NEW BERLIN, WI--(Marketwire - March 9, 2011) - Advantage Refrigeration, LLC (Advantage), a leader in design, engineering, construction and service for commercial and industrial refrigeration, is pleased to announce that it has named Russell A. Dudan, chief executive officer (CEO). Dudan succeeds Advantage's founder, John S. Gnas who retired. 

Mr. Dudan comes to Advantage Refrigeration from Modern Equipment Company of Port Washington, Wis. where he served as Director of Operations, overseeing its lean improvement efforts, manufacturing, maintenance, purchasing, inventory control, and shipping and receiving. Prior to Modern Equipment Company, Mr. Dudan served as president of Centron Energy Corporation in Germantown, Wis. 

George A. Smith, chief executive officer of The Freedom Group, a private investment firm which owns Advantage Refrigeration said, "We are extremely pleased to have Russ join the Advantage management team as CEO. He brings a unique mix of leadership experience in engineering, sales and operations from the manufacturing, distribution, chemical and capital equipment markets. His background in heat transfer, hydraulics and controls is a great fit for Advantage."

"Since its founding in 1995, Advantage quickly established itself as one of the largest commercial and industrial refrigeration company's in the region," said Russell Dudan. "I am honored to join Advantage's talented management team and look forward to helping the company achieve its short and long-term business objectives while building upon its strong customer focus."

Prior to Modern Equipment and Centron Energy Corporation, Mr. Dudan held senior positions of increasing responsibility with several Wisconsin-based companies including HB Performance Systems (formerly Hayes Brake) in Mequon, APW Engineered Solutions (a division of Applied Power Inc.) in Butler, and Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton.

Mr. Dudan holds a M.S. in Business and Engineering Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. 

About Advantage Refrigeration, LLC
Advantage Refrigeration is owned by private investment firm, The Freedom Group, LLC, and provides industry leading refrigeration service, systems engineering, sales of new/pre-owned equipment, and installations throughout the Midwest. Advantage's team has grown to over 70 employees, including technicians averaging over 20 years of refrigeration experience throughout its three Wisconsin branches. The company is headquartered in New Berlin, Wis. and also maintains offices in Fond du Lac and Marshfield, Wis. More information on Advantage Refrigeration can be found at or by calling (262)784-9999. 

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