Success Stories

Thank You - Fareway Stores, Inc. - Orange City, IA

Fareway Stores Inc. - Orange City, IA

Attn:  Carlson & Stewart Refrigeration,

I would like to take a minute to point out the amazing job that Kelly Wilken and Nick Pohlen did in our store.  Both gentlemen went above and beyond the call of duty.  They were always helpful and polite.  You could not ask them to represent your company any better.  Please take a minute to thank them for the amazing job they do.

Valley Queen Cheese has partnered with CSR since the 1960's.

Carlson & Stewart Refrigeration, Inc. (CSR) has been the refrigeration contractor at Valley Queen Cheese since the 1960’s. In 2007, CSR installed a brand new ammonia system which since then has seen continuous growth. It is comforting to know that when a project is in the design phase, we are working with the best engineers in the business. If there is a problem with the system, CSR understands the importance of quick response times with knowledgeable service technicians. And most importantly, CSR always stands behind the products they sell and their workmanship.

Cold Spring Brewing Company working relationship with CSR is as strong as ever.

Reliability and Support


Cold Spring Brewing Company has been a long-standing customer of Central Minnesota Refrigeration (CMR).  Following the acquisition of CMR by Carlson & Stewart Refrigeration (CSR) in October 2011, the working relationship is as strong as ever. 

Cory Schreifels is the Purchasing Manager at Cold Spring Brewing Company.  Following a recent installation of new glycol chillers in their brew house, Cory shared the following comments:

Jone's Food Store in Parker, SD

Greg McDowell, Service Coordinator:  After making some customer survey calls this morning to several Sioux Falls customers, I wanted to share the conversation I had with Tony, the manager of the Jone's Food Store in Parker, SD.  Corey was there on a service call last week. I was going through the questions, and Tony had rated Corey a five on the first two questions.

First District Association relies on Carlson & Stewart Refrigeration to keep its high-volume dairy plant running smoothly.

First District Association relies on Carlson & Stewart Refrigeration to keep its high-volume dairy plant running smoothly.

At First District Association dairy cooperative, a typical day involves moving 3.8 million lbs. of product through its system. In addition to processing such a high volume, the plant’s system must maintain critical temperatures to optimize yield. That’s where Carlson & Stewart Refrigeration (CSR) has offered its expertise and engineering since the mid-1980s.

Baker Boy: Premium bakery stays on-trend while Carlson & Stewart Refrigeration keeps it cool

Baker Boy specializes in delivering the foodservice, bakery, convenience store and food manufacturing markets with the best in bakery products. With 50 years in the business, the premier bakery supplier has to remain at the forefront of consumer tastes and trends.

So while Baker Boy dedicates itself to what it knows best – the business of great food – it relies on Carlson & Stewart Refrigeration’s (CSR’s) expertise to ensure its 135,000 sq. ft. facility in Dickinson, ND, is always able to meet the demands of its many loyal clients.

Tauer’s SuperValu: A five-star rating for Carlson & Stewart

If he could give Carlson & Stewart Refrigeration (CSR) a rating, Paul Tauer, co-owner of Tauer’s SuperValu in Springfield, MN, says he would give CSR five stars in every area from workmanship to service.

"CSR is a very successful company that does business in a small-town, handshake sort of way," says Tauer, who owns the store with his brother, George. CSR has worked with Tauer’s since 1988, and was integral in upgrading all of Tauer’s refrigeration when the store underwent a major remodel seven years ago.

Carlson & Stewart keeps dairy plant running smoothly

As the country’s largest processor and distributor of dairy products, with more than 100 plants across the United States, Dean Foods needs to trust vendors like Carlson & Stewart to keep its product fresh and cold. Always.

"I’ve never had a problem Carlson & Stewart couldn’t solve," says Jarrod Otta, Plant Manager, Dean Foods, who has worked with Carlson & Stewart for more than 10 years and knows, first-hand, that its people live their service mission.

From simple service to complete system upgrade

Ten years ago, Mike’s Jack & Jill grocery store was experiencing ongoing problems with its refrigeration system and vendor.

"Things just weren’t getting better," says Mike Grosek, owner, Mike’s Jack & Jill, Webster, SD.

That’s when it turned to Carlson & Stewart Refrigeration (CSR) for help. At first, CSR simply provided service to Mike’s struggling systems - and quickly demonstrated why it had such an excellent reputation for consistent, quick and expert consultation and diagnostics.

For growing grocery chain, CSR is a "one-stop-shop" for cooling needs

Gary Thompson, General Manager, Maynard’s, has been doing business with Carlson & Stewart Refrigeration (CSR) for 24 years.

"We put such trust in CSR," says Thompson. "And that’s a huge part of the value of doing business with them."