We Have Margarita Mix and Frying Pans!

Happy Friday restauranteurs, and food enthusiasts!

Wustof PRO 7" Santoku Knife $31.60 each
Wustof PRO 7″ Santoku Knife $31.60 each

We are pleased to announce that after much hard work, we have added over 12,000 additional products to our website www.westernequipmentsales.com, and now offer almost everything you could need to successfully open and run a restaurant.  (We say almost because even though we do sell new and used heavy equipment in our store locally, we haven’t ventured into the equipment arena online.  yet….)

Here’s a small list of just a few items we are excited to sell!

Kitchen Utensils
Kitchen Supplies
Dining Room Supplies
Cleaning Supplies
Cookware
Cocktail Mixes
Cutlery
Libbey Glass

….And More!

We are very excited to offer all of our customers an additional 12,000+ products, and competitive prices, and the  unparalleled customer service you have come to expect from us.  If you need help ordering anything, or want volume quote, just ask us and we will be happy to help!

Happy Friday!

– From your friends at Western Equipment Sales

866-585-6978  Monday – Friday 7am – 4pm PST
www.westernequipmentsales.com

Exhaust Fan Grease Containment, Do You Really Need It? Answer: Yes

Example of a exhaust fan grease catcher that isn't maintained.
Example of a exhaust fan grease catcher that isn’t maintained.

Simply put most restaurant owners forget about the roof top equipment until it causes a problem. Sometimes those problems are simple like a broken or loose exhaust fan drive belt.  However sometimes those problems can cost a bunch of money like a HVAC system compressor or a new roof.

That’s right I said a new roof.   Or at least some serious cleaning and repairs due to the  grease that has overflowed the grease drip pan on your exhaust fan.   The standard drip pan is not that big and it does not have any media to absorb grease. The result is often an overflowing pan that is leaking onto the roof, I see it ALL the time.

Example of a good  hydrophobic grease catcher.
Example of a good hydrophobic grease catcher.

The answer is to invest in a roof top grease containment system. There are several choices but the good choices include a system with hydrophobic grease absorbing media.   Hydrophobic means that the media does not absorb water, so when it rains the media does not get waterlogged. However the media is designed to absorb grease and hold onto it even when it rains.   The result is that the grease from the exhaust fan is contained and allowed to run onto the roof causing damage.

There is a second part to the answer that can not be overlooked. A routine trip to the roof to inspect and replace the hydrophobic media.  Even though the media can hold more grease than the standard grease pan it still has a limit to its capability.  If you don’t maintain the system it will fail.

So spend a few bucks now and a few minutes every few months and save your roof and your wallet.  If you don’t want to take the time to climb your roof every couple of months and do the inspection yourself, or if you don’t know what you’re looking for, give Western Equipment Sales in Kennewick, WA a call.  They will give you a quick estimate, and send someone out to look at it for you, and if needed, provide some great suggestions on ways to take preventative steps against roof damage and proper grease containment.

WES-ContractingIf you are in the Columbia Basin Area of Washington State and are interested in a grease catching system or inspection estimate, Call 1-866-585-6978 and press 3 for general contracting.  Monday – Friday 7am – 4pm PST.

Here are some examples of other grease catchers that are either home made, or custom fitted that don’t necessarily work properly.

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Commercial Hood Install at Harvest Foods in Connell, WA

This is a brief video of our most recent work out at Harvest Foods in Connell, WA.  Special thanks to Harvest Foods for the opportunity to improve their deli space, and to shoot video and photography while on the job.

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Need to renovate your restaurant or food service area to be up to code?  Would you like a more efficient hood system?  Give WES Contracting (also known as Western Equipment Sales) a call for your future project at 866-585-6978, serving all of eastern Washington.

Tuesday Update with Joel

Hi everyone,

We haven’t posted in few days so I thought I would let you know what we have been up to over here at Western Equipment Sales.

1. We have added beautiful photos of our staff on our website! Check them out here. (Hint: I’m the one named Joel) Stay turned for short blogs on each employee so you can get to know us better.

2. We are in the process of categorizing over 12,000 additional products that range from cookware and glassware, to cocktail mixers and bar supplies and tools. We are excited to have all these additional proucts available at incredible prices!

3. We are removing our free shipping from our website. We have decided that as a company we want transparency across the board, including pricing and shipping. We are LOWERING our pricing across the board, so when you check out you will still be getting the best prices, and it will show how much you are paying for shipping. We do not add anything to the shipping costs, what you pay is what UPS charges us. We hope you enjoy our competitive pricing, great selection, and fast shipping!

4. We have a new video created on a hood install we did last week, which I will be posting today! We hope you enjoy seeing how we do things here at Western Equipment Sales.

If you have any suggestions on how we can make our site better and more usable for you, we would love your feedback! Fill out the form below and we will take every suggestion seriously. Thanks for following us, and we hope to serve you in the future.

