The Importance of Refrigeration Gaskets

Refrigeration gaskets are a very important part of your walk-in cooler or freezer’s performance. Under-performing gaskets could cost your business hundreds or thousands of dollars in energy bills. Gaskets are responsible for sealing your walk-in door and panels to stop any air infiltration. When your walk-in door is closed, the gasket keeps the cold air from escaping and more importantly warm air from entering your walk-in. When gaskets are not working properly, your refrigeration unit will have to work harder to keep its cold temperature – which in-turn generates higher energy bills and wear and tear on your equipment.

 
There are two different gaskets on your walk-in door that are both vital to your walk-in’s performance.
– The magnetic gasket is the thicker gasket attached to the door and helps to seal and keep the door closed.
– The wiper gasket is the thin single-dart gasket that helps seal the door to stop any outside air infiltration. Wiper gasket is located on the door and on the frame.

Magnetic Gasket and Wiper Gasket on U.S. Cooler door.

Periodically check door gaskets and door sweeps for wear and tear. Keep your gaskets performing longer by cleaning and removing any food, dirt, or debris build-up. It is suggested to include wiping down your gaskets during your daily cleaning routine.

 
Signs that your gaskets may need to be replaced:
– Step inside your walk-in and check for any light coming from around your door. If light comes through you know there is an opening in the gasket.
– Physically check to see if gaskets are ripped or torn.
– If your walk-in cooler gasket isn’t working properly, you may see sweating between the door and door jam. On a walk-in freezer, there may be ice or ice build-up.

 
When replacing your gasket, make sure to purchase the correct gasket for your brand of walk-in. Walk-in brands use different styles of gasket.

Introducing the New U.S. Cooler Walk-in Door.

U.S. Cooler walk-in cooler

Here at U.S. Cooler®, we work hard to bring you a quality product at a reasonable price with exceptional attention to the needs of the customer.  So, with that in mind, starting today, all walk-in coolers and freezers will come standard with our break-through Vert-Ergo™ handle, new adjustable hinges, efficient LED lighting, and a dual-temperature display with touch switch.  Below, we have more information about each of the new products, but what does this mean for you?  In short, our new Vert-Ergo™ handle provides a more ergonomic hand position while increasing your leverage to make opening your walk-in cooler or freezer easier.  The new adjustable hinges allow easy adjustment of door alignment with standard spring-action door closing.  The efficient LED lighting offers a reduction in electrical usage, plus a decrease in heat generation for further savings.  Lastly, the thermometer with built-in light switch offers dual-temperature display with an easy-touch switch, as well as multiple other add-on features for further energy control.  We work hard to ensure that every detail of your walk-in cooler and freezer is built to our superior quality standard and is manufactured with your needs in mind.

Vert-Ergo™ handle

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  • Vertical handle design for easier opening.
  • Ergonomic positioning for a comfortable feel.
  • Reversible for mounting on either a right hand or left hand door.

LED Light

1808 LED Light
  • Designed to reduce electrical usage by 85%.
  • Minimal heat generation will lower utility cost.
  • Exceeds Federal Energy Act Requirements.
  • Rated for 50,000+ hours of life.

Adjustable hinges

1346 Performer Hing
  • Strap adjusts horizontally, providing door lift and rotation to compensate for unlevel or uneven floors.
  • Built-in spring action is standard.
  • Left and right hand hinges use the same component parts for faster mounting and replacement.

Dual-temperature display with touch light switch

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  • Dual-temperature display changes between freezer and cooler temperature probes.
  • Designed for (wet & dry) in-door and/or outdoor locations
  • Light relay with touch technology
  • Quick Installation, No connectors required

Rueb Named Midwest Regional Sales Manager

Quincy, IL, March 1, 2017 – Clinton Rueb was named Regional Sales Manager for U.S. Cooler’s Midwestern Territory including most of Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska. Rueb has over 15 years of experience with Craig Industries’. Rueb’s unique blend of refrigeration, manufacturing and sales experience will lend itself well toward serving their customer base. U.S. Cooler is confident that Rueb will be a valued asset to this territory and their aim to enhance dealer support.

