Work Van Accessories to Increase Efficiency

Adrian Steel is known for its durable upfit packages which often include larger products such as bulkheads, shelving, storage units, and ladder racks. These packages are proven to increase organization, efficiency, and professionalism on the job, but did you know that smaller accessories can have a big benefit for your business as well? When designing a new product, Adrian Steel innovators pay attention to the details. Over the years, they’ve learned that many work van owners require special storage for extra small and large items. Take a look at some of the work van accessories that Adrian Steel offers to help accommodate for the odd-sized items in your vehicle.

  • Adrian Steel Blue Bin Work Van AccessoriesBin Systems – Blue plastic bins can be added to any Adrian Steel shelving unit. These convenient bins optimize the shelf space in your work van by creating designated areas for smaller parts and tools. Constructed of durable molded polypropylene, blue bins can easily be removed from the shelf and stacked upon each other to take with you to a worksite. By utilizing the label holders, you can quickly and efficiently find exactly the parts you’re looking for.
  • Door Tray – Maximize all potential storage space with the versatile door storage tray. This accessory can be mounted to doors, end panels, partitions, and virtually any vertical surface in your work van. The door tray is the perfect place to store your regularly used tools and aerosol cans for quick and convenient access.
  • Long Part Storage Kit – Adrian Steel understands that transporting extra-long cargo such as conduit or pipe safely can be a bit of a challenge. The long part storage kit for full sized Nissan vans includes a modified middle partition panel with 13 ¾” wide by 5 ¾” high opening. Tie-downs and a tray in the back help to secure the long cargo and protect the rear doors.
  • Parts Tray – Similar to the bin system, parts trays help to separate small parts and keep everything organized. With a 2” deep shelf lip, parts trays work best within drawer or cabinet modules, but can be mounted to virtually any horizontal surface in your work van.

About Adrian Steel

In business for more than 60 years, Adrian Steel is a leader in the upfitting industry. In addition to the company’s high quality storage solutions and ergonomically designed ladder racks, Adrian Steel also offers a variety of work van accessories to increase efficiency on-the-job. View more Adrian Steel work van accessories.


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Importance of Securing Cargo

Adrian Steel LoadsRite Ladder Rack for Securing CargoWhen you hear about securing cargo, you may think of large semi-trucks or freight shipping. But did you know that as a driver of a commercial van or truck that you need to be aware of the importance of securing cargo as well? According to Business Fleet, “A 20-pound object traveling at 55 mph hits with the force of 1,000 pounds at the time of impact.” If you’re carrying cargo, whether it’s tools, equipment, or project materials, be sure it is properly secured for transportation to avoid causing harm to passengers and the equipment itself.


Adrian Steel’s upfits are manufactured with this in mind. The safety of our customers is one of our top priorities. While our products do provide storage and organization solutions for your equipment, they also help to keep cargo secure while on-the-go. Take a look at some of Adrian Steel’s best products for securing cargo.

  • Partitions – Partitions are a must when it comes to passenger safety. Made of steel or wire mesh, partitions create a barrier between the cargo in the back and the passengers in the cab. If, for example, you need to slam on the breaks, you don’t have to worry about the cargo flying up and harming anyone.
  • Ladder Racks – Adrian Steel’s ladder racks are designed for optimum usability and safety. Various models are available, including the Grip-Lock, which is especially ideal for customers who are concerned about their ladder shifting during transportation.
  • Lock ‘N Latch Drawers – These drawers are particularly useful for storing smaller cargo items like hand tools and parts. Like their name implies, Lock ‘N Latch drawers can be locked in an open, closed, locked closed position to ensure that whatever is stored in the drawers stays exactly where you want it.
  • Door Kits – To provide extra security for your cargo stored on shelves, you can easily add a door kit. Door kits allow you to convert an open shelf into a locking cabinet, which can help keep your equipment secure and out of sight!

