This week marks the 73rd annual Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ in Sturgis, South Dakota. Last year’s weeklong rally drew over 400,000 motorcycle enthusiasts to the event that includes concerts, races, bike shows, exhibits, organized rides and a variety of scheduled entertainment. This year the attendance is expected to soar and will run through Sunday, August 11.
Port-A-Cool has participated in the event for eight years now with a large display booth at the Black Hills Harley Davidson in Rapid City, South Dakota. Jeff Lloyd, Vice President of Domestic Sales for Port-A-Cool, LLC, leads the Port-A-Cool team on the ground at the event.
“Sturgis is attended by people all over the world,” says Lloyd. “This is a great venue for us because the rally attendees and other vendors love our Port-A-Cool units. They use our portable cooling in many areas such as warehouses, automotive shops, welding shops, service shops, airplane hangars and at their homes in the garage and on the patio.”
Lloyd notes that the most frequent attendee feedback the team hears is that the participants love that Port-A-Cool evaporative cooling units are assembled in the USA (in Center, Texas). In fact many express how impressed they are by the durability and quality aspects of the varied models available in a wide price range.
Port-A-Cool travels from coast-to-coast to outreach with our customers at events just like these. From Thunder Beach Bike Rally and Arizona Bike Week to the House of Harley Davidson event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Daytona Bike Week – our team loves to educate attendees about the economical benefits of evaporative cooling as a practical cooling solution.
As Lloyd points out, “All attendees at Sturgis (and other bike rallies) are “our customers” because they could all use an economical, environmentally friendly way to cool down their businesses or home.”
MENLO PARK, CA — The Sunset Celebration Weekend, held on June 2-3 in Menlo Park, CA drew a large crowd and lots of visitors to the Port-A-Cool, LLC, booth. Event officials estimated record numbers of attendees this year based on reported food and beverage consumption. Attendance typically totals 25,000 to 30,000 based on previous years.
Port-A-Cool, LLC, employees Rick Kelly and Leon Aldridge, along with Melodie Elliott from Sunwest Communications, manned the booth as curious visitors paused for an explanation and demonstration of the Port-A-Cool and KuulAire units on hand.
Sunset Celebration Weekend is a new venue for our company and appeals to those searching for products to enhance outdoor living areas... a perfect fit for our products.
During the event, a raffle was held for a brand new Port-A-Cool Cyclone 3000 with a sienna housing. The lucky winner was Janet MacMahon of Newark, California. She can certainly look forward to a cooler summer now!
Leon Aldridge, our Director of Marketing, took these great shots at the event. Most curious is the rather tall gentleman who somehow managed to take advantage of some cool air from the JetStream 1600 on display just outside the booth.
by Lauren B. Mangiaforte
In today’s post, I’d like to point out some of the interesting work Port-A-Cool, LLC’s international sales teams is doing throughout the world. As you know, Port-A-Cool® evaporative cooling units are proudly made in the United States. And while it’s true that we’re very successful in the domestic market, we’re also a force to be reckoned with on the international stage.
In fact, our status as an American-made brand is what helps distinguish us to customers around the globe who rightly take the Texan origins of our product to be synonymous with high quality.
International Sales Director Bob Mangiaforte manages a sales team covering territory in dozens of countries around the globe. Along with Neil McEwen, Jose Marasco, and Ziad Qaddomi, he gets the word out about the many uses and benefits of evaporative cooling. In his time at Port-A-Cool, LLC, he’s traveled to 60 countries and seen the product used for a wide variety of purposes, including to cool a mushroom farm in Singapore and an entire sports stadium in Qatar.
He says Port-A-Cool, LLC is known throughout the world for the high-quality American-made status of its product: “International clients are definitely impressed that Port-A-Cool units are American-made. That’s what they’re looking for—that high level of quality.”
Bob also recommends that companies looking to be environmentally responsible in any country should make the switch to evaporative cooling. “Our products have a really low level of emissions, and the daily running cost of an evaporative cooling unit is minimal—especially compared to traditional air conditioning.”
That’s not the only reason international customers love working with the Port-A-Cool, LLC team. We’re committed to securing lasting relationships with clients around the world. Of course, the good news for us and for you is that “Port-A-Cool” is the same in every language!
Lauren is a graduate of Saint Mary's College and holds a Master of Letters degree in English from the University of St Andrews. Currently, Lauren is the owner of LBM Consulting.