U.S. Cooler is Fully Stocked in Extruded Insulation

U.S. Cooler has unlimited supply of Extruded Insulation and has additional production capability for Extruded Walk-in cooler and freezer products.  Due to the industry-wide supply chain disruptions, U.S. Cooler has a limited supply of Foamed-in-Place Polyurethane (FIP) foam. All current orders are being fulfilled without any delay. 

U.S. Cooler is proud to be an expert manufacturer in both Extruded insulation (XPS) and Foamed-in-Place Polyurethane (FIP) walk-in coolers and freezers. Both insulations are typically readily available to walk-in manufacturers. However, recent economic events have caused a disruption in the supply chain for FIP foam. U.S. Cooler is able to fulfill all current FIP orders without any delay. We have a limited supply of FIP foam available and would encourage customers to consider extruded insulation for upcoming projects. Both types of insulation are great products and work well for a multitude of applications. Curious about the benefits of each insulation product and what would work best for your project or interested in switching your project to Extruded insulation? Let us help you decide!


“The box came together like clockwork, and that’s why I only use U.S. Cooler.”

Case Study

Organization:  Reel Refrigeration
Organization Representative: Aaron Mouzin, Owner of Reel Refrigeration
Location: Vincennes, IN
Product: Custom Cooler / Freezer Combo Box

U.S. Cooler is proud to have built a network of authorized dealers to sell and install high-quality walk-in coolers and freezers. Reel Refrigeration has been a U.S. Cooler authorized dealer for 15 years now and is dedicated to exclusively working with U.S. Cooler for walk-in cooler and freezer projects. Below is a short case study from Aaron Mouzin, the owner of Reel Refrigeration.

New custom U.S. Cooler walk-in cooler and freezer combo box. Quoted and installed by Reel Refrigeration.

Keeping Your Walk-in Cooler Clean

Tips and Tricks from U.S. Cooler

As the world works against the growing pandemic, cleanliness has become a leading topic of discussion. We are aware now more than ever of how clean the surfaces around us really are. There are many surfaces around us, covered in bacteria, that we pass without cleaning regularly. Do not let your walk-in cooler be one of those forgotten areas.

While germs can be dangerous, even in colder temperatures, the biggest problem for a walk-in cooler can be the growth of mold. There are various types of mold, some of which are harmful and can cause illnesses. To avoid getting mold in your cooler, it is important to clean your cooler on a regular basis. Check out the following cleaning tips from U.S. Cooler to find out how to keep your walk-in cooler in exceptional shape!


Will Declining Temperatures Mean Declining Revenue?

COVID-19 Food Service Industry Report Out

Please Note: The information in this article was sourced from restaurant.org, thehill.org, Chicago Tribune, NACS, St. Louis Magazine and National Restaurant Association. For more information about the below topics please visit the following websites: www.restaurant.org, thehill.com, www.chicagotribune.com, www.convenience.org, www.stlmag.com, www.nrn.com.

Outdoor dining with heaters under a tent during the winter holidays
Warm and welcoming outdoor café during the Christmas holiday.

With the spread of the Coronavirus, restaurants have faced many restrictions on their day to day operations. Owners of restaurants have had to make difficult decisions and come up with creative ideas to keep their businesses alive. With capacity restrictions, restaurants pushed to introduce outside dining and more to-go options. All the new changes and limitations have severely impacted the restaurant industry. In April, the National Restaurant Association projected that due to the impact of the pandemic, the US restaurant industry is projected to lose $240 billion by the end of 2020. While restaurant owners have been working diligently to prevent this loss and keep their staff employed, they are suddenly up against a new problem: the cold winter season.


Farmers Take Lead in a “Butchered” Meat Industry

Please Note: The information in this article was sourced from the United States Department of Agriculture, investigatemidwest.org, CNBC News, and Eponline Publication. For more information about the below topics please visit the following websites: www.usda.gov, www.investigatemidwest.org, www.cnbc.com and www.eponline.com.

Empty shelves during a routine trip to a local grocery store is a startling side effect of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic that most Americans are experiencing. The meat industry is one of many grocery store categories that has taken a debilitating hit during the outbreak of COVID-19. Experts reported to CNBC News that the meat industry as a whole could potentially take a loss greater than $20 billion dollars in 2020. Many factors continue to contribute to the decrease in dollars within the meat industry.

