Keizer Refrigeration, a Carrier Transicold distributor, and Mid-States Utility Trailer Sales, along with the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, hosted a grand opening of their new facility Oct. 11 in Sioux City IA.
The ceremonies included a welcome by Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott along with well-wishes from Brenda Neville, president of the Iowa Motor Truck Association, and Chris McGowan, president of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, followed by the ribbon cutting.
Get complete coverage of the grand opening, and a detailed look at the new facility, in the November issue of Trailer/Body Builders magazine.
Guests enjoyed a barbecue lunch, facility tours and yard games. A raffle included many prizes, with the grand prize from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino featuring a dinner for two at the Main + Abbey restaurant, two tickets to the Anthem concert arena and a stay at the Hard Rock Hotel.
As part of the ceremonies, Mayor Scott presented a “Growing Sioux City Award” to owners Shane Keizer and Stacy Bricker to recognize their efforts to grow their companies and contribute to the local economy.
“We are honored to be selected for this special award” said Keizer, president of Keizer Companies. “My Dad started Keizer Refrigeration with his partner Jackie back in 1976, servicing equipment from the back of their pickup truck. The company grew and today we employ over 160 staff in our four locations and we are still recruiting more.
“I know that Dad would be proud.”
Stacy Bricker, Keizer Companies treasurer and secretary, said the new 55,000-square-foot facility doubles the size of their parts and service departments.
“We have a two-floor office area for trailer sales, showroom for truckers to purchase truck and trailer parts, a service center with 16 service bays and a new drive-through wash station,” Bricker said. “Our Dad firmly believed in reinvesting in the local economy, and Shane and I follow in his legacy.
“It is an honor to be recognized and to be selected for this prestigious award.”
Paul Trujillo, Utility Trailer’s western division sales manager, Tom Ondo, vice president of Carrier Transicold, and many Keizer Companies customers, vendors, employees and local contacts also attended the grand opening.