Contact Adrian Steel Today

If you have questions about how to best store the cargo in your commercial van or truck, contact Adrian Steel today. We can work with you to craft a custom package designed especially for securing cargo. Give us a call at (517) 265-6194, send us an email at, or visit our website.



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Get Heavy Duty Metal Shelving and More from Adrian Steel

Heavy Duty Metal Shelving | Adrian SteelWhen you invest in an upfit for your work van, you want to make sure that you’re getting the best bang for your buck. While you could purchase a lower quality upfit and save a few dollars on-the-spot, there’s no guarantee how long it will last. If you have to constantly repair damaged equipment, the loss of time and money can really add up.


And that’s why Adrian Steel uses only the highest quality materials in its upfits and accessories. Here’s a look at some of the materials we use for our heavy duty metal shelving and other products.


Adrian Steel Materials

All of Adrian Steel’s products are Contractor Grade, meaning they’re built to stand up to the roughest, toughest conditions. Many of our customers utilize their upfit on a daily basis, usually multiple times a day. Your upfit needs to withstand years of daily wear and tear on top of accommodating for special equipment needs such as oversized cargo or strange shaped tools.

  • Heavy Duty Metal Shelving – Our shelving units are made with durable, high quality steel. Whether you’re interested in our ADseries shelving with stamped steel end panels and shelves, other adjustable shelving, or welded shelving, you can be sure that our heavy duty metal shelving will live up to your expectations. Adrian Steel partitions, drawer units and storage modules are constructed of the same heavy duty steel for a consistent look and feel.
  • Aluminum Toolboxes – An Adrian Steel Toolbox isn’t just any toolbox. The lid is constructed of .080” diamond tread aluminum with double channel reinforcement. Baskets are made from .063” aluminum and are reinforced with a “U”-channel edge to add structural strength to the box.
  • Plastic Bin Systems – Our plastic bin systems are a highly popular accessory add-on for our shelving units. Light and easily removable, the plastic blue bins can be used to store and transport small tools and parts to and from your vehicle.


About Adrian Steel

Adrian Steel was established in 1953 with the goal to produce reliable, innovative van and truck upfits and accessories. Today, Adrian Steel is an industry leader with its high quality products, such as heavy duty metal shelving. All Adrian Steel products are available through the company’s extensive network of distributors. Contact Adrian Steel today to learn more.

Phone: (800) 677-2726


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City Express Van Products Now Available!

Adrian Steel is excited to announce that Chevrolet City Express van products are now available for purchase and installation! The City Express is GM’s first smaller cargo van. Because of the vehicle’s compact size, it’s easier to maneuver around tight turns and gets better gas mileage than larger vans. The City Express is advertised as a “mobile office”, featuring 40/60 split doors for easy access to cargo and center console that allows you to work right from your vehicle.

Base Cargo Management Package for City Express

Adrian Steel’s City Express van products are designed to maximize the entire 122.7 cu. ft. of cargo space. We’re rolling out shelving, ladder racks, utility racks, partitions, and complete upfit packages to help you stay organized and efficient on the job. Here’s a look at some of Adrian Steel’s interior packages available for the City Express!

  • Base Packages – Adrian Steel offers a number of base packages for the City Express. Typically, a base package will include a shelving unit, rail kit, and a partition. All packages come with adjustable shelving to ensure maximum storage flexibility in your new City Express. Steel and wire mesh partitions are available to separate your cargo area from the cab. This barrier helps to keep your van more organized and provides a surface to attach accessories for more storage options. Like their name implies, base packages are a great starting point for a custom package for your City Express.
  • Vocational Packages – Professionals in different vocations have different storage needs when it comes to their work vans. Adrian Steel manufactures a variety of packages that are designed specifically for the needs of these professionals. Whether you’re a plumber, electrician, or telecommunications professional, or general service provider, Adrian Steel has an upfit for your City Express!

Keep a lookout for more City Express van products on the Adrian Steel website. All products are also compatible with the Nissan NV200.


