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New Era, Inc. is one of the oldest cookware manufacturers in North America. New Era's legacy began as the direct-to-consumer division of the Vollrath Company in 1874. In 1982, Donald Henn purchased the consumer division of Vollrath and established the New Era Cookware Company. New Era cookware combines a legacy of superior craftsmanship with a distinctive 7 Ply induction ready multi-clad surgical stainless steel to create the very finest cooking experience in your home.

 

We manufacture our high quality cookware with care and respect for the environment. Our manufacturing facility recycles all possible production waste and uses biodegradable materials and a minimal amount of water. We, as a company, believe in creating the highest quality product that will last a lifetime and thus have the lowest impact on the environment and save you money over a lifetime of use.

 

With a manufacturing legacy extending back to 1874, we take great pride that our cookware is constructed with American steel and crafted in Clarksville, Tennessee. Each piece of cookware is meticulously polished and inspected by hand to ensure you will receive a product that will last a lifetime. We craft New Era cookware with the same care we know you use to create wonderful meals for your family. From our hands... to yours.


Don Henn

Don Henn

President
50+ Years in the Industry


Donald Henn has been committed to the independent business owner and entrepreneurship from the very onset of his business career. Don entered the cookware business in 1960 as a way to support his family while finishing college.  Upon completing college Don started Mid-America Distribution and provided an opportunity for individuals to start his or her own home based business.  This effort lead to Don becoming the largest direct to consumer cookware distributor for the Vollrath Cookware Company and positioned him to purchase the consumer division from Vollrath in 1982 ­­—this was the launch of the New Era Cookware.  Today, Don Henn serves as the President of the New Era Cookware, Inc. and has set forth a commitment to being an innovator, as evidenced by the development of the first 7-Ply induction ready cookware in 1985, and to the independent business owner with the launch of several new lines including NutriChef Cookware, Ion Essentials, and New Era’s newest retail brand Hammer Stahl.  And since its founding, New Era, Inc. has been successful in selling cookware and it’s other products successfully not only in the U.S., but around the world as well. Don resides in Minnesota with his wife Priscilla and spends time with his grand children and family.



Bobby Griggs

Vice-President of Sales
20+ Years in the Industry


Bobby Griggs began his career in the cookware business in 1994 as a full-time college student. While a student-athlete at Yale University, Bobby participated in a summer sales and marketing program that he hoped would provide him with real world experience and improve his communications skills. Little did he know that this would be the start of a 22 year career in the cookware industry. Upon graduation, Bobby spearheaded several sales and marketing programs in Nashville, TN including the recruitment hundreds of college students for summer sales work and assisting in the development of a group sales seminar system. These early success enabled him to start his own cookware distribution business out of his parent’s basement in 2002. With several years of experience, significant support from his wife, help from business partners, and New Era Cookware, Inc., business grew substantially; grossing over 7 million dollars annually in cookware sales. This tremendous growth opened the door for Bobby to become a minority stock holder in New Era, Inc. in June 2005. Today, Bobby is focused on developing and driving the Hammer Stahl Retail business model and serves as Vice-President of Sales for New Era. He resides in Nolensville, TN with his wife Erica and two children. He spends his spare time coaching youth sports in middle Tennessee.



John Martelli

Plant Manager


John Martelli serves as the New Era Plant Manager and has dedicated the last 41 years to growth and success of the company. Starting in 1971, John has worked in every aspect of the manufacturing facility including stamping, polishing, machine maintenance, tool design, and product development. He has been instrumental in the development of the New Era 7-Ply cookware, the Vita-Seal 3-in-1 Whistle, and the launch of the Hammer Stahl Cookware line. As plant manager, his biggest contribution is his leadership; he has led a manufacturing staff with an average tenure over 20 years per team member. John resides in Clarksville, TN with his wife and spends much of his free time in the outdoors and with his granddaughters.



