Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Micro Matic Donates Refrigerator

NEW ORLEANS — At an event for foodservice and hospitality executives that was held January 29-30 in New Orleans, Micro Matic USA Inc., a manufacture and distributor of draft beer dispensing equipment, donated a walk-in refrigerator to The Brantley Baptist Center, an urban ministry located at 201 Magazine St., just a few blocks from New Orleans' historic French Quarter.

"It made perfect sense for us to donate the walk-in refrigerator, which we had shipped to New Orleans to use as an Exhibitor at the Cheers Conference, to a local organization that has done so much for victims of Hurricane Katrina and could benefit from its use," said Peter Muzzonigro, Micro Matic President.

The Brantley Center is a 250-bed shelter that provides a variety of services for homeless people and others in need. Since it first opened its doors in 1927 during the Great Depression, the urban ministry has provided food, overnight lodging, hot showers, laundry facilities, employment assistance, counseling for drug and alcohol dependence, mail services, and worship opportunities to the people who pass through its doors. In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The Brantley Center also served as a dormitory, providing food and shelter for volunteers from all over the country, who had come to New Orleans to assist in rescue, clean-up and rebuilding efforts. In the year before Katrina struck New Orleans, the Brantley Center typically served about 165,000 meals to the chronic homeless population of New Orleans and sheltered between 75,000 and 80,000 homeless men and women each year.

The 6x8x10-foot walk-in refrigerator, which is typical of those used in full-service restaurants, has a galvanized steel finish, and aluminum exterior and interior walls. After the conclusion of the Cheers Conference, Micro Matic had the unit disassembled, moved to The Brantley Center, and reassembled onsite.

Micro Matic USA is comprised of three operating divisions: Dispense Service, Manufacturing and Industrial. Part of its operations are based in Reno, Nevada where a proprietary range of closed liquid transfer valve systems for the specialty and commodity chemical markets are manufactured.

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