Votes are counted, Matt Perala, Operations Mgr, is the winner of the First Annual ProChiller Gingerbreadman decorating contest. His was "George Clinton", choice #1 on our web poll. Matt won a Pro Hoodie for his efforts!!


2009 Pro Gingerbread Man Competition

#1 George Clinton Gingerman

#2 Tickle me Elmo Gingerman

#3 Pippy Longstocking Gingerman

#4 Spiked Gingerman

#5 Santa Gingerman


Pro Refrigeration lost a dear friend on Oct. 31 with the passing of Brian Sollenberger, founder of Diamond Knot Brewery in Mukilteo, WA. We were lucky to get to know Brian while working together on various projects at the Brew Pub and Production Brewery over the past decade. Brian was an incredible person that taught us a lot and will be missed very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and coworkers. Cheers to you Brian!
Read Brian's Obituary


Congratulations again to everyone at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. By our unofficial tally, over 28% of the medals were awarded to Pro Customers! Big congrats to Wil and Mari at Chuckanut Brewing company in Bellingham, WA- awarded Small Brew Pub and Brewer of the Year, winning double gold and double silver!

Click here to view the list of GABF 2009 Winners


In honor of Mr. Roy Mills, Pro Refrigeration Inc. will be hosting a Retirement Party to honor 14 years of faithful service. Roy, and his wife Judy, will be retiring to their new home in Arizona. Everyone at Pro will miss his contributions as a leader, coach, trainer, and skilled technician. Roy was a great example to all of the team members. He prides himself on his work quality and has a work ethic that is second to no one. Roy will also carry the distinction of being the first employee of Pro Refrigeration to retire!

*You are welcome to bring your kids but the celebration will unfortunately not have any activities for children and held on our production floor (Roy’s office). We will have potentially dangerous equipment and hazards roped off, but will need children to be supervised and kept from these areas to help prevent any unfortunate accidents .


Jim Sr’s latest invention has made it through testing and as expected exceeded our expectations- it really works awesome! He designed a module to safely and efficiently recover heat from the compressor and utilize for pre-heating; city water, room / floor heating, or a number of other applications. Stay tuned for more details soon!!!


Congratulations to Tim O'leary and his wife Suzy Rizza owners of Kettlehouse Brewery in being named small business persons of the year.


Happy Birthday to our friends at Kona Brewery! We wish you many more years of success! Kona Brewing Company Celebrates 15 Years!


When we see the special show cookies show up at the office (Jim’s wife Trisha makes homemade cookies for handing out at most of the shows), we know Tradeshow season at Pro is in full force! Although traffic has been predictably lighter than we’d like to see, we are very encouraged with the prospects encountered so far. We had a great time recently at both the Unified Wine Symposium and the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers, special thanks to the new prospects and longtime friends and customers that stopped by and visited- we appreciate it very much. This week we will be at the Tulare Farm Show, with Bake Tech, “the Best Week in Baking”, the first week of March.


We recently launched a program to help motivate employees to stop smoking/chewing tobacco. $100 is offered to each employee who successfully quits smoking or chewing for a period of 30 days. Please see picture below of Jim Jr, CEO, presenting Chris Cerimele, Pipe Fitter, with his $100! Congratulations Chris!


We just got back from the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. It was an awesome event and we had a lot of fun! We would like to congratulate all the medal winners, especially our customers who took home over 20% of all medals, (about 45 medals by our unofficial account). We are very proud to have served such outstanding breweries. To view the entire list of 2008 GABF medals awarded click here.


The surge in Organics has taken hold of the wine industry. We were proud to see a couple of our valued customers from Oregon; Maysara Winery and King Estate Winery, mentioned in the attached article on the topics of organic wines and the biodynamic farming methods. To read the article click here.


What a great time was had in San Diego for the 2008 Craft Brewer’s Conference and World Beer Cup Competition. It was awesome to visit with many of our customers and meet some new friends- we are already looking forward to next year’s show in Boston! Below are some images from the week in SanDiego.


World Beer Cup Results are here! We were so excited to see so many “Pro-Chilled” Beers awarded medals at the 2008 World Beer Cup held in San Diego, Ca.

By our unofficial count, almost 20% of the medals were awarded to our incredible customers. Congratulations to all the medal winners, we salute you!! .


Our CEO, Jim VanderGiessen Jr., was honored to be invited to speak at the Michigan Brewers Winter Conference in Detroit on January 10th. Jim will present a technical presentation that will cover troubleshooting, understanding, and maximizing the efficiencies of Brewery Refrigeration Systems.


