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ReeferTek USA Recognized as Sprinter Preferred Upfitter

Sprinter Preferred UpfitterReeferTek has recently been awarded the Sprinter Preferred Upfitter Program - the highest recognition from Daimler Vans USA. Established in 2002, the Sprinter Preferred Upfitter Program ensures approved Daimler and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter partners adhere to the highest quality standards. ReeferTek is extremely proud of this hard-earned accomplishment. This designation puts ReeferTek in a very small group of elite Sprinter Upfitters.

Backed by innovative technology and proprietary manufacturing processes, ReeferTek has quickly grown to be a leader in the refrigerated van industry. They have a proven track record of delivering quality refrigerated vehicles on or ahead of schedule. ReeferTek has established a reputation of excellence among manufacturers, businesses and entrepreneurs.

Sprinter Preferred Upfitter“We are proud of our relationship with Daimler Vans and Mercedes-Benz” said Michael Leibman, president of ReeferTek USA. “This is one of the most recognized brands in the automotive industry. We are eager to strengthen this affiliation as we continue to manufacture the most superior refrigerated vans on the market. Our R&D team continues to incorporate the latest technology and materials into each unit to push the limits and set new standards across the refrigerated transportation industry.”

An example of this innovation is the mobile office option. ReeferTek is the only approved outfitter to deliver temperature controlled refrigerated vans integrated with private mobile office solutions. Call today at 855.534.2626 to learn more about all of these innovative refrigerated van systems.

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Refrigerated Van with Mobile Office

Van Mobile OfficeReeferTek USA has the ideal solution for those on the go. We design, engineer and manufacture refrigerated vans complete with a mobile office. We build mobile offices that are efficient, functional and luxurious for your personal and business needs. Let our professionals assist you with a custom mobile office installed in your refrigerated van.

We understand that every business has unique demands, which is why we specialize in making custom interiors that optimize the productivity of your business. Whether you need a mobile conference room or a full-service office with internet and communication technology, we can design the perfect solution for your mobile business/office. Some features may include a mobile laptop desk, multiple power sources, adjustable shelves, wireless printing, storage cabinets for supplies and more. We will design the most functional space to exceed your business needs.

Refrigerated Van Mobile OfficeThe photos in this example are from a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van, however we can install a mobile office in any model refrigerated van – including Ford Transit Connect, Nissan NV, GMC Savana, Dodge ProMaster, and more.

ReeferTek is the only approved outfitter to deliver temperature controlled refrigerated vans integrated with private mobile office solutions. Call us today at 855.534.2626 to learn more about these innovative refrigerated van systems.

Refrigerated Van Mobile Office

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ReeferTek Participating in the 2014 Sprinter Sales Managers’ Meeting

2014 Sprinter Refrigerated VanReeferTek USA, the premium refrigerated van outfitter, will be participating in the upcoming 2014 Sprinter Sales Managers’ Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina. The 6th annual Sprinter event will take place from June 3rd – June 5th, 2014.

“The Sprinter meeting is a great opportunity to see firsthand the new innovation and technical developments happening at Mercedes-Benz”, said Michael Leibman, President and CEO of ReeferTek USA. “Additionally this event allows us to see many of our Sprinter customers in one convenient location. It provides an ideal forum to share ideas, marketing strategies, aftersales service programs, and prepare for future growth. This is an invaluable program and we always look forward to participating. We hope to see many familiar faces and meet many new Sprinter dealers.”

Combine the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter technology with ReeferTek’s proprietary refrigeration conversion process, and you have the most superior solution for refrigerated vans. Please contact ReeferTek directly if you would like information on converting a MB Sprinter van into a refrigerated van.

What’s new in the 2014 Sprinter?

From bumper to bumper, the new Sprinter is a showpiece of innovative technology. All the advancements are designed and implemented for a specific purpose: to give you the finest commercial vehicle driving experience possible. Inside, firmer and more supportive driver and passenger seats are crafted from durable upholstery to resist everyday wear and improve breathability. The seats are placed in the optimum position for visibility, and entry and exit. Instruments are clearly arranged and all the buttons and switches are intuitive and easy to reach.

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Come visit ReeferTek at Booth 1988 at the 2014 Seafood Expo North America in Boston, MA

2014 Seafood Expo NAReeferTek would like to invite all customers and potential customers attending the 2014 Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America to stop by Booth 1988.

