Each fall, the major trade association for the supermarket sector — the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) — holds an Energy and Technical Services Conference, with the prime purpose of bringing those who work on mechanical refrigeration equipment up to speed on the latest trends and technologies.
With the hot July temperatures roasting the United States coast to coast, Americans can be thankful that 100 years ago Dr. Willis H. Carrier “invented” modern air conditioning. Now, you can argue — and some of you have since July 17 — that Carrier did not invent air conditioning. Make no bones about it, Carrier Corporation certainly did its homework and spread the word to the general public and media regarding July 17, 1902.
A crew was in the process of installing A/C at a retail store inside an amusement and water park. This building had never had A/C. When we visited the store later in the day, I spent all of 30 seconds inside and decided to exit, not enjoying the sweltering indoor temps on this 90-degree day. All of this got me thinking about how underappreciated our trade is.
Some people might chalk it up to “being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” or “anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” Whatever the reason, Alan Mercurio is always happy to share the story with others.