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Russell History

June 12, 1944, a Vancouver restaurant dealer opened its doors for the first time to deliver a brand new Blakeslee potato peeler.

More than 70 years later, Russell still employs knowledgeable sales representatives who are serving customers with the promise: “If it’s Russell supplied, you can depend on it.”

With 14 showrooms coast to coast, Russell Food Equipment earned the reputation of being one of Canada’s national leaders in foodservice equipment and supplies.

Built on the philosophy set by Founder, Ken Russell; “To prosper as a business, we must always place our customers’ best interests first, focusing on quality products and superb after sales service to deliver the best overall value.”

On August 2015, the Russell Family stepped away from the business. Leaving the existing management team and staff to work with a new owners, Blue Point Capital Partners. Charley Geiger, a VP with Blue Point, said, “As Russell’s first institutional investor, Blue Point’s operational and strategic approach will contribute to the company’s growth and development, while preserving its distinctive culture and history of leadership in Canada. Working with Russell’s experienced management team, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute our resources to a strong industry leader.”

Russell’s capabilities have enabled the company to become a leader in the foodservice industry in Canada. Russell has always been committed to growing and maintaining quality, affordability, speed and customer service.

”These guys are always there for us. When we have equipment problems they respond quickly and courteously. They come through when you need them. Their Sales Reps are always accommodating and will deliver if needed.”

- Warren Erhart, President, White Spot Restaurants