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Energy Savings in the Kitchen

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Foodservice equipment and the costs associated with its operation can be expensive.. really expensive! The kitchen, in the vast majority of commercial buildings, is the largest contributor to pricy utility bills. From reducing energy and equipment costs to reducing overall energy usage, there are many ways to cut these costs

Rebates reduce equipment costs on the front end of a new purchase. Whether you are buying a new piece of equipment that is more energy-efficient than an alternative or are replacing a piece of equipment with a more energy-efficient piece of equipment, rebates offered by utility companies can make the new purchase more affordable. The rebate process can be time-consuming and frustrating in both the front-end selection and the back-end application part of the process. As a utility company trade-ally, we are on top of the ever-changing rebate programs available from each and are well-versed in the entire process relating to foodservice equipment.

Reducing energy usage is another way to cut costs. Rebate-eligible equipment typically brings long-term energy savings to your operation. The energy savings provided through this new piece of equipment oftentimes justifies the cost of the equipment in a shorter period of time than most assume. (The rebate is the icing on the cake.) Behavioral changes can also make a huge difference in your energy usage resulting in a positive impact on your operation's energy costs. An energy audit will determine what may be done to save the most energy

You might be asking yourself why energy companies offer rebates on Energy Star rated equipment.. we found ourselves asking the same question.. This question has a somewhat complicated answer, but the long and short of it is that these rebate dollars are available to affect energy usage positively and cut usage. An obvious solution to this problem is getting more energy efficient equipment in commercial facilities.

Combining all of these methods, based on your particular operation and needs, there is huge potential to save money. The reduction part of the old adage "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" happens to be a passion of ours here at C&T Design. Let us be a part of your effort to go green

Call C&T Design today to speak with one our design and sales consultants about an energy audit.

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Edible Indy Spring 2015 Issue Out Now

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Edible Indy Spring 2015 Issue Out NowEdible Indy's Spring 2015 Feeding Our Community issue is hot off the press. Covering all things good that Indiana communities do to ensure that people do not go without, we here at C&T Design felt that it was the perfect time to start partnering with Edible Indy as this particular subject matter is near and dear to our hearts. Featured in the ad we placed in this issue (as pictured below) are The Chef's Academy and Second Helpings - two amazing entities that are dedicated to giving back to the Indianapolis community everyday. We are proud to be able to say that we have partnered with them in the past and are excited to partner with them in the near future. Keep an eye out for us in the next Edible Indy issue.

Jennifer Rubenstein, Edible Indy's Editor-In-Chief, has a contagious excitement and passion for what she does and the world in which we work. She also hand-delivers these magazines around the state herself! Thank you, Jennifer and the Edible Indy team, for being such a pleasure to work with on this endeavor.

C&T Design partnered with The Chef's Academy and Second Helpings for Edible Indy's Spring 2015 Issue

Find the latest issue of Edible Indy at any one of the local food spots that they distribute their magazine to throughout Indiana. Also, the digital edition is available on their website and their newly released app. While you're at it, follow them on Facebook, PinterestTwitter and/or Instagram!

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The Oaks Academy's Good Manners Lunch

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C&T Design Co-Sponsors The Oaks Academy's Good Manners Lunch

The Oaks Academy, located in Indianapolis, Indiana, provides a quality, faith-based education that stretches far beyond the pages of a textbook. Students are taught the importance of respect starting at an early age. One facet of respect that we here at C&T are lucky enough to witness them learning about and putting into practice each year are good manners.

It became apparent rather quickly at last week’s Good Manners Lunch that they spend their time in an environment that fosters respect. Second and sixth graders alike listened intently to each other speak and responded with interested and thoughtful questions.This lunch occurs each year and provides students with the opportunity to use what they learn about manners in a more formal dining environment. Never has a room filled with so many second and sixth graders been so quiet as when Linda Adams, The Oaks Academy's Partner Program Director, needed their attention so the picture above could be taken. We were in awe.

C&T Design and Marian Inc. partner to sponsor the Good Manners Lunch because we wholeheartedly believe in The Oaks Academy and their mission.

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your day! We look forward to and truly appreciate the opportunity to sit down and talk with these great kids each year.

To read more about The Oaks Academy and the amazing things they have accomplished, please visit their website here: http://www.theoaksacademy.org.

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Investing in Us.. for You!

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The overwhelming majority* of the C&T Design sales and consulting team recently traveled to Los Angeles to attend a trade show involving all things foodservice in February. NAFEM, the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers, brings, what feels like, everyone (and their mothers) in the foodservice industry under one roof every two years. More than 600 manufacturers (so they tell me - I lost count after 500!) and 20,000 foodservice professionals come together to learn about, discuss and see for themselves the latest trends, equipment and technologies in our industry. This trade show is a great opportunity to not only keep up-to-date on what is new in the industry but to also continue fostering relationships with manufacturers and other industry professionals.
At the end of the day, we do all of these things so that we may better serve our clients' needs and arrive at the optimal solution for their foodservice establishment based on their footprint, budget and needs.

*Some were busy at that time managing client projects, but they were filled in on the latest and greatest by those able to attend. We send as many on our team as possible because an investment in us is an investment in our customer's satisfaction.

NAFEM 2015 at the Anaheim Convention CenterThe NAFEM Show
Anaheim Convention Center 

As always, thank you for putting on an amazing show, NAFEM!


Photo courtesy of NAFEM's Flickr page.

Click here to visit the NAFEM website.

