Growers Custom Equipment, LLC

An Engineering and Manufacturing Company for Ag Pre-Cooling Equipment

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Growers Custom Equipment, LLC

An Engineering and Manufacturing Company for Ag Pre-Cooling Equipment

career opportunitiesour products

Industry

LEADER

FULL-SERVICE

OPERATIONS

EXCEEDING

CUSTOMER EXPECTATIONS

Specializing in Ag Pre-Cooling Equipment Manufacturing

Custom Designed Pre-Cooling & Cooling Solutions

Driving Long-Term Innovate, Design, Engineer and Manufacture

Highest Standards in Customer Service

Quality Materials, Superior Design, & Performance

Industry

LEADER

Specializing in Ag Pre-Cooling Equipment Manufacturing

Custom Designed Pre-Cooling & Cooling Solutions

FULL-SERVICE

OPERATIONS

Driving Long-Term Innovate, Design, Engineer and Manufacture

EXCEEDING

CUSTOMER EXPECTATIONS

Highest Standards in Customer Service

Quality Materials, Superior Design, & Performance

Who We Are

Growers Custom Equipment, LLC (GCE), a portfolio company of Post Harvest Technologies, Inc., is an engineering and manufacturing company for Ag Pre-Cooling Equipment. We design, engineer and manufacture our products to end users through independent sales reps and dealers.

Mission

We will be recognized as the most trusted brand in agriculture pre-cooling equipment, differentiated through cutting-edge innovation.

Vision

Our mission is to design, engineer and manufacture ag pre-cooling equipment for the Agriculture industry.

Values

We will achieve our mission and vision with passion for excellence, honesty, ethical behavior, and uncompromising integrity.

Ag Pre-Cooling Equipment Manufacturing

GCE’s highly skilled engineers design innovative pre-cooling products and systems, from vacuum tubes, ice injectors, ice generators and hydrocoolers to cutting-edge ice storage units.

Our efficient and economical pre-cooling products quickly remove the heat from vegetables just after harvest. This critical step extends the shelf life, expands the markets, and improves the quality of fresh produce from field to table.

As we manufacture these state-of-the-art pre-cooling products for growers all across North America, we make it our top priority to comply with food safety regulations.

Check out this video to learn more about Growers Custom Equipment  and the state-of-the-art product lines we offer:

GCE’s Full Line Dealer

Facilities Management Group (FMG) is a full line dealer for GCE, providing service, maintenance, repairs, parts sales, consulting, and operational expertise for all GCE product lines. FMG services California, Arizona and Nevada markets.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A DEALER OR A SALES REP FOR GCE PRODUCTS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Operations

GCE’s manufacturing facility is located in Yuma, AZ. 

The GCE Team

GCE’s skilled team of engineers and manufacturers have a proven track record of providing the highest level of expertise to help our customers increase the value of their business by preserving product quality. We have based our reputation on providing fast, yet economical cooling products and systems that continually ensure excellent arrivals, long shelf life, satisfied customers, and increased profits for the produce industry.

The History of GCE

Founded in 2016, GCE was previously owned by Growers Ice Company (GIC). GIC began manufacturing specialized equipment to support its own operations in the 1930s. Over the years they have continued to innovate and design equipment to pre-cool and cool product, which maintains the quality from the field to the table.

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During its early inception, GCE acquired the key assets and talent of Summit Mechanical, LLC., strengthening GCE’s position as an emerging market leader in the agriculture industry. In early 2018, GIC transferred GCE’s ownership to Post Harvest Technologies (PHT), Inc.

Currently, GCE is owned by PHT, Inc. and they continue their commitment to excellence in designing and manufacturing superior pre- and post-cooling products for companies in the agriculture industry.

GCE’s Full-Service Approach

WE ARE YOUR SINGLE-SOURCE SOLUTION FOR PRE-COOLING EQUIPMENT NEEDS.

Innovate & Design

We specialize in improving our customer’s efficiencies and capabilities through the design and fabrication of custom pre-cooling equipment. Our innovative capabilities are based on today’s advanced technology in the ag industry.

Engineer & Manufacture

Our engineering and manufacturing capabilities enable us to design and manufacture pre-cooling products and systems that meet the highest standards and deliver the quality and value that our customers expect, anywhere in the world.

 

Sell & Support

GCE’s custom pre-cooling equipment is sold to clients in the ag industry and distributed through our full line authorized dealers.

Our Products

LEADER IN SPECIALIZED PRE-COOLING EQUIPMENT

To view the GCE Product Brochure, please click here.

 

MOBILE ICE GENERATOR (IG-180)

MOBILE ICE GENERATOR

(IG-180)

SPECIFICATIONS

Mobile Ice Generators are self-contained engine rooms, and only require water, power, and to be charged with ammonia to operate. A separate refrigeration system is not needed to operate this product. It connects to a facility or an ice storage and ice injection system.

