June 17, 2014. Little Rock, AR - Portable Kitchens, Inc. (“PK Grills”) announced today additions to its ownership group, including a long-time PK VP of Operations and three PK Grill enthusiasts with extensive C-level and executive operating experience. PK also announced the launch of a new website,www.pkgrills.com.
Since 1952, PK Grills have been considered among the best charcoal grills available. PK Grills are built in Little Rock, AR of parts made in the heartland of America. “The product is entirely hand-made in the USA,” said Paul James, Chairman. “We use a recycled aluminum alloy which is melted down and poured by hand into our proprietary mold. Then we grind and balance the edges and shape the vents to ensure a tight seal on every one. We pack and ship to customers all over the world from our location in Little Rock, AR.”
In 2014, PK Grills is building on its classic brand with new product line enhancements, an updated web presence at www.pkgrills.com and increased distribution. Paul James and PK executive Martha James, who is now a part owner as a result of this transaction, are excited to add three new partners with experience on a national scale in product development, marketing, sales, finance and operations. “I am proud of PK’s track record, and I believe we are poised for significant growth in the coming years,” said Paul. I have been looking for the right partners to help grow PK for some time, and I believe the addition of Jeff Humiston, Scott Moody and Brian Taylor as owners of PK helps position us to realize the commercial promise of this well-loved product which I am so passionate about. These guys are avid outdoorsmen and grilling enthusiasts who are passionate about PK, and they bring business experiences and core values that are very complementary to the PK team.”
Most recently, Humiston, Moody and Taylor were members of the executive team who started Allied Wireless (dba “Alltel Wireless”) in Little Rock in 2010. At Allied, Humiston served as General Counsel, Moody served as Vice President of Marketing and Taylor served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. "We are very proud to be a part of the PK team," says Taylor. "We all appreciate good quality craftsmanship as consumers, and there’s nothing we enjoy more than cooking great meals outside with our friends and family on our PK Grills. That passion feeds our excitement about the future prospects for the PK business, and we are elated to be a part of the next chapter of PK.”
The PK Grill is a product for anyone who appreciates the legacy of American manufacturing and the unmatched experience of preparing food outdoors on a pro-grade charcoal cooker. The cast aluminum grill holds heat longer and delivers more even cooking than other grills. These unique grills are rust-proof and renowned for their longevity and versatility, excelling in direct cooking, indirect cooking and smoking. Learn more about the history of PK at www.pkgrills.com/our-story. PK Grills can be purchased online at www.pkgrills.com/grills and at many outdoor and patio retailers and hardware stores across the country. See www.pkgrills.com to locate a dealer near you.