New Kodiak Glass Doors for Beer Caves

Editor’s Note: As of 2015 SCHOTT Gemtron has exited the glass door market.

Over the last several years the trend in the convenience store industry has been to add “beer caves” to the retail area.

This environment has proven to increase bulk beer sales by over 300% in some studies. These types of success stories have convinced some store owners to offer bulk product in temperatures at or below 35 degrees.

The result of this success in sales has increased customer traffic in the cold rooms and therefore caused an increased performance demand on conventional style “walk-in entry doors”.heavy duty galls door

SCHOTT Gemtron has been evaluating this environment and determined that the best solution is a walk-in entry door that can hold up to this demanding retail area.

Tim Dye, Director of Sales and Marketing announced today that SCHOTT Gemtron has introduced the Kodiak® line of commercial refrigerator doors. “This innovative design will offer the store owner a product that will withstand the high volume usage that beer caves generate”. He continued by stating “our engineering team has studied the harsh environment and developed a product that will withstand the demanding conditions”.

Standard features include a hydraulic door closure with door stop, lock, push bar, and 2-3/4” door rail. The Kodiak is available as a 36” wide door with either a single or double configuration. Customers can specify an energy free design or a heated glass option for high humidity locations. Both black and silver satin finishes are available.

One feature that will set Kodiak apart from all other walk-in entry doors is the locking mechanism. The lock itself is industrial-grade and is used on both the single or double door design. When the double entry door is installed the right hand door has “thumb lifts” that when engaged inserts a rod upward into the frame and another one down into the rod receiver. This design assures that the doors are locked and secured at 3 points instead of the traditional one location. Dye also stated “SCHOTT Gemtron continues to lead the commercial refrigeration industry in innovation. While listening to our customer base and the industry the new Kodiak Heavy Duty Walk-In entry door will redefine the standards for beer caves”.

Kodiak® Doors Feature:

  • Industrial-Grade Components
  • Designed for Harshest Environments
  • 5 Year Warranty

NAFEM 2011: It is Your Choice

U.S. Cooler views NAFEM as the most important show in our industry, allowing us to introduce new products and display existing products. This year at NAFEM some of our new concepts will be showcased as well as our new product launch.
NAFEM will be our first opportunity to introduce the new foamed-in-place product line. We are now leaving it up to you to decide which insulation you prefer in your walk-ins. U.S. Cooler now offers both extruded polystyrene and foamed-in-place polyurethane. Our polyurethane walk-ins offer the same high-quality features and services you have been receiving from U.S. Cooler for over 25 years.
U.S. Cooler has an exciting display again this year. Come visit us at NAFEM booth #843 in Orlando, FL, February 10-12, 2011.

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Time is Ticking on 2010 New Equipment Tax Breaks

Note: These tax breaks may no longer be available.

If you are looking at upgrading your walk-in cooler or freezer or thinking of acquiring a new one, now is the time to act. The potential tax savings may help persuade your purchase decision. Usually you have to depreciate the cost of these items out over several years. Now, a qualifying taxpayer can choose to treat the cost as an expense and deduct it in the year the property is placed in use.

Under The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, qualifying businesses can now expense up to $500,000 of section 179 properties for tax years 2010 and 2011. Without the Small Business Act, the expensing limit for section 179 properties would have been $250,000 for 2010 and $25,000 for 2011. The definition of qualified section 179 properties includes qualified restaurant property for tax years beginning in 2010 and extending to 2011.

Now is the time to take advantage of these tax breaks on new equipment, including walk-in coolers and freezers. By taking advantage of this tax break, you can save thousands of dollars in taxes.

Consult your tax adviser for details and how to take advantage of tax benefits when purchasing new equipment.

NACS 2010 C-Store Tradeshow

Think Custom. Think Cooler.

U.S. Cooler manufactures standard and custom designed walk-in coolers and freezers.
We understand the importance of producing high-quality, durable, and efficient products. All of our walk-ins are produced using the highest quality products and the most efficient insulation available. U.S. Cooler’s unique progressive manufacturing process allows us to design and build custom walk-in coolers and freezers in the most efficient automated fashion.  This automation provides our customers with custom designed, quality built, walk-ins with no extra cost increase or production times.  U.S. Cooler has the technology and capability to manufacture walk-ins to fit any size or configuration you require. When you need quality and customization, think U.S. Cooler. Come visit our booth, # 8225, at NACS in Atlanta from October 6-8, 2010.