A great article outlining the significant price increases facing the Scuttlebutt Brewery (Pro Chiller Customer), and the rest of the brewing industry. Looks like beer price increases are on the horizon…


Anyone who knows our Technical Sales Director, Damon Reed, knows that he is a die-hard Rams fan- that makes the picture below of his son Isaac extra special. Damon was the lucky winner of a pair Seahawk tickets at our weekly production meeting, he and Isaac had a great time at the game. There is a rumor circulating that Damon even wore a Seahawk T-shirt at the game…


Pro was proud to unofficially count more than 40 medals (out of 222 medals awarded) presented to “Pro Chilled” Beers at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival.

We were also extremely happy that two out of the top five awards went to “Pro Chilled” Breweries! Congratulations to all the medal winners and special congratulations to Firestone Walker Brewing and Port Brewing for winning the prestigious Brewer/Brewing Company of the year!

Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Firestone Walker Brewing Company
, Paso Robles, California
Matt Brynildson

Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Port Brewing & The Lost Abbey
, San Marcos, California
Tomme Arthur


It is understandable why people are surprised to see how passionate we are about building refrigeration equipment (we sometimes wonder too). I think that makes it extra special when we read a story by people that recognize this, as well as share the same type of passion in their lives. We feel very fortunate to be part of Josh and Alexia Brewer’s dream of not just building a brew pub, but being ambassadors of beer to the Beaufort, SC region. These grand prize winners of Dogfish Head Brewery’s “What Dream is Brewing in You?” contest are also doing it right by keeping things “green”. We wish them the best of luck, it is exciting to be a part of helping them fulfill their dream.


How cool is it to find an article listing the top winery tours in the Northwest and see so many customers included on the list! Congratulations to the customers chosen: Lake Chelan Winery, King Estate Winery, Columbia Winery, Tagaris Winery, and Bonaire Winery


We have updated the "everything you wanted to know about propylene glycol" article inlight of some recent issues with PVC Pipe failing in glycol systems. PDF (PDF File 256 KB)


The results are in.....

Another Great American Beer Festival has come to an end, we would like to congratulate all of the winners. We were extremely pleased to see that our customer and friend Darron Welch and the Pelican Pub and Brewery has taken home the prestigious Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Company Brewer of the Year, they took home the same award in 2005 for small Brewpubs. Our unofficial tally had well over 10% of the medals awarded to "Pro-Chilled" Beers, we are honored to have helped!!!

For more information on this years GABF, please visit


Well another Basic Refrigeration Class has come to an end. We had a great group of attendees from across the United States including; New York, Kansas, Idaho, Wisconsin, Illinois, California, and Washington. In addition to a rigorous course schedule that concluded with CFC certification testing, we always try to show off our beautiful home town with assorted activities such as; brewery tours, ballgames, and other sightseeing trips- please check out some of the images from the week here.


We are looking forward to traveling to Chicago for the Food Processing Suppliers Association Expo on October 29th to Nov. 2nd. This show alternates each year between Chicago, IL and Las Vegas, NV. This will be our first time exhibiting in Chicago, which we hope will be as successful for us as the Las Vegas shows have been. If your in the area and would like a complimentary pass for this expo, please send us an email to or call us at 800-845-7781. If you are already planning to attend this show, come by and visit us in booth 8521


Check out the new Brewery Refrigeration Section on the website. We were proud to work with Banjo at to develop this site. You will find a variety of articles on basic refrigeration, maintenance and service tips, buying guides, as well as a moderated (by us!!) bulletin board. Check it out here:


We are extremely excited to announce that we have appointed Tom Anderson as our new Shop Manager. Tom brings an extensive production background from the Marine Industry. We are looking forward to his joining our team.


We are extremely excited to have partnered with the Georg Fischer Company to distribute and market their Cool-Fit Insulated Piping Product to the brewery and winery industries. For more information on this incredible product, please contact us or visit their website


!!!SOLD!!!If you are in the market for a small system, we have a great deal for you. We manufactured a small 3 HP Packaged Air Cooled System with lots of "bells and whistles" to display at some tradeshows earlier this year. This would be a great system for a small brewery or winery and we have it priced to sell. See more information here. Please email us with any questions at


New Equipment has arrived!! Check out Adam posing in front of the new handbrake. We replaced our 15 year old Chicago 10’ X 16 Gauge Handbrake for a 10’ X 14 Gauge Handbrake plus added a 6’ X 12 gauge Box and Pan Brake. This should improve the production and capabilities in this department. If anyone is interested in our old brake, please give us a call we will make a great deal to a good home.


