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Temtrol Celebrates 60 Years of Custom Air Handler Quality and Innovation

August 31, 2015
By Business Wire News


Nortek Air Solutions congratulates the team of dedicated employees behind its Temtrol® brand of custom air handlers on its 60th anniversary of providing its customers with both high quality for commercial and industrial users, and flexibility in terms of optional design and construction features.

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Temtrol air handler production facility through the years (Photo: Nortek Air Solutions)

Temtrol air handler production facility through the years (Photo: Nortek Air Solutions)

Temtrol was incorporated on August 12, 1955, in Okarche, Oklahoma, by Ambrose Keyser, a mechanical engineer with experience in commercial air conditioning equipment design and manufacturing. Mr. Keyser and a small team of employees began production of coils and small air handlers in a refurbished cotton gin. Their first order was for ten coils installed at Tinker Air Force Base in nearby Oklahoma City. As the company grew in sales and employees, leadership of Temtrol was assumed by George Halko, Mr. Keyser’s son-in-law and himself an innovator.

In 1985 Temtrol was acquired by Nortek, Inc., and became a member of what is today the Nortek Air Solutions family of custom and commercial air conditioning brands. Temtrol continued to grow by incorporating technology innovations for their customers, most importantly the patented FANWALL TECHNOLOGY®, available exclusively from all Nortek Air Solutions air handler brands. Today 400 employees work in the 300,000-square foot office and production facility located across the road from the original factory site.

“Throughout our history we have never lost sight of Ambrose Keyser’s philosophy that technical knowledge and innovations go hand-in-hand with old-fashioned reliability to ensure a company’s success,” said Andrew Halko, grandson of the founder and the current general manager of Temtrol for Nortek Air Solutions. “Our facility and our employees follow Lean Manufacturing and 5S best practices and processes that help us maintain our commitment to quality that exceeds our customers’ expectations. Having an experienced and loyal work force has also been key to the quality of our products. Temtrol has the perfect synergy of people, process and products.”

Mark DeVincent, president of Nortek Air Solutions, congratulated Temtrol, saying, “Temtrol is a valuable brand of Nortek Air Solutions, recognized by consulting engineers, contractors and facility managers as a premier provider of custom air handlers. The entire Nortek Air Solutions organization congratulates Temtrol on their 60th anniversary.”

Today Temtrol is positioned for future growth after recently completing an expansion of its production facility space by 75,000 square feet, for improved process flow, increased capacity, plus dedicated areas for testing and warehousing. The Temtrol product line includes not only custom air handlers but also packaged air handlers, knockdown air handlers, fan retrofit systems, as well as OEM and replacement coils. Each Temtrol brand air handling unit carries an ETL listed mark evidencing compliance to North American safety standards (electrical, gas and others). In addition, the company is a member of AHRI and manufactures its own coils with AHRI Certified™ performance.

Temtrol equipment is installed in prestigious buildings across North America including the U.S. Pentagon, the White House Situation Room, Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, Lucas Oil (Indianapolis Colts) Stadium, Parkland Hospital, Sandia National Laboratories, Georgia Tech University, Mayo Clinic, Boeing, Apple, MetLife Building in New York City, and the MGM Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas; to name just a few.

About Nortek and Nortek Air Solutions
Nortek Air Solutions, LLC is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTK), a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit for more information.

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