Proving that corporate longevity is no barrier to innovation, Hydro-Thermal Corp., Waukesha, Wis., was named a 2014 Innovation Quotient award recipient by BizTimes Media LLC, Milwaukee. According to the organizations, the IQ award is given to companies in southeastern Wisconsin that develop innovative or unique products or services.

Hydro-Thermal received the award for its Smart Cooking System — continuous cooking equipment aimed at replacing batch-style industrial-scale cooking. It enables food companies to control more of the production process by allowing them to create recipes, more easily manage consistency and reduce cooking times. The company's patented steam cooking design can hold food at the setpoint with ±1°F variation.

This year also marks Hydro-Thermal’s 80th anniversary. The company has scheduled multiple events to celebrate the milestone, including volunteer projects at the Ronald McDonald House of Milwaukee, a blood drive with the Blood Center of Wisconsin and participation in the Vince Lombardi’s Walk/Run in June.

The IQ awards will be presented on May 21 in correlation with BizExpo at Potawatomi Bingo Casino Expo Center in Milwaukee.