Come see firsthand our innovative solutions for refrigerated van deliveries. Speak directly with ReeferTek Executive Director, Michael Leibman. Mr. Leibman will be onsite to answer any questions you have about refrigerated transportation. ReeferTek will also be demonstrating their step-by-step patented process for creating custom refrigerated vans.

Formerly known as the International Boston Seafood Show/Seafood Processing America, Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America is the largest seafood trade event in North America. This is a great opportunity for New England businesses that depend on temperature controlled transportation vehicles or refrigerated vans to deliver products.

If you are in the market to buy a refrigerated van, either because you are starting a new business or are expanding an existing one, you need to stop by Booth 1988. No matter what you need to deliver, ReeferTek can supply the perfect van to meet your needs. ReeferTek USA is approved by all OEM’s (Original Equipment Manufacturers) as a drop ship facility for complete refrigerated van conversion.

If you have questions in advance of the show, please feel free to contact ReeferTek directly.

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Visit ReeferTek at Booth 1352 at The 2014 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York

NY Restaurant ShowThe International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York – also known as the NY Restaurant Show – is the only event in New York exclusively serving the restaurant and foodservice industry. The show is running from March 2-4, 2014 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

ReeferTek will be exhibiting at Booth 1352. Come see firsthand our innovative solutions for refrigerated van deliveries. Speak directly with ReeferTek Executive Director, Michael Leibman. Mr. Leibman will be onsite to answer any questions you have about refrigerated transportation. ReeferTek will also be demonstrating their step-by-step patented process for creating custom refrigerated vans.

ReeferTek USA is approved by all OEM’s (Original Equipment Manufacturers) as a drop ship facility for complete refrigerated van conversion.

If you are in the restaurant or food delivery business, you understand the importance of having a precisely refrigerated van. Whether you transport produce, meats, dairy, or frozen goods, these products can get contaminated if not properly handled. It is critically important that your vehicles are equipped with the most powerful and dependable cooling systems available. For this very reason, ReeferTek utilizes components from Thermo King. Thermo King provides industry leading performance in truck refrigeration. There are no risks, because each and every refrigerated van is backed by a complete three year warranty!

If you are in the market to buy a refrigerated van, either because you are starting a new business or are expanding an existing one, you need to stop by Booth 1352. No matter what you need to deliver, ReeferTek can supply the perfect van to meet your needs.

The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York is a must-attend event for anyone involved in the restaurant, foodservice or hospitality industry. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn about ReeferTek and our state-of-the-art refrigerated transportation vehicles. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

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2014 Refrigerated Vans For Sale

Ford TransitIt’s only February and ReeferTek USA has already converted a massive number of brand new 2014 vans into refrigerated vans. ReeferTek’s unprecedented turnaround time and precision conversion process enables the most efficient fulfillment of refrigerated vans.

Whether you are looking for a 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van, a 2014 Ford Transit Van, a 2014 Nissan NV200, a 2014 GMC 1500, 2500 or 3500, only ReeferTek has you covered. ReeferTek USA is approved by all OEM’s (Original Equipment Manufacturers) as a drop ship facility for complete refrigerated van conversion.

We work with dealers across the country in providing state-of-the-art refrigerated vans. Our proprietary process utilizes the highest quality materials to ensure we deliver high performance vehicles. Please contact us today for more information.

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Setting new standards for refrigerated van conversion

InnovationInnovation is everywhere at ReeferTek USA. Our engineers and designers continue to push the limits of refrigerated van technologies. Our goal is to continually improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness in which refrigerated goods can be transported.

We use only state-of-the-art materials and equipment.  Take for example van insulation.  Only ReeferTek USA uses the highest density closed-cell polyurethane foam for maximum R-value insulation.  Many of our competitors are using inferior insulation products including fiberglass.  Proper insulation is the most important factor in manufacturing a refrigerated van.  This is how goods are stored and transported at the precise temperature.

Our three-dimensional, CAD system allows ReeferTek engineers to set specific features for one component of a refrigerated van and let the CAD system automatically modify the specs of all other components.  We are continually looking for innovative technologies that can help our costumers solve problems.  In doing this, we offer the shortest build times for manufacturing refrigerated vans.

We invite you to experience the finest refrigerated vehicles on the market. Please contact ReeferTek today for additional information and a free estimate.

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Now Converting the New 2014 Sprinter

2014 Sprinter Refrigerated VanReeferTek USA is proud to announce the availability of custom refrigerated 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans.  These vans are manufactured as top quality commercial delivery vans. Combine the Sprinter technology with ReeferTek’s proprietary refrigeration conversion process, and you have the most superior solution for refrigerated vans. Please contact us directly if you would like information on converting a 2014 Sprinter van into a refrigerated van.

