The Heat Is On
Permalin Products is a privately held manufacturer and marketer of book covers, book spines and specialty paper materials for the publishing and printing industry.
In the fall of 2004, the company purchased an old Springfield, Mass warehouse location to house its manufacturing facility. It was an exciting development for the company but also a challenge, particularly for Glen Sullivan, a 20 veteran of the company.
As facilities resource manager, Glen had the task of preparing the 140,000 square foot facility for the fast approaching heating season. “The building had an old oil-fired boiler that had not been properly operated and maintained while the building was vacant, and that led to all sorts of problems, including pipes damaged by freezing’, explained Glen. “It was clear we needed a new heating system. And we needed it fast."”
Glen called Vic DeAngelo, his Columbia Gas of Massachusetts account representative and the process was set in motion for the installation of a new, state of the art, high-efficiency natural gas heating system.
"Vic quickly assessed our needs and presented an excellent solution- the Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Partners in Energy Program.” said Glen. As part of the program, Vic brought in RISE Engineering, a subcontractor to the Partners In Energy program, RISE conducted a complete energy assessment of the facility, the cost being completely paid for by Columbia Gas of Massachusetts.
The engineers came back with a comprehensive solution that included the S-Series Blow-Thru Space Heaters from Cambridge Engineering, Inc.
The heating system, the installation costs and even the installation of a new, energy-efficient roof were eligible for a Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Partners in Energy Program rebate. “The program was excellent. We dramatically upgraded our facility while projecting significant energy cost savings over time for the company. Vic and Columbia Gas of Massachusetts helped us make a large investment in our facility that the company would be hard-pressed to do itself."
Because the Permalin facility was an open warehouse space that also contained four loading docks, the challenge was to efficiently heat the building ‘evenly’ even the dock areas. The S-Series heaters were the right choice for the job.
These heaters provided the best solution, offering an astonishing 90 percent efficiency. Plus, in contrast to other space heating options, the S-Series heaters draw fresh air from the outside. This helps to keep the air inside the facility cleaner, a real plus for a manufacturing environment. “The forced hot air design of the system also slightly pressurized the building, providing even heating throughout, especially in areas typically prone to being cold spots.” said Glen.
Not only was the system an excellent decision for Permalin Products, the service provided by Columbia Gas of Massachusetts was, in Glen’s opinion, critical to the project’s success. “We knew we needed the system shortly after we purchased the building mid-Fall. By early winter, at the peak of the heating season, Permalin Products was enjoying efficient, state-of-the-art heat.” said Glen. “We are very happy to have chosen Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and the Partner in Energy Program."