October 2019
Fun facts this month
  • It is the second Autumn month.
  • National Fire Prevention Week falls during the week of October 9 each year. It commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
  • October in the Northern Hemisphere is similar to April in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • The leaves of trees often begin to change their colors during this month.
  • The World Series for Major League Baseball generally takes place during October.
  • The NBA, National Basketball League, and the NHL, National Hockey League, both begin their seasons in October.
  • There are many health observances that have October as their national month. These include Healthy Lungs, Breast Cancer, Lupus, Spina Bifida, Blindness, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • The United Kingdom celebrates the 21st as Apple Day.
JAX Around Town
MAYOR’S PACKING DAY
JAX Refrigeration partnered with the First Coast Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack to help provide 500 school-aged children with food over the weekend. September 27, 2019 was declared Blessings in a Backpack Day by the Mayor of Jacksonville Beach. The local non-profit organization feeds over 4,000 kids in schools across St. Johns and Duval County every weekend.

Did you know 1 in 5 kids here in Duval and St. Johns Counties won’t have enough food to eat this weekend? These are kids who will eat meals at school during the week but are without access to affordable, nutritious food on Saturday and Sunday. The consequences are much more than a growling stomach. Hunger can cause many physical health problems. It can also shorten a child’s attention span, lower their IQ, and keep them from making good grades.

JAX is proud to be of assistance to such a wonderful organization.
Dreams Come True of Jacksonville
5k Walk, Run & Roll & 1 Mile Fun Run
JAX Refrigeration employees, family and friends tied up our laces and raised funds for the Dreams Come True 5K Race.The family-friendly event was held at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

Far surpassing the Dreams Come True goal, together, we raised over $315,000. There were over 1,600 runners and walkers registered the two races held on the same day. Hundreds of people were in attendance to cheer and volunteer, including princesses, super heroes, and pirates. Because of the community's support, DCT will continue to be able to grant dreams for all children who qualify and never have a waiting list.
11 Breast Cancer Facts You Need to Know in 2019:
  1. In the US, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.[1]
  2. The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are being female and aging. About 95% of all breast cancers in the US occur in women 40 and older.[2]
  3. Getting a mammogram can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer by 30 to 40% among women ages 40 to 70.[3]
  4. Breast cancer deaths have been declining since 1990 thanks to early detection, better screening, increased awareness, and new treatment options.[4]
  5. Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.[5]
  6. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.[6]
  7. In the US today, there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors — the largest group of all cancer survivors.[7]
  8. One woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the US.[8]
  9. Every 19 seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with breast cancer.[9]
  10. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.[10]
  11. There were about 2,550 new cases of breast cancer in men in 2018.
JAX is at it again! We're honored to announce being ranked #32 on Engineering News-Record's list of Top Specialty Contractors in the Southeast. A special thanks to the  #JAXFamily  for their hard work and dedication to making our company great.  
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.

Blessings in a Backpack is honored to partner with JAX Refrigeration. 
There’s hardly a nonprofit organization here in the beaches area that has not been supported by JAX Refrigeration. Thank you for your generosity.

- Kimberly Ward
Director, Blessings in a Backpack
Announcements
Get to know the JAX Family
Billy DiMarzo
Project Manager
Hailing from the east coast, Billy enjoys all the Jacksonville Beach area has to offer. You can often find him hiking, working on restoring his sailboat or spending his free time with family and friends. His favorite destination is Fire Island, NY, but he would love to visit Algeria one day. He’s a Jags fan, loves the movie Moonrise Kingdom , and dreams of owning a Jeep Grand Wagoneer. New Year’s is his favorite holiday and if he could choose to have a meal with anyone dead or alive he’d choose the crocodile hunter, Steve Irwin. He made his way to JAX when an opportunity presented itself and loves the trade but if he had to change, he would make the switch to horticulture.
JAX Safety Talk
Electrical Safety
On the job site, working around electricity can be very safe when workers properly identify and control hazards. But, inadequate training, lack of experience and failure to recognize potential hazards could result in electric shock or death.

The construction industry is most at danger from electrical hazards, accounting for 52% of all electrical fatalities in the US workplace (US Bureau of Labor Statistics data). Most of these incidents and fatalities were caused by direct worker contact with overhead power lines and contact with machines, tools, and hand-carried metallic objects.

Who is at Risk?
Engineers, electricians, and overhead line workers are at the top of the list of professionals who are most exposed to electrical hazards. Common tasks that put these workers at risk include electrical installation and repairs, testing of fixtures and equipment and inspection and maintenance activities. However, people who are indirectly working with electricity like office workers are also exposed to electrical hazards.

Electrical Hazards: Know Your Limits!
Electrocution is one of the most common hazards across construction sites according to OSHA. Identifying electrical hazards can help raise awareness of the risks, their severity, and how it can harm workers.

Here are 7 of the most common electrical hazards in
the workplace and tips on what you can do to mitigate these risks.

