Focusing on You – NAFEM 2015

nafem-showThis year at the NAFEM show U.S. Cooler will be displaying a custom L-shaped walk-in featuring custom doors and windows. U.S. Cooler is widely known for their ease of producing high-quality custom walk-in coolers and freezers at unbeatable prices. U.S. Cooler has always differentiated themselves in their industry. From the ease of custom-ability, to offering different insulation types, to local factory experts, U.S. Cooler is like nobody else.

U.S. Cooler is one of the only companies that gives you a choice when it comes to the insulation of your walk-in cooler or freezer. By offering both extruded foam insulation and foamed-in place urethane, U.S. Cooler puts the choice in your hands. Both products are made with superior quality, design flexibility and exceptional performance. Depending on the requirements for your job, U.S. Cooler gives you the option of choosing the insulation to fit your needs.

U.S. Cooler’s unique manufacturing process allows them to manufacture custom walk-in coolers and freezers in an automated fashion. This provides their customers with custom designed walk-ins at no extra cost or production time. U.S. Cooler leads the industry in this capability.

U.S. Cooler is one of the only walk-in manufacturers that have factory specialists living locally and helping you. All sales managers are direct employees of U.S. Cooler, live in their territory and only focus on one product line rather than several. Sales managers are in the field to help you every step of the way. From the initial site assessment and measurements to a delivered product, U.S. Cooler offers the all-around best customer service in the industry.

Visit U.S. Cooler at the NAFEM Show this year in Anaheim, CA February 19-21, 2015 booth #433 to see how U.S. Cooler’s capabilities can work for you!

SCHOTT Gemtron Exits North American Market

Here is the letter from glass door manufacturer Anthony International regarding the SCHOTT Gemtron announcement.

Dear Valued Customer:

I would like to inform you that SCHOTT Gemtron has determined to discontinue its North American Food Display operations at its Vincennes, IN, production facility, and has offered to sell certain manufacturing assets to Anthony.  Anthony has decided to purchase these assets, which consist of the manufacturing equipment used for commercial food display refrigeration and freezer products.  SCHOTT Gemtron is a United States joint venture of SCHOTT Group and AGC Glass Company North America.

As part of this asset purchase, Anthony will be able to supply SCHOTT Gemtron customers in North America (US, Canada, Mexico) with our full product offerings and customer support during this transition.  This transaction complements Anthony’s planned expansion of our overall plant capacity and capabilities.

Anthony is looking forward to providing our customers throughout the industry with the products they need to continue to successfully operate their businesses. We welcome the opportunity to meet with each of you to better understand your needs and to provide you with the very best value added solutions possible.

For more information on Anthony, please visit us online at  To find the Sales Representative assigned to your area, you may utilize our Sales Rep locator tool found under the Contact Us portion of our website.

Sean E McGrann
Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Introducing Regional Sales Manager Richard Burrows

We are pleased to announce Richard Burrows has joined the U.S. Cooler Sales Staff. Richard is now the Regional Sales Manager for our Southeastern Territory which includes the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. He will be based out of his home office in Atlanta, GA and can be reached at 404.216.3206 or emailed at richard[at]

Sales Support and Customer Service will continue to be based out of our Quincy, IL, facility.

Richard has over 22 years of experience in the refrigeration and foodservice industry. His experience with engineering, product development, sales and marketing in the industry makes him a valued addition to this territory and our organization’s aim to enhance dealer support.

Our goal is to provide you with the best customer service possible and we believe Richard will help facilitate a great experience working with U.S. Cooler. You can expect to hear from Richard soon, if you have not already. We are confident he will assist you with any and all of your walk-in needs.

Georgia sales territory

DOE EISA Compliance Clarification

We have received some clarification from the Department of Energy in response to our last blog “The Risk of Selling Non-Compliant Walk-ins”.  The information in context was correct but there was a misunderstanding as to whether Walk-in Cooler manufacturers on the DOE website were compliant.  It was our assumption that all manufacturers that registered on the website are EISA compliant, but this is not necessarily the case.  Also, there may be some manufacturers that are EISA compliant and have tried to register on the DOE website but are not listed as of yet.  Please check with the manufacturer and verify if they are EISA compliant.  Below is the response that we received from the Department of Energy:

Under current law, only manufacturers of component parts of walk-in coolers and freezers must certify their products with DOE.  In this certification, manufacturers of these components must state that their equipment is manufactured in accordance with the requirements found in the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) and subsequent DOE regulations found at 10 C.F.R Part 431, Subpart R.  DOE specifically requires that the manufacturers of panels, doors and refrigeration systems certify with DOE that their equipment complies with the applicable statute and regulations.  The certification requirements for walk-in cooler and freezer components are fully described in 10 C.F.R. §§ 429.12 and 429.53.