Jeff Henn

Treasurer
30+ Years in the Industry


Jeff Henn grew up in the cookware business working for his father, Donald Henn, in the stock room, making deliveries, and much more. He truly has been raised in this business. This experience gives Jeff a unique perspective and strong personal desire to see independent businesses grow and prosper. Jeff has been instrumental in leading both the operational and business sides of New Era as he played a significant role in developing the Vita-Seal 3-in-1 Whistle, the Hammer Stahl cookware line, and continued innovations in Hammer Stahl Cutlery. Jeff resides in Minneapolis, MN with his wife Teresa. He is an avid outdoorsman that enjoys hiking, fishing and hunting.



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The Vollrath Company

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The Vollrath Company, founded in 1874, produced cookware and restaurant supplies for more than 100 years.

1874
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Mid-America Distribution

Upon completing college in 1965, Don started Mid-America Distribution and provided an opportunity for individuals to start his or her own home based business.

1965
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New Era is Founded

In 1982, Donald Henn purchased the consumer division of The Vollrath Company and established the New Era Cookware Company. Since it was established, New Era has continued to be an innovator within the kitchenware industry.

1982
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New Era Expands

Beginning in 1983, New Era set out to become known worldwide for its superior cookware. Since then, New Era cookware has been sold in places such as: the Philippines, Europe, South America, Central America, Middle East, Asia, and more.

1983
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Innovation at Work

Shortly after its founding, New Era was setting new industry standards beginning in the mid 1980's. New Era introduced heavier covers for a better seal and then went on to be one of the few companies to premier a new 5-ply design. The 5-ply was a significant step forward for the cooking industry as it conducted heat more efficiently and was induction ready.

1980's
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A Huge Step Forward

The first of its kind: 7-ply Surgical Steel Multi-ply Cookware. New Era's 7-ply Surgical Steel cookware led the industry with unprecedented efficiency, durability, and adaptability. This new design conducts heat better, works with all heat sources whether its gas, electric, or induction, and is guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Read more about 7-Ply >> 1987
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The Whistle System

New Era's trend of innovation did not end in the 1980's as it introduced a new feature in 1990. The whistle system was, and still is, a useful feature that uses steam to notify you when your food has reached the proper temperature.

1990
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Going Green

In 2007 New Era moved into its new factory in Clarksville, TN. The new factory site consists of a 63,000 square foot building located on 18½ acres of the former Gemtron Corporation and, in an effort to be more environmentally friendly, New Era boosted the efficiency of their machines and installed a brand new, state-of-the-art chemical-free washing system.

2007
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Hammer Stahl

When New Era acquired Hammer Stahl Cutlery in 2008 they had one goal in mind: to create a world class brand synonymous with exceptional quality, performance, and value. Hammer Stahl's presence has grown significantly in the last 3 years and has been recognized by celebrity chefs and home cooks alike as a premier knife that looks and performs fantastically.

2008
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Cooking Healthier

2009 was another big year for New Era as it unveiled the Vita-Seal Whistle System. Its design contains three important features into one element: a whistle to notify you when your food has reached the proper cooking temperature, a vent which allows you to release vapor without whistling, and a lock that allows you to secure moisture, nutrients, and flavor inside.

2009
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What We're Up to Now:

In 2013, New Era began developing a brand new retail line that features a riveted handle paired with the renowned 7-ply Surgical Steel components. Since its launch in 2015, New Era has been excited and proud to be one of the few companies to offer such an incredible product.

2013-2015
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Our Future

Since being established in 1982, New Era has been an innovator in the cookware industry and it plans to continue crafting the highest quality and most advanced cookware available.

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Festivals:

  • A proud sponsor of the 2016 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE.
    •  Participated in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • A proud sponsor of the 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE.
    •  Participated in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Proud sponsor of the Memphis in May World BBQ Cooking World Championships
    •  2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • Proud Sponsor of the Music City Food & Wine
    •  2014 and 2015
  • Jack Daniels World Invitational BBQ World Championship
    •  2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Proud Sponsor of 2016 ZestFest
    •  2015 and 2016
  • Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
    •  2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

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