Preview: 2015 Chevrolet City Express Cargo Van

It is that time of year again! The upcoming 2015 cargo vans will soon roll out and Adrian Steel is hard at work producing a full line of upfit products for the latest additions. The 2015 Chevrolet City Express cargo van is designed with you in mind – efficient, easy to maneuver, and a high cargo capacity. The City Express is a great choice for contractors and other industry professionals who need to get around in highly populated areas.

 

The specs on the 2015 Chevrolet City Express speak for themselves:

  • Engine - 2.0L DOHC L1 (131 hp @ 5200 rpm, 139 lb-ft of torque @ 4900 rpm)
  • Wheels - 15” Steel
  • Cargo Capacity - 1,477 lbs payload capacity, 122.7 cubic feet of cargo space, six in floor mounted tie down D rings, 20 integrated mounting points.
  • Maneuvering - 36.7 foot curb-to-curb turning diameter

In addition to these exciting features, the 2015 Chevrolet City Express also boasts a fold-flat passenger seat that converts into a workstation, laptop/hanging file folder storage, a stationary tray, 13 different storage areas, and 12-volt outlet on the LT model. The City Express is also the perfect work van for city streets and tight fits. The unique size, proportions, and 73.7” by 186.3” exterior dimensions make it the ideal van for maneuvering into standard parking spaces. If you’re looking for a commercial vehicle for your urban jobs, the Chevrolet City Express is a great option for you!

 

About Adrian Steel

Since its beginning in 1953, Adrian Steel has upfitted more than one million vehicles. Adrian Steel is committed to manufacturing the most innovative cargo management solutions on the market. Durable shelving and drawers, high quality tool boxes, and easy-to-use ladder racks are just a few of the products Adrian Steel offers. To purchase Adrian Steel products, view our extensive distributor network to find a distributor near you.

 

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Just Released: Adrian Steel’s New 2015 Ford Transit Products

 

2015 Transit Connect Adrian Steel UpfitThe 2015 Ford Transit is one of the most exciting cargo vans to be introduced in recent years. Built to last with plenty of storage space yet also easy to drive and maneuver on city streets, the Transit is the perfect choice for those who want it all. Available in low, medium, and high roof model, the Transit is also extremely flexible and Adrian Steel is thrilled to work with Ford to bring you some fantastic new upfit products that were created specifically for the Transit.

 

Shelving

 

Our exclusive ADseries shelving units are easily adjustable and have been re-designed for the Ford Transit’s three roof heights. Adjust ADseries shelving by simply unscrewing two bolts with a Phillips screwdriver! This series also comes with Plug and Play shelves to allow a high level of customization. Durable welded shelving, which allows for a higher weight capacity, is also available for the Transit.

 

Partitions

 

Partitions create a barrier between the cargo area and the cab, increasing passenger safety and reducing noise, among other benefits. Our Transit partitions are available with solid or perforated panels and can accommodate accessories if the owner chooses. These specially designed partition options include a fixed center panel, a hinged center panel “door”, and a wing kit.

 

Ladder Racks

 

We’ve designed an all-new EZ Load ladder rack for the Transit models. Just like its name implies, the EZ Load is crafted to make it easy to operate, adjust, maintain, and accessorize a ladder. The EZ Load is a lockable, easy to grip ladder rack that is designed with ergonomics in mind. Adrian Steel has also redesigned its popular LOADSRITE drop-down ladder racks. The LOADSRITE features an easy-to-reach handle, a glide-out bed platform, and hydraulic load assist to eliminate physical strain on the user. A basic Aluminum Utility Rack is also available for the Transit Low Roof.

 

Trade Packages

 

We understand that professionals in different trades have different needs when it comes to work vans. Trade packages address the unique issues that each industry professional may encounter.  The following trade packages are currently available:

 

Low Roof

  • Electrical & Gas Appliance Repair Package
  • General Service Package
  • Plumbing, Heating & A/C Repair Package
  • Locksmith Package
  • Base Shelving Package

 

Medium & High Roof

  • General Service Package
  • Electrical Contractor Package
  • Plumbing, Heating & A/C Repair Package
  • Locksmith Package
  • Base Shelving Package

 

We also offer the standard upfit items that such as drawer units, hook bars, tank racks, data files, and door kits that can easily be integrated into the Ford Transit.

 

For more information, please view the Ford Transit Catalog or browse all upfit options at http://www.adriansteel.com/item/cargo-vans/ford-transit/.