What’s new in the 2014 Sprinter?

From bumper to bumper, the new Sprinter is a showpiece of innovative technology. All the advancements are designed and implemented for a specific purpose: to give you the finest commercial vehicle driving experience possible. Inside, firmer and more supportive driver and passenger seats are crafted from durable upholstery to resist everyday wear and improve breathability. The seats are placed in the optimum position for visibility, and entry and exit. Instruments are clearly arranged and all the buttons and switches are intuitive and easy to reach.

More ways to improve your ride.

While these features certainly create an enjoyable driving experience, our engineers know that your ultimate comfort doesn’t begin or end in the interior. From the engine to the windows, virtually every innovation in the new Sprinter relates to the overall ride quality of the vehicle:

  • Refined internal and external engine components contribute to smoother, quieter running
  • 7-speed 7G-TRONIC transmission’s gears create smooth acceleration and reduced cabin noise
  • Steering is easy via a power-assisted rack-and-pinion system
  • Optional assistance systems, such as PARKTRONIC take the stress out of the driver’s work
  • Innovative laser welding process produces continuous and strong welds, which reduces body flex and noise
  • Windows are bonded with perfect precision by robots, which decreases interior noise
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Mercedes Benz hails arrival of new Sprinter van

New Mercedes-Benz SprinterThe latest version of the popular Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van has been launched with engines that meet strict new Euro VI emissions standards and a host of safety features never before offered in this category of van.

These include crosswind assist to help keep the van safely on course when winds are gusting strongly. Also available as optional extras are collision prevention assist which sounds an alert should the vehicle come too close to other moving traffic ahead and blind spot assist which alerts the driver to the presence of other vehicles when changing into an adjoining lane.

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Euro-Style Vans Gain Momentum in U.S. Market

Refrigerated Sprinter SalesWhen Daimler AG (DAI), the maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars and former owner of Chrysler, brought its Euro-styled Sprinter van with a 14-foot high roof and sloped brow to the U.S., it stood out on the parkway like a pachyderm.

A dozen years later, the commercial-van market has embraced the look. Traditional, big vans, such as General Motors (GM) Co.’s Chevy Express and Ford Motor Co. (F)’s Econoline, are starting to fade from the scene as stricter fuel-efficiency standards are prodding a convergence around a more aerodynamic, European look.

“Guess what? The world has changed,” Claus Tritt, who heads Daimler’s U.S. commercial-van business, said in an interview. “We are no longer the oddball.”

Automakers, including Daimler, Ford and Chrysler Group LLC, are all bringing new, large, fuel-sipping work vans to the U.S. as they gear up for a boom in the highly profitable segment. The surge is fueled by new-home construction and an improving economy, the same forces helping make 2013 the year of the pickup, said Tritt.

Commercial vans, like pickups, have long been a strong source of profit for automakers. Sales of both are tied to the housing market and both have a loyal customer base, which include buyers of fleets such as PepsiCo Inc. (PEP), FedEx Corp. (FDX) as well as plumbers, painters and carpet installers.

The new vans tend to have straighter sides and taller roofs than traditional ones that looked more like bulked up minivans. With their improved fuel efficiency and utility, they complement the U.S. automakers’ best lineup from top to bottom in a generation.

New Models

Ford, which brought its smaller made-in-Turkey van, the Transit Connect, to the U.S. from Europe in 2009, is introducing its larger Transit van next year, replacing its segment-leading E-Series work van. The Transit will be made at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri. Large vans make up about 80 percent of commercial-van sales.

Chrysler, based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, is bringing a Ram version of the Ducato, the work van of majority owner Fiat SpA (F), to the U.S. this year. Detroit-based General Motors, which sells the GMC Savanna and Chevrolet Express, said last month it will start selling a rebadged version of Nissan Motor Co. (7201)’s small commercial van, the NV200, next year.

Nissan, which entered the light commercial truck business with its NV cargo and passenger vans in 2010, began selling the compact NV200 in April, targeting a segment Ford moved into with its Transit Connect model. New York City chose a taxi variation of the Nissan as its official cab, which will replace the city’s fleet of 16 taxi models by 2018. The van, assembled in Cuernavaca, Mexico, starts at $19,990.

Growing Economy

Nissan may have about 10 percent of the commercial-van market this year, up from 2.4 percent in 2011, according to R.L. Polk & Co. The Yokohama, Japan-based company assembles its larger commercial van in Canton, Mississippi.

