The original company was founded in 1906 by Harold Beckett, the early products manufactured at IMC were potato peelers and silver burnishers. In fact, IMC was the first company to produce a peeler with an integral electric motor.
In 1956, IMC introduced a range of food waste disposers, an idea that was years ahead of its time in Europe, a concept we borrowed from our American cousins. The kitchen machinery product range then grew through the introduction of waste compactors and the PC1 chipper in the 1970s, Pot Boy, pre-rinse sprays and M Range universal peelers followed in the 1980s and SYS2000 and WastePro waste treatment systems in the 1990s.
In 1984, IMC diversified into bar equipment, with the launch of the Bartender stainless steel underbar system. Barcooler modular backbar refrigeration was introduced two years later, followed by Barkeller and BK top-loading bottle and can coolers, ‘Frostar’ glass frosters and Mistral single and double door bottle coolers.
IMC’s future has always been underpinned by ongoing investment in new product development. This development continued in the 2000’s with the launch of the PC2 chipper, MF Peelers, M135 & MC90 bottle coolers, F2 bar system and the SP peelers.
In 2006, IMC combined all of its manufacturing into one site in Wrexham. The investment in this new facility and the new infrastructure ensured IMC continued to provide products that combine quality and style with value for money and peace of mind. On October 8th 2007 The Princess Royal officially opened the new manufacturing plant and headquarters and helped us celebrate our centenary.
2006 also saw significant investment in the company’s UK factory with many new products launched including the VP and VQ range of potato peelers, the CS range of chip shop equipment, the stylish Ventus and Hurricane range of bottle coolers, the Bottle Master (BM) range of top loading bottle coolers and a multi-award winning food waste composting system.
At the end of May 2011 IMC became a wholly owned subsidiary of Middleby Corporation which marks the beginning of another exciting chapter at IMC.
With new ownership IMC continue to to innovate and produce award winning products. The WasteStation was launched in 2013 winning the “Best Sustainable Catering Equipment Innovation” Gulfood award in 2014. This product launch was quickly followed by the WastePro II in early 2014. 2015 saw the launch of the Remote WasteStation reducing the impact of waste management equipment within the kitchen environment.
IMC will continue to innovate and design solutions for the catering equipment sector, working ever more closely with our customers and consultants to provide exciting environmentally sound products.