Nor-Lake provides refrigeration equipment to the food service, agricultural, biomedical, health care and pharmaceutical industries, as of 2015. The company has drawn a distinction between its food service products and its scientific and industrial offerings since launching the Scientific division in 1982. Nor-Lake was acquired by the Standex Food Service Group in 2003, a diversified manufacturing and marketing company with major operations in food service.
Nor-Lake began in the garage of a Wisconsin creamery in 1947 producing ice boxes for the local bar and restaurant scene. The company earned a reputation for innovation, pioneering the use of polyurethane foam insulation for energy efficiency in 1981 and ways to reduce and eventually eliminate the production of ozone-depleting CDCs in the refrigeration industry. Its food service product line includes Kold Locker, Fast-Trak and Fineline walk-ins; wall-mounted, ceiling-mounted, remote and rack refrigeration systems, and a wide variety of refrigerated or heated cabinets. The company also offers replacement parts and service for the products it sells.
Nor-Lake Scientific produces products with performance well beyond what is required by the food service industry. Sample products include freezers that reach temperatures as low as -86 degrees Celsius, products intended to store blood plasma, large capacity incubators, enzyme-based defrosting mechanisms and lighted chambers.
The Nor-Lake name is still used for marketing purposes despite the acquisition by Standex.