Company History

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History of Saladmaster® 

Saladmaster Sales, Inc., was established in 1946. However, the company began operation on January 5, 1947, in the home of Harry Lemmons. With a capital of $9,000, Mr. Lemmons purchased office equipment, inventory, and sales prizes. When the company began, the inventory consisted of one product, the Saladmaster Machine. Today the Saladmaster Machine is world renowned.

Saladmaster began with three salesman and ended its first year with a total of 100 distributors. Saladmaster's growth forced Mr. Lemmons to move from his home to a larger facility at 4503 Worth Street in Dallas, Texas, where he operated for the next two years. Saladmaster continued to grow and in 1949, Mr. Lemmons invested $50,000 in a new building located at 131 Howell Street, Dallas, Texas. The company remained there for the next 43 years.

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At the national convention in 1950, Mr. Lemmons introduced another exclusive product to his sales force, Mirror Masterbuilt Aluminum Cookware. This set included the exclusive vapo-valve in the covers. Stainless Steel Cookware was not available at that time. Mr. Lemmons was featured in the Wall Street Journal. In 1952, Saladmaster introduced 18-8 (3 ply) Stainless Steel Cookware, and from that point, sales continued to escalate. Other exclusive premiums were Bavarian China, Leaded Crystal, Stainless Flatware, and Stainless Cutlery with chrome-plated handles.

In the 1970's, Saladmaster was listed among the Texas top 100 corporations. In 1979, Regal Ware, Inc., acquired Saladmaster because they believed Saladmaster had the potential to be the leader in the cookware industry. In 1982, Saladmaster introduced T-304 (5 ply) Surgical Stainless Steel Cookware.

Sales continued to grow and by 1992, Saladmaster was experiencing significant growing pains and literally was bursting at the seams for warehouse space to store product and to house employees. Due to the size of warehouse space needed, it was difficult to find a facility in the Dallas metropolitan area that was suitable for Saladmaster, Inc. Therefore, Saladmaster relocated to Arlington, Texas between two major cities, Dallas and Fort Worth, which was equally convenient to the airport.

In 1994, Saladmaster introduced the first TP316L/T304 (7 ply) Surgical Stainless Steel, Waterless, Greaseless Cookware. Saladmaster, Inc., ended 1994 with the best year in the history of the company.

In 2001, Saladmaster once again broke away from conventional cooking equipment with Versa Tec. This ushered in an era of the Complete Kitchen System.

In 2008 Saladmaster made the jump to Solutions Ti (TM) made with a pure, safe, but expensive metal developed exclusively by Saladmaster, 316 TITANIUM. This Exclusive cooking surface is the state of the art in cooking systems. No other company in the world offers this pure 316 Titanium cooking surface like Saladmaster. 

Today, Saladmaster, Inc., is a flourishing company with a plan of direction and still contains leadership, and a sales force that is enthusiastic, motivated, and believes in its products.

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