In 1980 Monroe began to install Commercial Kitchen Ventilation Systems. The Market was changing and Restaurants demanded a knowledgeable company that could install Hoods according to the latest NFPA 96 regulations. Monroe worked closely with a metal fabrication company (Master Kitchen Equipment) to design prefabricated Hood Systems that would meet local codes, Insurance Services Offices regulations, and NFPA.
As the 90’s began, new products came along. From Great Lakes Chemical we chose FM-200 as the clean agent replacement for the Halon Systems market, and from Dupont we chose FE-36 for the halon 1211 portable market. Both gases have turned out to be the proven choice to replace the ozone depleting halons we had used in the past. Monroe Extinguisher installed thousands of these in the 90’s, and has become one of the leading distributors of Ansul and Kidde special hazard equipment.
As the 90’s came to a close, special hazards such as hospital environments, clean room manufacturing and telecommunication facilities required improved portable fire protection which included Ansul’s Clean Guard FE-36 clean agent fire extinguishers and Amerex’s Water Mist fire extinguishers. Also, at this time came the Ansul K-Guard fire extinguisher. This was the first extinguisher from Ansul, manufactured for the sole purpose of the “K” class fire. The K rating is based on fire testing on commercial fryers, the toughest fires to extinguish in a restaurant or commercial kitchen.