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Leasing Options Tab Added to C&T Design Website

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The reality for restauranteurs, particularly people new to the business, is that financing can be difficult to come by. We have compiled a list of companies some of our customers have used and the names of contacts within those organizations that will do their best to help you get the financing you need.

Leasing Options Page

If you need foodservice equipment today but have to spread the cost of that equipment out over a period of time to effectively manage your business expenses, then look no further.

The leasing options page is also accessible under the Resources tab from any page on our website.

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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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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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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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C&T Design Website Gets a New Look

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After several years since the last update, C&T Design made an executive decision that it was time to modernize and update the look and functionality of our company website. Our responsive site now adapts to whatever size device you are interacting with our website on and is easier to use for that reason. 

In the way C&T is constantly looking to improve on the layout and functionality of the foodservice kitchens we design and the way the manufacturers whose equipment we sell are always looking for ways to improve on that foodservice equipment, we wanted to take steps to ensure that our online visitors have a pleasant experience at www.c-tdesign.com.

We truly hope that you enjoy C&T Design website's updated look and ease-of-use.

A huge THANK YOU to the web designers and developers at Marketpath! We love the new look.

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C&T Design Opens Office in the Pacific Northwest

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Keith Ireland manages new C&T Portland OfficePlease welcome Keith Ireland, the newest member of the C&T Design team! Keith is managing our brand new Portland office covering the Pacific Northwest. He comes to C&T with more than 21 years of foodservice design and equipment supply experience. Starting with Boxer Northwest in 1992 as a sales rep, Keith worked in every aspect of sales and project management. He is particularly knowledgable about foodservice equipment, application, remodels and new kitchens. As a commitment to excellence Keith earned his Certified Foodservice Professional certification almost a decade ago.
 
Keith has worked with customers from just about every industry imaginable. Notably, he has completed projects for Oregon Health Sciences University, Elmers, Nike, St. Vincent's Hospital, Loaves and Fishes, and many more.
 
Keith was introduced to the food industry at an especially young age as his mother was a chef in Hawaii. He worked his way up the ranks on the restaurant side of the industry starting in the back of the house as a dishwasher at 14. Keith worked extensively in the back of the house through high school and worked his way through college in the front of the house.
 
Keith's cumulative experience has armed him with the knowledge and expertise to ensure that your commercial foodservice operation is efficient and works for your operational needs and budget.

Contact the C&T Portland office here.

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Providence Cristo Rey High School's New Kitchen

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Providence Cristo Rey High SchoolProvidence Cristo Rey High School is a private, Catholic, college preparatory school that is affordable to low-income families in Indianapolis. The students learn important life skills in the typical classroom environment as well as working one day a week in an office atmosphere of one of Providence's corporate partners. Fifth Third Bank, Ice Miller LLP, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and Eli Lilly and Company are just a few of the amazing companies involved in offering this unique and invaluable learning experience.

Providence Cristo Rey's Kitchen Before the RemodelProvidence currently has roughly 200 students but has the space for approximately 400. The kitchen was hindering its ability to be able to accept more students and maximize the space of the entire school building. In the process of remodeling a few different spaces in Providence, the contractor Shiel Sexton, one of Providence's corporate partners, called on C&T Design to help figure out how to rework their kitchen space while being extremely budget concious and getting them to a place to be able to grow to their full capacity and feed all of the students everday.

C&T Design worked with several of our manufacturer partners to get Providence the best price possible. One particular manufacturer who helped us tremendously cut costs on this project was Randell of Unified Brands and their Indianapolis rep Phil Powell of Allied Technologies who provided the serving line on the project. Thank you to C&T Design's project manager Brian Hutson for successfully executing this project that was in development for five years. C&T Design donated all design and project management fees on the job. These contributions helped cut costs on the project by roughly 30%.      

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C&T Parkview Project Named FE&S Facility Design Project of the Month

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A Rep shows Parkview's Kitchen Manager and a few team members how to properly use a piece of equipment.C&T Design completed the installation of the Parkview Regional Medical Center project in Fort Wayne, Indiana in February of 2012 for its March soft opening. C&T Project Manager Randy Truitt worked on this project for this a year and half providing the equipment and overseeing the installation for the servery, main kitchen and a small coffee shop called the Heart Cafe. C&T's scope of work consisted of providing the foodservice equipment and the installation, but was asked to redesign the Room Service section of the main kitchen to provide a more efficient flow for the staff preparing trays.

This project is being featured in this month's Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Magazine as the Factility Design Project of the Month. Nice job, Randy! Beautiful project.


Click here to read the article in its entirety.  

 

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C&T Design Houston Project Published in FE&S Magazine

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C&T Design's Houston Branch's Carrabba's Project is on the Cover of this Month's FE&S MagazineGracing the cover of this month's Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Magazine is a C&T Design project! Tom Cook, the manager of the C&T Design branch in Houston, Texas, provided design services for the kitchen on this project and did a fantastic job. Read the full story here (beginning on page 41).

Congratulations to Johnny and the Carrabba's team on yet another beautiful restaurant!

Congratulations, Tom, on this well-deserved not. What an honor.


 

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C&T Design Launches New Website

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C&T Design and Equipment Company Launches New WebsiteC&T Design and Equipment is proud to announce the launch of its new website today.  The new site, designed and developed by Indianapolis based Marketpath, Inc., will provide C&T's customers and partners with enhanced industry knowledge, detailed product information, and expertise into commercial kitchen and food service solutions. 