• From 35 up to 200 tons of ice generated per day
• Efficient and reliable
• Self-contained units reduce installation costs
• Industrial quality construction
• Corrosion resistant construction
• Variable ice thickness to suit different applications
• Reliable PLC controls automate the generator, reducing downtime

35 TON ICE STORAGE (IS 35 TD)

35 TON ICE STORAGE

(IS 35 TD)

Specifications

Ice Storage Units are built to be versatile, efficient, and easily transportable on a Lowboy trailer. These units have a capacity of 35 tons of flake ice. The Ice Storage Unit is fully PLC controlled with a capable wireless network interface and a Stainless-Steel inner lining.

VACUUM TUBE/HYDRO (VT-12)

VACUUM TUBE/HYDRO

(VT-12)

SPECIFICATIONS

Vacuum Tubes are used in the vacuum cooling process to combine
vacuum pumps with a refrigeration system and expose the vegetable
to a lower boiling point of the water within and on the vegetable. This
causes the water to cool, thereby pre-cooling lettuces and other
vegetables.

• Extends shelf life by pre-cooling vegetables faster than any other
method
• Quick and efficient pre-cooling periods of 15 to 45 minutes are
achieved depending on the type of product, amount of heat
removed and other factors
• Especially effective for leafy vegetables. For certain vegetables,
water can be introduced during the pre-cooling process to
enhance hydration

ICE INJECTOR (II-48-H)

ICE INJECTOR

(II-48-H)

Specifications

Ice injectors reclaim chilled water that saves cost and improves efficiency. The ice injector with auto push off can directly feed into an opening of a facility, adding to cooling efficiency, and does not break the cold chain. The ice injector with auto infeed allows for very high capacity (20,000+ cartons per day cooled with ease) and also reduces labor by allowing the loaders to constantly feed and unload, without having to wait for the icing to finish its cycle.
These high-volume ice injectors are radio controlled, fully automatic, and can ice an entire pallet in about 90 seconds.

HYDROCOOLER–12 PALLET (HC-12)

HYDROCOOLER–12 PALLET

(HC-12)

SPECIFICATIONS

Hydrocooling is a method of pre-cooling that involves chilling water and then showering or submerging the product in cold water.
A hydrocooler is a pre-cooling system that extends shelf life by providing a fast, reliable and efficient means of cooling many water tolerant fruits and vegetables.

• Cools produce up to 15 times faster than air
• Allows for greater harvesting and marketing flexibility
• Easily handles large amounts of produce (although hydrocoolers can also be designed for smaller quantities of produce)
• Hydrates some products, reducing moisture loss
• Rinses while it cools
• Flexible means of cooling vegetables and fruits packed in bins, bulk, or palletized

MOBILE ENGINE ROOM (HC-150)

MOBILE ENGINE ROOM

(HC-150)

Specifications

This self-contained mobile engine room provides refrigeration and cooling capacity. This product is customized to fit mobile, seasonal, and emergency engine room needs. The mobile engine room provides flexibility for companies with multiple facility locations and cooling applications.

BIN WASHER (BW-4 SERIES II)

BIN WASHER

(BW-4 SERIES II)

SPECIFICATIONS

• Robust and portable bin washing system
• 1 -2 employee/forklift operation
• Capacity to clean 3 -4 bins per minute or 180 –240 per hour (depending on operation)
• Incredibly efficient and eco-friendly features
• Designed to save time, water and labor
• Dramatically increases productivity by 100%
• Large cost savings and ROI

TOTE WASHER (TW-15)

TOTE WASHER

(TW-15)

Specifications

• Robust and portable tote washing system
• 1 -2 employee/forklift operation
• Capacity to clean 3 -4 totes per minute or 180 –240 per hour (depending on operation)
• Incredibly efficient and eco-friendly features
• Designed to save time, water and labor
• Dramatically increases productivity by 100%
• Large cost savings and ROI

Pre-Cooling Methods

PRODUCT COOLING INDEX

Hydro-Cooling

Hydro-cooling is a method of pre-cooling that involves using our GCE Hydro-Cooler to rapidly submerge the produce in chilling water and then shower the product in cold water to remove field heat. Hydro-cooling is very fast, but limited by the temperature to which you can cool produce. Without additives, water can’t be cooled below 32°F (0°C). Therefore, this method is ineffective for cooling down to 31°F or below. One of the main advantages of hydro-cooling is that it helps the produce retain moisture and stay hydrated, which may even revive slightly wilted produce.

