurant Association for it’s “Bolt-On® Kitchen”.
Kitchens To Go built by Carlin has a client list that includes major corporations, disaster relief agencies, hospitals, universities, hotels, governmental agencies and sports venues from coast to coast and throughout the world. The company’s product line encompasses a fully integrated offering of solutions to address both interim and permanent foodservice facility needs including mobile kitchens, modular kitchens, containerized kitchens, dining facilities, serving facilities, toilet and locker rooms, cold and dry storage, drive-through, and walk-up quick serve restaurants.

Kitchens To Go maintains its global headquarters in Naperville, Illinois, which also provides support to the Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast Account Executives. A second office located in Fresno, California, houses the Design and Engineering Department and support for the Western Account Executives. A 30,000 sqft. Renovation Center is located in Etna Green, Indiana.

carlin manufacturing | our legacy brand

Driven by passion for perfection
Founded in 1981, Carlin Manufacturing helped create the current commercial mobile kitchen marketplace. Carlin originated the commercial mobile kitchen concept and is responsible for over 700 mobile kitchens in service around the world. We are proud of our client list ranging from the most popular fast-food brands to the most elegant catered affairs; from agencies serving thousands of victims of natural disasters to professionals fighting forest fires; from search and rescue crews working in remote terrains to movie crews providing foodservice for film shoots.
leadership
Steven M. Rubin
Steven M. RubinOwner / Partner
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Prior to establishing Kitchens To Go, Steve Rubin acted as the CEO of Culinary Enterprises, a leading Midwestern off-premise catering and special events organization. Culinary Enterprises consisted of six distinct catering divisions and major venues included the Kentucky Derby and The Ravinia Festival.

Rubin earned a BS in Physical Distribution Management (time motion studies) from the University of Southern California – School of Business. Upon graduation, he entered the US Marine Corp rising to the rank of Colonel. His Marine Corps reserve billets include Executive Officer of a Medical Battalion, Anti-Terrorism / Force Protection Officer, and Marine Emergency Preparedness Officer, representing DOD to civilian authorities in FEMA Region V & VII, which comprise the ten states of the upper Midwest.

Mr. Rubin has and continues to serve on many civic and charitable boards and committees. He served the local and regional United Way system for twenty years with his last position as the Vice Chair of the United Way of Chicago. He also serves on the board of the DuPage Children’s Museum and as a trustee on the board of North Central College. Steve also chairs the Downtown Core Strategic Planning Committee for the City of Naperville, Illinois.

Ralph H. Goldbeck AIA
Ralph H. Goldbeck AIAOwner / Partner
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Mr. Goldbeck became a licensed Architect in 1984 and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. Mr. Goldbeck joined Carlin Manufacturing, Inc., the Legacy brand of Kitchens To Go built by Carlin, in 1986 as Vice President of Design and Engineering and, in 1997, purchased the company from TCBY Enterprises, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer/franchiser of frozen yogurt. In January 2004, Carlin formalized its association with Kitchens To Go, LLC.

Before joining Carlin, Mr. Goldbeck served as Vice President for an electrical engineering practice and as an architect for a private architectural firm, both based in Fresno, CA. He is licensed as a general contractor and a commercial coach and vehicle manufacturer.

He is a past Board Chair for the American Red Cross and current Chair of the Fresno Citizen Corps Council and is CERT trained. Mr. Goldbeck has served on several Foodservice Industry Advisory Boards and was a Hennessey Traveler for the National Restaurant Association Military Foundation.

Frederick C. Stowell
Frederick C. StowellOwner / Partner
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Mr. Stowell is an attorney and has served as General Counsel for several Illinois companies as well as practiced in Medical Malpractice and Product Liability defense. Mr. Stowell earned his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He studied in the MBA program at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He earned his Juris Doctor degree in Law at The University of Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, CA. Mr. Stowell has been a licensed professional engineer in the State of California.

