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In that spirit, we continue our popular guest blogger series. We do this because there are so many outstanding people out there, trying to bring their own voice to this industry. Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) has been growing tremendously, and the handling and storage of this product has been discussed many times and continues to be a very hot topic among industry forums. So, this time we wanted to bring a good friend whom we have followed for sometime now; we have seen his vision and drive; and the products that are being rolled out look extremely promising.
Transliquid - Hi Rick, welcome to our blog!
Transliquid - Tell us what GEMRIKUSA, LLC does and why you do it?
GEMRIKUSA - Hi Andy, thanks for having us here. GEMRIKUSA, LLC manufactures insulated, modular Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) storage Shelters for the protection of both single and dual totes of DEF. Larger, and custom bulk DEF storage Shelters, are also available. The concept for the modular series was to offer the industry an affordable option in protecting their DEF inventory from airborne contaminants and extreme weather conditions as recommended by the DEF industry.
Transliquid - How did you and Jim get started in this industry?
GEMRIKUSA - I was in the Biodiesel, Fuel, and Lube Industry, when DEF first surfaced in the U.S. and recognized the need for an affordable and functional option in the Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) storage, protection, and dispensing arena. Jim has more than 30 years of design and production experience and holds numerous U.S. Patents, and, therefore, was the ideal person to partner with to bring our designs and concept to the market. My industry insight coupled with Jim’s design and concept abilities gave birth to the modular series of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) storage Shelter. As a commitment to our collaboration we formed our equally shared company in 2010. Since then, we have rapidly grown to one of the major manufactures in the small bulk DEF storage, protection, and dispensing sector. In addition, we are fortunate to have earned positive business relationships with many of the leading Transportation, DEF, and Oil Distributing industry companies.
Transliquid - What makes you unique in what you do?
GEMRIKUSA - The uniqueness of our product can best be summarized as being built with everything that is needed to perform our goal of affordably protecting bulk DEF without “unnecessary overbuilding”. Avoiding “unnecessary overbuilding” has allowed us to bring a high quality, functional product to the market. Our modular series ships crated (which saves on shipping costs), assembles in less than 30 minutes, and we offer affordable Heater (with thermostat), and Wall Mounted Exhaust Fan options. Our product evolution goal is to continually search for ways to provide the best value to the market without compromising functionality or quality.
Transliquid - Tell us about a unique customer need and how you helped fill in that need?
GEMRIKUSA - One particular “uniqueness” of the DEF Shelter is its ability to expand its storage capabilities as the customer’s needs grow. The initial placement of the DEF Shelter330 series (which houses one 330 gallon tote) can easily, and affordably, be converted to a DEF Shelter660 series that houses two 330 gallon totes, doubling the customer’s storage ability. Essentially, the end user can spread their DEF protection investment out over a period of time to meet their future needs, and not have to overinvest initially.
Transliquid - Tell us a little more about the different types of shelters you provide our DEF industry.
GEMRIKUSA - Our “Flagship” products include the Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) Shelter330 and DEF Shelter330E for single tote storage, protection, and dispensing. We also offer the DEF Shelter660 and DEF Shelter660E for dual tote storage, protection and dispensing.
In addition, we have the DEF Shelter1000 for 1,000 gallon tank storage, protection, and dispensing. Two other companion products currently available are the DEF ShelterCK (conversion kit for expanding and existing 330 series to a 660 series) and the DEF ReelShelter (a unit designed to house a hose reel, and either, or both, of the optional Heater w/Thermostat and Exhaust Fan). The DEF ReelShelter is ideal for companies that have their bulk storage inside, but need the dispensing capabilities at an exterior location that their DEF is plumbed to.
Transliquid -When you are away from the office and work, where do you escape to?
GEMRIKUSA - I am a 100% family man and enjoy spending time with my wife, children and grandchildren. I have always been a “hands on” person and have always enjoyed projects around the home and yard. My wife and I are regular exercisers and enjoying training for, and participating in, 5K, 10K and Half Marathons across the country. In addition to regular exercise, our preferred relaxation “get-a-way” is definitely the beach….any beach!
Transliquid - What future plans does GEMRIKUSA have for our growing industry?
GEMRIKUSA - We will always keep focused on our initial philosophy of “affordable functionality, and unparalleled quality”, as we move through the growth and expansion process. There are several projects in the immediate works, however, we have kept ourselves flexible enough to react to any unforeseen changes in the industry, and at the same time, stay “forward focused” with regards to bringing new solutions and technology to this great industry.
From all of us here at Transliquid, we'd like to take the opportunity to thank Rick Hagler for the content and pictures used on this blog post. It truly has been a pleasure to highlight GEMRIKUSA, a leader in DEF shelters. You can check out them out online at http://www.gemrikusa.com/ or contact them by dialing 1-855-4-DEF-NOW (433-3669).
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