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Summit Appliance Introduces Energy Saving Door Tints

Bronx, NY, April 3, 2014—Glass door refrigerators are getting an energy efficient makeover with Summit Appliance’s new tinted door options. Available in four styles, these tints help to prevent light from damaging stored items, thereby reducing energy consumption and saving on running costs.

"Many wine enthusiasts love to display their collections behind glass doors, but this puts every bottle in a vulnerable place," says Paul Storch, CEO of Felix Storch, Inc. "Even double or triple pane glass will allow some light to penetrate the door. This forces the refrigerator or wine cellar to work harder to maintain its temperature."

Summit’s door tints are designed to help combat the harmful effects of natural and artificial light. Using Clear Distortion Free adhesive technology, reflective or low-e film is applied directly to the glass doors of any Summit beverage center or wine cellar.

Four different color options provide a range in energy savings and interior visibility. A mirror finish in low-e film allows maximum energy savings, rejecting 85% of solar energy and reducing glare by 87%. Blue tints come in two styles: a midnight blue finish with 69% solar energy rejection and glare reduction, and a lighter blue that provides more interior visibility. For the customer looking for moderate protection, Summit offers a light smoke tint that keeps stored items in view. All options reject up to 99% of UV rays.

"There are some applications where a door tint can be absolutely vital to cold storage," says Storch. "When a refrigerator is placed in direct sunlight, a tinted door will offer noticeable improvement in its temperature performance. On the other hand, some customers just love the look."

Summit carries an extensive selection of built-in and full-size wine cellars, as well as commercial beverage centers and outdoor display refrigerators. All units can be customized with these door tints. To learn more about the energy savings of door tinting and to view the different options, visit www.summitappliance.com/tint

Summit Appliance Introduces the Ingenious Collection of Counter Depth Refrigeration

Bronx, NY, July 10, 2013— Space-challenged kitchens can get an upgrade with Summit Appliance’s new Ingenious line of refrigeration, full-size household units with unique features for the user. Available in two sizes, these frost-free refrigerator-freezers put innovative design in hard-to-find footprints

"The Ingenious Collection has a dramatic look, yet the units themselves are incredibly practical," says Paul Storch, CEO of Felix Storch, Inc. "The curved doors and platinum color are quite stylish, while the actual product features are designed for true user convenience."

Those features include a digital control panel on the door's exterior that lets users set an open door alarm, reduce the energy consumption for short holidays, and set the Power Cool function to rapidly chill the interior (ideal for bringing room temperature items like groceries to a colder temperature). The freezer compartment includes the Smart Fill Ice Factory, a no-spill system for making ice cubes, and the Express Chill Zone, a rapid cooling compartment that can be programmed on a timer-based system. Additional features include glass shelves, door storage, interior lighting, and multiple crisper storage drawers.

"When you’re looking for a counter deep refrigerator, your options are generally limited to wider units that take up too much space or built-in models that come with a very high price tag," Storch says. "Because of their height, the Ingenious models manage to maintain full-size storage capacity in slimmer widths than what you generally find when looking for counter deep units. They also come at a much lower price than the built-in models on the market."

The units available are the 18 cu.ft. FF1935PL (73” H x 29.25” W x 27” D) and 14 cu.ft. FF1525PL (73” H x 26” W x 26.25” D). To learn more about these units and see the Ingenious features in action, visit summitappliance.com/ingenious or call Summit at 1-800-932-4267.

Summit™ Precision To Launch New Line of Warming Cabinets

Bronx, NY, October 10, 2012— In continuing its development as a leading supplier of medical equipment, Felix Storch Inc., will be launching a new product line of eight UL and IEC listed blanket warmers for hospital use. Manufactured under the new brand Summit™ Precision, this warming cabinet series is expected to be available in the spring of 2013, with all production taking place in the U.S. facilities of Felix Storch, Inc.

Best known for its refrigeration and freezer line, Felix Storch Inc., currently manufactures and distributes medical grade appliances primarily through its AccuCold™ brand. The new Summit™ Precision blanket warmers have already passed the UL/IEC 61010-1 standard for laboratory use of electrical equipment.

"We are excited to enter another level of manufacturing for the medical community," says Paul Storch, President of Felix Storch, Inc. "By expanding our reach in this industry, we expect to see significant growth for our company, including adding jobs here in the Bronx for our manufacturing, sales, and administrative departments."

In addition to the AccuCold™ and Summit™ Precision brands, Felix Storch Inc., also owns Summit Appliance, its largest division specializing in major appliances for the residential, hospitality, and commercial markets. While most major production is done through a network of equipment suppliers, Summit Appliance has been expanding its manufacturing program to build more products on site.

"Although space in New York is always at a premium, we are moving towards increasing our capabilities as an American manufacturer of appliances," Storch says. "From a design and marketing standpoint, having the ability to conceive, perfect, and build our products in-house gives us a unique opportunity in crafting our product line."

