MANKATO, MN — SPS Co. Inc. announced the opening of its new Minnesota Standard Showplace. The 2,000-plus-square-foot showroom was completed in mid-September and will have its grand opening on Nov. 20, 2002. The company says the showroom gives consumers the opportunity to have a hands-on experience with different systems and equipment.

“It was important for us to show the homeowner the products that create the face of the house. But we also wanted to show all the products that create the heart and soul as well,” said Bill Stewart, manager of SPS Co. “Most wholesalers in our industry plan showrooms around fancy fixtures, bold colors, and bright finishes. What about the items that create comfort, filter out contaminants, and exchange stale air with fresh air?

“This showroom was designed as a teaching experience for the homeowners. We made sure we covered as many inquiries from the homeowner with a hands-on approach [as possible].”

The heating showroom was installed with an operating in-floor heating system so the homeowner can actually experience the system. For those interested in forced air, the company has operating single- and multistage furnaces with matching central A/C units. There are two installed boiler systems with controls and a high-velocity cooling system to match up with the boilers. For air exchange, the company has an energy recovery system. Finally, on display is a mini-split air conditioner for zone cooling, as well a whole-house HEPA air-filtering system.

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Publication date: 09/30/2002