Grainger Recognizes Portacool With Partners In Performance Award

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Mar 30, 2016 12:01:58 PM

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Portacool Recognized as Outstanding Supplier by Grainger

Company Honored as Part of the Annual Grainger Partners In Performance Award Presentation

Center, Texas (March 30, 2016) – Portacool, LLC, the Texas-based global leader in evaporative cooling solutions, was presented with a 2015 Partners in Performance Award as part of Grainger’s annual supplier recognition event in Chicago. Grainger, the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, presents the award annually to a select group of suppliers for outstanding performance throughout the year. 

Through this award, suppliers are recognized for excellence in several categories, including responsiveness, information integrity, on-time shipping, management commitment and order fulfillment.  Each Grainger supplier receives ratings throughout the year for its respective performance in each of these categories. Out of Grainger's more than 3,500 active suppliers, less than 1 percent are chosen to receive these annual awards.

“Portacool is honored to be recognized again by the Grainger team,” says Ben Wulf, CEO of Portacool, LLC. “We take our 20 plus-year partnership with Grainger very seriously - as proven by consecutively achieving this award, as well as Supplier of the Year in 2013. We are proud to maintain a high-level of commitment toward providing cooling solutions that impact the safety of our customers.”

"Grainger is proud to recognize Portacool for its outstanding supplier performance," said Fred Costello, Grainger Vice President, Global Product Management. “Our customers expect quality products consistently delivered to the right place at the right time. This is not possible without the commitment, dedication and outstanding service of our Partners in Performance suppliers.”

 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: Grainger, 2013 Supplier of the Year, award, portabable evaporative cooler, Partners In Performance, recognized

ACHR NEWS Showcases Leadership in Portable Evaporative Cooling Solutions

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Feb 25, 2016 5:42:07 PM

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Topics: evaporative cooling, @achrnews, ACHR News, AHR Expo, @ahrexpo, Ben Wulf, Portacool, portable coolers, cooling technologies

ACHR News Discovers What's New For 2016

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Feb 25, 2016 5:30:37 PM

Thomas_video_shoot.jpgThomas Morrison chats with Jen Roby at ACHR News about evaporative cooling and the line-up of new cooling solutions from Portacool in 2016.

Watch the interview here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPwf5XUbJVQ

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Topics: evaporative cooling, @achrnews, ACHR News, AHR Expo, Jetstream Series, hurricane 370

New Hurricane 370 Featured In Trade PublicatIons

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Feb 25, 2016 5:17:27 PM

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Topics: Evaporative Cooler, hurricane 370

Ben Wulf Interview Featured in Global Trade Magazine

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Oct 14, 2015 1:59:13 PM

CEO Ben Wulf was interviewed by Global Trade magazine to talk about the benefits of doing global business from Texas-based headquarters.

http://www.globaltrademag.com/global-trade-daily/commentary/texas-sized-opportunities

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Why locating in Texas has directly contributed to this company’s success...

They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and Portacool CEO Ben Wulf says this mantra certainly rings true from a business perspective. Portacool—a global manufacturer of portable evaporative cooling systems—has called Center, Texas, home for 25 years, a distinction, Wulf says, that has directly contributed to the company’s success. Locating near Dallas just makes sense logistically, he says, since it allows Portacool to reach any U.S. port within two business days. Not only does this expedite shipments to the company’s domestic partners, it also enables Portacool to supply its Dubai- and Barcelona-based distribution centers faster.

Portacool executives are so keen on Texas, in fact, that they’ve “conscientiously decided” to keep all production and distribution in-state, Wulf says. He credits Texas’ pro-business environment as a key reason for this, explaining that the state’s favorable economic policies and low taxes allow Portacool to manufacture goods at home. Plus, he says, Texas’ highly trained workforce ensures production is done efficiently.

Texas Economic Development Corp. CEO Tracye McDaniel also lauds Texas’ workforce, commenting that the state’s 36 public universities and 50 community college districts feed a strong pipeline of talent into the state. “It’s one of the many reasons that companies choose Texas,” McDaniel says, adding that the state boasts the 12th largest economy in the world.

From an infrastructure standpoint, Texas also stands out from the pack. In addition to housing Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport—the fifth-largest cargo airport in the nation—Texas features the highest concentration of public roads and freight railroads in the U.S. “The state’s world-class port infrastructure is another major draw for international companies looking to export goods on a large scale,” McDaniel says, with the Port of Houston seeing the bulk of Texas’ loads.

Port of Houston Authority’s Lisa Ashley attributes the port’s “strategic Gulf Coast location” with this phenomenon. As the largest container port in the region, the Port of Houston connects shippers to markets around the globe—at a reasonable rate, according to Ashley. Along with reduced logistics costs, businesses operating out of the port enjoy streamlined importation and exportation processes, she explains.

And the latter, McDaniel says, is critical to shippers, since Texas has ranked as the nation’s top exporter since 2002. Last year alone, the state exported $289 billion in goods—with Europe and South America among the key import markets. Texas’ recipe for success is simple, McDaniel says: “We offer unbeatable advantages for companies looking to export products overseas—and our strategic geographic position puts companies in an ideal location to distribute goods.”

Also advantageous to businesses is Texas’ regulatory environment. McDaniel reveals that state lawmakers have cut the approval time for new business launches from 90 days to 30 days and have reauthorized the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF). Calling the latter “the largest deal-closing fund of its kind,” McDaniel says the TEF has created significant investment in Texas by offering cash grants to projects that create jobs and pit Texas sites against out-of-state options. So far, the TEF has awarded more than 100 grants totaling $500 million to Texas companies.

