From its inception nearly forty-five years ago as a pioneer in remote site catering for forest fire fighters, OK’S Cascade Company has grown into one of the largest providers of support services in North America. A collection of surplus military equipment operated by a small group of family and friends has turned into a fleet of over 200 pieces of specialized rolling stock and a pool of over 400 employees located around the country. Underlying these resources is an extensive base of management expertise in the areas of equipment design, contingency planning, logistics and emergency response. The end result is an organization with a proven track record of adaptability and rapid delivery of high quality products and services where other means of support are not available.
In 1999, the founders of OK’S Cascade Company, including John Keener, sold their assets to A&V Acquisitions based in Cleveland, OH. In 2003, John’s son Ray decided to carry on the family business with a new company named Incident Catering Services. This new company continued in the OK’S tradition of forest fire service and natural disaster response. When the opportunity arose in early 2008 for Incident Catering Services to purchase OK’S Cascade Company, the company came full circle. Together, OK’S Cascade Company and its parent company Incident Catering Services provide services to a customer base that includes: the US Forest Service, various government agencies and states, various branches of the military, event planners and a long list of corporate clients.
While the two companies remain independent in name, Incident Catering Services (ICS) and OK’S Cascade Company share a pool of resources including equipment and personnel. Both companies consist of a shared management staff as well, based out of the home office in Washington State. The result of this combination is the ability to maintain top of the line equipment and well trained, hardworking staff who are available at a moment’s notice.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does OK’S do?
We do large-scale food service and disaster response in remote locations and under adverse conditions. In addition, OK’S Cascade provides integrated support solutions for both moving and stationary events. Our clientele includes private industry, event promoters and governmental agencies.
What services do you offer?
We offer mobile food service, refrigeration, mobile showers and laundry services though our fleet of state of the art trucks and trailers. We are capable of preparing and serving thousands of meals daily. Our services are available for disaster response, stationary and moving events, event production and logistics planning. We also offer rental equipment.
How many people can you feed?
We are capable of feeding thousands of people for every meal. Whatever your need, we have the people and equipment to make it happen. We are also flexible. We can serve a few hundred meals for lunch and then serve a few thousand at dinner if needed. We can operate with little notice and still have enough hot, fresh food ready to serve.
What type of food do you serve?
Our meals are always freshly prepared and served with care. Our menus are creative yet cost effective and can be adjusted to fit your needs. Our selections vary from simple to gourmet, including specialized menus for athletes and other particular palates. Vegetarian options are also available for each meal.
How many people can use your showers?
We have a variety of mobile showers to choose from. We typically suggest one shower trailer per 500 people. A trained OK’S employee will be responsible for maintenance, cleanliness and sanitation of each unit for the duration of your event. We also have specialized ADA compliant showers available.
Where are you located?
Our headquarters are located in Washington State, but we have equipment stationed all over the country. This makes it easy for us to mobilize quickly or service your event, no matter where it is or where it ends up.
How much do your services cost?
Cost depends on the size and type of equipment you desire. The duration of the job and staffing requirements also play a part. Contact us with your event specifics and we will deliver a customized solution to meet your needs.
Who do you employ?
We have an extensive database of qualified and skilled personnel. They are rotated on and off job sites, making it easy for us to offer our services indefinitely. We are prepared to stay, no matter how long you need us.