Sales Manager Jon San Juan

Introducing Regional Sales Manager:

Jon San Juan

U.S. Cooler is pleased to announce Jon San Juan has joined the U.S. Cooler Sales staff. Jon is now the Regional Sales Manager for our Southwestern Territory which includes the states of California, Arizona and Nevada. He will be based out of his home office in Anaheim, CA and can be reached at 562.279.4490 or Email jon[at]

Southwestern Sales Manager

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

Jon has over 22 years of experience in the refrigeration 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.

Freight Increases for Walk-in Cooler and Freezers

NMFTA logoAs of the beginning of 2015, shipping costs for walk-in coolers and freezers have risen an estimated 30% to 50% due to freight class reclassification. The National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) standard’s board is systematically reassessing classifications for all types of commodities shipped via freight. NMFTA has increased the freight class of walk-ins and commercial refrigerators from 92.5 to 150.

NMFTA’s standards board groups products into 18 different freight classes from 50 up to 500. These standards are based on a product’s stowability, density, handling and liability. The change on walk-ins was made due to freight liability and a large number of damage claims. In 2014, freight charges for commercial refrigeration equipment, such as evaporator and condensing units, increased drastically due to reclassification. In 2015, air curtains and dishwashers are two more product types that are targeted for freight reclassification.

To learn more about these recent changes for commercial refrigerators and walk-ins you can read the NMFC’s disposition.

New Denali Glass Doors from Gemtron Reduce Energy Costs

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

SCHOTT’s New Denali Thin-Rail Door System Increases Glass Viewing Area and Reduces Energy Costs for Commercial Refrigeration

Denali Glass DoorsThe Denali door system expands shelf space and reduces energy costs for convenience stores.

ATLANTA, GA. – October 13, 2013 – SCHOTT Gemtron today unveiled its new Denali thin-rail glass door system for commercial refrigeration displays, which offers a larger glass viewing area, more shelf space, and greater energy savings. The system is being introduced at the 2013 NACS Show in Atlanta on October 13 to 15 at booth #5711.

The high-end Denali glass door display system includes key advancements in size and energy savings. The Denali’s thin-rail frame design reduces rail width compared to traditional systems. The rail reduction increases visibility, which expands viewing area by up to 8 percent over competitors’ doors. Increased visibility offers customers a more direct line of sight to top brands, potentially improving product sales.

“The food and beverage industry is extremely competitive, introducing numerous new products each year, further encroaching on already limited shelf space,” said Tim Dye, Business Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing for the food display business at SCHOTT Gemtron. “The Denali system expands shelf space and minimizes the frame to display more merchandise, which in turn can translate into higher sales. At the same time, the system minimizes costs through its energy efficient design, maximizing the total value of the system and saving money on the bottom line.”


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.” (more…)