Company Overview

With heavy duty gas and electric griddle, charbroiler and hot plate categories, as well as our world-class toasting, panini sandwich grill and hot dog product solutions, Star is among the largest manufacturers of heavy duty commercial cooking equipment in the world.


Star Manufacturing was founded in 1921 in St. Louis, Missouri and quickly became a leading supplier of a wide range of restaurant equipment – our name became synonymous with hot dog (“red hots”) machines, fryers, popcorn makers and toasters. Over time we outgrew our manufacturing plant in St. Louis, and opened our current factory in Smithville, Tennessee in 1982, eventually expanding it in 1990.

With our acquisition of Toastswell in 1997, Star added a range of new products to our catalog, including two-sided grills (aka – panini’s), drawer warmers, popup toasters and waffle bakers. In 2000 Star acquired the Holman brand, adding conveyor ovens and conveyor toasters to our growing product line The Lang brand was acquired by Star in 2006, adding convection ovens, ranges and a robust Marine equipment line.

World's Largest Family

In December 2007, the Star Group was acquired by the Middleby Corporation, making us a proud part of the world’s largest family of food equipment manufacturers.

We proudly manufacture our equipment in the U.S.A. Our plant in Smithville, Tennessee is home to all the Star Group brands, including Star, Wells, Lang and Toastmaster.