I’ve been with Wakefern FoodService for 37 years, and I’ve seen seen a lot of contractors in that time. I first learned about RD&S when they designed and built the Southern Perishable building in Keasbey, New Jersey, which was the one of the biggest R134A refrigerant jobs in the country at the time. We were very impressed with the job they did, so we’ve brought them back, not only to bid on several other projects, but also to consult with us on problems we’ve had with our other refrigeration plants.
They did a project for us in Elizabeth, NJ where they replaced some corroded evaporative condensers. That had to be done in the dead of winter because it’s a refrigerated building, and we were going to be without refrigeration for several days during the conversion. Unbelievably, the RD&S folks worked in 20-degree weather and they knocked it out. Overall, I find that RD&S is very fair, very professional. They seem to be on the cutting edge of technology and are always looking at new applications, whether it be stainless steel evaporative condensers or variable frequency drive compressors. When they feel it’s appropriate, they introduce us to the new technology and let us make up our mind.
RD&S has a very good engineering department. They take their business very seriously and know what they’re talking about when they design these complex systems with all their intricacies. We’re impressed by that. Not only are we impressed with their design work, but also their construction work in the field. It’s good to have both sides of the design/build process. With RD&S, you have engineers on site during construction and not merely installers. That helps the process go a lot smoother.