THE HYDRO-COOLING METHOD CAN BE USED FOR ARTICHOKES, ASPARAGUS, AVOCADOS, BEANS (GREEN), BEETS, BERRIES, BROCCOLI, BRUSSELS SPROUTS, CABBAGE, CANTALOUPES, CARROTS, CAULIFLOWER, CELERY, CHERRIES, CUCUMBERS, ENDIVE, GREEN ONIONS (SOME TYPES), KALE, KOHLRABI, LEAF LETTUCE, LEEKS, NECTARINES, PARSLEY, PARSNIPS, PEACHES, RADISHES, ROMAINE LETTUCE, RHUBARB, RUTABAGAS, SPINACH, SWEET CORN, TURNIPS, AND WATERCRESS.

Vacuum Cooling

The process of vacuum cooling is the rapid refrigeration of a porous product through moisture removal. The heat is removed very rapidly, allowing for earlier shipping and a fresher product. The vacuum cooling method is performed with our GCE Vacuum Tube. The pallets containing the product are loaded into a vacuum tight chamber and the process begins. The equipment drops the pressure inside the vessel by removing air through vacuum pumps. Once the level of vacuum reaches the “flash point” moisture and heat are removed from the product in the form of water vapor. The lower the pressure inside the chamber, the lower the boiling point of water. As the vacuum goes deeper, more water vapor is removed and the product temperature is reduced until the desired temperature is achieved.

THE VACUUM COOLING METHOD CAN BE USED FOR BOK CHOY, CABBAGE, CAULIFLOWER, CHINESE CABBAGE, CHARD, CILANTRO, COLLARDS, CRISPHEAD LETTUCE, ENDIVE, ESCAROLE, LEAF LETTUCE, LEEKS, MUSHROOMS, PARSLEY, AND SPINACH.

Hydrovac Cooling

Hydrovac cooling is a combination of vacuum cooling and hydro-cooling. Just prior to the “flash point” when the water evaporates from the produce, additional cold water is added. This replenishes moisture lost during vacuum cooling, which helps prevent dehydration and a loss of water weight.

THE HYDROVAC COOLING METHOD CAN BE USED FOR CELERY AND MANY OTHER LEAFY VEGETABLES.

Ice Cooling

Ice cooling is the method of using our GCE Ice Injector to mix ice and water into an ice slurry mix that is “injected” into the product packaging (closed cartons) and cooled by direct contact. When injected into a box of produce this ice slurry mix surrounds the produce within, filling any open spaces. The water then drains through holes in the box leaving behind instantly cooled produce blanketed in snow.

THE ICE COOLING METHOD CAN BE USED FOR ASPARAGUS, BROCCOLI, BRUSSELS SPROUTS, CARROTS, KALE, KOHLRABI, LEAFY VEGETABLES, LEEKS, MELONS, ONIONS (GREEN), PARSLEY, PARSNIPS, RADISHES, RUTABAGAS, AND SWEET CORN.

Forced Air Cooling

Forced Air Cooling is the process of quickly removing heat from product by creating a pressure differential across the product. The product, usually stacked on pallets, is placed in rows and sealed to control the flow of cold air through the product, rather than around it. This cooling method uses fans designed to circulate, or force, cool air throughout the produce. By pulling the air through the produce rather than pushing it past the produce, this helps minimize associated dehydration. Nevertheless, forced air cooling often requires close monitoring and a humidifying system to prevent dehydration. Good airflow is essential for forced-air cooling and thus the produce must not be too closely packed together.

THE FORCED AIR COOLING METHOD CAN BE USED FOR APPLES, APRICOTS, AVOCADOS, BEANS (GREEN, WAX), BELL PEPPERS, BERRIES, BROCCOLI, BRUSSELS SPROUTS, CABBAGE, CARROTS, CANTALOUPE, CAULIFLOWER, CELERY, CHILI PEPPERS, CUCUMBERS, FIGS, GRAPES (TABLE), HONEYDEW, KIWIFRUIT, KOHLRABI, LEAF LETTUCE, MUSHROOMS, NECTARINES, OLIVES, PEACHES, PEAS, PEARS, PEPPERS, PLUMS, POTATOES, RHUBARB, ROMAINE LETTUCE, SPINACH, SQUASH, SWISS CHARD, AND TOMATOES.

Room Cooling

With the Room Cooling method, the produce to be cooled is simply placed in a refrigerated room such as a cooler and allowed to naturally acclimate to ambient temperatures. However, modern coolers are carefully designed to closely regulate temperatures, airflow, humidity and often a host of other environmental factors that give the produce their best chance at maximum preservation and shelf life. Room cooling is most effective for produce that does not need to rapidly reach its minimum cooling temperature or which has already been pre-cooled using another method.

THE ROOM COOLING METHOD CAN BE USED FOR APPLES, ARTICHOKES, BEETS, CABBAGE, ONIONS, PEACHES, PEARS, POTATOES, AND PUMPKINS.

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Growers Custom Equipment, LLC

14280 S Avenue 3 East
Yuma, AZ 85365

AZ, CA & NV Dealer

Facilities Management Group

1223 Merrill St., Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 417-1200

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