Family-owned and operated in Madisonville since 1973.
Brothers and partners in Arctic Refrigeration, Bruce and Terry Spencer co-founded the business in 1973. Both brothers worked for a heating and air conditioning company in Rockford, Ill., before moving to Madisonville to establish the business.
“We were looking for a place to go into business that needed our services,” explained Terry. “There was nobody else in Madisonville doing the type of technical work that we offered at that time.”
Bruce opened the business in June 1973 on 34 S. Church Street in Madisonville, and Terry joined him one year later. At that time, the business handled three major areas — residential heating and air conditioning, commercial heating and air conditioning, and equipment rentals. In 1977, business was booming and the brothers expanded to a new location on Spring Street.
In the early days of the business, the Spencer brothers rented and serviced items such as walk-in refrigerators, meat-slicers, and ice machines. In 1995, they decided to expand on that line of the business and sell the heating and air division to David Wells, who had been working with the business since 1990. In 2000, long-time employee Jeff McKnight, became an equal partner in the company with the Spencer brothers.
Since 1995, Arctic has been solely focused on the sales and service of food service equipment. In 2008, Terry and Bruce decided to take a step back from the company to focus more on family and their second business, Spencer Brothers Storage. Terry’s son, Aaron returned home after living in Lexington to join McKnight in over-seeing the day-to-day operations.
With McKnight’s primary focus on service, Aaron turned his attention to marketing and growth. He realized that in order for the business to continue its prosperous history, the company needed to rebrand. Over the years, Arctic had grown to be a leader in food service and equipment, and the Arctic name no longer reflected the true scope of the business.
In 2014, Arctic established Kentucky Restaurant Supply as the new name for its food service and equipment division. Newly located at 1520 Island Ford Road, Kentucky Restaurant Supply has an impressive showroom and large warehouse of new and used equipment onsite. Under the direction of McKnight and Spencer, the company is growing to meet the ever-changing needs of the industry. Much of their larger inventory is pictured online, but many more items are available. Please be sure to contact us with specific requests. We will happily help you find new or used items to fit your needs.