Organize your Van Shelving with a Blue Bin System

Blue Bin System | Adrian SteelAdrian Steel’s Blue Bin System is a great way to maximize the space on your ADseries shelving unit. Made of durable, molded polypropylene the Blue Bin System is both practical and convenient. Check out the benefits and details below.


Benefits of a Blue Bin System

  • Maximize ADseries shelf space with our predefined bin systems or create your own configuration of bins tailored to your individual needs.
  • The open-top bins allow you to take a quick, visual inventory of parts. Find parts even quicker by adding a label to the front of the bin.
  • The innovative rail system locks the bins in place on the shelf for secure transportation.
  • The bins can easily be removed and stacked upon each other for easy transportation to-and-from your work van.
  • Add up to one divider to each bin to further customize your Blue Bin System.
  • Please note that the bins and the rail system work together and in order to obtain all the benefits listed above, both products must be ordered.

Available Products

Part # Description
SBIN060614 6” Blue Bin
SBIN120614 12” Blue Bin
BR36212 Bin System: 3-6” & 2-12” bins w/rail
BR76012 Bin System: 7-6” bins with rail
SRAILAD26 26” Retention rail
SRAILAD32 32” Retention rail
SRAILAD44 44” Retention rail
SRAILAD50 50” Retention rail


Blue Bin Systems are available through Adrian Steel’s distributor network. To learn more about Adrian Steel’s products, visit Or, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us:


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Learn about Adrian Steel at the 2015 AHR Expo


HVAC Professionals gather at the AHR ExpoNext week, on January 26-28, Adrian Steel will be in Chicago, Illinois at the 2015 AHR Expo where we will have the opportunity to network with 40,000 professionals in the HVAC industry. You can find us at the Ford (#1947) and GM (#4866) booths. The expo will feature more than 100 educational sessions, 2,000+ exhibitors, and endless opportunities for technicians to learn about the latest technologies in the industry.

At the expo, Adrian Steel will share the company’s upfit products with technicians who are looking to increase the storage capabilities of their work vehicles and improve efficiency on-the-job. Adrian Steel offers a number of products that prove to be beneficial for HVAC technicians, some of which include:

  • PHVAC Trade Upfit Packages – If you need to organize your work van, but don’t know where to start, Adrian Steel has a perfect solution for you. Adrian Steel offers PHVAC trade packages that are designed specifically for those who work in the industry every day. Upfits vary depending on the vehicle, but most packages include shelving, drawers, a partition, and more!
  • Tank Racks and Tank Holder Adapters – After years of field research, Adrian Steel has learned that one of the challenges HVAC professionals often face is safely storing tanks in their vehicles. Adrian Steel’s tank racks and tank older adapters allow technicians to secure tanks in the cargo area without worrying about them rolling around.
  • Long Parts Storage – Safely transporting long conduit and pipes can certainly be a challenge. With Adrian Steel’s long parts storage for the Nissan NV, you don’t have to worry transporting these awkward pieces of equipment.
  • Ladder Racks – By storing your ladder on the roof of your vehicle, you can free up that much needed space inside your van. Adrian Steel’s ladder racks are durable, reliable, and ergonomically-designed to be easy to use and easy on your back and shoulders.

If you’re interested in learning more about Adrian Steel’s products for HVAC professionals, don’t miss us at the 2015 AHR Expo! Visit our website for more information.


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Why You Should Invest in a Quality Ladder Rack from Adrian Steel

Adrian Steel Quality Ladder RackAnyone on the street can tell you that his ladder rack is the best, but what exactly does that mean? To some people, a good ladder rack is one that’s very affordable, and to others it may translate into a ladder rack that will stand the test of time.


Here at Adrian Steel, we’re proud so say that we make some pretty darn good ladder racks. What makes our ladder racks so great? Quality. We produce quality ladder racks and it keeps our customers coming back for more. Our distributors tell us that about 80 percent of customers who invest in Adrian Steel upfit products stick with Adrian Steel products for future purchases. Below, we’ve outlined some of the reasons why you should invest in a quality ladder rack from Adrian Steel.

