ST. LOUIS – Cambridge Engineering has acquired the Spec-Air and Ares brands of cooling products from Essick Air.  Cambridge will continue to offer customers the EPAC and SSC product lines from the former Spec-Air product portfolio. Cambridge and Essick closed the deal in late May.

“One of the most amazing joys I have as a leader is watching our people grow,” said Marc Braun, president of Cambridge Engineering. “This opportunity to steward and grow two additional well-established product lines in the direct and indirect evaporative cooling markets represents years of preparation and growth from our team.  I’m confident our team will continue to work hard to earn the trust of manufacturing representatives, mechanical contractors, building owners, and all stakeholders in the market.”

New to the Cambridge line-up is the Spec-Air E-Series line of environmentally friendly evaporative cooling products that are effective at cooling buildings without the use of refrigerants, and where outdoor air is used to meet air quality standards.  Energy savings of 30 to 70 percent can be achieved with the E-Series as compared to typical mechanical air conditioning systems. Evaporative cooling can sensibly cool the incoming air particularly in dry climates, and in moderate climates, peak energy demand can be reduced by working in conjunction with DX systems.  

Essick Air’s vice president of marketing, Brian Aspell, said, “Today is a bittersweet day for Essick Air Products and Champion Cooler Corporation as we hand the baton over to Cambridge Engineering with the Spec Air and Ares product lines.  Spec Air and Ares have been an important part of our company and our team has put a lot of time and commitment in the development of the product lines.  When the decision to sell the product lines was made our number one goal was to find a strong and respectable company that would take the product line to new levels and we know that we found that company in Cambridge Engineering.  We wish the team at Cambridge much success in their new journey and we know we have left our customers in good hands with this team.”

No jobs were lost at Essick Air due to the acquisition, according to Aspell. Employees are now working on Essick’s residential product lines.

Engineers at Cambridge worked closely with staff at Spec Air and ARES for several months to learn about the technology as well as go through training on installation and trouble shooting.  “We’re ready to roll out the new products to our existing customers as well as a wider audience of building owners in warmer climates who may not be as familiar with Cambridge,” Braun said. “It’s an exciting time here at Cambridge.”

Publication date: 6/1/2018

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