About Adrian Steel

Located in Adrian, Michigan, Adrian Steel is a leading manufacturer of commercial vehicle upfits and accessories. Adrian Steel’s products are highlighted by innovation and are built with the highest quality materials. To learn more, contact Adrian Steel today:


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Don’t Make These Common Upfitting Mistakes!

Everyone makes mistakes, it’s simply human nature! However, here at Adrian Steel, we understand that making a mistake with your upfit can be costly. To ensure a smooth, mistake-free upfitting experience, we’ve put together this helpful guide on how to avoid these common upfitting mistakes.

  1. Don't Make an Upfitting Mistake!Get a “One Size Fits All” Upfit – In order to get the most out of your work vehicle, we recommend that you order a custom or trade-specific package. Each vocation utilizes work vans differently. HVAC professionals require storage for tanks and small parts, while a builder requires flexible storage that can accommodate larger materials and equipment. Locksmiths need to have the ability to cut keys while on-the-go. Adrian Steel has conducted extensive research on how different professionals utilize their work vehicles and crafts unique packages to meet their specific needs.
  2. Improper Installation – Don’t attempt to install an upfit on your own! Upfitting is not a fun DIY project, in fact, the process can be quite complex. Adrian Steel’s distributors are specially trained to install all products efficiently and correctly. If installed improperly, an upfit can be dangerous and expensive to repair. And you definitely won’t want your upfit to cause potential damage to your inventory of parts and equipment! The good news is that Adrian Steel offers a three-year or 36,000 mile warranty, but only if it’s installed by a trusted distributor!
  3. Skimp on Quality – Whether you’re looking for an aluminum toolbox or a durable shelving unit, you will want to be sure that it’s built to last. Even if the product or upfit may cost a little more upfront, you won’t have to deal with the hassle and expense of replacing it a few years down the road. Adrian Steel uses the highest quality materials in the industry to manufacture its upfit products to ensure that your tools and equipment will be stored safe and secure for years to come.
  4. Order the Same Upfit as “Last Time” – This mistake won’t make or break the upfitting process, unless you’re upfitting a completely different vehicle make and model. Adrian Steel designs custom products for each vehicle in order to maximize the most of the cargo space available. An upfit for a new Ford Transit won’t even fit into a Transit Connect! Keep this in mind when you’re purchasing a new vehicle. If you are upfitting the same type of vehicle, you may want to research new product releases to see if there are any additions or upgrades you want to make to your upfit this time around.


About Adrian Steel

With Adrian Steel, you won’t have to worry about making upfitting mistakes! Our expert distributors will walk you through the upfitting process and help you choose the best products for you and your business. Our high-quality products are highlighted by constant innovation, so you can be sure that your Adrian Steel upfit will provide durable and reliable solutions for your cargo management. To learn more about Adrian Steel, visit our website, give us a call at (800) 677-2726, or send us an email at


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Vehicle File Storage for Walk-In Vans

Adrian Steel is known for its high-quality upfits for vans and trucks, but did you know that we offer organizational products for walk-in vans as well? In addition to custom upfits for walk-in vans, Adrian Steel also offers an entire line of vehicle file storage for walk-in vans. Take a look at some of the vehicle file storage options we manufacture to help you keep all of your books, documents, invoices, and other paper files organized and all in one place.

  • Catalog Files – The Six Shelf Catalog File measures 11″W, 24″H, 12″D and contains six 3” slots to horizontally store catalogs and other documents. The Three Shelf Catalog File, measuring 6″W, 34″H, 12″D, easily fits into narrow spaces to allow you to store catalogs vertically.

