Robert Luddy founded Atlantic Fire Systems, headquartered in Raleigh, NC in 1976, which sold dry chemical fire systems to the restaurant industry.  Luddy formed a relationship with the co-founders of the Golden Corral restaurant chain located in nearby Fayetteville, NC. This relationship with Golden Corral helped to accelerate the growth of Atlantic Fire.  Upon the suggestion of one of the founders of Golden Corral, Luddy opened a sheet metal shop to manufacture ventilation hoods for the restaurant industry. These hoods would also integrate their dry chemical fire suppression systems.  Eventually a separate company was formed for this ventilation system and was named CaptiveAire.  

CaptiveAire Systems is a privately held manufacturer of kitchen ventilation systems and has begun to also produce HVAC equipment.  Production now includes kitchen exhaust systems, pollution control products, fire suppression and prevention equipment, grease duct systems, grease filters and direct-heat fired heaters.   CaptiveAire earned more than $500 million in revenues in 2018 alone.  

CaptiveAire released a dedicated outdoor air system onto the HVAC market in 2017. Paragon is backed by more than 40 years of ventilation experience and expertise.  Paragon offers year-round comfort with energy efficiency. 

CaptiveAire employs more than 1,300 people throughout the U.S. and Canada.  The company has six manufacturing plants located in California, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.  Their clientele includes well-known national restaurant chains, as well as correctional,military and school facilities.  



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