Start Your Engines...

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 @ 01:26 PM

We are just two months away from the official start of summer. That means the mercury is going to start rising and the heat will be upon all of us.

That heat has already started in areas like Arizona.  We are excited to announce that beginning with last month’s race, we have been named the official outdoor cooling provider for Phoenix Raceway.  You can read all about it here: http://bit.ly/2ouaU27.  We’re thrilled to be onsite next weekend at the first short-track race of the 2017 INDYCAR season when the Verizon IndyCar Series racing comes to Phoenix Raceway for the Phoenix Grand Prix on Saturday, April 29, 2017. With daily high temperatures already in the 90°F+ range in the area, we’re glad we can offer some cooling relief for race fans!

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Back home in Texas, we continue to keep race fans cool at Texas Motor Speedway.  We had a great time ahead of this month’s O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, as we hosted Portacool Fandango on April 6 – a revitalized opportunity to hang-out with some of the brightest NASCAR stars in a fun fan event on Thursday night prior to the race weekend. This year's event was hosted by Kyle Petty and featured laughs, stories and interviews from Kevin Hardwick, Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.

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We’ll be back to the Texas Motor Speedway track in June for the IndyCar race and November’s NASCAR race.  Be sure to come by and say hi!

Topics: Texas Motor Speedway, nascar, Phoenix Raceway, IndyCar

Award Season

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Fri, Feb 03, 2017 @ 02:02 PM

As we delve further into 2017, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on the successes of 2016.

We are so proud to have won recognition for our products and productivity over the past year.  From supplier relationships with industry leaders like Grainger, to winning a people’s choice award in the automotive industry, we are thrilled to have received accolades from a variety of sources.  Most recently, we received the Local Employer Award of Excellence for the Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas (Deep East Texas) area by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) as highlighted in this article: http://bit.ly/2koRiNJ. We are particularly proud of this award because we take great pride in the opportunity to invest in our employees and our community.

We look forward to sharing more exciting news in the coming months.  Stay tuned!

*Check out our roster of awards here: www.portacool.com/en/us/company/awards*

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Getting Rev'd For Our Texas Motor Speedway Post-Race Concert

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Mon, Oct 31, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

The AAA Texas 500, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race, will take place at Texas Motor Speedway on November 6.  We're excited to share that after the race, NASCAR fans have the opportunity to attend the Portacool Post-Race concert featuring Jason Boland & The Stragglers. The concert is complimentary with each ticket to the AAA Texas 500. To purchase tickets to the AAA Texas 500 call the Texas Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (817) 215-8500.

Get to know this awesome country music band a bit more: http://www.thestragglers.com/

We'll also be giving cool Portacool t-shirts out to everyone that signs up at our booth between gates 6 & 7.  Be sure to come by and say hi that weekend between Nov. 4-6, and then enjoy the concert post-race!

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Jason Boland and the Stragglers Band/https://twitter.com/BolandStraggler

Topics: Texas Motor Speedway, nascar, AAA 500, Post-Race Concert

Las Vegas Bound for The SEMA Show

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 @ 02:55 PM

Our team is hitting the road to Las Vegas to exhibit next week at The SEMA Show, the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. The show draws more than 60,000 attendees and showcases the latest and greatest products in one place at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  There, we will be showing our new Portacool Jetstream™ Series that offers portable cooling solutions in just the right size and power for a variety of automotive professional needs. Attendees can see the new products in our booth (#10209 in the convention center) and in the New Products Showcase area. Additionally, we are hosting a 20-minute presentation on Thursday, November 3 at 10:30 a.m. in room S220 to explain the benefits of portable evaporative cooling solutions for keeping automotive shops productive.

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This year, we are especially thrilled to amp-up excitement in our booth by hosting autograph sessions with two well-known, Las-Vegas based shops that are featured on popular TV shows. Even better, both use Portacool portable evaporative coolers to keep their shops cool and their guys productive when temps are known to reach over 110° F in the brutal Las Vegas summer heat.

On Tuesday, November 1, and Wednesday November 2, we’ll have stars from History Channel’s “Counting Cars” (from Counts Kustoms) and Discovery Channel’s “Vegas Rat Rods” (from WelderUp) in the booth.  Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to see the ‘kustomized’ Portacool Jetstream™ 240 that Count's Kustoms created for us and a chance to sign-up to win it. We’ll also have WelderUp’s awesome 1932 Ford Model A on display. 

Last, but not least, we’ll have Lucas Oil Off-Road Racer #32, Jonathan Elkins, on-hand to sign fan autographs. Jonathan has been relying on Portacool to keep his California shop cool when he’s working on his truck for over two years now.

Make plans to see us if you’ll be there. Here’s the official line-up:

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If you can’t be there in person, stay in the loop as we share key aspects of SEMA with you via our social channels.  Be sure to follow us at @portacool on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We’ll be sure to let you guys know all about it when we return here on the blog as well. Until then…

Topics: @SEMASHOW, Las Vegas, CountsKustoms, WelderUp, #SEMA2016

PORTACOOL, LLC PARTNERS WITH PANOLA COLLEGE TO PROVIDE JOB GROWTH OPPORTUNITY

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 @ 10:08 AM

Portacool, LLC recently teamed up with Panola College to offer current Portacool employees the opportunity to improve their skills thanks to a Skills Development Fund grant.

