About Our Company

Component Design Northwest, Inc. (CDN®) specializes in time and temperature, offering a wide assortment of thermometers and timers. The company is a global category leader with the personal service and commitment of a business that has been family owned for over 30 years.

CDN was named “Best Overall Company” in its category by the prestigious Stevie Awards for Women in Business. The company is also a certified member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and a member of the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry (MAFSI).

CDN products are sold in over 3,000 retail stores, plus they are used in over 15,000 commercial locations, including large coffee and restaurant chains. All over the world, people rely on CDN for product innovation, superior customer service, quality and value.


The Specialists in Time and Temperature

CDN has a solution for any temperature-measuring task, from digital to dial thermometers, from ultra-fast thermocouple thermometers to infrared thermometers for non-contact surface temperatures. The company also offers specially designed thermometers including beverage and frothing, oven and grill, refrigerator/freezer and candy and deep fry models, as well as a wide assortment of digital and mechanical timers with advanced features.

CDN takes extra steps to ensure quality, durability and accuracy. The company uses 304-grade stainless steel, superior to the stainless steel used in many other thermometers available for foodservice. Features include 1.5 mm thin tip technology, field recalibration, rapid response and temperature memory. All thermometers in the ProAccurate® line are manufactured with BioCote®, which helps protect against bacterial cross contamination and food-borne microbe growth when used in conjunction with good hygiene/cleaning practices.


Product Awards

The innovation leader in thermometers and timers, CDN has been responsible for many industry firsts and breakthroughs. The CDN Solar Thermometer was a finalist for the Housewares Design Awards “Green House” Award. CDN won the Housewares Design Awards for “Best in Category – Food Preparation Electrics” for its Dual-Sensing Probe Thermometer & Timer. The premier design award competition focused on the housewares industry, the Housewares Design Awards have been called the “Oscars of home design.”



CDN offers unique advantages that have made it one of the fastest growing foodservice suppliers in its field. The company is focused on meeting the needs of the industry with new product innovation, unsurpassed quality, competitive pricing and the best in customer service.

CDN products have been featured in the What’s Hot! What’s Cool! ® new product gallery at The NAFEM Show®. CDN is a sponsor of the Ultimate Barista Challenge in recognition of its strong presence in the marketing of frothing thermometers and timers for the coffee industry.

As part of its commitment to meeting the needs of its foodservice customers, CDN offers OEM work, supplying customized thermometers and timers designed for specific applications. This includes custom branded products designed to meet specifications for functionality while helping to build foodservice brands.


Company History

The company was founded in 1984 by the late Richard Murtagh, an engineer by profession and a cook at heart. He was intrigued by issues of time and temperature in the kitchen, because accurate measurement is so important in cooking. Today CDN continues as a growing family business run by Jan Murtagh, President. Her daughter, Shawn DiGruccio, Vice President, works with her to expand the company’s horizons with sales, new product development, new markets, training, and marketing and merchandising programs.

CDN, The Time and Temperature Company®, continues to develop the best and most accurate timers and thermometers, with numerous projects in the works for more new products with unique, innovative features.


Key Personnel

Jan Murtagh, President
Shawn DiGruccio, Vice President


CDN Headquarters

PO Box 10947
Portland, OR 97296
Fax: 800-879-2364
Fax: 503-226-0924


PR Contact

Field Marketing & Media