Come see us June 28th and 29th at the 57th Annual ASEV Meeting in Sacramento. The American Society for Enology and Viticulture is having their annual meeting on the wonderful world of wine and everything related. We are excited to be a part of the supplier showcase. Come by and visit us in booth 708.


We had an incredible time at one of our favorite Trade shows the 2006 Craft Brewers Conference and Brew Expo America in Seattle April 11-14th. As a bonus the conference was held in our back yard at the Seattle Convention Center... To read more click here.


The 2006 Craft Brewers Show is finally Here!! After months of anticipation, the craft brewers show is finally here and it’s in our home town this year. We are excited to visit with some old friends, meet some new friends, and sample some of the greatest beer in the world. Please come by and say hello. We have some new T-Shirts to hand out as well as many new products and features to display- We are in booth 211.


Pro Refrigeration would like to thank Van Johnson (Goulds Pumps), Michael Pierson, and Chuck Parrish (Beckwith and Kuffel) for providing a turkey dinner and prize raffle for our company this Wednesday April 5th. The food was great, and the tickets won in the raffle will be put to good use! Pro employees have grown to anticipate and enjoy this annual tradition. Gould’s has supplied us with the high quality 316 SS wetted surface glycol pumps that we have been using for the past 12 years


We are extremely proud that two of our employees recently completed our week long Basic Refrigeration Class and tested for their CFC Certification. Read more.


It is Class Time again!! We are very excited to have 16 students from across the United States here for our Basic Refrigeration Class (March 6-10). For more information on the classes we offer and schedules, please contact us at


We are starting to get excited, one of our favorite tradeshows is coming up- plus it will be in our own backyard!! The National Craft Brewers Conference is set for April 11-14 at the Seattle Convention Center. Please come and visit us in booth 211, conveniently located next to the beer garden.


Have you ever fantasized of having your brand new, dream chiller system displayed prominently in front of thousands of your peers? This dream could come true for one lucky brewery. We would love to feature your chiller system at the craft brewers show, we offer many free upgrades and 5% discount off the sale price. Unfortunately due to booth size restrictions, we are limited on which models are eligible- please call Jim Jr. (ext. 203) to discuss. Also as the previous post mentions, the show will be here soon- we will be selecting the show chiller system on or before March 1st.


Come visit us at the worlds largest agricultural exposition, the Tulare Farm Show. We will be displaying a chiller from our Classic Chiller series. Come by and say hi to Jim Sr. and Damon- you will find them in booth DS21.


It is Tradeshow time again!! Come see us February 8 & 9th at the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Annual Meeting (hyperlink to open on a new page ) in Kennewick, WA. We will be displaying a Packaged 3 HP Unit as well as demonstrating our newest version of the CR110 Microprocessor controller.

Good News from the American Red Cross!! In October we retrofitted one of their Blood and Plasma Storage Rooms- replacing their existing refrigeration control system with our CR110 Refrigeration Controller. The results of the change-over has been incredible, in fact Pro has been selected to upgrade three more of their Blood and Plasma Storage Rooms at their facility in Pomona, CA!!

Pro would like to welcome James Moon and Shailee Brahs to our team, both have joined the Production Crew.


It isn't often we have the opportunity to work on a project in our own backyard- we were extremely pleased when Safeway contacted us to work with them on a project at their bread plant in Bellevue, WA.

We have posted images from the project here...


We just completed a very challenging and succesful project with American Red Cross. They were experiencing temperature control problems with their existing refrigeration control system. This project was at their new, state of the art, facility in Pomona, CA - the largest Blood Bank in the United States. We retrofitted their system, replacing their existing refrigeration control system with our CR110 Controllers (linecard in .pdf) . The results were fantastic.

See the photos from the installation here...


Deutschland hier komme ich! Our Founder and President, Jim VanderGiessen Sr. will be traveling to Germany October 14-23, to visit and tour the head quarters for Bitzer International. Bitzer International is one of the leading refrigeration compressor manufacturers in the world.

He will be traveling with Bitzer Sales Representative Art Mathews and Bitzer Vice President of Sales, Richard Kobor. Pro introduced the Bitzer Compressor into our product line in 2004 with great success.


We finally have posted some pictures from our Koolway Cooling Kick Off. Thanks again to everyone who came out. A special thanks to our Distributor, The Westfalia Surge Company for sponsoring this event.


