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Operating since 1963, American Panel manufactures 4-in. foamed-in-place panel walk-in freezers with a 20°F R-Factor of 32.48 for the ultimate in insulation. Operating costs are significantly reduced as a result of the higher R-value. The standard System 100 monitoring system controls door heater wire operation and offers energy savings of $120/yr. per door. Refrigeration efficiency also is maximized with the new quick-response controller which allows for precise temperature control and intelligent defrost cycles. American Panel’s freezers are pre-assembled at the factory before shipping to ensure proper fit and finish and to confirm that they comply with any local or municipal codes that may exist. Panel products come with a 10-yr. warranty.

AmeriKooler has made walk-in freezers in South Florida since 1985. It uses robotic machinery and offers fast lead times for standard or custom walk-in designs. The company uses high-quality materials and hardware components, and recently upgraded all walk-ins to LED light as a standard feature. It offers custom designs in 1-in. increments and custom upgrades. AmeriKooler’s high-performance extruded polystyrene foam insulation meets and exceeds EISA and DOE requirements and is backed with a 50-yr. R-value warranty. Panels have a 15-yr. limited warranty. Easily assemble the walk-ins in-field.

Arctic has more than 35 years of experience in the foodservice industry. Its walk-in freezers come pre-assembled, quality inspected and photographed to ensure proper fit; a quick-ship option is available. Choose from extruded high-density foam or foamed-in-place urethane panels; panels come 4-in. or 6-in. thick and with a 15-yr. warranty. Arctic offers more than 100 finishes including patterns, colors and vinyl-coated metals. Features include a modular design with cam lock tongue-and-groove construction, heavy-duty hinges, an LED digital thermometer, 36-in.H aluminum diamond tread plates on the self-closing door’s interior and exterior, and 1-piece corners for durability. An inside safety release and safety nightlight guarantees safe exit. Floors are NSF-certified smooth aluminum.

Bally has multiple manufacturing facilities and more than 88 years of experience. Its standard panel construction, such as a steel reinforced door/frame and diaphragmatic joining system, create an internal and fully interconnected steel cage within all panels that provide for a lifetime of structural integrity/durability. Panels are poured-in-place, non-ozone-depleting urethane; choose from 4-in., 5-in and 6-in. thickness. They sport a 10-yr. warranty. Bally’s energy-saving refrigeration solutions include SmartVap defrost units, SmartSpeed fan motor technology and BQ-“Quiet” condensing units.

ICS, an Everidge brand, offers 1-piece outdoor walk-in freezers that free up valuable kitchen real estate. Standard sizes range from 4 ft. x 6 ft. x 6 ft. to 14 ft. x 50 ft. x 9 ft., and a variety of wall and floor thicknesses are available. All units are fully weatherproof and have a seamless construction using non-CFC urethane foam insulation. Installation is simple, with ready-to-run refrigeration for immediate startup and a single point electrical connection. ICS standard walk-in freezer exteriors can come in a wide range of alternative finishes to meet municipality requirements. ICS has manufactured walk-ins for nearly 50 years. It provides a 15-yr. structural and insulation warranty.

Kolpak launched in 1969. Its Smart-Pak Advantage Walk-in Freezer provides the maximum cold holding performance with minimum environmental impact, all while saving you money on energy costs, operating costs, and overall cost of ownership. This energy-saving walk-in package can reduce your energy consumption costs by up to 50% during normal use by taking advantage of the energy-saving ArcticFox Temperature controls, the Kolpak Air shield, standard LED lighting and the fully adjustable door hinge package. Panels use 4-in. foamed-in-place non-CFC urethane foam and come with a 10-yr. warranty. Its Era floor bracket prevents delamination and the requirement for a plywood underlay. The company’s standard Era floor handles loads up to 1,000 lb./sq. ft. for foot traffic and rolling carts; its structural Era floor will take loads up to 5,000 lb./sq. ft.