 

About Adrian Steel

 

Located in Adrian, Michigan, Adrian Steel is the premiere company for all of your commercial vehicle storage solution needs. Since opening their doors in 1953, Adrian Steel has installed upfits on over one million vehicles and has been committed to providing quality products highlighted by constant innovation. Their strong reputation in the industry is matched only by their resolve to offer the best lead times and highest quality product. Their products are durable and reliable, with warranty claims on less than 1% of sales. Adrian Steel warranties cover their products for three years or 36,000 miles.

 

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Exclusive Lock N’ Latch Drawer Units

2 drawer medium

Are you tired of the drawers in your commercial vehicle constantly rattling and opening during transportation? Annoyed when the drawers close on your fingers when you want them to stay open?

 

Adrian Steel has a solution for you: the Lock N’ Latch drawer system.

 

This exclusive system allows you to lock the drawers in an open, closed, or locked closed position. The all new, heavy duty drawer glides make opening and closing the drawers a cinch. Constructed of durable, composite materials, Lock N’ Latch drawers fit snuggly within the unit, reducing rattling noise significantly. Various sizes are available, and drawer units can easily be enclosed in a cabinet to maximize storage options. Drawers come with removable trays that are perfect to store small tools and parts while on the go. Learn more about the Lock N’ Latch system by viewing our product video!


Features

  • Heavy-duty drawer glides
  • Durable
  • Lock the drawer in any position (open or closed)
  • Various sizes
  • Removable trays

Benefits

  • Reduce rattling noise
  • Increase storage space
  • Convenient – you can lock and latch the drawer in the ‘open’ position while you work
  • Customizable for your industry (various sizes)
  • Secure

Products

Four Drawer Shallow

Three Drawer Combo

Two Drawer Medium


Get your Lock N’ Latch Drawers today!

All of Adrian Steel’s products are available through our extensive network of distributors located across the United State and Canada. Find an Adrian Steel distributor near you to help you find the best cargo management solutions to fit your needs. Adrian Steel’s products are made to last and our warranty covers our products for three years or 36,000 miles.


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Stay Organized with Walk-In Van Accessories

Accessories to organize your walk-in vanWhen you think of Adrian Steel, odds are pretty good you think of commercial vehicle upfits. In business for over 60 years, Adrian Steel is the upfit expert for all commercial vehicles, including walk-in vans. We are proud to be one of the nation’s premiere providers of the highest quality walk-in van upfit packages on the market, but did you know that we also offer a variety of other accessories to help you maximize your van’s storage space and organization?

Take Organization to the Next Level
Some of the most popular accessory options we offer include:

  • Drawer UnitsOur exclusive Lock ‘n Latch drawer system allows you to lock drawers in a fixed position. Heavy-duty drawer glides make it easy to open and close drawers and reduce any rattling noise.
  • Shelf Cabinets – Shelf cabinets can be stacked on top of drawer units or used free-standing for additional storage. Cabinet 1 measures 18″W x 22″H x 18″L and Cabinet 12 is a bit smaller, measuring 18″W x 22″H x 12″L.
  • Cargo StrapsKeep your cargo extra safe and secure with our long-lasting, tough cargo straps.  Straps come in a variety of lengths and each comes with two “S” hooks.
  • HooksOur 2.5” hooks can be used to hold cords, belts, or just about anything else you need to secure. They are made to last and designed for permanent mounting to shelf ends, partitions, and other vertical surfaces.
  • Cable Reel HolderCreated to give you flexible cable storage in your work van or truck, our cable reel holder features a durable frame, two steel shafts to accommodate up to a 15 ½” diameter by 14” wide reel and measures 19 1/8” wide by 16” deep by 44 7/8” high.

Whatever your organizational needs are, Adrian Steel has a solution for you. For more information about all of our walk-in van accessories and upfit packages, please visit www.adriansteel.com.

About Adrian Steel

Located in Adrian, Michigan, Adrian Steel is the premiere company for all of your commercial vehicle storage solution needs. Since opening their doors in 1953, Adrian Steel has installed upfits on over one million vehicles and has been committed to providing quality products highlighted by constant innovation. Their strong reputation in the industry is matched only by their resolve to offer the best lead times and highest quality product. Their products are durable and reliable, with warranty claims on less than 1% of sales. Adrian Steel warranties cover their products for three years or 36,000 miles.

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A Brief History of Adrian Steel

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Adrian Steel catalog from the 1960s

Located in Southeast Michigan, Adrian Steel Company is one of the country’s premiere experts on commercial cargo management solutions. Known for its commitment to providing customers with the best upfit packages available, the company has grown from a small local business to a nationwide leader. Today, Adrian Steel works with more than 300 independent installers across the United States.