Joel Kruse
Business Development Manager/Blog Writer
Western Equipment Sales
WES Contracting
http://www.westernequipmentsales.com

Learn about the Foodservice Industry with Vollrath University

Being fairly new to the restaurant and food service industry myself, I have quickly found that the best way to learn is to self-educate.  There are not very many resources out there aside of good old fashioned catalog reading and product self-educating.  Where does one start on their food service education journey? 

catalogsvollrath catalogWhile browsing through my wall of catalogs, I stumbled upon the Vollrath catalog.  Vollrath has built a brand reputable for having the highest quality goods and equipment in the industry.  But they don’t just offer great products, they have shown they care about the knowledge level of industry professionals by creating VollrathUniversity, a online educational website geared to teach both professionals and newbies like myself the ways of the industry.  Do they get to plug their equipment?  Of course.  But is that such a bad thing when their products are widely used across the world in commercial kitchens?

Vollrath University

What Vollrath has done is taken something like education and used it as a very effective marketing vessel.  I didn’t major in marketing, but I’m sure there is a term for this type of marketing, and it definitely is effective.  So effective that I’m writing about it to share with you all.

We have decided to unofficially endorse this education method for those who are curious about the food service industry and would like to learn more about it.  We will be posting their educational content periodically on our site (Citing our sources of course) to help you find the content.  Like what you found there?  Let us know if this blog was helpful for your search in restaurant industry education.

In the huge sea of restaurant equipment, parts, and small wares, you can learn and educate yourself into a competent member of the food service industry.

Restaurant Parts, Equipment, and Smallwares.
Restaurant Parts, Equipment, and Smallwares.

For over 12,000 restaurant equipment parts, visit us online at http://www.westernequipmentsales.com.

Italiano’s Serious Pies and Pasta Video Tour

Hey fans!

Well we’ve done it again and made this weeks video.  We finally finished Italiano’s out in West Richland, WA, and we needed to shoot a video with a little tour of the finished product.  How’s the food you ask?  Why don’t you head on over there and find out for yourself!  And enjoy our craftsmanship while you eating that delicious pizza.

In case you’re wondering how to get there, here’s some help!

Italiano’s Serious Pies and Pasta
4850 Paradise Wy Ste 200
West Richland, WA 99353

That’s all we have for this week!  If you like what you see and are looking for a general contractor, give us (Western Equipment Sales) a call at 866-585-6978.  Over 10 years of experience in the restaurant industry, we can help you do everything from initial design to conception.

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Western Equipment Sales Team

Italiano’s Serious Pie’s And Pasta Open for Business

After a long 6 months of remodeling and building the restaurant from the ground up, Western Equipment Sales of Kennewick, WA has finally finished Italiano’s Serious Pies and Pasta located in West Richland, WA by the Yokes Fresh Market off of Bombing Range Road.

Italianos pies and pasta Kitchen areaAs far as restaurant equipment goes, we provided almost every piece of equipment in the restaurant, including two Blodgett Pizza Ovens,  6 Burner Natural Gas Range, Over 15 ft of exhaust hood and make up air installations, and much more!

Italiano's Final Pics (36 of 47) In addition to the back end operations, we installed everything from the tiling on the back end floors, to the carpet, custom granite counter tops, pass through, tables, dropped ceiling, and lighting.  If you are looking for a general contractor who knows restaurants inside and out in the Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco Washington area, you need to contact Western Equipment Sales.

Italiano's Final Pics (41 of 47)

With over 10 years of experience in the Tri-Cities restaurant industry, Western Equipment Sales offers you the best combination of experience, quality work, and competitive pricing.  Enjoy the pictures below of our finished job!

Commercial Range Hood Installations – Yokes Fresh Market Pasco, WA

Welcome to this weeks Learning Video by RPM, brought to you by Western Equipment Sales.

9ft CaptiveAire Range Hood Install
9ft Captive Aire Range Hood Install

In this week’s video, Wes talks about some of the pitfalls someone who likes to DIY might run into when installing a commercial range hood in a restaurant or deli setting.  If you are in the Kennewick, Richland or Pasco area of Washington and need a Hood replaced or installed, give Western Equipment Sales a call.  Fully licensed, bonded and insured, they have extensive experience in installing range hoods, and also offer General Contracting to restaurant owners.

This video contains content shot at Yokes Fresh Market in Pasco, WA.  We thank them for the permission to shoot this video on location during the install.

One of the things Wes will touch on in the video is the importance of having proper Makeup Air configured in your commercial kitchen range hood.  If you have any questions give Western Equipment Sales a call at 866-585-6978 and a member of our sales team will be happy to answer any and all questions.  you can also fill out the form below.

Until Next week, happy cooking!

Your Friends as Western Equipment Sales.