  • Long Lasting – Our products are truly built to last, sometimes even longer than your vehicle! Our distributors have had instances of customers requesting to transfer their existing Adrian Steel ladder rack to their brand new vehicle. Even after years of wear and tear, the ladder rack is just as good as new!
  • Reliable – Adrian Steel uses high quality materials to ensure smooth operation of ladder racks. If you use your ladder rack on a daily basis, you understand the importance of having a reliable ladder rack that you can count on to work properly in rain, shine, and snow.
  • Emphasis on Safety – Not only are Adrian Steel’s quality ladder racks durable and reliable, but they’re designed with user comfort and safety in mind. Loading and unloading ladders regularly can really put strain on the back and shoulders. Adrian Steel combats the risk of on-the-job injuries by offering ladder racks that are easy to use and easy on the body. Adrian Steel manufactures several ladder rack models that actually lower the ladder towards the user to increase the safety of our customers. On the flip side, our ladder racks also utilize grip-lock technology to ensure that the ladders won’t budge on the roof of your vehicle during transportation.

Because different people have different needs and preferences when it comes to their ladder racks, we’ve found our niche in manufacturing extremely high quality ladder racks. Whether they’re the best is up to you. Check out our ladder racks in action at a distributor showroom near you.


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Service Professionals: Stay Safe While Working in the Cold this Winter

Electrician Working in the ColdTis the season to be… cold. Here in Michigan, we’re in the heart of winter and the cold weather can certainly take a toll on service professionals who regularly work outdoors. Working in the cold is not an ideal situation, and can even be dangerous if workers aren’t careful. As we head into some of the roughest weeks of winter, Adrian Steel wants to make sure that all of our service professionals stay safe! Below, we’ve listed out a few tips for safely working in the cold.



Always monitor the weather conditions – If you’re focused on a job, it can be easy to forget how cold it actually is outside. If you have a smartphone, download an app that can alert you when the temperature drops to a dangerous level or when a winter storm is rolling in.


Avoid excessive sweating – When workers sweat through their clothing, the wet clothing becomes very cold. Wearing layers provides more insulation and allows you to shed layers when you begin to get warm. Consider wearing an under-layer made of special moisture-wicking material to pull the moisture away from your body and always carry an extra set of clothes to change into in case your clothing does get soaked-though.


Turn your work van into a mobile office – Avoid working in the cold by transforming your work van into an enclosed workspace! With an Adrian Steel upfit, you can work on a project in the comfort of your warm, comfortable van. Many van models can accommodate our innovative workbench modules that provide you with an organized workspace complete with a Masonite work top surface and plenty of storage space for your tools and parts. Browse all of Adrian Steel’s workbench options.


For more tips for working in the cold, visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety website.


About Adrian Steel

Based in Adrian, Michigan, Adrian Steel Company is a manufacturer of innovative commercial vehicle upfits and accessories. Adrian Steel is known for its commitment to producing the highest quality cargo management solutions on the market. Popular products include ladder racks, adjustable shelving, drawer units, steel partitions, and more. To learn more about Adrian Steel, visit, send us an email at, or give us a call at (800) 677-2726.


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Top Questions to Ask Your Upfit Manufacturer

Raising Hand Questions to Ask a ManufacturerIf you’re reading this blog, then there’s a pretty good chance that you’re in the market for an upfit for your truck or van. In order to make sure that you’re getting the most relevant upfit for your needs and the best bang for your buck, it’s important to ask the product manufacturer the right questions. Adrian Steel has put together some questions to ask a manufacturer of upfits to ensure that the company produces products that meet your standards.


Do you thoroughly test your products?

When you’re getting a new product for your vehicle, you will want to make sure that it has been thoroughly tested not only for quality, but for safety as well.

