Freije-RSC on record pace since merger

It is been a little over a year since Freije Engineered Solutions and RSC joined forces, and the result has been great for our customers.

“Our clients see that Freije-RSC has a truly unique offering with our integrated services geared toward supporting mission critical facilities nationwide. We provide engineering, service and installation services for industrial refrigeration, mechanical, electrical and plumbing work with one call,” says Mike Webster, president of Freije-RSC Engineered Solutions Company.

The company’s synergy and fast growth are showing on the bottom line. Net Profit is exceeding expectations for the company, and revenue has more than doubled in 2014. To support this growth they’ve created over 50 new
jobs and are continuing to look for talented professionals and tradesmen.

The result has given Freije-RSC the ability to take on larger more complex projects with faster turnaround.

“We take pride in the fact that we can self-perform most of the work on our projects,” says Webster. “Our goal is to provide an exceptional level of trust for our client’s mission critical facilities.”

“We have the flexibility in our service to meet our customer’s needs. We can provide engineering only contracts, to service only contracts, to full engineering, installation and service contracts, all based on what is right for our customers. We can support nationwide customers, or local customers,” says Webster.

“Our goal is to provide an exceptional level of trust for our client’s by safeguarding their productivity.”

In the past year, Freije-RSC has performed worked in over 30 states and is in the process of increasing their presence in the Mid-South with a new office in Tennessee.

Freije-RSC is continuing to build on its success. In the coming year, the company plans to continue to equip their field techs with new technology – including a new enterprise resource planning system (ERP). Freije-RSC’s goal is to provide the best in class customer experience. Webster says it is the company’s goal is to provide high-quality customer experience, in addition to their best-in-class service and installation programs.

Tom Leighty

Tom Leighty awarded IIAR Member of the Year

Freije-RSC is proud to announce our industrial refrigeration CEO, Tom Leighty, was named the IIAR Member of The Year. The award was presented earler this year during the 2014 IIAR Industrial Refrigeration & Heavy Equipment Show in Nashville, TN.

Tom Leighty holds positions on the Executive Committee and Standards Committee. Tom has been involved with the Standards Committee for over 20 years; helping create safety and design for the industrial refrigeration industry.

The International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) is the leading association for the ammonia refrigeration industry. IIAR’s vision is to be globally recognized as the leading advocate for the safe, reliable and efficient use of ammonia and other natural refrigerants. They provide advocacy, education, and standards for the benefit of the global community in the safe and sustainable design, installation and operations of ammonia and other natural refrigerants.

Tom is also a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Refrigeration Engineers and Technicians Association (RETA).

Nick Thacker

Freije-RSC HVAC Tech medals in National Safety Awards

Freije-RSC HVAC tech Nick Thacker recently won the Silver Medal at the 2014 Workforce Development Conference and National Craft Championships in Birmingham, AL. Nick was among 166 competitors for 11 crafts representing their various companies at the championships. Nick was sponsored by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana/Kentucky.

Also, a special congratulations to Nick for his win of the NCC Safety Award for HVAC.

Craft trainees and apprentices from across the country travel each year to compete for top honors in their chosen craft. For the competitors, the National Craft Championships allows them to demonstrate their superior skills, training and safe work practices. For the training sponsors, employers and ABC chapters, the NCC demonstrates a staunch commitment to the career path the construction industry offers.

Freije-RSC is proud to have Nick as a member of our HVAC tech team!

A Riley Mom’s Thank You

riley-letterA few weeks ago, I posted a guest blog on the Riley Children’s Foundation Blog about how Freije-RSC supports the mission of the hospital by putting the Riley Hospital license plates on our fleet.

After that blog was posted, I received a letter from Angela Reed who’s daughter is a Riley Kid. Her letter was quite touching.

“Good morning sir, my name is Angela Reed and I wanted to say Thank you! for putting Riley plates on 80 of your vehicles.

