Beverage Distributor Donates Coolers for HVAC Training

Glass door merchandisers donated by a local beverage distributor lined up in a row in the college's HVAC classroom.

WINTERVILLE—A local beverage distribution company’s generosity is benefitting students in Pitt Community College’s Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology program and will soon support HVAC programs at nearby community colleges as well.

In February, Farmville’s Coastal Beverage Company, Inc., donated 30 glass door merchandiser displays, the kind retail stores use to keep drinks cold.

Amanda Ordnung, brand manager for Coastal Beverage, said the company had a surplus of cooler displays and decided to offer them to PCC after it was suggested by an employee who attended the college’s HVAC program.

“Coastal Beverage is a family-owned and operated company, so we are always interested in supporting the local community,” Ordnung said. “(Donating the merchandisers to PCC) worked out perfectly; we wanted to do something good with the coolers rather than simply putting them in the trash.”

PCC HVAC Department Chair Keith Drury says the merchandisers have greatly expanded his program’s ability to offer students hands-on training opportunities with various commercial refrigeration equipment.

“Prior to this donation, we did not have a glass door merchandiser,” he said. “Now, we have plenty to use and share.”

Drury says he has contacted several community colleges in the area to offer them merchandiser displays for training, and the response has been positive.

“This donation is going to enhance our program and the programs at several other community colleges in the east,” he said. “I can’t tell you how much we appreciate donations like this.”

Established in 1960, Coastal Beverage Company services more than 5,000 customers in 38 eastern North Carolina counties. In addition to the one in Farmville, the company has distribution facilities in Elizabeth City, Pollocksville and Wilmington.