C. Cretors & CO. Hosts Gala Commemorating 125 Years In Business Since Inventing Worlds First Popcorn Machine

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Chicago based C. Cretors & Company, leaders in the concessions industry celebrates their 125th business anniversary this year with a gala at the Museum of Science & Industry on Thursday May 20, 2010.

“To celebrate the company’s 125th anniversary, we are going back to where it all began,” said Cretors president Andrew Cretors. “The Museum of Science and Industry is the last remaining building from the 1893 World’s Fair".

Chicago based C. Cretors & Company, leaders in the concessions industry celebrates their 125th business anniversary this year with a gala at the Museum of Science & Industry on Thursday May 20, 2010.

C. Cretors & Co (http://www.cretors.com) who recently unveiled their 125th Anniversary Machine featuring the Tosty-Rosty Clown at ShoWest, Las Vegas, is a leader in the U.S. concession business, and is widely credited as being the catalyst for the creation of the modern concession industry. Founder Charles Cretors unveiled the world’s first commercial popcorn machine at the Columbian World Exposition held in Chicago in 1893. With over forty percent of business located overseas, Cretors continues to thrive and is now run by the 5th generation of the Cretors family.

“To celebrate the company’s 125th anniversary, we are going back to where it all began,” said Cretors president Andrew Cretors. “The Museum of Science and Industry is the last remaining building from the 1893 World’s Fair, and we are excited that it will be the site of our elegant black tie gala.”

The Museum setting will be reminiscent of the 1893 World’s Fair Midway. Concession foods will be served, and a red carpet will lead into the Museum’s rotunda, where a Hollywood-themed dinner will follow.

The gala celebration’s movie glamour pays homage to Chicago’s role in the birth of the film making industry. In the early part of the 20th century four out of five films were produced in Chicago. “As Hollywood gradually emerged as the center of the entertainment industry, filming headed out west, leaving Chicago behind,” said Cretors. “But Cretors remained and continues to grow to serve the industry. One-hundred-twenty-five years later, Cretors’ machines are found in movie theatres across the globe.”

The event also includes a live and silent auction. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (C.A.P.E), [http://www.capeweb.org , a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding the arts in Chicago Public Schools. “C. Cretors and Company is proud of its Chicago heritage and would like to make its star-studded anniversary gala celebration a benefit that gives back to the future of this great city,” said Cretors. “A creative arts education for all students is a key to the survival and future growth of the arts and entertainment industry.”

About: C. Cretors and Company
Established in 1885, C. Cretors and Company is the leading designer and manufacturer of food processing and concession equipment providing a complete range of innovative food service solutions to companies around the world. Cretors is a renowned industry innovator, who in 1893 introduced the first patented steam driven popcorn machine that popped corn in oil. In 1967, Cretors’ Food Processing Division introduced a continuous production line featuring a hot air fluidized bed oven for high-volume popcorn production, ranging from 80 to 5,000 lbs. per hour.

Over the company’s long and storied history, its Foodservice Division offerings have expanded to include machines that produce and/or dispense cotton candy, nachos, caramel corn, and hot dogs, topping and dispensing equipment as well as warming and display cabinets. Today, Cretors union operation with over 75 employees continues to reinvest in research and development to ensure constant improvements in everything from equipment manufacturing to customer responsiveness to distributor network communications. For more information about Cretors’ services and products, please visit http://www.cretors.com.

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