The new site includes a resources and education area, a section on "Green" products and design, and a new C&T blog to improve communications with customers and partners.

Visit the new C&T Design and Equipment site at http://www.c-tdesign.com.
 

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C&T Design and Equipment Promotes "Green" Design

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C&T Design and Equipment Company promotes Green Building and DesignVisit C&T Design and Equipment's new Green Kitchen Design area on the C&T's new website for "Green design" ideas, "Green products", and information on how to save both money and the environment.  With C&T Design, our Green Strategy isn't just about being socially responsible - that is only part of it.  Our strategy is also geared towards saving money with energy efficient and eco-friendly products and design principals.

Learn more...
 

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Annual ISNA Conference

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Indiana School Nutrition AssociationThe 2011 Indiana School Nutrition Association's Annual Conference kicks off today in Fort Wayne!

The Exhibit Hall is open tomorrow, Friday, October 28th, from 2:30 to 7:00 pm.

Come see C&T Design at Booth #101 for a chance to win a $50 gas card!          We will be a hop, skip and a jump to the right of the main entrance.

We look forward to seeing you there!



 

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Tax Incentive - Foodservice Equipment Buyers Take Note! Take Advantage While This Offer Lasts!

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While perusing some months-old issues of Foodservice Equipment Reports magazine, I noticed a small article that I wanted to bring to your attention immediately! If you are looking to buy foodservice equipment in the near future, you might want to look into purchasing sooner rather than later. The article below outlines an amazing opportunity that allows foodservice operations to write off equipment costs immediately, instead of spreading it out over several years, you must purchase before the end of the year to receive the maximum benefits this bill allows! I included a copy of the article found in the magazine's online archives followed by a link to the particulars of the Act on http://www.irs.gov below:

Tax Incentive Makes Sense For Equipment Buyers

04/01/2011

April may be tax month, but there are still eight months left this year to secure some important tax perks for purchasing or selling equipment. The Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010, signed by President Obama last September, provides tax relief for foodservice operations and small businesses and assistance in gaining access to capital.

The legislation allows foodservice operations to write off up to $500,000 of equipment costs immediately, rather than recovering the entire cost over a multi-year depreciation schedule. The purchase must be completed during the ’11 tax year.

The bill also extends expensing limits to restaurant structural improvements, new construction and leasehold and retail improvements. As part of the proposed $500,000 limit, operators can expense $250,000 of those costs the year they incur them, through ’11. Previously, operators could recover these costs only through a 39½-year depreciation schedule.

The legislation also includes incentives that make it easier to obtain Small Business Administration-backed loans.

This article can be found at: http://www.fermag.com/about-us/current-issue/single-issue-article/tax-incentive-makes-sense-for-equipment-buyers/461c372276.html

For help in navigating this in-depth process, call C&T Design today!

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Diagnosing Non-Warranted Refrigeration Problems

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Is your refrigerator or freezer not holding proper temperature?

Before making a service call that could turn out to be unnecessary and expensive, please be sure the following guidelines have been met:

1. Make sure the condenser is clean and not blocked by dust or dirt which WILL prevent a freezer or refrigerator from holding proper temperature. For example: If a refrigerator's holding temperature is a few degrees or more higher than a manufacturer's spec, there is a good chance that the condenser needs to be cleaned. Dirty condensers block the outside air needed to remove heat from the cabinet. Dirty condensers can also cause component failures. Be sure to clean every 4 to 6 weeks with a brush or vacuum!

2. Make sure the interior temperature control is NOT set to high which could cause the evaporator to freeze thus preventing the cabinet from pulling down to proper temperature. If the evaporator is frozen, unplug the unit overnight to thaw. Plug back in the unit in the morning.

3. Make sure the cabinet is level. Unleveled cabinets caused by uneven floors can prevent the doors from leveling and sealing properly thus allowing outside warm air inside the cabinet. Please call C&T if castor shims are necessary to level the cabinet.

4. Make sure product temperature is being checked which is normally 33° to 38°F inside a refrigerator, 41°F at the top of a prep table and minus 0° to -10°F in a freezer depending on the product load.

If these suggestions do not correct your temp issues, please call your nearest C&T Design location today.

 

 

These suggestions are courtesy of True Refrigeration.

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Buffalo Wild Wings 2010 Franchisee Founder's Award

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Buffalo Wild Wings®, Inc. Congratulations to Brad Haber,  Buffalo Wild Wings®, Inc.'s franchisee from Dayton, OH, for receiving the 2010 Franchise Founder's Award. Brad's franchise groups, Carolina Witt, Inc. and ThreeWitt Enterprises, Inc., are responsible for running 12 restaurants in Ohio, South Carolina and Indiana. C&T is currently working with the group on their next store in Florence, SC.

Congratulations, Brad! 

C&T Design - Cincinnati ~ 4025 Port Union Road ~ Fairfield, OH 45014 ~ 888-282-8282

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Congratulations, Brian, on being named FE&S Magazine's April DSR of the Month

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Brian Van Skyock - FE&S Magazine's April DSR of the MonthWe are so proud to announce that C&T Design's very own Brian Van Skyock was recently named Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazine's DSR (Dealer Sales Representative) of the month! This is a huge honor! I personally get to see Brian day in and day out work extremely hard for every single one of his customers. It is so nice to see him recognized for all of his efforts and hardwork.

Congratulations, Brian!

Click here to read the full article on Foodservice Equipment & Supplies website.

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