    Adrian Steel Vehicle File Storage

    Three Shelf Catalog File

  • Binder Holder – The Four Slot Binder Holder has 2 1/2” deep pockets to hold up to four binders. The Binder Holder can be easily mounted onto nearly any vertical service so that you can store your binders, manuals, or folders where ever it’s most convenient for you!
  • Book Files – Book Files can be mounted onto the tops of cabinets, or any other surface to store books vertically in your walk-in van. A retaining strap keeps books secure from falling off the shelf during transportation. The Two Book File is narrow enough to mount on the floor in between seats in the cab area and the Three Book File can be mounted next to multiple files for additional book storage.
  • Boxes – Constructed of steel, the Utility Storage Box is perfect for storing files, tools, safety glasses, gloves, and other items you may need to have on-hand. The hinged lid makes it easy to grab what you need and go. The Aluminum Lock Box measures 20″W, 25″D, and 14.5″H and is a simply solution for storing items that you want to keep safe, but need easy access to. With a black powder coat finish, the Aluminum Lock Box can be conveniently stores near the van side door for convenience.
  • Literature Holders – Five and Seven Slot Literature Holders are available to mount onto any vertical surface in the walk-in van. The Five Slot Holder features 2 ½” deep pockets while the Seven Slot Holder has 6 ¾” deep pockets.

About Adrian Steel

Adrian Steel is a leading manufacturer of custom cargo management solutions. Since its beginning in 1960, Adrian Steel has grown to become the go-to source for high-quality, innovative upfits for vans and trucks and other organizational tools, such as vehicle file storage. To get an Adrian Steel upfit installed in your vehicle, contact one of our local distributers today! If you would like to learn more about Adrian Steel and our products, give us a call at (517) 265-6194 or send us an email at!

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Best New Tools for Your Adrian Steel Toolbox

18" Double Lid Crossbox

So, you’re a new owner of an Adrian Steel toolbox? Congratulations! Your first task will likely be to transfer your arsenal of tried-and-true tools into the toolbox. But, since Adrian Steel’s toolboxes are so spacious, you’ll likely have room for even more tools!


Now the question is; what new tools can you fill it up with? Here’s a look at some of this year’s new and innovative tools for your toolbox:

  • Milwaukee FUEL – The Milwaukee FUEL was named the best 18V Cordless Drill by ToolGuyd.. The powerful brushless motor delivers 650 in-lbs of toque with the compact battery and has an impressing run-time. Measuring 7.9” long and 4.4 lbs, the drill is relatively compact and light, making it easier to use.
  • CordLatch – Never interrupt your work by disconnecting a cord again! A simple concept, yet a very convenient tool to have on hand. The CordLatch easily attaches to your power tool or extension cord to lock them together during use.
  • Accutrax Pencil Blade –Draw thin, accurate lines with the Accutrax Pencil Blade, a graphite blade that can be inserted into a standard utility knife. The blade never fails to draw crisp lines, and never needs to be sharpened. This is the perfect tool for woodworkers and is definitely one of the best new tools for your toolbox!
  • Tectorius Bit-Biter – Dealing with stripped, warped, and rusted screws is an inevitable part of every craftsman’s job. Tectorius’ Bit-Biter is a new fluid that, when applied to a problematic fastener, will aid in installation or removal by increasing friction between parts.
  • Craftsman LED Pliers – These lighted pliers will never leave you in the dark when working on a project and eliminate the need for a cumbersome flashlight! The light rotates with the jaws to make sure that the work surface is always well-lit. The pliers are also water, oil, and chemical resistant and are ideal for plumbers.

About Adrian Steel

For more than 60 years, Adrian Steel has been producing some of the most innovative cargo management solutions on the market. Adrian Steel’s aluminum toolboxes for pickup trucks are high-quality, durable, and backed with a 3-year, 36,000 mile warranty. To get an Adrian Steel toolbox installed in your truck, contact an authorized distributor near you! Contact Adrian Steel for more information:


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Boost in Commercial Fleet Sales Leads to More Upfitting

According to Automotive Fleet, commercial fleet vehicles have increased 7.3 percent so far this year compared to 2013. The total number of fleet vehicles sold by nine auto manufacturers has increased from 418,329 through September 2013 to 448,964 through September 2014. Of those sales, 37,749 fell into the truck, van, and SUV category. This boost in commercial fleet sales is promising for Adrian Steel, as more vehicles sold leads to more upfit installations needed.


