125 years ago, ice sawn from frozen lakes in the winter was the only "refrigerant" available. Making it last longer to preserve precious food the year 'round was a real problem. Chrysler & Koppin came up with the answer then, and a business was started. 

We've been coming up with innovative answers ever since for commercial and institutional establishments that need top quality freezers and refrigerators.



 From the 1880's to the 2000's

The prime objective of Chrysler & Koppin has always been to build quality products that assure the user lower costs, minimal maintenance, and extended equipment life. Through the years, this has led to design innovations and material breakthroughs, and has enabled us to stay ahead of the rest of the industry. 

A few Chrysler & Koppin innovations are listed below.


Chrysler & Koppin equipment was delivered to the end user in horse drawn wagons. But we pioneered even in these early days, building an "icebox" with a rear access so that the iceman could refill it from the outdoors. Insulation for the equipment of that time consisted of paper products and sawdust.


Here was the Golden Age of those fabled mansions built with the automotive fortunes. Castles in the Grosse Pointes, the Ford Fairlane estate, and Meadowbrook Hall, where our early equipment is still being used, all of the featured residential equipment by Chrysler & Koppin.


During these years, Chrysler & Koppin pioneered the use of the then-new Allegheny-Ludlum stainless steel for interior finishes in mechanical refrigerators. Another innovation: Pass-through refrigerators with doors on both sides serving a kitchen and pantry. This period marked the end of an era in which Chrysler & Koppin equipment was predominantly residential in use and launched our transition from a regional supplier to our entry on the national scene.


Galvanized steel and aluminum replace wood as a finish material. Chrysler & Koppin provides full service fixturing to food stores. Complete line now includes refrigerated display counters, gondolas, refrigerators, and bakery cases. Full time bricklayers and tile setters are employed for built-in construction. Chrysler & Koppin pioneered the clear plexiglass door during this period.


Synthetic insulations replace natural materials. Styrenes and urethanes are among Chrysler & Koppin offerings. The big movement is to pre-fabricated units which now include laminated plastics and fiberglas finishes in any color pattern. Chrysler & Koppin introduced blast freezers. Operating temperatures of these units is -25 º Fahrenheit average, -40 º Fahrenheit for food processing, and -70 º Fahrenheit in pharmaceutical manufacturing.


System 505 introduces by Chrysler & Koppin. System 505 is a factory-constructed Class I-4" urethane panel with an integral foamed-in thermal barrier. This panel is U.L. listed as a unit, and the numbers are impressive, especially when complying with rigid building codes and in high-risk applications:

  • Flame Spread -5
  • Fuel Contributed -0
  • Smoke Developed -5

Remember: Competitive panels have average flame spread numbers in the 20's and 400 for smoke developed. The thermal barrier is integral to the System 505 design--one of the elements comprising it's structure, not added at the site. Since the entire panel is factory-constructed it is not subject to quality fluctuations and performance problems sometimes found in panels modified at job sites.


2000 ...

To be continued.

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