The $72,670 state grant is funded by the Texas Workforce Commission, and will allow workers to increase their skill level and an opportunity to further their career. The Skills Development Fund is the primary job-training program used by the Texas Workforce Commission to provide local and customized training for Texas businesses.

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"Success, we believe, is achieved through collaboration among businesses, the public community, technical colleges, the Workforce Development Boards and economic development partners," said Diane Mosley, Texas Workforce Commission Project Development Specialist in Austin.

During the 12-month period of the grant, Panola College will provide customized training to Portacool employees. In addition to paying for instruction, the grant covers the cost of new equipment needed to successfully complete the training.

"Panola College faculty and visiting contract instructors will train the Portacool employees in a variety of subjects, including leadership, office skills, and customer service, as well as hydraulic and forklift operations," McBee said. "We have even contracted with a professional for a two-day session on plastics and molding equipment."

The College is excited to partner with the Center, Texas-based Portacool at the Shelby Regional Training Center (SRTC). The courses Panola College will provide includes basic electrical and commercial wiring and programmable logic control. The grant provides funds for the purchase of a new electrical systems training unit. Upon completion of the grant with Portacool, this training unit will remain with Panola College at the SRTC to be used for credit courses and training for other area employers.

The Portacool Human Resources Department said employees will be allowed to attend training during their regular working hours and the training they receive will be specific to their jobs and customized to fit the needs of Portacool's growth and expansion plans.

"In 1990, we started with one product and two entrepreneurs in Center," said Ben Wulf, CEO of Portacool, LLC. "We have grown into an international company with a full line of portable evaporative coolers used everywhere from Texas Stadium to the Sheik's Mosque in Abu Dhabi. We've kept our headquarters and manufacturing plant in Center because we appreciate the workforce, the culture and overall pride of our East Texas roots."

Portacool evaporative coolers are distributed nationally and in 56 countries. The skills development grant funds will assist in training employees to compete in the international market.

"Through the training attained in this Skills Development project, all Portacool tradesmen and supervisors will be cross-trained in multiple skill sets with outcomes customized to address individual skill deficiencies," said Rob Kennedy, Portacool Chief Financial Officer. "As part of our strategic vision, Portacool will be able to expand by consolidating operations and utilizing our own dedicated multi-skilled employees to support manufacturing and distribution of current and future volumes."

Panola College leadership looks forward to the opportunity to implement this program as a stepping-stone to elevating the status of East Texas to entice corporate and industrial development.

*This post is contributed to an article featured in The Panola Watchman http://bit.ly/2dqv4IS

Topics: Texas Workforce Commission, Continuing education, Panola College, Job training

And the Winner Is...

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Wed, Oct 05, 2016 @ 12:27 PM

We are thrilled to announce that the Portacool Jetstream 270 has been named a 2016 PTEN Innovation Award People’s Choice winner in the Shop Equipment category.  This award is unique in that the readers of Professional Tools & Equipment News gave their input and the Jetstream 270 was seen as the top tool in the shop equipment category. It is the third year for the People's Choice Awards, and our team will officially accept the award in Las Vegas in November at the AAPEX show.

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The full list of 2016 PTEN Innovation Awards winners will be included in the October issues of Professional Distributor and PTEN magazines.  See their full announcement here: http://www.vehicleservicepros.com/article/12257327/pten-announces-2016-innovation-awards-peoples-choice-winners

Topics: jetstream 270, PTEN, People's Choice Award

Seeing Is Believing

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 @ 04:04 PM

We all know how important it is to a company's bottom-line to keep their workforce productive. When workers are exposed to extreme heat, they can get dehydrated and begin to lose focus.   Did you know that worker reaction times can decrease by 23% with a 4% body fluid loss? While staying cool and hydrated may seem like a luxury, in a work enviornment, it is a necessity to keep workers alert and protected from the repercussions of heat stress.

Finding an efficient, yet economical cooling solution can be daunting for businesses like an automotive shop where the garage doors are constantly open in the summer. Knowing that trying a solution out for yourself is always the best way to prove effectiveness, we recently worked with a shop owner based in the hot San Jacinto Valley of California to test our new Jetstream 240. Here's what he had to say about using the Jetstream to beat the heat in his shop, as featured as a "Tool Review" by the editors of Professional Tool & Equipment News:

http://www.vehicleservicepros.com/article/12240202/tool-review-portacool-jetstream-240-evaporative-cooler

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Shops for work aren't the only ones that benefit from portable evaporative coolers. Hobbyists that tinker in the garage also find respite with the Jetstream 240. Cruiseman's Garage recently posted his review of the cooler:

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Topics: garage, heat stress, Cruiseman's Garage, worker productivity, cooling fans, cooling solutions, professional tools and equpment news, jetstream 240, cooling garages

Never Looked Cooler Thanks To Counts Kustoms

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Thu, Aug 04, 2016 @ 02:59 PM

Shop owners depend on Portacool to keep their guys cool and productive in the hottest temps. For just this reason, we forged a kinship with the Counts Kustoms team – you may know them for their hit show Counting Cars seen on the History channel – a few years back when they needed dependable spot cooling to keep a few key areas of their sprawling Las Vegas shop cool.  The guys report that temps can get upwards of 115-125°F during the most brutal summer months.

