Legacy Companies Acquires Legion Industries

The Legacy Companies has acquired Legion Industries, a cookware and appliance manufacturer, the third acquisition the company has completed this year.

Neal Asbury, CEO of The Legacy Companies, said, “This move reflects The Legacy Companies’ ability to seize opportunities when they occur, especially of those that match our strategy to expand our U.S.-based manufacturing operations and to build our portfolio of Legacy brands. After all, there are few brands like Legion with a distinguished history successfully spanning three centuries.”

Founded in 1897 as the Joseph Heinrich Corporation (Jos. Heinrichs Corp.) of New York City, the company originally sold quality silver products to leading hotels, restaurants, institutions, railroads, and steamship lines.  In 1937, Legion Utensils Co. bought the company and subsequently became a leader in the production of deep drawn stainless steel products for the commercial food service industry.

Modern production techniques were applied to the manufacturing of classic European cooking items for the expanding American market. Legion introduced the insulated braising pan into the United States in 1961 and pioneered the development of bi-metal cookware production, and the plating of silver, brass and copper on stainless steel.

Today, Legion Industries continues to manufacture deep drawn stainless steel products with an extensive line of insulated direct and self-contained steam jacketed kettles; insulated combi-pan tilting skillet; and insulated skittle cookers, which is Legion’s multipurpose cooker functioning as a steamer, skillet, braising pan, griddle, deep fryer, combination oven, and even as a holding cabinet. In addition, Legion makes handcrafted chafers and buffetware and manufactures both CopperWare and InductoWare cookware.

In addition to Legion, Legacy this year has also acquired EdgeCraft and Orien.