NACS tradeshow

2010: SCHOTT-Gemtron Announces CrossFire LED Lighting at Reduced Pricing

Editor’s Note: This press release was published in 2010.  As of 2015, Gemtron has exited the glass door business and has handed off operations to Anthony International. The CrossFire is now available as the Anthony StarFire.

Tim Dye, Director of Sales and Marketing of SCHOTT Gemtron announced today that Tundra™, Sierra™, and Polar™ door models will be offered with CrossFire™ LED lighting at standard T-8 pricing. Dye stated, “SCHOTT Gemtron continues to lead the industry by being the first glass door manufacturer to provide LED technology at this price level.” Dye continued by stating, “LED lighting has been a solution for our customers for the last 5 years, and now we are making it even more affordable.”

CrossFire™ LED lighting has proven to be the solution for the harsh cold environments of the commercial refrigeration industry. This lighting is the perfect application for Super Markets, Convenience Stores, Buying Clubs, Drug Stores, and any other retailer that utilizes glass display doors in their merchandising endeavors.convenience store cooler

Dye also stated, “With this major price reduction all retailers can utilize this technology and feel confident that they are maximizing their sales efforts.”

Proposed Rulemaking for Walk-in Coolers and Freezers

Proposed Rulemaking for Walk-in Coolers and Freezers

Since EISA was passed January 1, 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been working to mandate a standardized energy efficiency test for walk-in coolers and freezers.  The first step was taken with an informal meeting on February 4, 2009 to discuss comments and suggestions from industry professionals on determining a testing procedure. After nearly a year’s worth of research, DOE has published their proposed testing procedure for walk-in coolers and freezers. A follow-up meeting was scheduled to discuss these proposed rulings, but due to winter weather the meeting was canceled and has not been rescheduled at this time.

In accordance with section 312 of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), DOE published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for the test procedure on walk-in coolers and freezers. The NOPR is the first published document for the test procedure rulemaking process for walk-ins. DOE proposes the procedures explained in the NOPR be used to test walk-in equipment. Once performance standards are accepted, manufacturers will be required to use the accepted test to determine compliance and for all representations regarding the energy use of the product.

DOE proposes to adopt a test procedure that contains two separate testing methods; one for the insulated box and the other for the refrigeration equipment. Each of the two components, the insulated box and the refrigeration system, will be tested separately. The manufacturer will be responsible for testing their product respectively and must provide compliance with all testing standards. 

R-22 Phase out January 1st, 2010

January 1st is just around the corner. Now is the time to start preparing for the R-22 refrigeration phase out. Starting in 2010, manufacturers can only produce R-22 refrigerant to service existing equipment. All newly manufactured units will use an alternate refrigerant.

Important Things to know about the R-22 Phase Out

The phase out of the ubiquitous R22 refrigerant gas changes many things for the consumer. If you need to know more about the phase-out, you should read the following pointers.

1) In the United States, there are regulatory bodies like the EPA that have laid down strict guidelines with regards to the regulation and maintenance of refrigerant leaks. The Montreal protocol and the Kyoto protocols have been initiated on an international level to regulate similar parameters. These protocols are being put into place to regulate the repair of refrigerant leaks and the disposal of older machines that use such refrigerants.

U.S. Department of Energy to Strengthen Efficiency Standards

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced three new steps to strengthen its ability to enforce energy efficiency standards. DOE has formed a new enforcement team within the Office of the General Counsel; established a program to randomly review manufacturers’ compliance with DOE certification requirements; and is publishing guidance that provides further details about DOE’s energy efficiency enforcement regulations.

In its new guidance, DOE confirms that under existing regulations, it can take enforcement action and assess civil penalties if a manufacturer fails to properly certify a covered product and retain records. Specifically, the agency clarifies that any failure to certify covered products according to DOE’s rules violates the Energy Policy Conservation Act of 1975 and DOE regulations. DOE will randomly select previously filed certification reports for review, request certification records as needed, and hold manufacturers accountable for failing to certify covered products according to DOE rules.