Dallas-based private equity group Valesco Industries is purchasing North American Kitchen Solutions Inc., a factory-direct manufacturer of commercial kitchen ventilation systems.
“We are very excited and proud to have the opportunity to partner with Valesco Industries,” NAKS CEO and President Sacha Polakoff said in a company press release. “With Valesco’s talented and experienced leadership team, the NAKS platform will be accelerated and taken to the next level, while remaining true to the core values that got the vompany to where it is today.”
NAKS ‘HoodMar specializes in the design, manufacture and direct sale of commercial restaurant ventilation systems including, Type I and Type II kitchen hoods, ventless hoods, fire suppression, exhaust and supply fans, slip-fit round ductwork, custom fabrication and walk-in coolers for the large and growing commercial cooking industry.
The technologies developed by NAKS’ engineering team, according to a company press release, have allowed for all NAKS’ UL710 listed hoods to exceed industry standards as well as the following:
- UL listed to ANSI/UL710.
- NAKS’ short cycle hoods have been tested by Frontier Energy, a third-party industry testing lab, with make-up air results exceeding those of comparable PSP hood systems. NAKS baffled short-cycle air makeup air decreases operating costs and maintains comfort in the kitchen.
- NAKS’s food truck and trailer ventilation system released in 2022 to all its customers was the first of its kind UL-listed integrated hood and fan. The patent-pending hood technology is disrupting an industry with new solutions, including removal of the mushroom fans from the top of food trucks or trailers. The industry has not seen a ventilation system design change for over 20 years in this category.
- NAKS UL710 hoods have been tested and proven to reduce operating costs with the lowest CFM per linear foot in the industry for over 700-degree appliances (UL or ETL).
- NAKS has the first UL or ETL listed hood that does not require factory-cut duct connectors.