Contact a distributor near you to get your new vehicle upfitted with Adrian Steel products today!


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Nothing Says Rugged, Yet Organized, Like an Underbody Box

White Adrian Steel underbody boxMany pickup truck drivers use truck bed toolboxes to store their tools and equipment while traveling to and from a worksite. They’re secure, durable, and highly convenient – what’s not to love! Some drivers, though, need to utilize the entire bed of the truck to regularly transport large items, so a bulky truck bed toolbox may not be ideal. Other drivers may already use a toolbox, but have filled it up to capacity. If you’re in need for some additional storage space for your smaller tools and equipment, consider investing in an Adrian Steel underbody box.


An underbody box is installed, just like the name implies, under the truck. It turns otherwise empty space into a useful storage area. An underbody box is a great solution for pickup drivers who have a need for extra storage, but don’t have room in the bed or the cab of the truck.


Product Specs


Features: Designed to withstand the elements and years of wear and tear, Adrian Steel’s underbody boxes are ideal for any pickup driver who needs a little extra storage space. An underbody box features a compression style T-handle, a continuous stainless steel hinge, and automotive grade door gaskets to seal out water and dirt. Larger boxes include a three pointe latching system to ensure maximum security.

Material: Adrian Steel’s rugged, durable underbody boxes are constructed of the highest quality 14 gauge Galvanneal steel.

Sizes: All underbody boxes are 18”tall by 18”deep. Various widths are available so that you can be sure to find the right fit for your truck. Widths include 24”, 30”, 36”, 48”, and 60”.

Colors: Underbody boxes are available in either black or white.


Check out Adrian Steel’s full line of underbody boxes.


Get in Touch With Adrian Steel


Interested in getting an Adrian Steel underbody box for your pickup trick? Connect with a dealer near you for a professional installation. If you have questions about upfit options for pickup trucks, give us a call at (800) 677-2726 and we’d be more than happy to help you find the best products to suit your needs. You can also shoot us an email at, visit our website, or connect with us on social media:

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How to Refresh an Outdated Commercial Van

1963 Ford Econoline Older VanIs your commercial van in need of a little love? Maybe it’s an older van and needs a little refresh, or maybe your commercial van is new, but needs a few extra boosts to really stand out in the crowd. Adrian Steel understands the importance of having a commercial van that helps you get the job done in a quick and efficient manner, so we’ve compiled a few of our favorite upgrades that will make your older van feel just like new!

  • Get your commercial van detailed – Auto detailing can be a little pricy, but if you’ve neglected giving your commercial van a thorough cleaning for the past few years, it could definitely be worth it. A professional detailer will deep clean the interior and exterior of your commercial van, making it sparkle just like the day you bought it!
  • Replace floor mats – Sometimes those floor mats just get worn out to the point of no return. A new set of floor mats for your older van can give your entire interior a fresh, new look.
  • Invest in a GPS  - Many newer commercial vans come equipped with a GPS, however if your van is a little behind-the-times, it’s easy to pick up a GPS and install a mount in your vehicle. A GPS will help you get from job to job in a timely fashion while the mount will keep the GPS within reach but not obstruct your view of the road.
  • Get a vehicle wrap­ – If the exterior of your older van has seen better days, consider covering it up with a vehicle wrap! Not only will a vehicle wrap improve and update the appearance of your van, but it will act as a moving advertisement for your business! Learn more about Adrian Steel’s Commercial Curb Appeal Program.
  • Get an upfit! – An upfit will completely transform the cargo area of your commercial van. Various products are available to help make your van more organized and efficient. Partitions create a barrier between the cargo area and the cab while van shelving provides secure storage space for your valuable tools and equipment. A ladder rack mounts to the roof of your commercial van to ensure safe storage and easy access to your ladder. Contact Adrian Steel today to learn more about upfit options that are perfect for you!


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