Hazard #1: Overhead Power Lines
Overhead powered and energized electrical lines have high voltages which can cause major burns and electrocution to workers. Remember to maintain a minimum distance of 10 feet from overhead power lines and nearby equipment. Conduct site surveys to ensure that nothing is stored under overhead power lines.
Hazard #2: Damaged Tools and Equipment
Exposure to damaged electrical tools and equipment can be very dangerous. Do not fix anything unless you are qualified to do so. Thoroughly check for cracks, cuts or abrasions on cables, wires and cords. In case of any defects, have them repaired or replaced.
Hazard #3: Inadequate Wiring and Overloaded Circuits
Using wires with inappropriate size for the current can cause overheating and fires to occur. Use the correct wire suitable for the operation and the electrical load to work on. Use the correct extension cord designed for heavy duty use. Also, do not overload an outlet and use proper circuit breakers.
Hazard #4: Exposed Electrical Parts
Examples of exposed electrical parts include temporary lighting, open power distribution units, and detached insulation parts on electrical cords. These hazards can cause potential shocks and burns. Secure these items with proper guarding mechanisms and always check for any exposed parts to be repaired immediately.
Hazard #5: Improper Grounding
The most common OSHA electrical violation is improper grounding of equipment. Proper grounding can eliminate unwanted voltage and reduce the risk of electrocution. Never remove the metallic ground pin as it is responsible for returning unwanted voltage to the ground.
Hazard #6: Damaged Insulation
Defective or inadequate insulation is a hazard. Be aware of damaged insulation and report it immediately. Turn off all power sources before replacing damaged insulation and never attempt to cover them with electrical tape.
Hazard #7: Wet Conditions
Never operate electrical equipment in wet locations. Water greatly increases the risk of electrocution especially if the equipment has damaged insulation. Have a qualified electrician inspect electrical equipment that has gotten wet before energizing it.

Knowing your limits and applying best electrical safety practices can help reduce the risk of electrical shock and death. It is safer to work within your scope of expertise instead of taking the risk of working beyond your capacity. If you are not confident to do the job, don’t hesitate to call for help from an authorized person.
Meet the faces of JAX's Parts Department
VICTOR RUPERT
Supply Chain Coordinator

The retired United States Navy Commander has been with JAX for a little over 3 years. He lives in Alabama near Mobile where he enjoys spending time with his three daughters and seven grandchildren. Rupert's hobbies include photography, fishing, traveling, genealogy and working with local veterans’ groups.

    
What sets JAX Parts apart?
As with any organization, the people determine the success or failure of the business. In the highly competitive world of industrial refrigeration, the Parts Department at JAX Refrigeration is blessed to possess individuals who have a keen understanding of the business, both in terms of technical knowledge, profitability and revenue as well as our fiduciary responsibility to our customers and the need to cultivate close business relationships.
What do you like most about your job?
The satisfaction of working with great people, contributing financially to the success of the entire company and providing a valuable service to our customer base.
LINDA SCHRECK
Supply Chain Coordinator

Linda's an Air Force "brat" who lived in Germany for 7 years. No stranger to the field, her German grandfather worked in refrigeration. She has been with JAX for almost 3 years.

What sets JAX Parts apart?
Our attention and response time we give to our customers. JAX truly cares about the satisfaction of our customers.
What do you like most about your job?
Being able to help customers with emergency needs and hear how happy they are when we have been able to help.
ANTHONY COLABELLA
Supply Chain Coordinator

Born in Long Island, New York, Anthony graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a BS in Business Management 2000. He worked for a racing engine machine shop during and after college in NY for about 5 years then spent the next 2 years as a maintenance coordinator on heavy equipment for welding/fabricating/trucking company in NJ.
He gained most of his refrigeration knowledge from his time in maintenance planning and supervising for Michael Foods Egg Products Manufacturing. He's been at JAX Refrigeration for 3 years. His personal interests include: drag racing, engine & chassis tuning and home improvement projects.  

What sets JAX Parts apart?
We are able to provide fast and personal attention to a variety of core customers over a large diversity of maintenance items. 
What do you like most about your job?
I enjoy my job because of the personal interactions with my customers and my work mates. I believe our capability in this market rivals even the largest competitors.
KIM DEAN
Parts Office Assistant

Kim, a Florida native, has lived in Ponte Vedra for 20 years. Kim loves everything about the outdoors and water. She's been married for 17 years to Brian Dean, the Fridgie Mascot for The Ice Men Hockey games (Mascot skating night). They have two children attending Ponte Vedra High School. If the family is not traveling across the US cheering on the kids, you'll find them on the sidelines watching them represent their school, volunteering for Dreams Come True, and at home relaxing with friends and family. Though with JAX Refrigeration for almost 4 years, Kim has been with the parts department for 18 months.

