May 2020
Working with Innovations to Stay Ahead of COVID-19
JAX Management has made a firm commitment to Employees and Customers to meet the rapidly evolving challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mark Lowery has encouraged everyone at JAX to take that commitment a step further by innovating ways to stay ahead of these challenges and emerge from this as a stronger Industry leader.
From maintaining social distancing on jobsites and upgrading our PPE and Safety Standards, to retooling existing processes to meeting new demands for hospitals and sanitation, JAX has become more inventive at all levels. Our staff has made incredible strides on the technology front, fully incorporating a robust technology package and strategy based around Microsoft Teams. Also, quick turnarounds on new facilities and a surprising willingness to upend jobsite cultures is offering bright spots in an otherwise grim picture.
One of our major shifts in thinking is in reassessing how many interactions need to involve face-to-face meetings. For JAX, our Refrigeration Parts Department has always run with minimal direct (physical) customer contact. JAX Parts Director, Kim Hollifield has helped our other Departments understand ways to successfully reduce need for such contact while maintaining efficiency. We have identified some areas of operation that traditionally operate low-tech and up close, and steps are now being taken to reduce contact and adhere to social distancing conventions through software applications and online conferencing, among others.

Beyond basic social distancing, the need to improve sanitation and hygiene on construction sites was already an issue before the current crisis. JAX has been working to address this problem, with plans to revamp our construction site protocol and equipment packages. We have looked into applying our design and installation skills toward making touch-free wash stations for construction sites as well as fully updating our Guidelines and Safety Handbook.
JAX has been working closely with select General Contractor and End User Partners at the forefront of the emerging Modular Construction space. We have noticed that in an effort to increase hospital bed capacity, more contractors and designers have developed modular solutions that can be rapidly deployed to health care facilities. We have been consulted on prefabricated critical care negative-air-pressure rooms, medical-surgical units, isolation rooms, ICU rooms, among others.
Needless to say, the JAX Family is proud of our role and responsibility as a Leader in an Essential Industry and are dedicated to SAFETY, unsurpassed QUALITY and a consistent PEOPLE FOCUSED culture.
The 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or “CARES Act” contains a number of tax savings for businesses.
A change to the tax code to ensure “qualified improvement property” (QIP) investments can benefit from an accelerated tax deduction for the full cost of such property. Under Section 168 of the tax code, the cost of all equipment and components of the “heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system” (among other items which are considered QIP) can be fully deducted for tax purposes in the first year it’s placed in service versus over a 39 year period. For commercial buildings, the cost of HVAC equipment placed into service in 2020 may be fully deducted as a business expense.

Upgrade or replace older systems with tax saving opportunities!

Section 168 Benefits:
  • Allows a tax deduction for the full amount of equipment and labor costs that are considered improvements to the interior of a non-residential or commercial building (new construction does not qualify).
  • No limitation on the cost of equipment that can be purchased.
  • Available for leased or purchased equipment, including installation labor.
  • Combine with utility rebates to offset equipment cost.
  • Retroactive for costs incurred back to January 1, 2018.
How it works* (example)
  • Business owner installs a new heating and air-conditioning system with equipment and installation cost of $4,000,000.
  • Under previous depreciation rules, the business owner would claim approximately $102,564 in depreciation deductions annually over 39 years for a year one net equipment cost of $3,978,462.
  • Under the new law, the owner now may deduct the full equipment and installation cost of $4,000,000 from their business income the year of purchase and installation.
  • At a business tax rate of 21%, this saves the business owner $840,000 in taxes, effectively lowering the cost of the equipment.
We are not tax experts (but we are
good at HVAC)! Please check with your Accountant to verify qualification.
Disclaimer: Business tax deductions are complicated. The information included here is intended for general information only and is not intended to be tax or legal advice. Please consult your tax professional before making business decisions that could affect your tax situation. Each business situation is different and tax regulations change frequently. ©2020 Carrier.
With locations in Tampa, South Florida, Dallas, and all over the Southeastern US, JAX Refrigeration is here and ready to help!
Call us today for a quote: 904-249-1400
Remembering Jake
There are so many great tributes to Jacob Berglund, "Jake," on TV, Newspapers, Local Media, and especially from friends (so many) and most importantly, his family. They are able to articulate better than I ever could and in very different ways.
I can honestly say that I will never learn as much from a 13-15 year old young man as I did from knowing Jake.

I met him and his family at a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp game JAX Refrigeraion had sponsored. He threw out the first pitch then played in the Mascot Game that followed. I was Board President for Dreams Come True and Jake was the perfect Dreamer to be honored at this game.
From then on, any time there was an event to which he was invited, Jake and his family attended provided he was up to it. Icemen Mascot games, Gator Bowl Dream Team events, Gator game, DJ, as well as being Buzz and friend, mentor, and Yulee High Mascot. Jake did everything to the best of his ability. He made sure everyone was having fun and felt included first, then made sure to enjoying himself. I will always remember the sight of him pushing another young dreamer in her wheelchair.
I am thankful to have known him and attend so many great events along with him and his family. I want to thank his family, Anne Berglund, Mark Berglund and Gracie Berglund, who have shared Jake with all of us and allowed us to share Jake’s servant leadership.
I am not sure I will ever know someone that placed everyone’s needs ahead of his own. He was truly a Legend!! Look over your family and all of us Jake - you will be missed.
Live Like Jake, Be Like Jake.