Look what just came in.... Damon Reed, Sales Specialist, was presented with a framed copy of his first official Purchase Order. Damon has done an incredible job since joining Pro- not just in sales but helping out where ever needed. Congratulations Damon- keep up the good work!

The results are in.......... By our count 23 to 28 Medals were awarded at the Great American Beer Festival to Breweries utilizing our chiller systems to make their beers- including the award for 2005 Best Small Brew Pub and Brewmaster given to Darron Welch, Pelican Pub and Brewery!! That's 11% to 14% of all the medals. Congratulations to each medal winner!!

Looking for a new career? Pro currently has a couple openings in our Production Department. Please check out our employment opportunities page for more information.


We were happy to hear that Jon and his girlfriend Amanda have become engaged to be married! Jon has worked with us the past couple years (he developed this website) while attending college. We wish them the best.


Jim Sr, Jim Jr., Damon, and Gary have returned from the Food Processing Machinery Expo in Las Vegas. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see our display and meet with us- we are very excited about the new leads we received- it was a really good trade show.


We would like to thank the Westfalia Surge Company, our exclusive distributor to the Dairy Industry for sponsoring a great product release event here in Seattle . We had representatives from our 12 biggest equipment dealers in town for a plant tour/open house, dinner train event to the Columbia Winery (one of our customers!) and a one day seminar held at the SeaTac Airport Holiday Inn.

We debuted the new Classic Chiller System and the CR110 Refrigeration Controller. A special thanks to all the dealers for taking the time to make this trip- their input, advise, questions, and comments were greatly appreciated. Please check back for pictures from this event.


We would like to welcome Mr. Bohdan Kaliberda to our team. He has accepted a position as a shop assistant in our production department.


Hey, we know those guys..... It was great to see our friends at Stone Brewing Company pictured in an article in USA Today about the micro brewery industry in the United States. Check it out here....


We would like to welcome Mr. Chad Bangs to our team. Chad will work in the welding and fabrication department.


The demand for our ProChiller Systems continues to grow, and we need to add a few good people to our incredible production staff. Pro currently has two production positions open. Please check out our employment opportunities page for more information.


Looking for a new career? Pro currently has an opening in their Welding and Fabrication Department. Please check out our employment opportunities page for more information.


Come see us at the Food Processing Machinery Show in Las Vegas (Sept. 26-28). Once again it is being held with the Pack Expo. We would love to meet with you and show you some new and exciting products- we always have the best treats too. If you would like a complimentary pass to the expo, please contact us and we would be happy to set you up (at least until our supply of complimentary passes are gone). We will be exhibiting in Booth 6111.


Pro would like to welcome Mr. Damon Reed to our team. Damon will be relocating from Idaho and joining our sales team. Damon has spent the last 10 years servicing, installing, and selling our systems (and a few of our competitors systems). We are excited to have him and look forward to him joining our team on August 1st.


Pro Refrigeration, Inc. launched new site design. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.


Orders for the new Classic Chiller Series have exceeded our expectations. This line was developed for the retrofit market, designed so you can add capacity to any chiller system. We were happy that one of the first installations was in our own backyard (it is actually 4 hours east- but close enough we could drive out and help install). Please see the images from Phase 1 of this project.


We would like to welcome to our sales team Mr. Karl Taylor. Karl will cover the state of Arizona. We have had the privilege of knowing Karl for many years and look forward to the opportunity of working with him. Karl can be reached at Tel 602-697-4178 and emailed at If you are in Arizona and have an interest, an application, or just want to meet Karl- please give him a call.


We have started posting our literature on our website. We will be adding as the literature is updated and converted to electronic format. Please select the "Sales Literature" Link on the main menu to access.


If your interested in possibly representing our products, please contact us. We are looking for Field Sales or Factory Representation.


Come see us at the 2005 World Ag Expo in Tulare California. Some say this is the largest show devoted to farming in the world. You'll find Jim Vander Giessen Sr. and Jim Vander Giessen Jr. working the Westfalia Surge Display Building(DS21). Westfalia Surge is our much valued distributor to the dairy market. We will have a 90 HP Chiller System on display, set up with the new CR110 Refrigeration Controller.


Come see us at the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers conference in Yakima. Come by and say hello to Jim Vander Giessen Jr. and Gary Duim. They'll have the new CR110 Refrigeration Controller in action as well as information on our complete line of Proformer Refrigeration Products. The show runs from Wednesday, Feb. 2nd to Friday, Feb. 4th. Ask them for a free Pro Chiller System t-shirt!!

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