True Manufacturing is recognized as the leading manufacturer of commercial refrigerators and freezers in the world for the foodservice and soft drink industries. The path to that leadership position began in 1945, when Bob Trulaske and his father, Frank, and later his brother, Art, developed a refrigeration company in their house on Lenox Avenue in St. Louis. From their garage, they built the first 40 cu. ft. upright freezer on the market. Soon after, they began manufacturing Wrapped Rail Roll-Top Bottle Coolers for beer and beverages in a multi-story warehouse on Pine Street in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.
This is a True story.
One of the Trulaske's very first refrigerators was used to keep beverages cool in a neighborhood bar, where an exhausted traveling 7UP salesman stopped for a drink. He noticed the refrigerator behind the bar and, after finding out that it required no unwieldy, expensive blocks of ice, told the bar owner he had to know who built it for him.
In 1948, the 7UP company purchased its first order of True Roll Top Bottle Coolers, and the True legacy was born. That legacy has grown over the course of 65 years and now includes—in the True Professional Series—commercial refrigeration refined for the home.
“True Manufacturing is a commercial fridge heavyweight. If you ever stepped into a restaurant’s kitchen or bought a soda from a convenience store, there’s a good chance you’ve unwittingly encountered a True fridge. But what are the chances of getting a one of them for your own kitchen?” — Johnny Yu, reviewed.com
We call that the True Test. Whether you’re in an urban center in New England or in rural Asia, look at the refrigerators in the restaurants, groceries, and convenience stores you visit. You won’t make it far without seeing the True logo. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to go three stops without seeing our name.
For 70 years, we’ve been an industry leader in refrigeration. We’re respected and sought-after by the culinary community, our refrigerators appearing in some of the most prestigious restaurants and hotels around the world. Now, we’ve taken our decades of refrigeration leadership and expertise and refined our refrigeration line for the home, bringing the performance and quality of commercial refrigeration to your kitchens and outdoor entertaining spaces. We call it True Residential, residential refrigeration handcrafted in the USA with the same meticulous attention to quality and detail that industry professionals demand.
Though the process of refining commercial refrigeration for the home happens in the minds and the hands of our engineers and craftsmen, the results are on display for discerning architects, designers, and homeowners everywhere:
True’s pledge: To reduce our carbon footprint to minimize the environmental impact of our products and our operations.
Over 70 years of commercial refrigeration focus have enabled us to become experts in the design and development of our systems. While energy efficiency has always been part of our design process, we continue to utilize new technologies to improve our systems to be the most efficient in the industry, without sacrificing the performance that ultimately provides food safety for our customers throughout the world.
Since our founding, True has been committed to being leaders in cold, but that commitment spans the entire footprint of our company, from raw materials to finished product.
Our Facilities and People
In just the last 15 years, we have achieved the following:
True is committed to producing high quality products that are manufactured in the USA. True manufactures each cabinet using an industry-leading combination of high-quality metals and components designed to optimize cabinet performance.
True is meeting and exceeding CEC and DOE energy standards—without sacrificing quality—through the following methods: