Paula Deen`s Family Kitchen - Thermo-Kool
Laurel, Mississippi 39440
(601) 649-4600 | FAX (601) 649-0558
Our mission is to be the leading walk-in and blast chiller/shock freezer manufacturer by
providing superior products and services that exceed the expectations of our customers.
Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen
With a menu featuring “Family Style Lunches,
Down Home Dishes and Southern Desserts”
Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, Pigeon Forge,
Tennessee, has become quite the Southern
tradition. “The restaurant’s tiered seating
provides each guest a unique view of the Island’s
Show Fountains, along with the Great Smoky
Mountains in the distance. Friends and families
will enjoy classic Deen family recipes just like
they do in their very own home.” (Source: www.
pauladeensfamilykitchen.com). The Southern
tradition of service and quality extends further
into the kitchen with two uniquely designed
Thermo-Kool walk-in coolers and a ThermoKool walk-in freezer. Thermo-Kool’s flexibility
in design and capability of manufacturing
in 1” panel increments made it possible to
accomplish the actual sizes and configurations
so that the walk-ins fit the exact space available
and maximization of storage space. Pictured
is the L-shaped Thermo-Kool walk-in cooler
preassembled at the Thermo-Kool factory as
it awaits a thorough quality control inspection
prior to shipment to ensure a trouble-free
and quick installation with no hidden costs.
A few of the features of the walk-ins included
stucco galvanized interior walls and ceilings
which combined with the LED light fixtures
ensures maximum illumination; 1/8” aluminum
treadplate floors with foamed-in-place interior
ramps which comply with the latest NSF
requirements and are an integral part of
the walk-in floor and remote preassembled
refrigeration systems with scroll compressors
and EC motors for energy efficiency.
Representative, Bryan Blackledge, worked on
the project with Mike Slemp, Vice President
– Knoxville Division of Mobile Fixture &
Equipment Company, Knoxville, Tennessee and
Thermo-Kool Marketing Agent Mike Whitten
with PMR, Inc., Brentwood, Tennessee.
Promotion of Roney
Thermo-Kool recently announced the promotion of
Melanie Roney to Administrative Resource Manager. Roney
worked at Thermo-Kool from 1986 until 1998 as computer
programmer and rejoined the company in August 2007,
as Human Resources Director. In addition to her human
resources role, Roney has contributed her time with the
marketing functions of the blast chiller product line; planned,
organized and executed the logistics of numerous trade shows;
and most recently assumed the responsibility of transition
management at the company’s comptroller office. In her new
role, Roney will continue to lead human resources as well as
to provide resources to sales, marketing, accounting and the
overall office management functions.
In announcing Roney’s promotion, Thermo-Kool President and
CEO, Rand McLaughlin said, “The Thermo-Kool management
team strives to be both mission focused and team oriented by
contributing selflessly to each other to accomplish the mission.
Melanie has exemplified this and has been an excellent role
model for others to follow.”
In 1983 Roney earned her Associate of Applied Science Degree
in Computer Technology from Copiah-Lincoln Jr. College,
Wesson, Mississippi and in 1988 she received her Bachelor
of Science in Business Administration from the University of
Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ROBERT JAMES COLLINS
SEPTEMBER 5, 1959 — MARCH 17, 2015
Thermo-Kool’s Vice President and
Comptroller, Robert Collins recently
Moss Joins Thermo-Kool
lost his battle with cancer after a
Thermo-Kool recently announced the hiring of Paul N. Moss
as Accounting Manager. Moss is a graduate of the University
of Southern Mississippi where he earned a B.S. in Business
Administration and a Masters degree in Business Administration.
Moss’ 25-year career includes leadership roles in the areas
of Management, Human Resources, and Accounting with
organizations in the Banking, Manufacturing, and Engineering
fields. Prior to joining Thermo-Kool, he was Comptroller with a
Laurel-based design engineering firm.
Moss is an active member of First United Methodist Church in
Laurel and is the Board Chair of St. John’s Day School. He resides
in Laurel with his wife, Rebecca, and daughter, Lauren.
