Preston Refrigeration Co. was started in 1946 by Eugene T. Preston. He started to work for York Corporation in the early 1930’s. Bill Hutton, who had been a York manager in St. Louis, came to Kansas City and started Midwest Refrigeration Company. He asked Eugene to come to work for him where he worked his way up to manager. In 1946, right after the war, he decided to go out on his own and started Preston Refrigeraton. He started out as a distributor for Howe Ice Machine Co. and learned much about the business from C.W. Howe, President of Howe. Preston was one of the first to use dry fan coil evaporators which were pioneered by W.E Gebhardt for use in Meat Packing Plants. He was also an advocate of pumped liquid recirculation systems and one of the first to utilize them.
1951- Maplecrest Farms Poultry Plant
De Queen, Arkansas
"This was Preston Refrigeration's first big industrial ammonia refrigeration job in 1951-52. We installed (3) 5-1/2 x 5-1/2 - 2 cylinder Howe Compressors and (1) 6-1/2 x 6-1/2 - 2 cylinder Howe, along with 2 Ice Makers, 4 evaporators, a suction accumulator and an evaporative condenser. I threaded what seemed like miles of 2” pipe with a hand threader. I was 16 years old and worked on it all summer. The plant is now owned by Tyson"
- Cliff Preston
1961 - National Beef Packers
1981 Geo. Hormel Pork Plant
Eugene Preston passed away in 1981 at age 68, shortly after receiving the largest contract of his career, for the new 1,000,000 sq. ft. Geo. Hormel Pork Plant in Austin, Minnesota.