Texas-based Portacool, LLC Joins Largest-Ever U.S. Business Delegation to 2016 Hannover Messe

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 @ 06:00 AM

Portacool is One of 390 Represented as U.S. Serves as Partner Country for the First Time in Fair’s History

Center, Texas (April 25, 2016) – Portacool, LLC, the Texas-based global leader in evaporative cooling technology, today announced it is part of the largest-ever U.S. delegation to Hannover Messe. Hannover Messe is the world’s foremost trade fair for industrial technology taking place April 25-29, in Hannover, Germany. Hannover Messe typically hosts more than 200,000 attendees from more than 70 countries, including global investors, buyers, distributors, resellers and government officials.

For the first time in the Fair’s history, the United States will be the Partner Country, a status that provides the more than 390 businesses and organizations in the U.S. delegation an unprecedented opportunity to be prominently featured throughout the event. President Obama will also participate in this year’s event themed "Integrated Industry-Discover Solutions.” Portacool will exhibit in Hall 6, Stand E-10 showcasing the latest innovations in portable evaporative cooling solutions including the new Portacool Hurricane™ 370 and two of the newly introduced Portacool Jetstream™ series evaporative coolers.

“Portacool is honored to be a part of the first-ever U.S. Partner Country presence at Hannover Messe and look forward to making the most of this opportunity,” says Ben Wulf, CEO of Portacool, LLC. “As a Texas-based company with more than 25 years of experience and distributorship in 56 countries, we are thrilled to continue to expand our global impact and commitment toward providing cooling solutions that impact the safety of our customers.”

According to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, the U.S. business community and the Department of Commerce have a clear message for the world, “The United States is open for business,” says Pritzker. “We will demonstrate and deliver on that message at the 2016 Hannover Messe. We are proud to have some of America’s most innovative and forward-thinking manufacturers joining the U.S. delegation at this year’s fair.”

About Portacool, LLC

Portacool, LLC is the worldwide manufacturing leader in the portable evaporative cooling industry providing cooling solutions that protect against heat stress and discomfort in hard-to-cool work and residential spaces. The company is dedicated to worksite safety, productivity, sustainability and social responsibility by providing a variety of cooling products “When Comfort Counts™”. Headquartered in Center, Texas for more than 25 years, Portacool products are made in the USA with domestic and global parts. To learn more about the company, product line-up or find a retailer nationally or internationally in 56 countries abroad go to www.portacool.com.

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Topics: evaporative cooling, Portacool, hurricane 370, Hannover Messe 2016, U.S. commerce

FIVE NEW PRODUCTS LAUNCHED AT AHR EXPO

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 @ 02:25 PM

Each year, the Portacool team exhibits at the the largest HVACR marketplace gathering, the AHR Expo held in late January. This year, Portacool made a significant splash at the expo by proudly unveiling FIVE new portable cooling innovations.

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The first product introduced: the new Portacool Hurricane™ 370, an impressive 48” portable variable speed evaporative cooler that features patent-pending technology and a unique design to deliver unparalleled velocity.

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“Our engineers have challenged the laws of physics with the Portacool Hurricane 370 and we couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishment,” says Ben Wulf, CEO of Portacool, LLC. “This monster evaporative cooler is really one-of-a-kind and we are excited about changing the landscape in the portable cooling category with this launch.”

The Hurricane 370 features 28,500 CFM to provide a dramatic surge of cooling power. This evaporative cooler comes uniquely equipped with six technologically-advanced Cat5 Air Boosters™ that are calibrated to engage automatically when the internal pressure rises inside the evaporative cooler. The result is the ability to provide a comfortably cool working environment for large industrial and outdoor workspaces.

Portacool also introduced the new Portacool Jetstream™ series of four distinctive portable evaporative coolers.  The Jetstream Series features revitalized designs that generate significant airflow and provide superior cooling options for a variety of work environments. Available in four sizes, customers can select the Jetstream evaporative cooler that will best accommodate their space with cooling area options ranging from 1,125 to 5,625 square feet. The Portacool Jetstream 240, 250, 260 and 270 are equipped with KUUL Comfort™ evaporative media, the highest-quality evaporative media on the market made in the USA exclusively for Portacool products.

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The new products were enthusiastically received both in the booth and at the New Product Theater Presentation.

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We look forward to sharing more about these powerful cooling options in the months to come.  In the meantime, be sure to take a look at our new 2016 catalog! http://bit.ly/1KfRV4A 

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Topics: AHR Expo

Director of Marketing Announced

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 @ 04:00 PM

Portacool is pleased to announce the promotion of Thomas Morrison to Director, Marketing. He joins the Portacool Director Team and will be responsible for advancing company strategy and leadership.

"During the past two years, Thomas has worked diligently to shape the strategic direction of the marketing department. These efforts have led to the revitalization of the Portacool brand and messaging,” said Ben Wulf, CEO of Portacool, LLC. “The focus on branding has added a level of professionalism and sophistication that our customers recognize and appreciate. It was his hard work on this massive undertaking that has put us at the forefront of the industry and has helped establish Portacool as the world leader in evaporative cooling technologies.”