Stowell joined KTG in 1999. Prior to Kitchens To Go and Carlin Manufacturing, Mr. Stowell led several middle market companies as CEO, President, or COO, in both the manufacturing and distribution segments, including Bliss Cleaning Niagara, a consolidation of the major power press builders in the US, Perfection Machinery, the leading seller of used metal working machinery, MRC Polymers, a leader in the production of recycled engineering resins and Heim/Rouselle, a manufacturer of metal working machinery.

Fred Stowell is active in several Christian ministries.

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Steven M. Rubin
Owner / Partner

Prior to establishing Kitchens To Go, Steve Rubin acted as the CEO of Culinary Enterprises, a leading Midwestern off-premise catering and special events organization. Culinary Enterprises consisted of six distinct catering divisions and major venues included the Kentucky Derby and The Ravinia Festival.

Rubin earned a BS in Physical Distribution Management (time motion studies) from the University of Southern California – School of Business. Upon graduation, he entered the US Marine Corp rising to the rank of Colonel. His Marine Corps reserve billets include Executive Officer of a Medical Battalion, Anti-Terrorism / Force Protection Officer, and Marine Emergency Preparedness Officer, representing DOD to civilian authorities in FEMA Region V & VII, which comprise the ten states of the upper Midwest.

Mr. Rubin has and continues to serve on many civic and charitable boards and committees. He served the local and regional United Way system for twenty years with his last position as the Vice Chair of the United Way of Chicago. He also serves on the board of the DuPage Children’s Museum and as a trustee on the board of North Central College. Steve also chairs the Downtown Core Strategic Planning Committee for the City of Naperville, Illinois.

RALPH H. GOLDBECK AIA
owner / Partner

Mr. Goldbeck became a licensed Architect in 1984 and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. Mr. Goldbeck joined Carlin Manufacturing, Inc., the Legacy brand of Kitchens To Go built by Carlin, in 1986 as Vice President of Design and Engineering and, in 1997, purchased the company from TCBY Enterprises, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer/franchiser of frozen yogurt. In January 2004, Carlin formalized its association with Kitchens To Go, LLC.

Before joining Carlin, Mr. Goldbeck served as Vice President for an electrical engineering practice and as an architect for a private architectural firm, both based in Fresno, CA. He is licensed as a general contractor and a commercial coach and vehicle manufacturer.

He is a past Board Chair for the American Red Cross and current Chair of the Fresno Citizen Corps Council and is CERT trained. Mr. Goldbeck has served on several Foodservice Industry Advisory Boards and was a Hennessey Traveler for the National Restaurant Association Military Foundation.

FREDERICK C. STOWELL
owner / Partner

Mr. Stowell is an attorney and has served as General Counsel for several Illinois companies as well as practiced in Medical Malpractice and Product Liability defense. Mr. Stowell earned his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He studied in the MBA program at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He earned his Juris Doctor degree in Law at The University of Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, CA. Mr. Stowell has been a licensed professional engineer in the State of California.

Stowell joined KTG in 1999. Prior to Kitchens To Go and Carlin Manufacturing, Mr. Stowell led several middle market companies as CEO, President, or COO, in both the manufacturing and distribution segments, including Bliss Cleaning Niagara, a consolidation of the major power press builders in the US, Perfection Machinery, the leading seller of used metal working machinery, MRC Polymers, a leader in the production of recycled engineering resins and Heim/Rouselle, a manufacturer of metal working machinery.

Fred Stowell is active in several Christian ministries.

key team members
The Kitchens To Go team is comprised of seasoned industry professionals. Each project is unique and requires a high degree of planning, preparation, and organization. Our team creates customized solutions formulated on what options will best serve the client.
Amy Lewis
Director of Marketing & Business Development
kari franz
Sales & Marketing Manager
suzanne le roux
Account Executive—Midwest & South Regions
ed funk
Director of Operations
tracey gray
Operations Manager
dan mccaffrey
Account Executive—East Region
julie jones
Business Manager & HR
dave damsen
Engineering Team Lead
sam prosperi
Account Executive—West Region
julie jones
Business Manager & HR
sam prosperi
Account Executive—West Region
dave damsen
Engineering Team Lead