You have probably seen the AJAX penguin van around town at some point. For over 65 years AJAX Santa Barbara Refrigeration has been the local industry leader to many well-known clients in the restaurant, hospitality, hotel and other businesses, with recent projects that included The SB County Bowl and The El Encanto Hotel. This heritage company is rooted in serving the local community with old fashioned quality, but with an eye for 21st century technology that has led to upgrades in services and communication. AJAX’s core business is in Commercial Refrigeration, Ice-Making Equipment, Full Service Ice Machine Leasing, and Preventive Maintenance Programs.
Since the company first started in 1949, there have been a few changes, including a name change by adding “AJAX” to Santa Barbara Refrigeration. The company has been located in downtown Santa Barbara for many years and in 1992 Bernard Jean (father of current owner Chris Montigny), purchased the business from the previous family. Fourth generation owner and President, Chris Montigny states: “I am excited to be a part of a long 65 year history and the company looks forward to 2014 with a new website and plans for improving service and expanding new departments that include affordable Full Service Leasing Programs and Preventive Maintenance Programs. We are also excited about creating additional blue collar jobs here in Santa Barbara County. Our apprentice training programs offer a pathway for young hires to become fully trained and certified repair or maintenance technicians with a good paying job.”
According to long-time customer Martin Gonzales from the iconic, La Super Rica Restaurant, “Ajax Santa Barbara Refrigeration has always provided me with exceptional service throughout the past 22 years, including qualified service professionals and regular preventive maintenance that has kept my valuable refrigeration equipment running without breakdowns. I trust their expertise which included the installation of my new upgraded refrigeration equipment, which allows me the freedom to focus on my business.”
Operations Manager Jeff Harvey adds: “It is very exciting to be part of the AJAX’s 65th year. We have been making huge changes to the way we operate, and communicate in the 21st century. We are using technology to help the company grow and compete, but we will always offer old fashioned friendliness and customer service that has been a Santa Barbara tradition for 65 years”.
AJAX/SB Refrigeration will continue to reach out to the community by providing ice and sponsorship for a few select local events, In addition to providing charitable giving to the local Waldorf School of Santa Barbara and providing complimentary service technician labor hours to other local non-profits. Finally there will be a big public 65th BBQ celebration this summer at the AJAX shop.
AJAX/SB Refrigeration is a fully licensed and insured contractor: Ca. State Lic. #718494, C38, C20. AJAX/SB Refrigeration is a proud member of the Santa Barbara Contractors Association and the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce.
Please come by our office at 401 East Montecito St. and meet our friendly staff and Look for the Penguin Vans around the tri-counties! Check out our new website, designed by local company, Sidekick Creative, they also created our 65th anniversary logo!! Visit our contact page and send us a shout out. WWW.AJAXREFRIGERATIONANDAC.COM
Company contact information:
AJAX Santa Barbara Refrigeration Sales * Service * Leasing
401 E. Montecito Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Licensed & Insured Contractor Lic #718494, C38, C20