Day: May 13, 2020

Coronavirus hotspots brace for deaths with refrigerated trucks on an unprecedented scale

Music festivals have been canceled, gatherings prohibited, construction projects stalled. Yet Keith Futerman has been inundated with calls from prospective clients requesting estimates for mobile cooler and freezer rentals.  

A Maryland hospital needed extended morgue space. A family-owned cemetery in California wanted walk-in units. A hotel inquired about cooler storage. 

“Who knows what they’re doing,” said Futerman, director of sales at Stewart’s Mobile Concepts in Huntington Station, New York. “I get so many calls I’ve just got to pump out the quotes.”

The coronavirus pandemic sweeping America has brought a surge in business to the refrigerated truck and storage industries. As the specter of virus-induced deaths looms, medical examiners and funeral homes across the U.S. are scrambling to secure temperature-controlled trailers in anticipation of overwhelmed facilities. 

Even grocery stores have taxed the refrigerated truck industry in an attempt to keep their freezers well-stocked for Americans now eating most of their

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