For the Reporter
Auburn-based Pro Refrigeration has selected Mike and Leann Krainick and the team at Krainick Dairy with the 2017 JLVG (John L.VanderGiessen) Partner of the Year Award.
The award was created to honor John VanderGiessen (1916-2011), the father and grandfather of Pro’s co-founders. The award is presented annually to a customer, dealer, distributor, vendor or team member of Pro Refrigeration Inc., someone who has demonstrated character, service, knowledge and whose partnership was instrumental in Pro’s previous and ongoing success.
“Krainick Dairy was an easy choice. Without a doubt we wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for their continuous support and belief in us,” said Jim VanderGiessen Jr., CEO of Pro Refrigeration. “My grandpa sold a lot of equipment to the Krainicks over the years and knew Mike’s dad well. I know he’d really get a kick out of knowing they were being recognized with this award.”
Krainick Dairy purchased one of the first Pro Chiller Systems nearly 30 years ago and ever since a Pro Chiller has been entrusted with cooling their milk. They recently completed the commissioning of their newest Pro Chiller System- replacing a system that Pro installed in 1998.
Over the years both companies have seen a lot of growth and expansion, Pro to become a leading manufacturer of chiller systems to the U.S. dairy industry and the Krainicks growing into one the largest dairies in the county. Both companies also share a unique tie to the craft brewing industry, with Pro providing the cooling to a majority of the breweries in the region and Krainick utilizing their spent grain as a key feed component for his herds.
Mike Krainick added: “… because our farm is so close to their headquarters, Pro would often test their new designs and concepts at our dairy. These prototypes worked so well that we often ended up purchasing them. It has been a great partnership.”
Pro Refrigeration Inc., which operates from its Auburn headquarters, has an East Coast production facility in Mocksville, N.C. In addition to the dairy Industry, Pro manufactures chiller systems for the craft brewery, winery, distillery, food processing and other industries.
Located in Enumclaw, Krainick Dairy is a third-generation farm family owned and operated since 1912. The farm encompasses nearly 1,200 non-contiguous acres, shipping more than 9,000 gallons of milk daily from their two dairies.