I just received this press release about AJAX Refrigeration’s 65th anniversary serving the restaurant industry in Santa Barbara:
You have probably seen the AJAX penguin van around town at some point. For over 65 years AJAX Santa Barbara Refrigeration has been the local industry leader to many well-known clients in the restaurant/hospitality industry and many other businesses and institutions. Recent projects include work at the Santa Barbara County Bowl and the renovation at the El Encanto Hotel. This heritage company is rooted in serving the local community with old fashioned quality, but with an eye for 21st century technology that has led to upgrades in services and communication. AJAX’s core business is in Commercial Refrigeration, Ice-Making Equipment, Full Service Ice Machine Leasing, and Preventive Maintenance Programs.
Since the company first started in 1949, there have been a few changes, including a name change by adding “AJAX” to Santa Barbara Refrigeration. The company has been located in downtown Santa Barbara for many years and in 1992 Bernard Jean (father of current owner Chris Montigny), purchased the business from the previous family. Fourth generation owner and President, Chris Montigny states: “I am excited to be a part of a long 65 year history and the company looks forward to 2014 with a new website and plans for improving service and expanding new departments that include affordable Full Service Leasing Programs and Preventive Maintenance Programs. We are also excited about creating additional blue collar jobs here in Santa Barbara County. Our apprentice training programs offer a pathway for young hires to become fully trained and certified repair or maintenance technicians with a good paying job.”
Sales & Leasing Manager, Michael Gardner adds: “It is very exciting to be part of the AJAX’s 65th year. We have been making huge changes to the way we operate and communicate in the 21st century. We are using technology to help the company grow and compete, but we will always offer an old fashioned personal touch and customer service that has been a Santa Barbara tradition for 65 years.”
According to long-time customer Martin Gonzales from the iconic, La Super Rica Restaurant, “Ajax Santa Barbara Refrigeration has always provided me with exceptional service throughout the past 22 years, including qualified service professionals, preventive maintenance that has kept my equipment running without breakdowns, and installation of my upgraded equipment and allows me the freedom to focus on my business.”
AJAX/Santa Barbara Refrigeration will continue to reach out to the community by providing ice and sponsorship for a few select local events. This is in addition to providing charitable giving to the local Waldorf School of Santa Barbara and providing complimentary service technician labor hours to other local non-profits. Finally there will be a big BBQ 65th celebration this summer at the AJAX shop.
AJAX/Santa Barbara Refrigeration, 401 E. Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, (805) 963-1322, www.ajaxrefrigerationandac.com