Albany high speed door donated to Second Harvest
This holiday season, ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems donated a free Albany high speed door to Second Harvest in Washington. The charitable food distribution center now has two high speed cold storage doors, an Albany ThermaChill and an Albany ThermaFreeze.
With a network that spans 21 counties in Eastern Washington and five counties in North Idaho, Second Harvest helps feed more than 40,000 hungry people each week. The new cold storage doors will help make the entire operation more efficient. Tdhe doors were installed at Second Harvest’s new distribution center in Pasco, Washington. This new warehouse was built by volunteers in the construction industry, who donated 100% of the labor.
“Volunteers and suppliers, like Albany, donated or discounted material for the new cooler and freezer at the charitable food distribution center,” explains Jason Clark, president and CEO of Second Harvest. “The new doors are a significant contribution to the project, and to the overall functionality of the facility.”
The new Second Harvest warehouse in Pasco is 14,000 square feet in total, about three times as large as its former facility in the Tri-Cities area. The larger distribution center will make it possible to feed more hungry people.
Over the past decade, Second Harvest’s donated food inventory has become increasingly fresh, which provides nutritious choices for people in need. The new warehouse in Pasco distributes more than 1.8 million pounds of fresh produce and other wholesome perishable products annually. “The cooler and freezer in Pasco are all new,” says Clark. “There is approximately 4,000 square feet of space divided evenly between cooler and freezer.”
The Albany ThermaChill and ThermaFreeze help maximize workflow, while protecting cold storage areas. The insulated door panel material controls the environment and prevents moisture build up. Plus, the doors can open at speeds of up to 130″ per second for optimal efficiency.
At the Second Harvest warehouse in Pasco, the Albany cold storage doors are located adjacent to the loading docks. “The automated doors will make it extremely easy for the staff to quickly move donated food off of trucks and directly to the cooler or freezer,” says Clark. “About 60 percent of Second Harvest’s donated food is perishable and the majority of the donated food handled by our organization will pass through the cold storage space. Further, the automated doors will help us conserve energy and maintain the proper temperature in the cold storage areas.”
“We at ASSA ABLOY pride ourselves in being good corporate citizens and Second Harvest is a great organization to partner with,” says Cory Strunk, marketing manager for the Albany product brand. “We are delighted our products are now an integral part of the Second Harvest organization.”
Albany M&I door to be featured on TV show “How It’s Made”
Production of the Albany mining & industrial (M&I) high speed door to be filmed for the TV show “How It’s Made”
This year, the Albany product brand from ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems was selected to be featured on the television show How It’s Made. On Friday November 30th, the How It’s Made television crew will be in Lawrenceville, Georgia to film the production of the Albany M&I door.
How It’s Made shows how common, everyday items are manufactured. Each episode contains four segments on four different products, and is supported by narration that describes the making of each product.
The Albany marketing department provided the research director at How It’s Made with information on how the Albany product is produced. The Albany M&I door was selected from approximately 17,500 submissions from around the world – less than 1% of the products submitted make the cut to appear on the show.
“Albany invented the first high speed door in 1968, and as the world’s largest manufacturer of high performance doors we are thrilled to have been selected from so many applicants to be featured on this very popular television show,” says Craig Jones, Vice-President and General Manager for the Albany product brand. “Many of our customers and end users are fans of the show and we are proud to be able to showcase our unique product in this format. This is an exciting moment for the Albany brand and we are preparing our production facility and people for our television debut.”
How It’s Made is produced in Quebec, and is broadcast in over 180 countries throughout the world. In the US, it airs on The Science Channel and The Discovery Channel.