Thomas has been a key player on Portacool’s team since joining the company in January 2007, and we are excited for this new chapter in his journey at Portacool.

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Thomas Morrison, Director, Marketing - Portacool, LLC

 

Topics: Marketing

DID YOU KNOW?

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Thu, Sep 03, 2015 @ 02:01 PM

Did you know that Portacool products are made in the USA with domestic and global parts? Yep! It's true. We are the global  leader in evaporative cooling solutions selling nationally and internationally in 56 countries offering portable cooling that is made in the USA.

Celebrating our 25th anniversary this year, we are proud to be a Texas-based company with headquarters in Center, Texas near the Louisiana border.  We value our Texas roots where our products have been and will continue to be made.  In fact, we’ve made a conscientious decision to keep our headquarters, production and North American distribution center in Texas.  

As we go into the Labor Day weekend, we want to thank our dedicated team and pay homage to America's hard-working people. What began in September 1882 as a day when more than 10,000 workers assembled in New York City to participate in America’s first Labor Day parade has evolved into a time to celebrate our collective hard work.  

We hope you have a great weekend holiday weekend and take in the last sights and sounds of summer. Whatever you do during the Labor Day holiday, we encourage you to remember to celebrate our achievements together. One of us cannot accomplish as much as all of us working together.

 

Topics: Texas, Labor Day, Made in the USA

A WINNING PERSPECTIVE

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 @ 04:47 PM

We recently teamed up with Woman’s Day magazine to give one lucky winner our newest residential product, the Portacool Cyclone™ 1000.

Our lucky winner - J. Dicus - lives in Magnolia, Texas, which is located outside of Houston. He recently sent us an update on how he likes using the outdoor cooler. Here’s what he had to say:

 “So excited to win the Portacool [evaporative cooler]! I do my own simple maintenance on my cars, truck and motorcycles in my garage that includes changing oil, brakes and fluids. Being in Texas with temperatures right now  @ 100+degrees F, the Portacool is a life saver when a standard fan just isn’t enough.

 It is very simple to operate as well as easy to maneuver anywhere I need it in the garage. I am afraid I am already spoiled with it because when I am in the garage to do some tinkering I first think of where to position the Portacool [evaporative cooler] in order to be comfortable while I work.

 The adjustable louvers are a blessing too. If I am under the car draining oil I just move the louvers down to send a refreshing stream of air under the car as I work. And if I am under the hood, I just move the louvers up.

 Pardon the pun, but this Portacool is ‘cool’.”

August_Dicus_Family_showing_their_coolingThanks, J. Dicus!  And now it’s your turn – tell us how you use your Portacool evaporative cooler and send us a pic for a chance to be featured in our social media.

 

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Topics: automotive, Summer, Cyclone 1000, woman's Day

AHHHH - IT'S AUGUST!

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Wed, Aug 05, 2015 @ 12:44 PM

As we embark on the homestretch of summer, we can certainly look forward to a few more days of sultry weather in most parts of the country. No matter where you live, everyone can agree that being cool and comfortable is key to truly enjoying your work or play activities.

A highlight of our summer is hearing tales of how Portacool has 'saved the summer' for business and homeowners who found relief in a variety of scenarios. This month, we want to hear how Portacool is making a difference for you. Please share your story with us here or click below.

Just a few lines and a pic would be great. And, you never know, your story could be selected to appear on our social media. So send us your pic of your Portacool at work and your story now!

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Thanks to the Ridings for sending in their outdoor summer wedding story noting how the outdoor cooler (the Portacool Cyclone) kept the bride and her guests cool in June when outdoor A/C wasn't an option.

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Thanks to Alan at WestCoast Enterprises for sharing his business story:

"Our Warehouse gets very hot durning the Summer, but being so large I didn't know what to do to cool it down. Then I happened upon the Portacool Hurricane at Bike Week in Las Vegas,  bought 2 of them and man my guys like coming to work now!"

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Topics: heat, Summer, Cyclone, Hurricane, Share Your Story, August

Tips for staying safe in the heat at home

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Thu, Jul 09, 2015 @ 04:30 PM

This summer, we've talked a lot about heat safety relative to work environments. But, enjoying fun in the sun is one of the great pastimes of summer when you are at home.

It’s important to protect yourself from sun and hot weather while you’re outdoors. Normally, the body cools itself by sweating, but when the weather is particularly hot and humid, you may not sweat enough to keep yourself cool. When one’s body temperature increases too much, heat-related illnesses can occur. These range from minor irritations like heat rash or cramps, to potentially deadly conditions like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. In fact, each year, heat-related illnesses claim an average of more than 100 lives, according to the National Weather Service. Thousands more seek medical treatment for heat-induced injury and illness.

Here are a few tips  to keep yourself and your loved ones safe this summer:

* Choose your outdoor time wisely. Whenever possible, avoid spending time outside during the hottest parts of the day, typically noon to 5 p.m. Choose outdoor activities that you can enjoy in the early morning or evening, such as grilling and dining al fresco or going for a walk. 