Master-Bilt has manufactured walk-ins for more than 50 years; its units provide the right amount of temperature-controlled space for any size job. Bilt2Spec walk-ins have numerous interior and exterior finish options to adapt to the décor or durability requirements of any project. Standard features include a heavy-duty ColdSeal Max entry door, foamed-in-place polyurethane panels (standard 4-in.-thick with 5-in.-and 6-in.-thick options), and a 15-yr. panel warranty. The Quick Ship program works well for those needing a walk-in structure quickly. Freezers ship in 5 business days after order receipt. 10-Bilt walk-ins have the same features as Quick Ship models (shown) plus additional sizes and options and ship in 10 days after order receipt.

Nor-Lake Kold Locker walk-ins (shown) are available in multiple sizes and heights; these walk-ins install quickly and can ship the same day. Fast-Trak walk-ins come in unlimited lengths and can ship within 5 days of order receipt. Fineline walk-ins are the ultimate in walk-in design. Built to fit any specifications, whether a special shape, size or angle, these walk-ins will fit the needs of any project. Specify glass doors, color, metal finish and single or multiple compartments. Both Kold Locker and Fast-Trak lines feature full, 4-in.-thick panels with foamed-in-place polyurethane insulation, while Fineline units come in 4-in.-or 5-in.-thick panels with foamed-in-place polyurethane. All Nor-Lake walk-ins come with a 15-yr. panel warranty; the company’s been in business for 58 years.

Polar King has provided seamless fiberglass, outdoor walk-in freezers since 1982. It constructs all units with a polyisocyanurate rigid foam insulation encapsulated by fiberglass inside and out; all units are meant for outdoor use—from hot Arizona to cold Minnesota. Choose a thru-wall or freestanding installation. Rounded interior corners make for easy cleaning; the NSF-certified flooring system provides a non-slip durable finish. Because units come seamless, you can easily clean them with a hose without damaging insulation. Polar King’s limited warranty provides 25-yr. coverage for the internal foam insulation and 12-yr. coverage for the structure.

Everidge’s ThermalRite, in business for 30 yr., builds your walk-in freezer to your specifications. Exact sizing in the interior box allows for more shelving and storage as you dictate what you want; the company patterns refrigeration to your operational procedures. ThermalRite uses high-density rail panels that are more tolerant to moisture and saturation than soft-nose foam panels, according to the company. High-rail installation allows for a tighter seal when the cam locks are locked down, without damaging the interior panel connectors. High-density rail also allows for a 16-ft. span on panels without the need for additional construction materials. Panels are non-HCFC ENVIROFOAM environmentally sensitive urethane foam, ranging 3ó-in. to 6-in. thick, and come with a 10-yr. warranty. ThermalRite offers a completely antimicrobial walk-in freezer.

Manufacturing since 1960, Thermo-Kool walk-in freezers offer maximum customization, durability and performance. High-density DURATHANE panel design allows for flexibility in design with the ability to manufacture in 1-in. panel increments to ensure full use of refrigerated storage space. Panels use 4-in.-or 5-in.-thick foamed-in-place insulation with zero-ozone-depleting urethane foam and come with a 10-yr. warranty. Whether the job site requirements can be met with standard walk-in sizes and configurations or demand a special design to fit an unusual space, Thermo-Kool can meet those needs with each panel securely locked in place so there is no cutting and pasting required in the field. The company preassembles walk-ins prior to shipment to ensure a trouble-free, quick installation.

U.S. Cooler has manufactured walk-ins for more than 35 years. Choose the material and color of metal finish, as well as the insulation material, from 4-in. extruded polystyrene to 4-in. foamed-in-place polyurethane. General specs include modular panels connected with cam lock connectors; skin of 26-ga. galvanized, galvalume, painted or 24-ga. stainless; floors of 22-ga. stainless. Note the Vert-Ergo handle with a vertical design that places employees’ hands further from the hinges, making the door easier to open. The company test assembles all walk-ins in its plant for quality assurance. Its panels come with a 10-yr. limited warranty.

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