About Us

The mission of Consolidated Food Equipment Distributors, LLC (CFED) is to build valued relationships and be our customers trusted advisor of choice for food equipment, service and business solutions to the commercial food and related industries, exceeding expectations at every opportunity. Our equipment partnerships with the most respected manufacturers, such as Hobart, Vulcan, Scotsman, Baxter, and Traulsen, mean we offer only best-in-class equipment with the lowest TCO (total cost of ownership).

Who is CFED

With roots that trace back to 1954, CFED is the trusted equipment provider to the food retail industry. Arising alongside the modern food equipment industry provided CFED with a unique level of knowledge and experience that simply cannot be duplicated.

Grown out of Harry Lobalzo’s desire to pursue his American dream, CFED transformed from a humble, one-man operation to a 3rd generation business, proudly serving the entire Northeast US and Mid-Atlantic states.

However, what continues to make the biggest impact for our customers is our dedicated staff of expertly trained sales representatives.

Contact us to find out the difference CFED can make for your business.

Our History

A total food equipment solutions provider, Consolidated Food Equipment Distributors, LLC (CFED), currently covers 17 states in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S., supporting the commercial food retail industry with best-in-class service and equipment.

The history and success of the Lobalzo family and CFED are closely intertwined.

In 1950, Harry Lobalzo sold tires as a second job to support his family. His sales techniques impressed a food service equipment salesman for the Hobart Corporation, who offered him a job.

After three days of riding with the owner, he went out on his own and sold two pieces of equipment. This was quite a feat during a time of weak economic conditions. Harry quickly became one of Hobart’s leading salesmen.

 

In 1954, Harry and his wife, Mary, relocated to Akron, Ohio, to start their own Hobart office. Mary worked as the office secretary, and their son, Michael, wiped off machines after school for .10 a unit.

Over the years, the company grew in size and profits, and both Harry’s sons, Michael and Rick, joined the business.

Today, CFED is still a family effort, with Michael Lobalzo Sr. as Chairman & CEO, Rick Lobalzo as Vice-Chairman, Joe Saporito as President, and Dana Saporito as General Counsel. At CFED, we pride ourselves in having the best equipment and service in the industry. We continue to grow, with many new opportunities still to come. Find out what makes us different.

Our Team

Michael Lobalzo

Chairman & CEO

Michael is the current Chairman and CEO of CFED, serving in that capacity since 2006. Mike is responsible for the strategic direction of the business, as well as the growth and development of its Senior Leadership team.

Michael’s career in commercial food equipment began when he was very young, working for his father, Harry Lobalzo, who began his sales career for Hobart in the 1950’s. One of his first jobs was cleaning scales for $0.25 an hour.

Upon graduation from the University of Akron, Michael attended Hobart’s Sales School and then officially joined the family business. He is a seven-time winner of the Hobart Sales Topper Award and past president of the Hobart Agents Counsel, where he represented the independent office owners with the Hobart Corporation. Michael is also a past member of the Ohio Grocer Association (OGA) and the East Ohio Food Dealers.

He’s a strong advocate for the One in Six Foundation, a charity for prostate cancer awareness. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, fly fishing and is an instrument-rated private pilot.

Rick Lobalzo

Vice Chairman

Rick is the Vice Chairmen of CFED, also following in his father’s footsteps to enter the family business. As Vice Chairman, Rick also helps with strategy, maintaining and growing several key customer relationships, as well as the Senior Leadership Team development and growth. With more than 35 years of experience, Rick is a seasoned food equipment professional.

Rick’s experience in food service work also began at a young age, working at night as a busboy. Since his earnings depended on tips, he quickly learned the value of good customer service. He joined the family business after graduating from The Ohio State University.

Rick enjoys sailing, golf, and currently attends college at the University of Akron, learning CAD.

Joseph Saporito

President

As President, Joe handles all operational and administrative aspects of the day-to-day business and works closely with the sales team.

Joe received his undergraduate degree from Miami University and his master’s degree from the University of Akron. He moved to Akron to marry his wife, Dana (Lobalzo), and after working for a large real estate and construction firm, joined the family business at CFED in late 2009.

His knowledge of the food industry began as a young boy, as his paternal grandfather was vice president of a major grocery chain and his maternal grandfather started his own potato chip company.

Joe is on the Board of Directors for the ADM Board of Summit County (Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services) and is a board of director member of the Copley Community Improvement Corporation. He enjoys spending time with his wife, three young children, golfing, running, practicing yoga and traveling.

What Our Customers are Saying

“Chief Super Market Inc. and Hobart have a long standing relationship. Hobart [CFED] provides timely services and knowledgeable staff to support our needs. Our Fresh Food Departments are an important part of our foundation – and Hobart provides an equally important service to us and our customers. As our markets change, Marsha, our account representative has been a valuable resource through label changes, scale adjustments, and cost saving ideas. Thanks for doing what you do.”

Jennny Thome
Controller
Chief Super Market, Inc.

“I want to tell you thank you for always responding to my calls with the information I need. When I am with a customer and cannot figure out how to load the scales with the information all I need to do is call Marsha and she will talk me through it that is such an asset to the customer and myself. I also like the quick responses when I ask for a quote on any of your companies services that you provide for our customers Wagners was very grateful for all of your help in setting up there new deli scales. It is a pleasure doing business with Marsha and she is always very professional with the customers and as a vendor for the Nashfinch company. She has always been a very skilled and professional in everything that she does for my company and her company.”

Janet Merritt
Deli/Bakery Sales Specialist
SpartanNash Company

“You’ll be glad to know she opened Saturday and had a good start today, she is slammed and already out of everything. She loves the slicer. She can’t stop talking about it. I told her to trust me and I knew that you would not steer me wrong!”

Butcher Block
Fancy Farm, KY

Headquarters

  • 330-668-9643
  • info@cfed-ne.com
  • 61 N. Cleveland-Massillon Rd.
    Suite A
    Akron, Ohio 44333
  • 8am - 5pm

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