* Keep everyone hydrated. When the weather is hot, it’s more important than ever to ensure everyone in the family – from children and pets to parents and grandparents – gets enough water. While outdoors, be sure to have ample bottled water on hand and don’t forget to keep your pet’s bowl filled—and give him plenty of opportunities to drink—while outdoors.

* Leverage cooling technology to make outdoor spaces more comfortable. Sometimes, you have to be outside during hotter times of day. Keeping cool is key. Outdoor coolers like the Portacool Cyclone 1000, use the natural process of evaporation to make outdoor spaces more comfortable during hot weather. These evaporative coolers move water over evaporative cooling pads (or evaporative cooling media) to produce chilled air that provides a noticeable difference – lowering temperatures by as much as 30°F. This can make outdoor spaces such as the patio, deck or garage more bearable in the heat. 

* Seek shade. If your patio or deck isn’t covered, use movable umbrellas or awnings to create plenty of shade. Going to a ballgame or the beach? Take an umbrella to shield you from the sun, or wear a wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun off your face.

* Choose weather-smart attire. When the weather’s very hot and the sun is bright, choose loose-fitting clothing made from lightweight materials and opt for lighter colors. This type of clothing will be more comfortable when you sweat, and lighter colors reflect heat more efficiently. If you’ll be working outdoors for any length of time, consider long-sleeved shirts and long pants in moisture-wicking materials to help shield your skin from sun exposure.

* Don’t overdo it with exercise. While vigorous exercise has many benefits, engaging in strenuous activity in extreme heat can do far more harm than good. If you enjoy an outdoor run or have yardwork to do, try to reserve it for the coolest times of day—early morning and evening. Consider taking your exercise routine indoors to a gym or your own living room when temperatures are very hot.

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Topics: evaporative cooling, heat stress, avoid heat stress, evaporative cooling pad, evaporative cooling media, heat-related illness, outdoor coolers, Portacool cyclone 1000

Heat Is More Than A Temperature Reading

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 @ 04:45 PM

Assessing risk for heat-related illnesses means looking beyond the thermometer to other indicators that add to the potential for illness or injury. The “heat index” is defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as a single value that takes both temperature and humidity into account. Put simply, it can feel much warmer when the heat index value is factored in because it combines air temperatures and humidity to describe perceived outdoor temperature.

The key thing to know is the higher the heat index, the hotter the weather feels given that sweat does not readily evaporate and cool the skin. According to OSHA, the heat index is a better measure than air temperature alone for assessing the risk to workers from environmental heat sources.*

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This guide helps employers and worksite supervisors prepare & implement hot weather plans.
This guidance is available online at http://osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/.

 

Take care to protect your employees in these conditions. Provide water. Offer regular breaks in the shade. If air-conditioning is unavailable or impractical, consider creating a cooling station where a portable evaporative cooler can be placed to help lower temperatures by as much as 30°F. Precaution and prevention are the keys to keeping employees safe when the mercury AND heat index rise.

*Source: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/index.html; wording taken verbatim from Introduction to OSHA’s “Using the Heat Index: A Guide for Employers”

Topics: evaporative cooling, heat stress, OSHA, heat index

Insight on maintenance of evaporative cooling media

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 @ 11:49 AM

Evaporative cooling media is used for a range of agricultural applications such as poultry houses, greenhouses, barns and pens. Proper maintenance of your evaporative cooling system is important to achieve maximum cooling efficiency.

Here, we provide a link to a recent  Poultry Times article by Michael Czarick, Extension Engineer at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension. Czarick provides keen insight on keeping your evaporative media in optimum shape to extend their life and efficiency. 

http://www.poultrytimes.com/eedition/page_04683960-84a1-5e40-b3f3-66ce57470ae3.html

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Topics: Kuul pads, poultry times, Michael Czarick, evaporative cooling media

The Cost of Heat-Related Injuries

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

We all know that heat intense environments are uncomfortable, but in a working environment it can be costly to a company’s bottom-line. Heat-stress and heat-related illnesses are a very real challenge in the summer months. If you are a manager or owner of a business that conducts work outdoors or in an un-air-conditioned setting, it is important to assess the risks AHEAD of a heat-related illness or injury. OSHA offers a tool that estimates just how much an accident can cost in terms of impacting profitability: https://www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness/safetypays/estimator.html

Using the tool, if you select “Heat Prostration” as the Injury type and use their 3% default profit margin, you will find that just ONE heat-related accident can have a direct cost a direct of more than $23,000 with indirect costs doubling the amount.

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OSHA’s $afety Pays Program, “Estimated Costs of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses and Estimated Impact on a Company’s Profitability Worksheet

Studies have also shown that you risk a 16.6% decrease in productivity when working in temperatures over 92°F as noted in the following illustration. In fact, high temperatures increase the likelihood of injury or illness and that can result in higher legal and insurance costs.

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Take steps now, not after it is too late. Be proactive in guarding against heat-stress. In addition to providing hydration and scheduling breaks, consider using a portable evaporative cooler to lower ambient temperatures in the workplace. Cooler working conditions will help reduce the threat of heat-related illnesses, increase worker effectiveness and reduce the likelihood of workplace accidents.

Topics: OSHA, evaporative coolers, heat stress; productivity,, avoid heat stress, @heatstress

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