Toyota Motor Corp. (7203), the world’s largest automaker, does not offer a commercial van in the U.S., nor does Honda Motor Co.

U.S. economic growth will accelerate to 3 percent or more in 2014 after averaging an annualized 2.1 percent during the first four years of the recovery, according to projections by forecasting firms Moody’s Analytics Inc. and Macroeconomic Advisers in St. Louis. That would be the fastest rate of expansion since at least 2005.

Residential building permits rose 36 percent in April from the year earlier and 14 percent from March, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. Large pickup sales have risen 22 percent this year, according to Autodata Corp.

‘Circle of Life’

“If people buy houses, somebody’s got to build them and the people who build them need materials so someone’s got to take the material to the construction site,” Tritt said in an interview. “It’s almost like a circle of life.”

Commercial-van registrations will probably rise to 301,000 this year from 155,900 in 2009 and may jump 21 percent to 365,000 next year, according to Polk. The category’s share of the U.S. market may climb to 2 percent this year and 2.4 percent next year from 1.5 percent in 2009, Polk forecasts.

Ford, based in Dearborn, Michigan, has long dominated the segment with its E-Series, including the Econoline, topping 45 percent of the market since 2008, according to Polk. GM’s brands have had at least 34 percent during that same period. Stuttgart, Germany-based Daimler’s share rose to 7.5 percent last year from 1.6 percent in 2010.

Daimler and Chrysler are betting that their new models will shake loose some large buyers from Ford and GM.

“There are more choices out there,” Tritt said “And if the U.S. consumer has choices, they automatically have to look at us.”

Fuel Sippers

To help lure buyers, Daimler is introducing a four-cylinder Sprinter for the 2014 model year, which will improve fuel efficiency by about 18 percent over the six-cylinder. Daimler sells the Sprinter for the same price under the Freightliner brand as well.

Daimler is forecasting 5 percent growth in the market to about 265,000 commercial vans this year, and it expects to outpace the market’s growth and gain share.

“The recession hit the commercial-vehicle market pretty heavily,” Tritt said. “People were holding on to equipment but it’s time to replace. There’s a pent-up demand.”

Len Deluca, director of Ford’s commercial trucks unit, said the E-Series, market leader for 33 years, was due for a makeover.

“From a technology, fuel-efficiency and capability standpoint, it was time,” Deluca said in an interview. “I think we would have become uncompetitive if we didn’t move forward.”

‘Terrific’ Timing

Ford’s Transit, which goes on sale in mid-2014, replaces the E-Series. Buyers can choose from three roof heights, three body lengths, two wheel bases and two four-cylinder gas engines or a diesel-burning powertrain. The Transit is 300 pounds (136 kilograms) lighter, on average, and gets about 25 percent better mileage than the E-Series, Deluca said.

Ford brought the smaller Transit Connect to the U.S. in 2009 and it quickly became an unexpected hit, Tom Libby, lead North American analyst for Southfield, Michigan-based Polk, said in an interview.

“Ford was ahead of the curve with the Transit Connect,” he said. “It really resonated. The timing was terrific.”

Ford sold about 9,000 of the smaller Transit Connect vans in 2009, and sales took off from there, topping 35,000 last year. Before Transit Connect, buyers used larger vans or customized larger sport-utility vehicles, Deluca said. It starts at $22,425.

Fleet Replacement

“Change can be hard, but based on what I’ve heard from customers, I believe they’re looking forward to getting Transit in the U.S.,” Deluca said. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard from a customer, ‘It’s about time you guys did this.’”

The age of the commercial-truck fleet also should help drive demand. Heavy-duty trucks on the road are about 13 years old, on average, about a year older than the light-duty fleet, he said. Ram is well positioned with a new 1500 pickup, as well as a heavy-duty pickup and the ProMaster coming to the market. The ProMaster will show up on dealer lots in the third quarter with a price that starts at $29,630.

“The timing’s pretty good for us to be bringing new products to market,” Bob Hegbloom, director of the Ram truck brand, said in an interview.

Function is a bigger factor than fashion for commercial buyers, especially delivery and cargo fleets, Hegbloom says. The new ProMaster improves mileage, comes with a diesel engine or V-6, lowers the step-in height by three inches and can go longer between routine maintenance, such as oil changes.

“With commercial-vehicle customers, the last thing they’re concerned about is the look,” Hegbloom said. “It comes down to cost of ownership and does it deliver on the capability.”

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