Precise Refrigeration Temperature Critical to Ensure Vaccine Potency
Scottsboro, AL, Dec. 16, 2020 – HTPG, a leading manufacturer in commercial refrigeration is developing equipment to maintain specific temperatures for COVID-19 vaccine storage. The Scottsboro facility was reconfigured in September to increase output and accommodate the new production.
The effort is part of a public-private partnership to which HTPG brings its expertise in commercial refrigeration and temperature-controlled supply chain. The partnership aims to deliver 300 million doses of a safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19 across the United States.
“Vaccines such as the ones for COVID-19 must be stored in an exact temperature range to ensure potency,” said Mark Evans, vice president and general manager, HTPG. “We ramped up production at our factory to maximum levels as part of our commitment to meet deadlines and respond to this critical moment in our nation’s history.”
Evans credited employees for meeting ambitious deadlines weeks ahead of schedule.
“Our employee response was extraordinary,” said Evans. “Our team is honored to be part of this process and proud to build equipment that will maintain specific temperatures for life-saving vaccines.”
Heat Transfer Products Group, LLC (HTPG), is a standalone division of Rheem and a manufacturer of commercial refrigeration equipment sold under the recognized brands of Russell, Witt, Kramer and ColdZone. Manufacturing operations are based in Scottsboro, Alabama.
Founded in 1925, Rheem® innovates new ways to deliver precise temperatures while saving energy, water and supporting a more sustainable future. Rheem is America’s #1 water-heating brand with products available in more than 50 countries. Paloma Co., Ltd.® of Nagoya, Japan, acquired the iconic Rheem brand in 1988, and today the company’s portfolio of premium brands include Rheem®, Raypak®, Ruud®, Eemax®, Richmond®, Splendid®, Solahart® and EverHot™ as well as commercial refrigeration brands Russell®, Witt®, ColdZone® and Kramer®, which are part of the Heat Transfer Products Group (HTPG®) division.