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: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/guidance/default.aspx?pid=2&spid=1.

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}ee.doe.gov. 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.

Rakers Named Regional Sales Manager

Brian Sales

U.S. Cooler is pleased to announce Brian Rakers has joined the U.S. Cooler Sales staff. Brian is now the Regional Sales Manager for the Midwestern Territory including most of Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska. Brian will be based out of his home office in Kansas City, MO, and can be reached at 314-435-3511 or emailed at Brian[at]uscooler.com.

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

Brian has over 5 years of experience with U.S. cooler and has worked in sales over 3 years. His experience in the industry makes him a valued addition to this territory and our organization’s aim to enhance dealer support. U.S. Cooler is confident Brian will continue to be an asset to our company.

Kason Changes with the Times

Although some of the hardware for commercial refrigeration, foodservice, step van and industrial equipment that Kason Industries Inc. manufactures is traditional, much of it evolves over time. “Some products we’ve been making since the 1950s and ‘60s,” Executive Vice President Burl Finkelstein points out. “They haven’t changed a lot since then.”

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A sample of Kason’s walk-in hardware

But others have evolved with their various industries, and Kason must keep up with those trends. “The tricky part of our business is knowing our customer applications,” he reveals. For example, when the blowing agent used in insulating foam panels for walk-in refrigerators and freezers changed for environmental reasons, the fastener holding that foam had to evolve.

“As the foam blowing agent changed, how it adhered changed, and we had to go back to the panel fasteners that bond it and make sure the foam will bond to the fastener and work well with our fastener,” he continues. “As the market changed from mechanically latched doors to magnetic gaskets, we changed the hardware, made a lighter-weight hardware and went to pull handles.”

The current U.S. energy act mandates self-closing doors and minimal air infiltration for walk-in coolers and freezers. “So we have more focus on hinges that will close the doors more efficiently, and strip curtains and vinyl flex doors to block air infiltration when the door is open,” Finkelstein notes. “We’re keeping our fingers on the pulse of the market.”

Anthony Transparent LCD Glass Doors with Video & Animation

Anthony, a manufacturer of commercial glass refrigerator and freezer doors, announced it will debut first-ever Transparent LCD Refrigerated Glass Doors at the 2011 NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) tradeshow at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

Anthony debuted this innovative new product with a 5 door display of Transparent LCD Refrigerated Glass Doors. Below you can see their iDoor Intelligent Merchandising display.

Patton Named Regional Sales Manager

mike patton salesMike Patton was named Regional Sales Manager for U.S. Cooler’s South Central Territory including the states of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Mike comes to U.S. Cooler with over 17 years of experience in the industry. He has an extensive commercial foodservice equipment background as well as design work in the convenience and grocery store industry. U.S. Cooler is confident that his abundance of experience, knowledge of the industry, and work ethic will lend itself well toward serving their customer base.