You see, my daughter, Autumn, is a Riley kid and just went into remission from Stage 4 Osteosarcoma in February. We almost lose her just a few days before her 14th birthday, but by the Grace of God, he chose to let her have more time here on earth. We are attending the Riley Cancer Center Prom this year and it’s my mission to make each child I meet smile at least once because I know I will be crying tears of laughter and joy.

I really just wanted to tell you what your gift meant to me. It’s a chance for a family to be together by the wonderful work that Riley does. Thank you so much for your kindness.”

It’s stories like these that make our investment worth it.

Riley Hospital plates can be displayed on passenger cards, trucks up to 11,000 pounds, motorcycles and recreational vehicles. To order a plate you can visit or visit a Indiana BMV customer service location.


hazpowerFreije-RSC Engineered Solutions Co. conducted our annual HAZWOPER training class in April in the Columbus, Ohio market. We had over fifty people in attendance; traveling as far as Arkansas!

What is HAZWOPER? OSHA has developed the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) program to protect workers at hazardous sites. These extensive regulations ensure their safety and health when followed correctly. See link below for more information on HAZWOPER training.

If your company needs to complete a HAZWOPER training program contact us to learn more about your HAZWOPER classes.

Riley Children’s Hospital showcases Freije-RSC’s committment to community

freijeThis spring Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis is encouraging more Hoosiers to switch their license plates to Riley plates. Several years ago, we changed the license plates on all of Freije-RSC’s non-commercial vehicles to Riley Hospital license plates.

I was asked to write a column for the Riley Children’s Foundation Blog about how my wife and I support the mission of Riley. Switching our fleet’s license plates was a simple decision — it just felt right. Riley is a vitally important to our community.

You can read the full article on the Riley Foundation Blog »

Freije Engineered Solutions Company and Refrigeration Systems Company Complete Merger

Companies join to deliver industry-leading services to support industrial, commercial mission critical facilities

Freije Engineered Solutions Company and Refrigeration Systems Company (RSC) announced today that the two firms have merged. Combined, these companies employ nearly 200 workers who specialize in industrial refrigeration, mechanical and electrical engineering, service, and installation solutions for mission critical facilities.

“Freije and RSC bring a wealth of expertise and solutions-based services to the table, which will result in added value to our industrial and commercial clients,” said Mike Webster, president of Freije Engineered Solutions. “Each company has long-standing nationally recognized customers who depend on our highly trained experts to ensure their facilities function efficiently, effectively and safely.”

Freije, a nationally recognized specialty engineering, service and installation services firm, has been serving mission critical facilities, including the pharmaceutical, food distribution, food processing, health care and data services market sectors, for more than 50 years. The company works in partnership with its clients to support their facilities with a host of critical services that support system quality, performance and reliability. These services include industrial and commercial refrigeration and mechanical, plumbing and electrical services.

RSC, founded in 1961, provides customized refrigeration engineering, preventive maintenance and repair as well as design/build services for industrial clients in the food distribution and food processing industries.

The nationally recognized RSC is a founding member of the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR), an industry organization comprised of the world’s largest food processors and refrigerated warehouse operators, breweries, chemical companies and pharmaceutical companies. The company is active in IIAR and helps set industry standards for the safe, reliable and efficient use of ammonia and other natural refrigerants for industrial applications.

“Freije and RSC have unique and complementary service offerings with focused specialties in the food process and food distribution industry and pharmaceutical industry,” said Tom Leighty, president of Refrigeration Systems Company. “By combining our companies’ key competencies and strengths, we now can offer more services to our existing customers and expand our reach to more industrial and commercial clients. The synergy with our companies is quite unique and will improve our ability to enhance delivery of products and services to our nationwide customer base.”

Freije and RSC will keep offices and employees in their current locations. Freije is headquartered in Fishers, Ind., and has an office in Louisville, Ky. RSC is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, with offices in Cincinnati and Cleveland.

The combined companies will operate as affiliated companies of Freije/RSC Company and each will retain their current corporate structures.