McDaniel says other key incentives include the Texas Enterprise Zone Program—which divvies out state sales and use tax refunds for projects in economically distressed areas—and the Texas Skills Development Fund, which finances job training programs for new and existing employees. When it comes to attracting investment and jobs, Texas’ incentives have been among the state’s greatest assets, McDaniel says.

It’s a sentiment shared by Portacool’s Ben Wulf. “The business climate here allows us to optimize our supply chain,” he says, “and we’re proud to say we’re born and bred in Texas. That’s where our products have been made and will continue to be made in the future.”

Texas Lifestyle Magazine Talks Cooling Relief with Ben Wulf

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Jul 30, 2015 4:27:23 PM

http://texaslifestylemag.com/texas-cooling-company-offers-relief-from-the-heat/

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As Texans, we know all too well the perils of summertime. We become walking mosquito buffets the second we step out of the house, scorch the backs of our legs on car seats turned stove-tops in the sun, and transform all our clothing into wearable pieces of modern art due to various sweat stains after five minutes outside. We natives are masters at doing pretty much anything while discretely wiping off a sweat mustache—and let’s face it, there really is no cute way to do that.

Luckily, one Texas company feels our pain and has the answer to our sweat-soaked prayers. Portacool is revolutionizing the way we combat the summer heat. From football sidelines to remote military bases, Portacool portable evaporative cooling units are the go-to “when comfort counts.”

I had the opportunity to talk with Ben Wulf, the new CEO of Portacool, and a key proponent in keeping the company’s roots local while allowing it to spread its branches internationally.

 

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Topics: Texas, Extreme Heat, Ben Wulf, Military

Dallas Morning News Business Article Showcases Global Presence

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Jul 13, 2015 12:22:57 PM

Portacool was featured in the Sunday, July 12 issue of the Dallas Morning News "Ideas at Work" Business section column by Cheryl Hall.

The Chill Factor: East Texas firm's portable coolers are hot sellers around the world

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/columnists/cheryl-hall/20150711-east-texas-town-sees-the-world-as-a-hot-prospect-thechillfactor.ece

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AOPA Pilot Reviews Portacool as a Cooling Solution for the Hangar

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Jul 1, 2015 4:34:13 PM

AOPA Pilot is the go-to magazine for pilots who are members of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Recently they reviewed the Portacool 16” Vertical Tank evaporative cooler as a great solution for cooling down hangars when temperatures rise.

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The Association also offers great content weekly on their YouTube channel via the AOPA Live This Week broadcast. Watch the video review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ln42QMQXk0

 

Topics: Aviation, hangars

Summer Boosts Consumer Demand for Portacool Portable Evaporative Coolers in the UAE

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Jul 1, 2015 4:16:00 PM

11.75% year-on-year increase on sale of Portacool™ portable evaporative coolers, which can reduce the temperature as much as 17 degrees Celsius

 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – July 1, 2015 - Portacool, LLC, the Texas-based global leader in evaporative cooling solutions, continues to experience a boost in the sale and leasing of its evaporative coolers this summer in the UAE according to sales figures from a local retailer. In 2014, Q2 sales figures represented 65% of total sales compared to 5% in Q1 indicating a spike in sales as the weather heats up. Portacool, LLC offers a variety of portable evaporative products ideal for residential applications to cool pool areas, decks and patios for garden parties, barbeques and other outdoor special occasions.

 Portacool™ evaporative coolers are sold via distributors and retailers across the UAE and in 56 countries globally. According to consumer sales and rental numbers of a retailer in Dubai, Portacool™ products have resulted in an increase of approximately 11.75% each year for the past three years. The spike in sales figures in Q2 is reflective of the extreme summer climate in which the environmentally friendly and energy efficient evaporative coolers are ideal for families wishing to enjoy being outside whilst staying cool and comfortable.

“When we look at the results from our home improvement retailer, the smaller products were the best sellers representing 63% of products sold and rented. These are perfect for the home, garden or for pool side use and shows the demand in home applications,” said Bob Mangiaforte, Vice President, Sales, Portacool, LLC.

 “With the Holy month of Ramadan well underway, both observing and non-observing residents are likely to enjoy more family time with the shortened working hours. Therefore, evaporative cooling serves as an effective and efficient way to continue enjoying the outdoors,” continued Bob.

Portacool, LLC has been designing and manufacturing portable evaporative coolers and accessories since 1990. These evaporative coolers are especially suited for this region, and its long summer months, with the ability to cool areas where traditional air conditioning is impractical or cost prohibitive. Headquartered in Center, Texas, USA, Portacool produces a range of portable evaporative coolers that cool areas from 45-360 m2.

Portacool™ portable evaporative coolers can be purchased or rented from Ace Hardware in Dubai. For more information on Portacool, LLC please visit: http://www.portacool.com/ or Facebook.com/Portacool ME

About Portacool

Portacool, LLC is the worldwide manufacturing leader in the portable evaporative cooling industry providing cooling solutions that assist in providing comfort in the hottest conditions whether at work or play. Headquartered in Center, Texas since 1990, Portacool provides a wide range of products from industrial to residential applications. Portacool products are sold via distributors and retailers across the nation and in 56 countries abroad. To learn more about the company, or to see the line of products go to www.portacool.com.

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Topics: Summer, UAE, ramadan, portable coolers

National TV Feature for Portacool Cyclone 1000

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Jun 19, 2015 3:08:50 PM

The Cyclone 1000 was featured on "Wake Up With Al" on The Weather Channel on June18, 2015. 

Mr. Fix It, Lou Manfredini, showed the hosts great solutions for “Enjoying Your Outdoor Spaces This Summer”, including a review of the Portacool Cyclone 1000. Al Roker declared on-air, "This is a Father's Day Gift!"

Check out the feature here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcwPtOINRaY&feature=youtu.be

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Topics: weather, Father's Day, evaporative coolers, @cyclone1000

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