Our Answer: Here at Adrian Steel, all of our products go through a comprehensive series of testing before they hit the market. Our application engineers often drive fully upfitted vans and trucks on a test track to ensure that products are built to last and safe to use.


What materials do you use?

By asking a manufacturer what materials they use, you will get a better idea of the quality and the care that goes into developing each and every product.

Our Answer: Adrian Steel only uses the highest-quality, contractor grade materials in the manufacturing of our products. Almost every product that comes out of our manufacturing facility starts as a sheet of heavy duty steel that is punched, bent, and welded with the highest attention to detail.


How long will it take to get my vehicle upfitted?

Turnaround time says a lot about a company’s efficiency. An organized and reliable manufacturer should be able to tell you exactly how long it will take to create a product from start to finish.

Our Answer: Adrian Steel has been in business for more than 60 years, and in that time, we’ve been able to perfect our manufacturing process to increase efficiency and decrease production time. Our local distributors have all of our products in stock, so the turnaround time is unbeatable!


Is there a warranty?

Of course, manufacturers never want to receive a warranty claim, but the fact that they offer a warranty in the first place says a lot about the company’s trustworthiness.

Our Answer: Adrian Steel is confident that you will be very happy with your purchase, but just in case a problem arises, we offer a three year, 36,000 mile warranty.


Contact Adrian Steel Today

If you want to learn more about Adrian Steel and our products, please contact us today!

Phone: (800) 677-2726


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Adrian Steel Products for 2015 Vans

Base Shelving Package for the Ford Transit

Street side view of the Base Shelving Package for the Ford Transit.

2014 was a big year for cargo vans! Between the release of the Ford Transit, the Chevrolet City Express, and all of the other new models, Adrian Steel has been busy creating innovative storage solutions for these new vehicles. Take a look at some of the products we have available for the 2015 vans.

  • 2015 Chevy City Express – The City Express may be small in size, but the interior isn’t lacking in cargo space! Adrian Steel’s products for the City Express further amplify the space with functional and long-lasting storage solutions. Individual upfit products are available, but many customers opt for our upfit packages. You can choose from a base package to customize with the add-ons that you need, or if you’re in a trade profession, select a specially designed trade package. Learn more about our 2015 City Express products.
  • 2015 Ford Transit ­– To accommodate the highly versatile Ford Transit, Adrian Steel released a new line of products that are just as adaptable. Various products are available for the low, medium, and high roof Transit, including steel partitions, ergonomic ladder racks, adjustable shelving units, trade packages, and more! All products are designed to provide convenient storage solutions while maximizing the space within each model of the Transit. Learn more about Adrian Steel’s 2014 Transit products.
  • Other 2015 Van Models – Adrian Steel has products for all new vans on the market! If you are looking to buy a new van, be sure to check out Adrian Steel’s upfit assistance programs to save money on your new van upfit. We have partnerships with Ford, GM, Nissan, and Ram to ensure that you get the best deal possible. To view all products for the 2015 vans; browse the Cargo Vans area of our website.

Get Upfitted Today

All Adrian Steel products for 2015 vans are available through our extensive network of local distributors. Find a distributor near you to start planning the perfect upfit for your new van!


About Adrian Steel

Established in 1953, Adrian Steel is a leading manufacturer of cargo management solutions for commercial work vans, trucks, walk-in vans, and cargo trailers. Adrian Steel uses only the highest quality materials to craft its reliable products. To learn more, visit the Adrian Steel website, or call (800) 677-2726 toll free!


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Find Your Adrian Steel Ladder Rack for the 2015 Ford Transit

Ladder Rack for Ford TransitWith the launch of the 2015 Ford Transit, comes a full new line of Adrian Steel upfit products designed for the highly customizable vehicle. In addition to the hundreds of upfit products available for the Transit, Adrian Steel also re-designed its highly sought-after ladder racks for the van. Here’s a look at the ladder rack solutions available for the 2015 Ford Transit.