For more information about these upcoming products and FSI’s other appliance lines, visit www.summitappliance.com or call 1.800.932.4267.

New RSS Feeds

August 30, 2010--SUMMIT Appliance has launched three new RSS feeds to keep dealers updated on product changes. Customers may subscribe to updates on new products, out of stock listings, and updates to any existing product data, including new photography or specification changes.

To learn more about these feeds, visit www.summitappliance.com/rss

Custom Colors Bring Innovative Design To Kitchen Appliances

July 12, 2010, Bronx, NY--Summit Appliance is the first in the industry to offer complete color-matching on undercounter refrigeration, enabling everyone to select the exact look and style of their refrigerator, freezer, beer dispenser or wine cellar. Built on Summit Appliance's foundation of high quality household and commercial units (both built-in and freestanding), this innovation takes choice to another level.

Homeowners and architects can choose anything from a vibrant, fire-engine red to a soft lavender refrigerator to make a bold statement or simply blend into existing spaces. Customers specify the pantone color code (or codes, if they prefer additional colors on the handle and kickplate) or can alternatively pick from nearly 300 choices in the popular RAL color directory.

"The custom color feature is something bound to change the face of the appliance industry," says Paul Storch, Vice President of Summit Appliance. "Now customers have full control over enhancing their kitchen in any way they wish."

Underneath the paint is a durable 304 grade stainless steel surface ensuring enjoyment for many years to come. The custom color option is available for virtually all of Summit Appliance's built-in, commercially approved, ADA compliant, and outdoor models designed for undercounter use. Learn more at www.summitappliance.com/colors.

Felix Storch Inc. Completes Specialized Training Program for Company Staff

June 4, 2010, Bronx, NY--Felix Storch Inc. congratulates its staff on graduating from a yearlong training program with NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS). For the second year in a row, employees of SUMMIT Appliance participated in on-site training with weekly courses in a broad curriculum.

"We viewed this opportunity as an investment, both in our individual employees and our whole company's growth," said Paul Storch, Vice President of Felix Storch Inc. "An educated workforce helps us improve every aspect of our day-to-day output because each employee has the skills to contribute more efficiently."

Over the past year, production, warehouse, and customer service staff members studied industry-specific subjects that included lean manufacturing and quality control. Employees also worked to improve their language and math skills, taking classes in ESL and remedial to advanced mathematics. Sixty-four employees participated in both traditional classroom activities and more hands-on training including hipot testing and forklift safety.

The program was funded by a $242,919 grant from NYC Business Solutions Training Funds, which was matched by a $202,750 employer contribution. SBS is dedicated to keeping local businesses competitive while providing entry-level workers with career advancement opportunities.

With an extensive product line that requires precise in-house customization, SUMMIT Appliance has a special demand for skilled employees in the mechanical field. "We do our best to keep as much production in the city as possible, resulting in minimal lead time and faster deliveries," adds Storch. "The more rounded our employees are, the better we can provide for our customers."

New Website For Medical Product Line

March 26, 2010, Bronx, NY--Summit Appliance launches the next generation website for its medical division of refrigerators, freezers, and ADA compliant major appliances.

Following the successful redesign of www.summitappliance.com in August 2009, the new summitmedicalrefrigerators.com features brand new product photography and printable two-page brochures. Users can search for products by general size and type, or use specific filters to narrow search results by features.

The new website also includes additional resources for medical users, including series-specific guides on Summit models and a series of articles on vaccine storage and handling.

"We carry one of the most comprehensive medical lines of refrigeration in the industry," said Paul Storch, Vice President of Felix Storch, Inc. "Our new website should make finding the right product for our customers a direct and easy process."

Also featured on the new website is Summit Appliance's AccuCold division of scientific refrigeration, a line exclusively designed for the storage of vaccines and medical goods.

Visit summitmedicalrefrigerators.com to explore the new website and product lines.


About SUMMIT Appliance

Since 1969, SUMMIT Appliance, a division of Felix Storch, Inc., has been a leading manufacturer and distributor of major appliances for commercial, household, medical, and laboratory use, including the industry's largest selection of built-in under counter refrigeration and a complete series of ADA compliant models.

Beer Frosters Bring Out the Best In Bottles and Cans

March 24, 2010, Bronx, NY--Bottled beer reaches new depths of ice cold refreshment in Summit Appliance's unique series of Cold Cavern™ beer frosters.

These compact and counter height freezers are designed exclusively to hold cans and bottles at 24ºF, beer's lowest point before freezing. Bottles get so cold, they literally "frost" over when removed from the unit, keeping the beer inside at a near-freezing temperature.

While many ales and darker brews are traditionally served at warmer temperatures, domestic lights are generally enjoyed as cold as possible. "For a lot of beer drinkers, there's just nothing more refreshing than an ice cold beer," says Paul Storch, Vice President of Summit Appliance. "A beer froster gives you the same sensation you get in a frosted glass, but lets you keep beer in the bottle. It's more convenient for home entertaining."