What sets JAX Parts apart?
The loyalty and giving back to others inside the company and within the community is what sets JAX Refrigeration apart from others in our area. Our president, Mark Lowery, has shown over and over again through his many years in this business and city that his compassion for helping others is not only a priority for our company but a passion. When we are at community events and I look around and see so many JAX Refrigeration faces giving back, it’s an amazing feeling!
What do you like most about your job?
My biggest love about JAX Refrigeration is their kindenss given to those in need within our community through outlets like JAX Cares, Dreams Come True, Blessings in a Back Pack, and so many other organizations. My husband and children are very involved in both Dreams Come True and Blessings in a Back Pack locally and I’m so proud to be a volunteer for these amazing organizations on behalf of JAX Refrigeration.
KIM HOLLIFIELD
National Parts Director

Kim, an Italian born in Long Island, New York, grew up in South Florida and moved to North Carolina for college. The first week there, at the age of 18, she met her husband and they have been together ever since. The couple has a daughter who is a Sophomore at UNCW studying to become a doctor. Hollified is an avid shopper so helping create and grow the parts department seemed a natural fit. She excels at searching for quality items at the best prices. She works hard and plays hard and loves to laugh. With her wicked sense of humor, Kim makes the best out of any situation. Her glass is always half full and she considers herself blessed beyond her wildest dreams. She has been with JAX Refrigeration for 5 years, though she says it feels like yesterday when she sent that first email.

What sets JAX Parts apart?
We are a group of people with experience in the industry who were able to cultivate a department where we have the ability to take care of the customer and do what it takes to get results. We strive to give a level of customer service that cannot be found anywhere else. Our company as a whole is so giving. I have personally seen employees donate their time and money to charities, to helping fellow co-workers who have had illnesses. Our JAXCares program being recognized as a 501c3 charity giving back to the community makes me even more certain I joined a company with a heart. I am so proud to be a part of this amazing team.
What do you like most about your job?
I love to research and find the needle in the haystack. When a customer says to me “I can’t find this anywhere” my eyes light up at the challenge. I will search high and low until I can find what is needed OR a suitable replacement. At the end of the day seeing an email or getting a phone call thanking me for just doing my job makes it all worthwhile. Our Customers have become family and I couldn’t be happier to wake up every day and do what I love to do most!
Department Updates
Come visit our team at
Booth 335
during the
RETA Convention
in Las Vegas • October 8-11, 2019! 

Meeting your refrigeration needs is not a roll of the dice. 
Our level of experience and expertise with construction and service will provide a level of confidence not found in many places in the industry. Great things are happening at JAX that we are eager to share with you!
Your Low Charge Ammonia specialist. From distribution warehouses to chiller systems, MEAS-JAX can design a solution to meet your needs.

From custom design-builds to skilled maintenance, our departments work symbiotically to provide a seamless process throughout every project phase.
The Mechanical construction team has some new heavy hitters! JAX Intern-turned-Project Manager, Billy DiMarzo, is in the process of handling his first solo project from start to finish. His lead foreman, Dalton Cox, is new to this particular field but handled the inner workings like a pro. This project was a real opportunity for the younger guys to shine and the customer agrees "they knocked it out of the park."
Our JAX Mechanical
 department lives and breathes our core values every day:
Safety • People-focused • Quality
If you (or someone you know) are interested in a career as an HVAC Preventative Maintenance or HVAC Service Technician in any of these locations, please contact us today!
The Texas department is currently reviewing opening up an extended service market for the area of most need based on client request. Currently the highest requested areas have been the following:
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Lubbock, TX
  • Houston, TX

To assist in our efforts to accommodate you as one of our valued service partners, we are requesting that you send us all available locations that you have in these areas so we can determine which area has the biggest need. Based on all data, we will begin to plan a launch of an extend coverage area program in the designated area.

We look forward to growing Texas with you!
JAX Cool provides an entire range of thermal construction solutions to meet every project’s need, whether securing a thermal envelope for a single room, an entire building, or custom-creating insulated metal panel ductwork. We have extensive experience in low-temperature construction and understand the importance of the compliance and safety details for food process facilities.
JAX Cool started a 280,000 sf distribution center for a large grocery store chain. The building contains dry storage, cooler, freezer and meat prep. The project is expected to be completed in January of 2020.
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 working on a restaurant in Pinecrest, FL.
RHVACS started this project on 8/09/19, and will be going for final inspection within the next few weeks. 
Advantage
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.
October 2019 - Upcoming Events
Come visit JAX Refrigeration at
Booth 335
during the
RETA Convention
in Las Vegas • October 8-11, 2019!
Happy October
Work Anniversary!
Seventeen Years
(RHVACS)
Dave Lopez

Six Years
Daniella Toska

Five Years
Larry Galloway
James McFarland

Four Years
Robert Brodsky
Andy Lueck

Two Years
Otis Crawford

One Year
James Herndon
James Mitchell
Happy October Birthday!
Michael Humphries 10/1
Seth McDonald 10/1
Jhon Valero Maya 10/3
Marc Carrega 10/5
Marco Soberano 10/6
Wilfredo Sierra Vazquez 10/7
Anthony Rose 10/8
Danielle Taylor, Jr. 10/8
Joe Santos 10/10
Kyle Gebhard 10/11
Larry Galloway 10/14
Haley Austin 10/19
Ronnie Dickerson 10/19
Charles LaRose 10/21
Val Krotov 10/24
Kimberly Dean 10/27
Catherine Price 10/28
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!