In announcing the hiring of Moss, Thermo-Kool President
and CEO, Rand McLaughlin said, “We are fortunate to have Paul
on board, and I am confident that he will lead the Comptroller
team in a new direction that is aligned with our company’s
culture and strategy.”
at Thermo-Kool in September of
short illness. Collins began working
1979, when he was just 20 years
old, as a computer programmer. He
was promoted to Data Processing
Supervisor in 1986 and then to
Accounting Supervisor in 1988.
January of 1989 he was promoted
to Accounting Manager and then in
1998 he was elected Vice President
and Comptroller where he served
faithfully and diligently until just a
few weeks before his death.
BLAST CHILLERS / SHOCK FREEZERS
Roll-In & Self-Contained Units
Units can be seamlessly integrated
into the walk-in cooler or freezer.
Units can be constructed in any
Roll-in units are constructed of 4”
foamed-in-place DURATHANE panels.
Equipped with a standalone fully
assembled uniframe modular chiller
system which allows for a quick and
Units are assembled on-site therefore
can fit through any existing doorway.
Where some Thermo-Kool Walk-Ins and
Blast Chillers/Shock Freezers have shipped lately
ALABAMA: Glory Bound Gyro, Birmingham; Zaxby’s, Hazel
Green; Regency Retirement Village, Huntsville; Lowe’s
ARIZONA: Oasis Behavioral Hospital, Chandler; Longhorn
ARKANSAS: University of Arkansas-AFLS Renovations and
University of Arkansas Pomfret Hall, Fayetteville; Kia Kima,
Hardy; Prairie Grove Elementary School, Prairie Grove;
Nevada County Jail, Prescott.
CALIFORNIA: Fairfield Hacienda, El Sugundo; Red Lobster,
Milpitas; Chick-fil-A, Rancho Cordova and Vallejo.
COLORADO: CBI Pueblo Regional Facility, Pueblo West.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Arnold and Porter Tenant and
FLORIDA: West Hernando Middle School, Brooksville;
Flagler County Sheriff’s Operation Center, Bunnell; Chickfil-A, Deerfield Beach; Bud & Alleys, Destin; Clarity Point
Memory Care, Jacksonville; Zaxby’s, Ocala; Meadowlawn
Middle School, Pinellas; Crooked Thumb Brewery, Safety
Harbour; Bay Haven Elementary, Sarasota; Grub Burger and
Hawks Rise Elementary School, Tallahassee; Quail Hollow
Elementary School, Wesley Chapel.
GEORGIA: Kaleidoscope Bistro and Oconee High School,
Atlanta; Colbert Elementary School, Colbert; Chickfil-A, Dunwoody; Hartwell Elementary School, Hartwell;
Elementary #2, Macon; Manchester High School,
Manchester; Zaxby’s, Milledgeville; Heard Ferry Elementary
School and Mt. Vernon Towers, Sandy Springs; Heard
Elementary School, Savannah; Ogeechee Tech College,
Statesboro; Worth County Middle School, Sylvester; Camden
County Jail, Woodbine.
ILLINOIS: Earl’s Kitchen and Bar, Harry Caray’s Kinzie Street,
Hilton Garden Inn, and Yard House, Chicago.
KANSAS: Chick-fil-A, Lawrence.
KENTUCKY: Jessie Clark Middle School, Lexington; Warner
Elementary School, Nicholasville.
LOUISIANA: Central Park Elementary School and Zaxby’s,
Bossier City; Glory Bound Gyro, Covington; Lafitte
Auditorium, Jean Lafitte; Newk’s, West Monroe.
MAINE: Timber Restaurant, Bangor.
MASSACHUSETTS: Dartmouth Psyche Hospital, Dartmouth.
MINNESOTA: Giordano’s, Minneapolis; Rothsay Public
MISSISSIPPI: Jasper General Hospital, Bay Springs; Enterprise
High School, Enterprise; Lost Pizza, Brandon; BEJ Morgue
Cooler, Jackson; David’s Grocery, Laurel; ADPi Sorority –
University of Mississippi and Salsarita’s, Oxford; Starkville
High School, Starkville; Holmes County Food Processing
MONTANA: Great Falls Medical Center, Great Falls
NEBRASKA: Winnebago School, Winnebago.
NEW JERSEY: Bally Atlantic Casino, Atlantic City.
NEW MEXICO: Longhorn Steakhouse, Albuquerque.