-Mark Lowery
Live Like Jake,
Be Like Jake.
Jacob passed away after a 2 year battle with leukemia on Easter Sunday at 12:04 am. 
Rest In Peace, dear friend.
You've probably already heard about how much we believe in our JAX Family, in the quality of our people, their values and hard work that help make our company great. But you don't have to take our word for it, check in here for the latest on what people are saying about us.

Often times, General Contractors rely on JAX for time-sensitive design and budget assistance. This helps them better understand and demonstrate the various design and pricing options available to end users in the beginning stages of Industrial Refrigeration projects. JAX has earned a strong reputation and developed a great deal of repeat customers due to our ability to deliver quality information – FAST!

Recently, a General Contractor customer of JAX approached our Design Team, requesting some basic budgeting for a potential upcoming project. Ekle Small (VP + Head of MEAS) took it a step further, personally working up design, equipment selections, pricing and value engineering recommendations. As usual, Ekle had our customer fully prepared to impress the end user. We look forward to further collaboration on this as the project develops and are always happy when we make our customers look GOOD!

"I really appreciate your help. I was pushing to get a few
things out the door Friday, but wanted to circle back and let you
know how much I appreciate your team getting this to me on a
Friday afternoon. Exactly what I needed!”
– Patrick, Project Manager for Design/Build General Contracting Firm
JAX Promotions
JAX would like to announce TWO internal promotions.

Billy DiMarzo has been promoted to Project Manager for JAX Mechanical and Josh Whitchurch has been promoted to Project Manager for JAX Refrigeration. Congratulations to the both of you.
New HQ Update
JAX Refrigeration Headquarters
Construction on the new headquarters is coming along nicely. The exterior walls are up and work on the interior has started. The separate work areas are starting to take shape. Stay tuned for more updates!
Meet Rylee. One of her best friends is JAX HVAC tech, Brett Comeaux. Since Brett has been busy servicing our clients in the Orlando area she's been missing their time together. We sent her a Fridgie plush to remind her of her #JAXFamily friend. Thanks for sharing, Rylee!
Fridgie's Kid Corner

Check out how to win an
Amazon Gift Card!

Running out of ideas for the kids?

Click on the image to download a letter thanking our first-responders. Complete your letter, color and share yours with us and be entered to win an Amazon GIFT CARD! We would love to hear your messages of thanks to our every day heros!

Department Updates
We all continue to work diligently through these unusual times. As we conduct business in new environments for some and deal with new restrictions in work areas for others, this is something that many generations have never had to live through and we hope and pray that our future generations never have to. Much like all evolution, we must learn to adapt, dig in and go forward.

JAX Refrigeration projects and service is no different in every aspect. Our current projects span from the west coast to the east coast and we have had various reactions depending on local government restrictions to the pandemic. Our business is deemed an essential service since we are part of the demand chain which ensures food continually be supplied to grocery stores and to our front doors. With this, we are able to sit down to eat with our families at the end of the day.

JAX Refrigeration team members should hold their heads high and be proud of the jobs each and every one of us performs every day. As new opportunities are presented weekly, partnerships in business become available to JAX Refrigeration, as evidenced recently when Perry McCall chose JAX for their project. As new opportunities are presented weekly, partnerships in business become available to JAX Refrigeration, as evidenced recently when JAX was awarded the opportunity to work with Beacon Fisheries on a major local Project. In this industry, when our clients succeed, JAX Refrigeration succeeds!

Be Safe and Healthy!
MEAS-JAX will like to thank it customers, friends and associates for their continued support during these trying times.

We are open for business and are actively working on projects in Utah, Arkansas, Georgia, Texas and Florida.
Thank you for your support.
Stay safe and healthy.

From custom design-builds to skilled maintenance, our departments work symbiotically to provide a seamless process throughout every project phase.
JAX Mechanical has remained busy working on multiple projects like the ones above in Gulfstream and the sanctuary for St. Johns Divine.

We are 100% operational and are on the job! As an essential services business, we are committed to completing our Projects within schedule and continuing to offer our Industry leading standard of quality and service.
Our JAX Mechanical
 department lives and breathes our core values every day:
Safety • People-focused • Quality
The JAX Mechanical plumbing department, headed by Greg Hill, is busy working in SW Florida and Jacksonville. Our capabilities include all types of sanitary, storm, domestic water and gas piping system installation. We also offer testing and design assistance for virtually any application as well as medical gases.
We here at JAX Refrigeration and JAX Mechanical Services understand the importance that the economy needs to reopen and we are standing by to serve our customers. We have briefed our teams to be ready to service any customer that is requesting to have their filters changed and their coils cleaned due to the lingering concerns of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. All of our techs are equipped with the necessary PPE required during this crisis and are able to service all customers on demand.