Once DOE receives a certification submission from a component manufacturer, it will be processed and the information will be posted on the DOE website at:  It typically takes two weeks from the time a submission is made before it appears on the website.  Because of this delay, it is possible that manufacturers of walk-in cooler and freezer components could have submitted their certification to DOE and not yet appear on the DOE website.  Products are listed on the DOE website by brand rather than manufacturer.  Because of these facts, the list of manufacturers that US Coolers has provided in their email does not accurately reflect the manufacturers who have certified that their equipment complies with the law.

The Risk of Selling Non-Compliant Walk-ins

U.S. lawSince EISA (Energy Independence and Security Act) was put into effect in 2009, there have been several regulations imposed on the walk-in cooler and freezer industry. Some of the requirements that are specified in EISA include prescriptive R-values, EC motors for refrigeration units and spring loaded hinges.  Manufacturers must register with the DOE stating they are compliant with all EISA regulations.

The DOE (Department of Energy), the government agency that regulates EISA, requires walk-in cooler manufacturers to be compliant with all EISA regulations. Some manufacturers may have a statement on their quote or website stating they are compliant, yet DOE only considers the manufacturers registered with the DOE and listed on their Certification List compliant.

Hefty fines have been levied for non compliant walk-in cooler/freezer manufacturers. It is our understanding the DOE may levy fines to dealers and end users who purchase walk-ins that are not EISA compliant.

Several manufacturers are certified with the DOE however; there are some that are not. It is important to make sure you are purchasing EISA compliant walk-ins to avoid any penalties or fines that could be imposed on you. A list of all compliant walk-in manufacturers is below or can be found on the DOE website.

New Refrigeration on Used Walk-ins – Is it EISA compliant?

The Department of Energy (DOE) has written their interpretation on compliant refrigeration vs. non-compliant refrigeration on walk-in coolers and freezers. Below, DOE explains that any component added to a previously installed walk-in cooler or freezer and manufactured after January 1, 2009, must meet EISA guidelines. This is a draft document and comments and suggestions must be submitted to the Department of Energy prior to February 20, 2012.

The Interpretation from the Department of Energy (DOE)

This is a draft document and does not represent a definitive view of the agency on the questions addressed.

This and other guidance documents are accessible on the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy web site at:

Guidance Type: Conservation Standards, Enforcement
Category: Commercial Equipment
Product: Walk-in Cooler and Walk-in Freezers
Guidance Version: DRAFT
Issued: January 20, 2012
Comment Period Closes: February 20, 2012

Q: What are the relevant dates for compliance with the prescriptive requirements for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers? For example: If a newly manufactured component of a walk-in cooler or walk-in freezer is installed in a walk-in box manufactured prior to January 1, 2009, does it have to comply with the prescriptive requirements of 10 C.F.R. § 431.306?

A: The following is a draft U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) guidance document regarding commercial walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers. This draft guidance document represents the Department’s interpretation of its existing regulations and is exempt from the notice and comment requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act. See 5 U.S.C. § 553(b)(A). Therefore, the Department is accepting comments and suggestions from the public until February 20, 2012. Comments and suggestions should be provided in WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, PDF, or text file format by sending an email to WICFEISA2007Guidance-2012-0001{at} Please also include the docket number EERE-2012-BT-STD0001.

At the end of the comment period, this draft guidance document may be adopted, revised or withdrawn.

Olewinski Named Regional Sales Manager

St. Charles, IL, April 9, 2012

new salespersonEd Olewinski was named Regional Sales Manger for U.S. Cooler’s Northern Territory including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northern IL, North Dakota and the upper western Michigan peninsula.

Ed comes to U.S. Cooler with over 27 years of experience in the industry. U.S. Cooler is confident that his unique blend of experience from operations consulting, refrigeration and equipment sales to the foodservice industry will lend itself well toward serving their customer base.

To get a quote on a walk-in cooler, freezer or combo, call 800.521.2665 to speak with Ed today.