NEW YORK: Share the Wine, Delmar; LA Pecora Bianca and
Macy’s Cuccina, New York; Great Rock, Wading River.
NORTH CAROLINA: Island Smoothie, Corolla; Chick-fil-A,
Fayetteville, Hickory, and Wake Forest.
OHIO: Ohio National Financial and The Rooted Juicery,
Cincinnati; McAlister’s Deli, Dayton; Chick-fil-A, Warren.
OKLAHOMA: Carl Albert Center Chickasaw Nation, Ada;
Sunset Elementary School, Edmond; Core Spine &
Orthopedic Hospital, Jenks; Riverwind Casino and Volare
Pizza, Norman; Chisholm Elementary School, North Enid;
Moore Junior High School, Oklahoma City; Chick-fil-A and
East Tulsa Expansion, Tulsa.
OREGON: Nike BCC-Tenant Improvement, Beaverton.
PENNSYLVANIA: Liberty Mountain Resort, Carrol Valley.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Zaxby’s, Fountain Inn.
TENNESSEE: Zaxby’s, Athens; Chick-fil-A, Bristol; Chattanooga
State Community College, Chattanooga; Northeast
Elementary School, Cookeville; Tupelo Honey Café, Cool
Springs; Dorchester Country Club, Fairfield Glade; Emerald
Academy, Litton’s Market & Restaurant, and Tennessee
Children’s Home-East Tennessee Campus, Knoxville;
Warren County Temporary Morgue, McMinnville; Stratford
High School, Nashville.
TEXAS: Academy Intermediate School, Academy; Chick-fil-A,
Austin, Baytown, and Spring; Hornsby Elementary School,
Austin; Longhorn Steakhouse, Beaumont; Dahlstrom Middle
School, Buda; McAlister’s Deli, Cedar Park; Colorado City
Pre-K-8th, Colorado City; Traditions at Prestonwood, Dallas;
Del Valle Junior High School, Del Valle; Ganado High School,
Ganado; Henderson Middle School, Henderson; Aldine ISD
Education Center, Houston; Wallace Middle School, Kyle;
E G Ranch Elementary School and Zachry Elementary
School, Laredo; The Crossings, League City; Leander High
School #6 Culinary, Leander; Rogene Worley Middle School,
Mansfield; Dowell Middle School, McKinney; Carver Center
and Chevron Midland Office Building, Midland; Medical
Center Hospital and McAlister’s Deli, Odessa; O’Donnell
ISD, O’Donnell; Bethany Elementary School, Plano; Early
College High School Facility, Evans High School, and St.
Anthony Hotel Restaurant, San Antonio; Rummel Creek
Elementary School, Spring Branch; Baylor University, Waco;
East Weslaco High School, Weslaco.
VIRGINIA: Glenvar High School, Salem; Earl’s Kitchen and Bar,
Tyson’s Corner; Tupelo Honey, Virginia Beach.
MEXICO: Air Cruisers #2, Chihuahua.
US VIRGIN ISLAND: Margaritaville Vacation Club, St. Thomas.
Patrick Lewis was selected Employee of the
Month for May, 2015. Lewis was nominated by
Maintenance Supervisor, Jessie Cowart who
commented, “Patrick has become essential
in keeping a steady workflow in production.
He is always checking with the supervisors
to ensure they have what they need as well
as maintains a clean working environment.
Patrick completes all of his daily duties
and assignments in a timely manner. He
approaches each day with a ‘can-do’ attitude
and stops at nothing to achieve our mission.”
Lewis has been with Thermo-Kool since
Human Resources Assistant,
and factory will be closed
Monday, September 7, for
the Labor Day Holiday.
LeAnn McMullan was selected Employee of the
Month for June, 2015. McMullan was nominated
by Administrative Resource Manager, Melanie
Roney who commented, “LeAnn has taken on more
responsibility in Human Resources and has done
an extraordinary job. In addition to her numerous
regular duties as HR Assistant, she has worked
effectively with the Plant Superintendent to ensure
prompt and adequate staffing for the factory,
handled all of the responsibilities as it relates to
employee offered insurances, and stepped in as a
reliable source of information for various issues
pertaining to Human Resources. McMullan has
been with Thermo-Kool since January, 2012.