JAX Mechanical Services is available and ready to assist with your HVAC System needs, as we work through and look forward to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Call us today, to discuss a recovery plan to ensure your equipment is up and running optimally and with clean filters.
Some of our commercial HVAC and Refrigeration services include:
  • Walk-in Freezers Repair
  • Walk-in Cooler Repair
  • Commercial Refrigeration Installation and Repair
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Emergency / Recovery Planning

Whether you need service, repair or emergency planning and assistance – JAX is the right team for the job!
JAX Mechanical Service – (904) 435-9010.
You can expect the best from our well-trained and COVID-19 ready technicians.
In April JAXCool initiated a new approach to implementing team safety called “Safety Chief of the Week”. A Cool employee is selected to handle featured safety duties such as: Tool Box Talks, Daily Job Hazard Analysis, COVID-19 Paperwork, Daily Equipment inspections and overall safety monitor. This is a very effective program and is helping to instill our Core Values. It encourages all employees to understand that safety is essential, constant, and a team effort. By focusing on the value of our relationships we have with our families and customers we are able take pride in our work and feel honored by our commitments.
Restaurant HVAC Specialty (RHVACS) centers its services on the supply and installation of heating, refrigeration, air conditioning systems and kitchen hood ventilation for restaurants. RHVACS provides economical turnkey designs, and when combined with the full range of industry-related services at JAX Refrigeration, offers comprehensive one-stop service solutions for your entire project.
Our Restaurant HVAC Specialty Team is wrapping up a Fifth Third Bank office renovation in Tampa, FL. RHVACS started this project on 01/13/20 and this Fifth Third Bank should be turned over to operations by the end of May.
JAX Ind is a turnkey engineering procurement and manufacturing department underneath the JAX Refrigeration umbrella and is focused on manufacturing new and existing skid solutions for the power, fuel and gas industries. JAX Ind operates at our 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and carries D1.1 and ASME Section IX welding qualifications.

All material and equipment is thoroughly inspected and inventoried upon receipt as it moves through our production/manufacturing facility. As we continue to move toward certification, JAX Ind still operates with inspection and test plans in line with ISO 9001. We perform full QA/QC and FAT prior to shipment to validate acceptance and final approval.
Our Focus
JAX Ind is focused on providing integrated skid solutions, with a focus on safety, quality and design efficiency. Our team’s core, from inner management to the fitters and welders in the shop, operates in unity with a similar process flow as ISO compliance, in order to ensure product satisfaction is provided.
Upcoming Events
Stay tuned for more information about the rescheduling of activities and events.
The difference between Memorial Day and Veteran's Day
Memorial Day and Veterans Day are both patriotic holidays honoring the military, but there is a significant difference between the two aside from when they land on the calendar.

  • Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday in May, honors the men and women who died while serving in the military. This solemn occasion is a time to reflect on these American patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting and defending the country they deeply loved.

  • Veterans Day, observed every November 11, recognizes all who have served in the Armed Forces.

How to honor and acknowledge each holiday
On Memorial Day you can honor the fallen by attending memorial services within your community or laying flowers and planting flags on graves at your local Veterans cemetery.

Veterans Day is an opportunity to do the same, but it is also an appropriate time to show your appreciation to Veteran friends and family. You recognize Veterans Day by flying the American flag outside your home, visiting or volunteering at a Veteran facility, attending a local event, and, of course, thanking Veterans and their families for their service.

You do not have to wait for a national holiday to show your gratitude to Service members. Any day is a good day to support Veterans either through a charity or giving a heartfelt “thank you” to those who served.
Work Anniversaries & Birthdays
Happy May
Work Anniversary!

Twenty Years
William Carr

Twelve Years
David Bailey

Four Years
Courtney Machael
Michael Sanders
Ramiro Ramirez

Three Years
Linda Schreck

One Year
Ronnie Dickerson
John Toye
Happy May

Jose Del Valle 5/1
Todderick Sams 5/3
Andy Lueck 5/4
Otis Crawford 5/7
Richard Morris 5/8
Marlin Walden 5/12
Jonathan Hood 5/16
Anthony Colabella, Jr. 5/17
Yuniesky Fleites 5/17
Stephen Mercer 5/17
Mike Brim 5/22
Larry Hardin 5/23
Christopher Millsap 5/23
Craig Callahan 5/26
Each month, JAX offers a new list of refrigeration HVAC and mechanical parts at a discounted rate for a limited time. Remember, parts purchases always count toward our Customer Rewards Program for eligible clients. Learn more HERE!