EZ Load Ladder Rack (low roof)

As vans get taller and taller, it makes ladder storage more and more difficult. Newly designed for the low roof Transit, the EZ Load Ladder Rack is easy to operate, adjust, maintain, and accessorize. Designed for people of average height (5’8”), the EZ Load Ladder Rack lowers the ladder six inches toward the user to make it easier to reach and unload safely. The EZ Load can easily be adjusted for your ladders with a ½” socket. Stainless steel fasteners prevent rust and corrosion and plastisol coated brackets are sure to keep your ladders safe from excessive wear and tear.


LoadsRite Drop-Down Ladder Rack (low and medium roof)

The LoadsRite Drop-Down Ladder Rack for low and medium roof Transits is the most ergonomically-designed ladder solution on the market. The easy-to-reach handle allows users to pull the ladder down at a diagonal position to make loading and unloading easy on the shoulders and back. The LoadsRite for the medium roof Transit features a double drop down system to lower the ladder even further. Like the EZ Load, the LoadsRite will firmly grip the ladder in place during transportation and keep it safe from damage.


Aluminum Utility Rack (low roof)

If you’re just looking for a basic utility rack to transport your ladders and other items, the Aluminum Utility Rack for the low roof Transit is for you. Available in black or white powder coat paint, the Utility Rack is corrosion-free and equipped with numerous attachment points for securing cargo straps. The rack does not require any drilling into the roof of the vehicle, and comes with a Rear Roller Bar to ease loading and unloading.


Want to learn more? Find your Adrian Steel ladder rack for the Ford Transit or browse the Adrian Steel Ford Transit Catalog.


About Adrian Steel

Adrian Steel Company designs and manufactures high-quality upfit products for all cargo vans and trucks. In addition to ladder racks, Adrian Steel produces steel partitions, shelving, storage modules, and more. Contact Adrian Steel today to learn more.

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Keep Tools Safe by Increasing Work Van Security

Service ProfessionalsAdrian Steel’s goal is to help you make the most out of the space in your work van. Our products provide practical solutions that increase van storage capacity and organization capabilities. But, as important as organization and efficiency are, what is most important to us is passenger safety and the security of the tools and equipment you store in your van. Adrian Steel has put together a helpful list of products and items to have in your vehicle to increase work van security and passenger safety.


Work Van Security

  • Wire Window Screens – Protect your tools and equipment from theft by installing wire window screens in your work van. These screens keep your cargo safe and thieves out, even when the window glass is broken.
  • Lockable Drawers, Cabinets, and Door Kits – If you accidentally leave your van doors unlocked while on a job, you can still ensure the security of your equipment by storing it behind a second set of locked doors. Whether you use a drawer or cabinet unit, or install door kits on your shelves, be sure to keep everything locked up when you’re not around.

Passenger Safety

  • PartitionPartitions keep passengers safe from shifting cargo in the back of the van. When you brake quickly, a partition will prevent loose equipment from flying towards the front of the vehicle and harming the driver or passenger.
  • Flares – All work vans should be equipped with flares in case of an emergency. If you experience an emergency and don’t have cell phone service, flares will help alert other drivers on the road of a potential problem. Adrian Steel offers an I.C.C. approved Triangle Reflector Flare Kit for just this purpose.
  • Fire Extinguisher – There is always a potential of a fire in your work van. Whether it’s an engine fire, or a fire sparked by a malfunctioning tool in the cargo area of the van, you should always be prepared with a fire extinguisher on hand.
  • First Aid Kit – A first aid kit is a requirement for anyone who works in a trade industry. Keep a kit in your work van handy for any potential on-the-job injuries that may need immediate attention.

Increase Your Work Van Security Today

Contact Adrian Steel today to learn more about our products designed to increase the security of your work van. All of our products and upfits are available through our network of trusted distributors in the United States and Canada. Give us a call today at (800) 677-2726 or send us an email at with any questions.


