This session will provide an overview of the factors driving the change to green refrigerants, and the operational impact the transition will have on the convenience services industry. Discussion topics will include the differences in vending equipment design required when using alternate refrigerants as well as the risks and hazards associated with this new equipment. Come away with an understanding of the impacts to the industry in order to allow for a smooth and seamless transition.
Vice President, Engineering
Crane Merchandising Systems
Doug Drenten is currently the Vice President of Engineering for Crane Merchandising Systems. Crane Merchandising Systems is one of several business units of CraneCo., a $5B manufacturer of highly engineered, diversified products.
Doug joined Crane in 2006 as a result of the acquisition of Dixie-Narco from the Whirlpool Corporation. He left the business in late 2007 to partner in a start-up retail appliance business but returned to Crane in 2012 leading the Cold Beverage Engineering team.
He first became associated with the vending industry in 1991 when he joined Dixie-Narco and held several leadership positions within the Engineering and R&D areas for both Dixie-Narco and the parent company Maytag, Inc., overseeing the engineering of not only vending but also commercial cooking, commercial laundry, and countertop appliance products.
Doug first started his career with Magic Chef, Inc. in 1981 with their air conditioning and heating business, holding multiple positions in Manufacturing Engineering, Quality, and Operations across three operating facilities. At the time of the sale of the HVAC business to Lennox International, he had plant-wide operations responsibility as the factory manager for Armstrong Air Conditioning, a half-million square foot, 500 employee facility located in northern Ohio.
Doug holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design, Product Design Major from The Ohio State University.