About 

United Freezer and Storage Company, located in Youngstown, Ohio, was founded in 1950 and has operated over the years as a warehouse/distribution center providing logistics support for many local, regional, and national companies. Dedication to customer service has enabled us to evolve and grow with our customers.

Our Mission

Our vision is to drive our high-performance regional warehouse company through strategic growth with existing long-term customers which will attract new customers through our proven execution and reputation by offering flexibility with our temperature controlled and dry service offerings tailoring to our customers’ needs.


Our mission is to sustain our experienced “best in class” staff that provides friendly, quality, personalized service, which satisfies our customers with each and every experience.

Our Team

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John R. Pendel, President 

Most of John's professional career is in transportation & warehousing within the food business, working with HJ Heinz Company, Del Monte Foods, Paragon Monteverde, and Knichel Logistics before coming to United Freezer and Storage.   His experience, hard work, determination, resilience, the ability to adapt to an ever-changing world are key elements we count on daily. 

John is Green Belt trained and certified in Lean Principles and has led initiatives to empower staff, improve service and eliminate waste. He credits his time as former semi-pro football player for his discipline and drive to succeed. 

When not at work, he is happily married to his best friend and partner for life. He is also a father, son, grandfather, sports enthusiast, golfer, boater, hunter, and outdoorsman.  The importance of downtime is very valuable to him, with family and friends maintaining a perfect work-life balance.

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Kerri L. Sahli, Vice President

As Vice President, Kerri is responsible for all of the Company’s financial functions. She also oversees human resources and facilities activities, including project  management.
 

Prior to joining United Freezer and Storage, Kerri served as a finance manager for an internal contractor supporting an international automotive manufacturer. Her career started in public accounting advising small business owners with their internal accounting, tax and audit reporting. 
 

When Kerri is not at work, she enjoys her pumpkin harvest, baking with her own raised chicken eggs and playing Bocce with her friends.  Her favorite vacation spot is a beach anywhere on Florida’s gulf coast.

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Erica Alexi, Accounting Administrator

Erica is responsible for reviewing and reconciling accounts, processing payments, and so much more.  Erica is also our go-to for managing and training our team and keeping our front and back offices in order. She puts her Business Administration degree as a finance major from Clarion University of Pennsylvania to work each day to give our clients the very best. 

 

A Youngstown native, Erica and her husband live with their two cats. Her favorite things are succulents, music, and baking. She also enjoys creating her own crochet patterns and crafting with various other media. 

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Rebecca Twigg, Shipping & Receiving Coordinator

Rebecca is one of United Freezer's most valued assets; with nearly 30 years of experience with the company and working under multiple departments, She brings a lot of knowledge to the team. Our warehouse continues to run efficiently and effectively in large part because of Rebecca’s hands-on diligence and attention to detail. 

 

When not serving our clients, she makes memories with her family, who are most important to her. She loves visits with her daughter in college, going on nature adventures, supporting her nieces at sporting events, and hanging by the pool.

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Mike Bodajlo, Warehouse Manager

Mike has had a very successful career with United Freezer, having worked his way up through the company over the years. We count on Mike's experience to counter challenges and bring solutions to our customers every day. As Operations Manager,  Mike has the critical task of maintaining our equipment and systems with routine maintenance and troubleshooting. Mike is also our go-to when it comes to safety and compliance needs. 

 

When at home, Mike enjoys wedding planning with his new fiancé and time with their favorite cat, Little Girl. Mike is a car enthusiast who loves taking care of his car, gardening, outdoors, and Mexican food.

Community Involvement

We are proud to support our team and our community with involvement in these organizations and events.

  • Fraternal Order of Police

  • National Customer Service Appreciation Week

  • National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

  • Ohio Society of CPAs

  • Regional Chamber of Commerce Youngstown

  • Rotary Club of Austintown Flag Program

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Our History

A lifetime of adaptability, service and commitment to surpassing our clients’ needs.

Starting as a linen company near the turn of the century - United Service Company - our original owners knew how to adapt to changes in the market and consumer needs. Not long after, the company would expand to include paper goods as customers had turned from linen to paper in the home. Decades later, paper goods grew to include a commercial and restaurant supply company. Eventually, demand from corporations and government agencies for warehouse space grew, and United Freezer and Storage was born. 


Today, we operate as a family-owned fourth-generation company.  We carry these core values – service, adaptability and commitment to our customer’s needs - from our history with us.  

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