 

Adrian Steel’s founder, Bob Westfall, was no stranger to starting small and working his way up. Raised by a hardworking single mother in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area, Westfall worked odd jobs throughout his elementary and high school years to help support his family. His talent on the football field at Ann Arbor High School earned him a scholarship to the University of Michigan, where his performance eventually earned him a place in the College Football Hall of Fame.

 

After serving in World War II, Westfall eventually signed with the Detroit Lions in 1944 and was picked as a First Team All Pro by the Associated Press. After retiring from professional football in 1947, Westfall and his family settled in Adrian, Michigan, where he began his career as a businessman. He worked for the Adrian Salvage Company until 1953, which is the year he decided to go into business for himself. Westfall founded Adrian Steel and served as CEO until he passed away in 1980.

 

Adrian Steel has retained Westfall’s vision to provide customers with the superior upfit products that make their jobs easier. As the company states on its website: “Adrian Steel’s attention to detail and customers is thorough; it began through the corporate values instilled by founder Bob Westfall, University of Michigan All-American and Detroit Lion All-Pro football standout. Those values instilled a team effort to provide customers with value-added products and services that have become the standard of our industry.” This attention to detail has helped the company grow into a business that encompasses an almost 167,000 square foot facility and has installed upfits on over one million work vehicles to date.

 

With a foot planted firmly in the successful business model perfected by Bob Westfall and another stepping into the possibilities of the future, Adrian Steel is devoted to providing industries from contracting to plumbing with the most durable and innovative upfit packages on the market. For more information about Adrian Steel and the products they install, please visit www.adriansteel.com.

 

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Upfit Packages for Locksmiths and Security Professionals

This week Adrian Steel is excited to head to New Orleans for the ALOA Convention. At the convention, locksmiths and security professionals from across the country will have the opportunity to learn about how Adrian Steel’s upfits can impact their careers.

 

If you’re unable to attend the convention, not to worry! Here is a quick run-through of some of the products Adrian Steel offers just for you.


locksmiths and security profressionalsVocational Upfits

As a security professional, it is critical for you to keep your tools and equipment safe – safety is your job after all!

 

For example, many of our Locksmith Packages feature a workbench and worktop surface that gives you a place to work while in the van. Locksmith Packages also often include a key machine base that moves the key machine to a comfortable position to cut the keys.

 

Locksmith and Security upfit packages include adjustable shelving, bins, and other useful items to keep your tools organized. Lockable, heavy-duty draws keep all of your small tools secure during transportation and safe from theft. Partitions separate the cab from the cargo area and act as an extra security element in your vehicle – a partition keeps passengers safe from shifting equipment in the back and also makes it more difficult to access sensitive materials from the cab area.

 

With an Adrian Steel upfit, you can be sure that your equipment will be stored safely in your truck or van. Our products are made with the highest quality materials to ensure durability and reliability for years to come.

 

Get Upfitted!

 

Interested in an Adrian Steel upfit for your work van or truck? Contact Adrian Steel today to explore the options that will best suit your line of work. Visit our website, call (800) 677-2726, or email us at info@adriansteel.com. We are dedicated to providing our customers with the most innovative and reliable products on the market. Let us help you make your job easier with a custom upfit for your commercial vehicle!

 

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Contractors: Essential Tools for Your Truck Toolbox

Aluminum Truck ToolboxA general contractor has a tough job – one that requires a high level of leadership, organization, and discipline. A general contractor is the person responsible for the day-to-day management of a construction site or other building project. As the person in charge, it is critical for the contractor to be prepared to overcome any obstacles and therefore carry an extensive collection of tools. A few of the most common tools in a contractor’s arsenal include:

  • Drills – hammer drills, power drills
  • Saws – reciprocating, circular
  • Hammers – rotary hammers, straight-claw hammer
  • Other small tools – screw drivers, clamps
  • Measuring tools – tape measure, compass, level
  • Backup batteries
  • First Aid Kit

With all of these tools, organization can certainly be a challenge. But not to worry, Adrian Steel offers a wide selection of heavy-duty truck toolboxes to help out professional contractors! Here is a quick look at the toolboxes available to help with tool storage and organization.

 

Aluminum Toolboxes

Aluminum toolboxes are made from heavy duty, diamond-tread aluminum and are fully welded for durability with automotive grade push button locks and bulb weather seals. Adrian Steel’s toolboxes are designed to be mounted with no-drill brackets to simplify the installation process. Adrian Steel offers several aluminum toolboxes to fit any truck bed.

  • Single and double lid toolboxes and cross boxes extend across the entire width of a truck bed and have a sleek, low profile. With a single lid, contractors have easy access to everything in the toolbox.
  • Side boxes are mounted on the side of pickup bed and have reinforced “U”- channel edges to ensure structural strength and allow for more lid seating surface.

