An Increase in Manufacturing Efficiency Reduces Production Lead Time

Year after year our manufacturing production has been challenged with the demand to keep up with the increase in sales. Last year was particularly “challenging” with no true slow-down in the demand for custom walk-in coolers and freezers.

U.S. Cooler has a continuous goal of improving efficiency and reducing waste; making us as lean as we can possibly be. Several positive impacts in the past year have taken place in our facilities to make U.S. Cooler even more efficient. Our manufacturing facility has recently added over 16% more production capability. By automating more processes, adding new equipment and adding managers to focus on efficiency, U.S. Cooler has been able to decrease our production lead time on custom orders to approximately three to four weeks. Naturally, our lead time can fluctuate depending on the market but we are hopeful that U.S. Cooler will be able to sustain this lead time on custom orders.

Wadlinger Named Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Manager

Quincy, IL, January 15, 2018 – Justin Wadlinger was named Regional Sales Manager for U.S. Cooler’s Mid-Atlantic Territory, including Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and District of Columbia. Wadlinger is from Mount Wolf, PA and brings with him ten years of experience in the building industry. This experience, along with his enthusiasm and professionalism, will lend itself well toward serving U.S. Cooler’s customer base.

U.S. Cooler is happy to bring him on board and is assured Justin will be a valued addition to this territory and our organization’s aim to enhance dealer support.

For additional information on Wadlinger Named Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Manager, contact Kaitie Herbranson or visit www.uscooler.com.

 

Schulze Named Mid-South Regional Sales Manager

Quincy, IL, January 15, 2018 – Sylvie Schulze was named Regional Sales Manager for U.S. Cooler’s Mid-South Territory, including New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Schulze is from Fort Worth, TX and brings with her a number of years of experience in foodservice equipment sales that will lend itself well toward serving U.S. Cooler’s customer base. U.S. Cooler is confident that Schulze will be a valued asset to this territory and that her presence will enhance local dealer support.

For additional information on Schulze Named Mid-South Regional Sales Manager, contact Kaitie Herbranson 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.

Hyatt Named U.S. Cooler’s Southeast Regional Sales Manager

Quincy, IL, October 30, 2017 – Deborah Hyatt was named Regional Sales Manager for U.S. Cooler’s Southeastern Territory, including South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Hyatt has over 10 years of sales experience that will lend itself well toward serving U.S. Cooler’s customer base. U.S. Cooler is confident that Hyatt will be a valued asset to this territory and that her presence will enhance local dealer support.

For additional information on Hyatt Named Regional Sales Manager, 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.

U.S. Cooler to Support Hurricane Relief Efforts

U.S. Cooler is assisting hurricane victims by supporting Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief efforts.  Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by the hurricanes. Our thoughts and prayers are with these families as they work to rebuild their lives and communities. From orders received in October, Craig Industries will be supporting Samaritan’s Purse hurricane relief efforts.  To learn more about Samaritan’s Purse or if you would like to donate directly, please visit the Samaritan’s Purse website.

New Vert-Ergo™ Handle a Success

Have you ever wondered, why residential refrigerator handles are vertical and walk-in cooler/freezer handles are horizontal? Maybe you haven’t, but we have. We have witnessed the struggle of restaurant employees opening their walk-in cooler door several times with an awkward, uncomfortable reach with their hand gripping down. So we thought, why can’t walk-ins be designed with a more comfortable handle? This lead to the design of the Vert-Ergo™ walk-in cooler/freezer handle.

In April, U.S. Cooler launched the release of the Vert-Ergo handle for walk-in coolers and freezers. The Vert-Ergo handle is the industry’s first vertically positioned walk-in cooler or freezer handle. The vertical handle design places your hand further from the hinges on the door, which in turn, makes a substantial decrease in the effort required to open the door. When users grip the Vert-Ergo handle, they use a more natural, vertical grip allowing the use of powerful muscles in the forearm and upper arm. The round handle allows for a full grip making it more comfortable to use.

With over 200 Vert-Ergo handles in the field, we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the usage of the vertical handle. The simplistic yet strong design looks a bit different than the horizontal handle, but users enjoy the ergonomic benefits.

U.S. Cooler’s new Vert-Ergo handle is built to exact standards with a quality you can see and feel. It is available with an externally mounted lock or as a standalone handle. A padlock can be added as an additional locking mechanism. The handle is mounted with a glow-in-the-dark safety release located inside the walk-in. The Vert-Ergo handle can be mounted on either a right hand or left hand opening door.

U.S. Cooler Products Exceed DOE Testing Requirements

Yet again, the walk-in cooler and freezer industry has another DOE requirement deadline. Even though the R-value requirements have not changed since the original rule-making, the panel testing procedure has been clarified. Previously, the thermal resistance could be measured as a fresh R-value. With the new testing methodology, the insulation must be tested in “final chemical form”.

“For foam produced inside of a panel (“foam-in-place”), “final chemical form” means the foam is cured as intended and ready for use as a finished panel. For foam produced as board stock (typically polystyrene), “final chemical form” means after extrusion and ready for assembly into a panel or after assembly into a panel.” DOE 431.304

This means that sample pieces are taken from the center of a panel and measured for thermal resistance in final panel form rather than immediately after the insulation was blown or extruded.  The specified ASTM C518 testing method has created an even playing field for all panel manufacturers by having to test the foam in the same time frame and in the final chemical form.

All U.S. Cooler products have been tested according to the ASTM C518 testing procedure and exceed the specifications with our 4” panels. Both Extruded and Foamed-In-Place panels have been tested and meet the DOE requirements.

More information on the test procedures and DOE’s Federal Regulations can be found here: https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=dfdf7e682b2b726c81d85d76170027ce&mc=true&node=sp10.3.431.r&rgn=div6

A list of certified manufacturers with the DOE can be found here:  https://www.regulations.doe.gov/certification-data/CCMS-4-Walk-In_Coolers_and_Freezers_-_Panels.html#q=Product_Group_s%3A%22Walk-In%20Coolers%20and%20Freezers%20-%20Panels%22

Bliefnick Named Greater Phoenix Regional Sales Manager

Tommy Bliefnick was named Regional Sales Manager for U.S. Cooler’s Greater Phoenix Territory, including Tucson and the surrounding communities. Bliefnick has numerous years of sales experience and has been living in the Phoenix area for over 6 years.  Bliefnick’s sales experience will lend itself well toward serving U.S. Cooler’s customer base there. U.S. Cooler is confident that Bliefnick will be a valued asset to this territory and that his presence will enhance local dealer support.

For additional information on Bliefnick 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.