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Program Overviews: Ford, GM, Nissan, & Ram

New Van KeysLooking for a way to save on an upfit for your new vehicle? Look no further than Adrian Steel’s commercial incentive programs for Ford, GM, Nissan, and Ram vehicles! Getting everything done at one time can save you time and money. Learn more about the details of each program below!


Ford Truck Commercial Connection Program

With the Commercial Connection Program, qualified customers can receive upfit assistance monies from Ford with various new vehicle purchases:

  • $1,000 for the Ford Transit Van
  • $1,200 for the Ford Econoline Cargo Van
  • $350 for the Ford Transit Connect

Visit the Ford Commercial Connection website for the official details and rules.


GM Business Choice

When you buy or lease an eligible Chevrolet or GMC cargo van, you may qualify for up to $1,200 in upfit assistance. Incentive money can be applied towards any Adrian Steel upfit, including ladder racks, partitions, shelving, and even Commercial Curb Appeal graphics! Drive off the lot with a fully upfitted vehicle with products specific to your needs!

Learn more about GM’s 2015 Business Choice Offers.


Nissan Commercial Program

Adrian Steel has teamed up with Nissan to offer an incentive program available with the new purchase of a Nissan NV Cargo van. Qualified customers are eligible for a No Charge Storage and Utility Package in which they can select one of five upfit packages for their standard or high roof vehicle. Upgrade and Trade packages are also available at a discounted price.

View official details at the Nissan Commercial Vehicles website.


Ram On-The-Job Program

On-The-Job allowances of up to $500 are available for new Ram vehicle purchases by small business owners. The On-The-Job program allows vehicle owner to pick and choose exactly which Adrian Steel product they’d like for their Ram vehicle.

For program details, please visit the Chrysler Commercial Vehicles website.


Programs are not available in all areas and may not be compatible with other offers of incentive programs. For complete program details, please contact your dealer or local distributor.


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How to Promote Your Service Business Using Your Work Van

Stand Out with an Adrian Steel Vehicle WrapWhether you’re the owner of an HVAC business, or are a local locksmith or electrician, it’s important to know how to successfully promote your business in a cost-effective way. The good news is that the work van you drive every day can be a great marketing tool! This blog will help you understand how to promote your service business with your work van, and beyond.


Vehicle Wrap

With a custom designed vehicle wrap, you can transform your work van into a highly economical advertising outlet. The cost per impression of fleet graphics is a mere $0.90, which compared to a TV spot, with a cost per impression of $16.25, is quite a deal! Here’s how to get the most bang for your buck:


Give people something to talk about – A creative vehicle wrap will not only catch the attention of potential clients, but it may also give them something to talk about! Take a look at some of these creative vehicle wraps to spark your imagination!


Be involved! – Whether you join a local business organization for networking purposes or get involved with a charitable cause, be sure that your van is your mode of transportation! When a potential client sees your van out and about in the community, it will help to build brand recognition. The next time he or she needs the services you provide, they will likely remember seeing your van all over town!

Learn more about Adrian Steel’s Commercial Curb Appeal Program.


Don’ Forget!

While a vehicle wrap can definitely help to promote you service business, you shouldn’t stop there! Here are a few additional ways to promote your service business:

  • Encourage happy clients to leave reviews online
  • Ensure that your website is up-to-date and includes easy-to-find, relevant information for viewers
  • Don’t stop your current marketing efforts! So long as you’re seeing a positive return on investment, continue doing what works!

About Adrian Steel

For more than 60 years, Adrian Steel has manufactured the highest quality cargo management solutions. In addition to vehicle wraps, Adrian Steel also produces innovative ladder racks, durable toolboxes, heavy-duty shelving, and vocational upfit packages. To learn more about Adrian Steel’s products, give us a call at (800) 677-2726 or send us an email at To get Adrian Steel products installed in your work van or truck, contact one of our local distributors.


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