For additional information on Rueb Named Regional Sales Manager, contact Claire DeVoss or visit www.uscooler.com.

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U.S. Cooler manufactures walk-in coolers and freezers supported with a complete line of engineered refrigeration systems, glass doors, parts and accessories.

Thank you for Visiting U.S. Cooler at NAFEM!

We are back from NAFEM and had another great show! U.S.
Cooler released their new Vert-Ergo vertical handle at the show in Orlando. The handle was displayed in the “What’s Hot, What’s Cool” booth and gained positive feedback.  U.S. Cooler’s new vertical handle design is the first vertical handle in the industry! The ergonomic behavior-friendly design provides increased leverage for a more natural and comfortable opening method. The heavy-duty commercial design and sleek finish make for an appealing look.

Starting in April 2017, all U.S. Cooler walk-in coolers and freezers will showcase the new Vert-Ergo handle (unless specified otherwise). By taking the user into account, the Vert-Ergo handle creates an easier, more comfortable pull method for opening walk-in doors.

 

 

Craig Industries is Growing

Craig Industries has expanded! Craig Industries, parent company to U.S. Cooler, Enviro Buildings, WineKeep, Brew Cave, Eden Grow Rooms and WalkinCoolerParts.com, has added an additional warehouse facility to their campus. The new manufacturing facility adds over 30,000 square feet of manufacturing and storage capabilities. Delaware Street, the street in front of the office building, has been closed and made into a paved parking lot for employees.   The Craig Industries Campus, located in Quincy, IL, now includes three manufacturing/storage facilities and one corporate office building.

The new building will house the refrigeration department as well as raw material storage. Three new shipping and receiving docks have been added in the new building making shipping more efficient.  The additional space has allowed a new dedicated parts department for the rapidly growing parts business. WalkinCoolerParts.com now has its own department and space to stock more parts and models. The additional building provides the company with the needed space for future growth.

 

Craig Industries Corporate Office Building
New Manufacturing Facility

 

About: Craig Industries is a Quincy, IL based manufacturing company fabricating high quality insulated building panels for use in a wide variety of industries. For over 30 years, Craig Industries has been a member in the Quincy community offering employment growth and job stability.

Wishing You a Merry Christmas!

May this Christmas bring you comfort, joy, peace, and happiness to last throughout the coming year.

From all of us at U.S. Cooler, we wish you a wonderful Christmas season and a Happy New Year!

U.S. Cooler will be closed on Dec 26, 2016 and Jan 2, 2017  to observe the Christmas and New Year Holidays. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to working with you in the new year!

Beer Stores to Expand Current Cold Storage Displays in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania – The state of Pennsylvania is undergoing a dramatic change on how beer is sold to consumers in the state. Among other things, the new bill that will go into effect January 14 will allow single-bottle, six-pack, mix-and-match six pack and growler sales at beer distributors. Thus being a dramatic change from how beer is sold today, beer distributors will be renovating their displays to accommodate the single, six-pack and growler beer products. Retailers will need to act fast to accommodate this additional cold storage space before January 14.

Brew Cave by U.S. Cooler specializes in beer storage and can help facilitate in the design process for new cold storage display coolers. Many beer distributors will be expanding their current walk-in cold storage space and will have limited options for additional display. Brew Cave focuses on custom walk-in coolers and display coolers that can fit most any design specification. From growler coolers to keg warehouses to display coolers, Brew Cave specializes in any type of beer storage.

Need assistance in designing and planning for these changes? Brew Cave by U.S. Cooler is ready to assist merchants in designing their new cold storage space to display these new products. Although Brew Cave by U.S. Cooler does not sell direct to beer distributors, a factory sales representative is located in Pennsylvania and available to facilitate with any cold storage needs.

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Visit Brew Cave or U.S. Cooler for information on cold storage options.