This year, we gave Danny Koker and his team first dibs on the new Portacool Jetstream series of evaporative coolers to keep the guys safe and productive on the job.  They loved the new look and the awesome features! Then we had a great idea:  what if their talented paint guys customized and ‘tricked out’ a couple of the new Jetstream 240s to really show-off the new cool look?

Lead painter Ryan Evans and airbrush artist Horny Mike went to work. Our team gave them no direction – we wanted to ensure we did not limit their creativity, and who doesn’t like a little surprise?!?  We waited with nervous anticipation for a few months waiting to see what the end result would look like.  

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Lead Painter, Ryan Evans, takes care in creating his masterpiece.

However, as expected, the result was phenomenal! Look at these two “KUSTOMIZED” Portacool Jetstream 240s!

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The Counts Kustoms paint guys gather around the completed Portacool Jetstreams.

We’ll be taking one on the road with us to tradeshows such as SEMA (the largest specialty automotive event in the country that takes place each November in Las Vegas) and giving it away to one lucky winner.  Be sure to stop by and put your name in for a chance to win at our booth!

 

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One "Kustomized" Jetstream will be given away, as noted on our signage at the Sturgis booth.

Our team can’t thank Counts Kustoms enough for making the vision a tricked-out reality!

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On display in the Portacool HQ lobby. Here photographed with (from left) Kimberly McElroy, Director Customer Service; Thomas Morrison, Director Marketing; Ben Wulf CEO; and Misty Wilburn, Manager Marketing.

Topics: Jetstream Series, Counts Kustoms, Counting Cars, History Channel

Groundbreaking for Upcoming Portacool Park Took Place July 19th

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 05:41 PM

The City of Center, Texas and officials from Portacool, LLC held a ceremonial groundbreaking this week to kick-off  construction for the new Portacool Park (an expansion to the current Center Mini Park) projected to open later this year. 

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This occasion commemorated the start of construction activities first announced in March of this year.  The newly expanded park will include a quarter-mile walking trail, new restroom facilities, covered pavilion, basketball court and a multi-purpose soccer field.  Additionally, a new park parking lot will be constructed to accomodate more guests. 

“Our company’s roots are steeped in Center, and we look forward to giving back to the city that is home to our work and community family,” says Ben Wulf, CEO of Portacool, LLC, the naming sponsor of the park and funding partner.

“The Council and our friends at Portacool, LLC, desire to create a special place where our families and businesses have a beautiful place to relax and play,” added David Chadwick, Mayor of Center. “We truly could not have made this grand project without their support.” 

Topics: Portacool LLC, center, texas, portacool park

Supporting The National Future Farmers of America - FFA

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 @ 05:35 PM

Portacool is proud to have joined the National FFA Organization in 2016 as a state sponsor in California, Florida and Texas.  We’ve had the privilege to meet these outstanding students at their conventions this year. In fact, our team just got back from the last convention of the three we participated in this year - the 88th Annual Texas FFA Convention.

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As part of our new commitment to the FFA, Portacool has provided monetary support and product donations.  The sponsorship includes a donation of $5,000 to each state. Additionally, within the states, four chapters have been selected to receive a grant of $1,000 and a Portacool 16” Three Speed portable evaporative cooler to use through the summer and into the first part of the 2016/2017 school year.  

We’re thrilled to receive positive feedback and excitement from the chapters who received the donation. The Portacool team is excited to grow our relationship with the FFA!

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Chapters receiving the aforementioned donations:

California

  • Laton High School, Laton, CA – Jessica Chamberlain (Advisor)
  • Indio High School, Indio, CA – Melissa McBride (Advisor) 
  • East Nicolaus High School, Nicolaus, CA – Laurie Goss (Advisor) 
  • Yuba City High School, Yuba City, CA – Kayla Taylor (Advisor)California_FFA_at_the_CATA_Farm_Show.pngCalifornia Booth with Donor Recipients

 Florida:

  • West Port High School, Ocala, FL – Marion County – Cacee Ford (Advisor)
  • Mount Dora High School, Mt. Dora, FL – Lake County – Cindy Bellamy (Advisor)
  • Kathleen High School, Lakeland, FL – Polk County – Keitha Hall (Advisor)
  • Cedar Key School, Cedar Key, FL – Levy County – Rachel Wetherington (Advisor)

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 Texas:

  • Stephenville High School, Stephenville, TX – Erath County – Michael Rainey (Advisor)
  • Copperas Cove High School, Copperas Cove, TX – Coryell County – Kenneth Barnett (Advisor)
  • Midland High School, Midland, TX – Midland County – Kristy Matthies (Advisor)
  • Comfort High School, Comfort, TX – Kendall County – Ron Krobot (Advisor)

Topics: Evaporative Cooler, Texas, California, Future Farmers of America, FFA, Florida

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