Steel Underbody Boxes

Adrian Steel’s underbody boxes are built strong with 14 gauge Galvenneal steel and door gaskets to seal out dirt and water. Keep your tools secure in an underbody box designed specifically to fit your truck. Underbody boxes are available in white and black.

 

Not only can a truck toolbox help to store and organize tools, but it can increase a contractor’s efficiency when on the job. With a toolbox, a contractor no longer has to rummage through a pile of tools scattered in the truck bed. Instead, he or she can simply open the toolbox and find exactly what’s needed, when it’s needed.

 

About Adrian Steel

For more than 60 years, Adrian Steel has manufactured the highest quality cargo management solutions in the industry. Adrian Steel’s products are reliable, durable, and innovative and include lockable drawers, adjustable shelving, heavy-duty toolboxes, and more. All products are available through Adrian Steel’s distributor network. Visit www.adriansteel.com to learn about how Adrian Steel can provide cargo solutions for your fleet.

 

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New ProMaster Upfit Package for HVAC Professionals

Ram ProMaster 136" HVAC Upfit PackageAdrian Steel is pleased to announce our recent launch of an upfit package for the Ram ProMaster 136”, specifically designed to meet the unique needs of HVAC professionals. Renowned for its flexibility, durability, and compact design, the ProMaster is fast becoming one of the most popular commercial vehicles in the HVAC industry. Adrian Steel is excited to have high-quality upfit packages to go with it.

 

Package Highlights

Our new ProMaster upfit package includes a multitude of special features, created especially for the HVAC professional. Some of the key features of these new packages include:

 

Durable adjustable shelving: Our unique adjustable shelving unit was designed exclusively for the ProMaster. This ADseries unit measures 44” wide, 59” tall, and 14” deep and adjusts on 1” increments and is easy to move using just a screwdriver.

 

Partitions: Created to fit both the ProMaster standard and high roof, these partitions will keep your cargo secure in the back of your van, which will increase your safety should you have to stop quickly. These partitions are sold as panel kits and wing kits and include assembly and installation fasteners for base van trim level. If you need a higher trim level, modifying might be necessary. This model also features a perforated center and curbside panels, which increases your rear visibility, and hinged locking safety door, which will keep your cargo safe.

 

Tank Rack: Easily transport refrigerant tanks with these racks that can carry 2-30lb and 1-50lb tanks vertically and also feature our new 14-gage tubular welded steel frames, sloped cradles, and nylon straps for extra security.

 

Drawers: Our 6” composite drawer components for the HVAC ProMaster upfit package are made of high impact polymer for durability and quiet operation. The base model features three drawers with retention to prevent drawers from coming open while in transit and is perfect for storing and organizing small parts. Each drawer can hold up to 5lbs and the unit measures 6” x 12” x 12”.

 

With the right upfits, your professional HVAC ProMaster van takes on a whole new level of organization and professionalism, which makes your job easier and more efficient. Contact Adrian Steel today to discuss which upfit options are right for you!

 

About Adrian Steel

Located in Adrian, Michigan, Adrian Steel is the premiere company for all of your commercial vehicle storage solution needs. Since opening their doors in 1953, Adrian Steel has installed upfits on over one million vehicles and is committed to the production of quality products highlighted by constant innovation. Their strong reputation in the industry is matched only by their resolve to offer the best lead times and highest quality product. Their products are durable and reliable, with warranty claims on less than 1% of sales. Adrian Steel warranties cover their products for three years or 36,000 miles.

 

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Truck Ladder Racks for your Commercial Vehicle

Grip-Lock Ladder Rack
Whether you’re a contractor, electrician, or HVAC specialist, a high-quality ladder is an important part of your equipment inventory and an expensive investment. If you store your ladder in the bed of your work truck, you not only take up valuable space that could be used to store other tools, you also put your investment at risk. Fortunately, Adrian Steel has a wide selection of durable ladder racks that keep your ladder safely stored on top of your commercial truck.

 

Why Adrian Steel Ladder Racks?

Not only do we offer a variety of truck ladder racks, we also sell only the highest quality racks. Our ladder racks are easy to use and built to last and keep you safe by reducing the risk of injury while loading and unloading your ladder. Our most popular options for commercial pickup trucks include:

 

Load Runner Ladder Rack

Made to use with both full and mid-sized trucks, the Load Runner looks great and works hard. Equipped with two-inch, high strength round tubing, Load Runner is rated for the maximum load allowed by truck manufacturers and is the top choice in many industries. Load Runner also comes with a removable rear crossbar that enables you to transport tall items in your truck bed and convenient tie-down cleats that secure loads either on top of your truck or in the bed.

