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Our Management Team

The RD&S Professional Team is made up of a full complement of seasoned professionals in the field of industrial refrigeration. Our bench is deep, and our expertise shows in our results.

At present, RD&S, Inc. employs some 50+ personnel, among them Professional Engineers, EIT’s, Electrical Engineers, CAD Technicians, PLC / Control System Programmers, Electrical and Mechanical Technicians, Certified Welders, Pipe Fitters, Project Managers and Support Staff.

RD&S acquired Process Service Solutions (PSS) located near Montgomery, Alabama. PSS is a service and installation contractor specializing in industrial refrigeration systems and has a history of working closely with RD&S in the Southern US since 2007. RD&S provides Engineering support as well as service and construction labor support as customer’s needs evolve.

RD&S also owns Modern Freezing Systems, Inc. (MFS). Established in 2006, Modern Freezing Systems provides a full line of services to meet the needs of the industrial refrigeration marketplace. MFS and RD&S work closely alongside one another through the design and implementation of refrigeration systems in the Northern Pennsylvania and New York Regions.

Together, Process Service Solutions, Modern Freezing Systems, and RD&S will bring innovative solutions for reduced energy consumption and state of the art technical services. Our goal is to be your single source supplier of industrial refrigeration services and parts.

Our Team

John L. Payne

John L. Payne

President
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Degree – Burlington County Technical Institute
  • ASHRAE College Level Design School for HVAC
  • HVAC or Refrigeration Licenses in AL, CA, NJ, PA
  • Specialization in Refrigeration Controls Systems
  • Frick Factory Advisory Board Member
  • IIAR Piping Committee
  • Signing Member “Ammonia Piping Manual” 1st edition
James P. Erwin

James P. Erwin

Vice President of Operations
  • LaSalle University
  • Specialized Training in Industrial Refrigeration System Operations and Computer Controls
  • Specialized Training in Screw Compressor Rebuilding
  • Director of Safety and Service
  • Member of Refrigeration Engineers and Technicians Association
  • Member of International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration
Kevin Thomas, P.E.

Kevin Thomas, P.E.

Director of Project Engineering
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Specialization in Thermal Systems – Georgia Tech
  • Licensed Professional Engineer
  • 20+ Years in Industrial Refrigeration Design and Project Management
  • Specialization in the Food and Beverage Industry: Beef, Poultry, Pork, Bakeries, Fruit and Vegetable Processing and Storage
  • Ammonia, R-22, R-507, R-404A, R-134A, CO2 Cascade, Chilled Water, Glycol
  • Process Safety Management (PSM) Programs
  • Risk Management Programs (RMP)
  • Implementation of Required National and State Regulations
  • IIAR Code Committee
Ronald Pignoli, PE.

Ronald Pignoli, PE.

Project Engineer and Project Manager
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Penn State University
  • Licensed Professional Engineer
  • 15+ Years in Industrial Refrigeration Design
  • Process Safety Management (PSM) Programs
  • Risk Management Programs (RMP)
  • Managed Construction, Installation and Start-up of Systems
  • 3D Skid Mounted Refrigeration Systems
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Coordination of System Installations
  • P&ID Diagrams and Specifications
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
Werner Paulus

Werner Paulus

Director of Sales and Marketing
  • Heating and Cooling from Burlington County Technical Institute
  • Frick Company Factory Industrial Refrigeration Design Course
  • IIAR Marketing Committee Vice Chairman
  • RETA, Philadelphia Chapter Treasurer
Bill Sauer

Bill Sauer

Sales Engineer
  • Refrigeration Theory at CHI Institute of Philadelphia
  • 27 Years of Experience
  • Specialty in the Food and Beverage Industry: Beef, Pork, Poultry, Produce
  • Founder of Modern Freezing Systems, a Partner of RD&S Based in Northeastern PA
  • Founder and Vice President of the North Eastern PA Chapter for Refrigeration Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA)
  • International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) Piping Committee
Larry Hand

Larry Hand

Service Manager
  • Specialized Vibration Analysis and Equipment Condition Monitoring Training
  • Specialized Electrical and Controls Training
  • Experience Charging and Commissioning Industrial Ammonia and Halocarbon Refrigeration Systems
  • Trained on Hansen, Danfoss and RS Parker Valves and Equipment
  • OSHA 10 Certified
  • Member of RETA
Mark Crossan

Mark Crossan

Construction Superintendent
  • 20+ Years in Industrial Refrigeration Construction and Fabrication
  • OSHA 30 Safety Training
  • 32 Hour Industrial Refrigeration Training
  • RD&S Safety Award
  • Certified Trainer for Fork Trucks and Scissor Lifts
Tom Spina

Tom Spina

Service Superintendent
  • Specialized Training in Split Systems for Industrial Refrigeration and HVAC
  • Experience with Controls Systems
  • Concentrated Work in the Food and Beverage Industry, Including Processing and Cold Storage Facilities
  • Specialization in Petro Chemical Facilities Refrigeration Systems
  • Trained on Frick, Mycom, Vilter, Bitzer, Dunham Bush, Howden, and GEA Compressor Packages
  • OSHA 10 Certified