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.

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.

ABOUT:

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

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 www.anthonyintl.com.  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.

Sincerely,
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]uscooler.com.

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.

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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: http://www.regulations.doe.gov/certification-data/.  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.