 

LoadFlex Ladder Rack

With a 250lb payload capacity, LoadFlex is one of the hardest-working truck ladder racks on the market and its unique design allows it to be installed without cutting or drilling. Equipped with uprights that are easy to put on and remove, the LoadFlex is also perfect for use on trucks that serve as both commercial and personal vehicles. The LoadFlex also comes with easily adjusted rest arms, slot-through bolt design that prevents separation, and plastisol rung stops and rope hooks. LoadFlex racks are available for both full and midsize trucks and fit all late model GM, Ford, and Dodge trucks.

 

Grip-Lock Ladder Rack

If your work truck has a commercial cap, the Grip-Lock is the ladder rack for you. Designed with an outer rail and horn, the Grip-Lock makes loading and unloading a snap, and the lockable gripping mechanism firmly secures one to two ladders without creating vibration wear. The Grip-Lock is available in 5’ and 6’ lengths between the cross supports and works with 6’, 7’, and 8’ pickup bed lengths.

 

With Adrian Steel, you know you’ll get the toughest truck ladder racks available. We are also committed to providing you with the best possible service-from the first phone call inquiry to the final installation, we are dedicated to ensuring that your upfit experience with us a pleasant and successful one. Interested in learning more? Please visit Adrian Steel’s website.

 

About Adrian Steel

Located in Adrian, Michigan, Adrian Steel is the premiere company for all of your commercial vehicle storage solution needs. Since opening their doors in 1953, Adrian Steel has installed upfits on over one million vehicles and has been committed to providing quality products highlighted by constant innovation. Their strong reputation in the industry is matched only by their resolve to offer the best lead times and highest quality product. Their products are durable and reliable, with warranty claims on less than 1% of sales. Adrian Steel warranties cover their products for three years or 36,000 miles.

 

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Make a Great First Impression

Make a great first impression with your work vehicleDid you know that it takes less than a second to form a first impression? When you pull up to a client’s home for a job, she instantly forms an impression of you and your company – before you even get out of the vehicle! Even more importantly, once an impression is formed, it can be extremely difficult to change.

 

The cleanliness and condition of your vehicle speaks volumes about your company, and you might not even know it – and when your clients are impressed, there’s no doubt it benefits your business. It’s not easy to forget a first impression and your clients will share that experience with their friends and family. You have the opportunity to grow your business tremendously with word-of-mouth recommendations from your clients. Here are some tips to ensure that your work van or truck will “wow” your clients before you even start the job.

 

Maintain the exterior of your vehicle

A commercial work vehicle is a big investment and you will likely want to keep your truck or van in tip-top shape. If you care for your vehicle, not only will you extend its life, but you will build a strong, positive brand for your company, too. In a lot of ways, your work vehicle is the face of your company; it is the first thing potential clients see when you’re on the road.

 

A rusty, dirty vehicle sends the message to potential clients that the driver doesn’t take care of his equipment. Don’t be this person! Take care of your vehicle: wash it frequently, get regular maintenance check-ups, and fix any dents or scratches when they occur. If any part of your vehicle appears to be unsafe, be sure to replace it as soon as possible. Ladder racks, for example, get a lot of wear-and-tear over time from usage and weather elements. If it is time to replace your ladder rack, Adrian Steel offers a variety of options to update the look and safety of your van or truck.

 

You can also take your brand to the next level by investing in a custom vehicle wrap. Adrian Steel’s Commercial Curb Appeal Program is an opportunity for business owners to design a custom vehicle graphic to promote their services while on the road. An average service vehicle will make approximately 16 million visual impressions per year. Make sure your visual impression is a lasting one with a custom vehicle graphic.

 

Stay organized

Your reputation as a service professional depends greatly on your ability to organize. If you show up late to a job because you misplaced a client’s address, that client will certainly not have a positive first impression. If you can’t find a tool you need to get the job done, that reflects negatively on your reputation. Instead, create a great relationship with your clients and stay organized on the job with Adrian Steel’s vocational upfit packages. Whether you are a plumber, locksmith, or any other type of service professional, Adrian Steel has an upfit package that will benefit your business.

 

Learn more about how Adrian Steel can help you make a great first impression. All Adrian Steel products are available through our extensive network of distributors. Find a distributor near you today!

 

About Adrian Steel

Adrian Steel is committed to producing high-quality, innovative cargo management solutions for customers across North America. Established in 1953, Adrian Steel is a leading manufacturer of commercial vehicle upfits and storage solutions to accommodate a wide variety of vehicles. Products include heavy duty drawer units, customizable shelving, durable toolboxes, versatile ladder racks, and more.

 

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