With close working conditions and the pandemic in full force, large meat processing plants quickly became a hot spot for COVID-19. Midwest Center’s Gannett Agricultural Data Fellow, Sky Chadde, stated:


Convenience Stores Triumph in Time of Panic – Industry Report Out

Convenience Store

Please Note: The information in this article was sourced from NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores), PDI Insights Cloud and csnews.com (Convenience Store News). For more information about the below topics please visit the following websites: https://www.convenience.org/ ; https://go.pdisoftware.com/COVID19ImpactOnCustomerBehaviorhttps://csnews.com/

As a leading walk-in cooler manufacturer, U.S. Cooler outfits many convenience stores with walk-in coolers and freezers. We care about the convenience store industry and understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted each person and business differently. Today, we take a look at how the pandemic has affected the convenience store industry as a whole and how the behavior of consumers has changed in response.

With many consumers working from home, convenience stores, or c-stores, took a hit. The everyday consumer who would typically stop in for breakfast items or an afternoon snack while filling up their gas tanks were playing it safe at home. According to NACS, one-third of consumers were no longer making their commute to work, and for c-stores, this meant a low in normal rush hour routines. During this time, we also saw gas prices hit a record low. Fewer consumers were filling up their tanks, and those who did fill up were spending a lot less on gas. The combination of the change in consumer routines, cost of goods, and an overall fear of the virus led to an 11.5% decrease in total convenience store sales from January to April when comparing sales to 2019.


Top 5 Best Selling Replacement Parts for Your Walk-in Cooler and Freezer

Does your walk-in cooler or freezer have parts in need of an update? Then we have a solution for you that is easy and comes at a great value.

Walk-In Cooler Parts is an online retailer for replacement parts and accessories for walk-in coolers and freezers. The online platform allows you to easily search for the part you need and place an order quickly! Orders are processed in 1-2 business days and shipped directly to you. It’s as simple as that!

Check out our 5 Bestselling Parts:

KASON 1095 Door Closer
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1. Door Closer – Spring Action KASON 1095

Anyone and everyone who owns a walk-in cooler or freezer needs to have a good door closer on their unit. The KASON 1095 is an excellent option and is our best-selling part!

There are several benefits to upgrading your door closer to a KASON 1095:

  • Allows door to close quickly. When a cooler door is closed or left to close on its own, it is important that the door closer mechanism is quick-acting and locks the door into place. This helps maintain temperature and energy efficiency.
  • Quiet. The rubber roller on the door closer quickly locks the door into place without creating any loud noises. This is important to cut down on kitchen noise, especially for coolers that may be in an environment that is close to customers. Nobody wants to hear a heavy walk-in cooler door slam shut during dinner!
  • Durable. The KASON 1095 is complete with a simple spring mechanism that allows the door closer to have a long-lasting, trouble-free lifespan. Complete with a patented solid steel housing and bend-resistant hook, this closer is guaranteed to have a long life, even with heavy use!
  • Easy Installation. This door closure is easy to install by simply snapping it onto a concealed mounting plate, and can be used for many brands of walk-in coolers or freezers. The package includes the closer, hook, mounting bracket, and screws. Click here for installation instructions!

Employee Highlight – Tom Griggs

Our valued employees make Craig Industries a great company. We are so appreciative of their dedication and hard work. This month we’re highlighting a long-time employee, Production Supervisor, Tom Griggs, who has been with the company for 17 years!

Meet Tom Griggs!

How did you get your start at Craig Industries?

I started with Craig Industries in October of 2002 in the Setup Department.

What is your current role at Craig Industries and what other positions have you held in the past?

I’m currently a Production Supervisor over Door, Metal, Glue & Finish. I have also worked in Sales & Sales Support for Craig Industries, I have also been the lead in all of the departments I oversee at some point in my 17 years with the company.

What do you like most about your current role?

I enjoy working to help the company grow and improve the quality of the product.

What kept you working at Craig Industries? And how has the company changed since you started?

I like the family atmosphere here at Craig Industries and how they treat their employees.

What has been your favorite project at Craig Industries?

Company trips to Mexico, helping with the company cookouts, and helping to improve the company any way I can.

What is your motto or personal mantra?

Work smarter not harder.

What three traits define you?

Hard working, self-motivated, and punctual.

What hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?

I enjoy bowling, hunting, fishing & spending time with my family.

Tell us about your family. Any exciting developments?

I have 3 kids, Mackenzie is 17 a senior in high school and has joined the Illinois National Guard, Jakob is 15 a freshman in high school and enjoys playing on the football team, Sean is 12 and is in 7th grade he enjoys playing soccer & video games. My Cynthia and I have been married for 5 years, she works for Blue Cross.