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True’s Re-Designed Glass Door Merchandisers

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By SEFA's Carla Landi
True's Re-Designed Glass Door MerchandisersTrue’s re-designed Glass Door Merchandisers increase product capacity, lower energy costs, and offer new accessories that make it even easier to move product.
The re-designed GDM-10-LD provides four levels of storage space instead of True's Re-Designed Glass Door Merchandisers three, increasing the capacity to 168 20oz. bottles while still maintaining the 54″ height.
Like all equipment from True Manufacturing, these attractive units can be enhanced with custom graphics to help promote brands and/or products. Impressive LED lighting integrated into the door illuminates and draws attention to the unit’s contents.
As one has come expect from True, these Glass Door Merchandisers are EnergyStar Certified. One of the re-design features is True’s patented reversing condenser fan motor. This motor helps maintain a clean condenser while using less energy than other units. In fact, the low energy usage on these units exceeds EnergyStar standards by 31%.
Step it up even further with the new TrueFlex Shelving Option. TrueFlex Shelving provides flexibility for a variety of product types. The TrueFlex Gravity Feed Organizer, with an enhanced silicon slip agent, offers the perfect glide system for both cans and bottles.
Watch the video below for a closer look at the features and benefits of True’s re-designed Glass Door Merchandisers.
 

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C&T Design Opens New Office in Northeast Indiana

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C&T Design kicked off 2015 by opening a brand new office in Fort Wayne, Indiana to better serve the northeast part of the state! 

Please join me in welcoming Rob Niman, C&T Design Fort Wayne's Branch Manager. Rob comes to us with a wide variety of experience in the foodservice industry. He spent more than 10 years with the steam equipment manufacturer AccuTemp as a Territory Manager covering Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois. From AccuTemp he moved to Duncan Supply as a Foodservice Territory Manager. There he handled refrigeration, water treatment and ice producing equipment. Rob has more than 20 years of foodservice industry experience in not only commercial kitchen equipment sales but also kitchen operations arming him with the knowledge and expertise to be your foodservice design, solutions and equipment partner. Please join us in welcoming Rob Niman and the Fort Wayne Branch to C&T Design!

C&T Design - Fort Wayne Branch
260-443-6759

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Emily McClelland Named FE&S Magazine's January DSR of the Month

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Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Magazine's Dealer Sales Representative (DSR) of the month was named earlier this week.

Congratulations to Emily McClelland! She was named DSR of the Month for January and deserves it.

 

 

Emily has been a part of C&T Design since her college days when she spent the summer of 2007 interning at the corporate office in Indianapolis. After earning her degree from Purdue University in Hospitality & Tourism Management, she was hired on as a Project Coordinator in 2009. She took the opportunity to spend her first few years under the tutelage of the seasoned foodservice design and supply veterans Larry Simonel and Phill Strauss learning from some of the best in the industry. (Cumulatively, those two gents have more than 100 years of foodservice industry experience!)  She has made quite the name for herself in the Indianapolis area in the few short years she has been in the industry.

Click here to read the article.

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Happy New Year from C&T Design!

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Whoa! It's almost 2015...
With the eve of the New Year upon us, it is the perfect time to reflect on 2014. This past year was a great one for C&T Design. We are so excited to have expanded west midway through the year having opened an office in Portland, Oregon, and we are thrilled to announce that we (only in the past few days) just opened a brand new office up north to serve the Fort Wayne, Indiana area better than we have ever been able to before. (The Fort Wayne, Indiana branch page is under construction but coming soon.) Several of our offices, namely our Evansville (Indiana), Miami (Florida), and Valparaiso (Indiana) branches, all found new places to call home and to better serve our customer's needs this past year, and we could not be more excited for them. 

We want to thank any and all of you who may have contributed to a wonderful 2014!
Thank you C&T Design employees, customers, and industry partners. We are so grateful to all of you and hope you understand how much your support means to us.

Happy New Year! 

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Flat12 Bierwerks' Brand New Location Serves (Great) Food

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Flat12 Bierwerks recently opened a second location in Jeffersonville, Indiana across the river from Louisville, Kentucky. The original brewery, opened on Dorman Street in Indianapolis at the end of 2010, just fills growlers and serves their tasty beers. For the second location, Flat12 execs made the decision to serve food as well as their brewed treats. Instead of opting for the "typical" bar-type food, Flat12 hired a professionally trained chef to develop the menu. For more on this story from Insider Louisville, click here.

C&T Design has partnered with Flat12 Bierwerks since the brewery's inception and continues to work with them today. We are proud to be a part of this local success story and love nothing more than seeing people's passion and dreams come to fruition. Congratulations on your second location, Flat12!!! We look forward to trying your Jeffersonville location's fare and working with you on future endeavors.

Flat12 Bierwerks
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30 W. Riverside Dr.
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

Flat12 stopped by C&T Design Indy earlier this year to kick the tires on a few pieces of equipment and test some of their menu items.

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Twin Peaks Now Open for Business in Indianapolis

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Twin Peaks franchise brother team Ricky, John and Joe RosaA Twin Peaks franchise group made up of brothers Joe, John and Ricky Rosa joined C&T Design principals, Gawain Guy and Mike Kennedy, and sales consultant, Chris Monico, for dinner Sunday at Nicole-Taylor's in Indianapolis to celebrate the opening of their first location in Indiana.
 

Twin Peaks Indy I-69 held its grand opening the night after the dinner on Monday, December 8th. 

C&T Design consulted on the franchisees specific design needs and supplied the foodservice equipment for the kitchen and both bars.


 

Stop in for dinner and drinks and check out the scenic views soon!

Twin Peaks - Indy I-69
6880 E. 82nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46250

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