Beer frosters are available for commercial or home use, with options in automatic defrost and with stainless steel doors. Summit Appliance beer frosters include original door decals with high resolution imagery and text options for English and Spanish speaking markets.

In addition to beer frosters, Summit Appliance carries an extensive line of beer dispensers, wine cellars, and general and specialty refrigeration. To learn more, visit summitappliance.com or call 718-893-3900.


About Summit Appliance

Since 1969, Summit Appliance has been a leading manufacturer and distributor of major appliances for commercial, household, medical, and laboratory use, including the industry's largest selection of built-in undercounter refrigeration and a complete series of ADA compliant units.

Transporting Vaccines Is Safer With SUMMIT Appliance

January 14, 2010, Bronx, NY--Vaccines are sensitive biological substances that can become less effective, or even destroyed, when exposed to temperatures outside the recommended range. That's why these materials must be stored properly from the time they are manufactured until they are administered, a challenge many medical facilities face when transporting pharmaceuticals or providing mobile health care services.

To address this need, SUMMIT Appliance, a leading manufacturer and supplier of medical refrigeration, has introduced the SPRF26M, a portable 12/24 volt refrigerator/freezer designed for the safe and stable transport of vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and other specimens that require consistent temperature conditions.

SUMMIT SPRF26M utilizes a powerful compressor designed to maintain precise temperatures at refrigerator or freezer levels (-18ºC capable). For portable use, this unit can be plugged into the 12V DC lighter socket inside any vehicle or 24V battery source to allow stable temperature control on the road. An AC adapter is also included for alternate use in 110V electrical wall outlets.

"Medical storage requires a more advanced design than an everyday cooler," says Steve Ross, Vice President of Marketing for SUMMIT Appliance. "Solid construction and true insulation are essential, and the SPRF26M's resilient plastic body is built to hold up to rugged use." For further safety, the SPRF26M includes a digital thermostat with external temperature readout. This feature helps to limit the time contents spend exposed to ambient temperature, as users can monitor the temperature without opening the lid.

In addition to temperature stability, SUMMIT SPRF26M is specifically featured for professional storage in medical applications. A keyed chrome lock allows more security for storing sensitive materials, a serious consideration when administering certain vaccines or collecting samples in the field. SUMMIT Appliance also provides a wheeled trolley for smooth mobility when transporting the unit.

To learn more about this model, visit summitmedicalrefrigerators/product/sprf26m or call 718-893-3900.

Diamond Plate Finish Brings Industrial Edge to Under Counter Beer Dispensers

November 6, 2009, Bronx, NY-- Household, commercial, and outdoor beer dispensers have long been a staple of Summit Appliance's product line, with 24" wide units in black, brass, and stainless steel. Now, Summit Appliance brings the option of textured diamond plate to doors on single, double, and triple tap beer dispensers.

This aluminum finish can be applied to freestanding or built-in units in Summit Appliance's SBC490 line of auto defrost beer dispensers. All models can accommodate half, quarter, and mini kegs and come with a complete tap kit and CO2 tank. Household and commercial units feature a black cabinet and include a curved towel bar handle in polished stainless steel.

"We've seen the diamond plate design everywhere from commercial garages to carefully furnished man caves," says Paul Storch, Vice President of Summit Appliance. "It's a natural look for beer dispensers because it brings rugged style to a product normally confined to stainless steel or solid black."

The wrapping is rustproof and can also be ordered on under counter refrigerators and freezers from Summit Appliance. To learn more, visit summitappliance.com or call 718-893-3900.

SUMMIT Appliances Launches New Website

August 3, 2009--SUMMIT Appliance is pleased to announce the unveiling of its new official website at www.summitappliance.com.

While the web address remains the same, the new summitappliance.com is designed to provide users with easier accessibility to products, including more imagery and detailed information on features and upgrades. In addition, the new categorization of SUMMIT's product catalog and advanced search option will help customers and dealers locate the right units in less time.

Additional features include:

  • Printable specifications for individual products, allowing users to download a two-page spread with product photo, measurements, feature information, and drawings.
  • In-depth content on industry related news, including information on induction cooking, ENERGY STAR products, and ADA guidelines.
  • Practical advice on how to get the best performance out of appliances, including tips for energy savings, wine storage, budget decoration, induction cooking recipes, and more.
  • An improved Dealer News section with regular updates on new products, lead times, and out-of-stock models with anticipated arrival dates.

Future developments include enabling users to purchase replacement parts direct from the website.

Summit Appliance Division,

Felix Storch, Inc.

770 Garrison Ave • Bronx, NY 10474

Phone: 718-893-3900

Fax: 718-842-3093

Email: info@summitappliance.com

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