News Release: MAy 15, 2011
Fulton Companies Hosts HVAC Industry Leaders to Preview State-of-the-Art Facility
Pulaski, NY — Fulton Companies (www.fulton.com), the global manufacturer of steam, hydronic and thermal fluid heat transfer products and provider of innovative energy management solutions, hosted an open house and tour for members of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) to preview its nearly-completed, major facility expansion project.
Members of the Central New York Chapter of ASHRAE donned hardhats and safety glasses to tour the interior of the new 112,000 square-foot facility, paying specific attention to Fulton’s state-of-the-art heating and cooling strategies for the building. The expansion is adjacent to the company’s Pulaski NY-based headquarters, bringing the total square footage of the facility to approximately 162,000 square feet.
“This is not your traditional factory,” said Rae Butler, President of the Central New York Chapter of ASHRAE and owner of Building Energy Solutions, LLC in Syracuse NY. “Using and showcasing technology like this is commendable. It’s great for this region, and also great to see how highly specialized technical equipment can be applied in a commercial and manufacturing setting.”
With so many HVAC engineers on staff, the Fulton Companies could not pass up an opportunity to design its new facility using the most cutting-edge technology in the industry, said Mark Hilton, Fulton Vice President of Manufacturing.
Tucked in a rural, unique geographic region between the Adirondack Mountains and the most eastern lake of the Great Lakes system, the Fulton facility receives a wide range of meteorological influxes: in winter, the area experiences intense lake effect snowfall in the neighborhood of several hundred inches; it’s also commonplace for double-digit temperature plunges below 0 F. In summer, there is high humidity and rising temperatures. The new facility responds to these broad heating and cooling challenges, and serves as a model for Fulton’s systems capabilities.
Some of the facility’s innovative heating and cooling strategies are:
“The hydronic loop temperature for the radiant system will never be greater than 100 F, therefore it is an excellent application for maximizing the efficiency of condensing boilers,” said Erin Sperry, Fulton’s Commercial Heating Product Manager.
The $10.5 million facility expansion will allow for increased production to respond to customer demands, as well as the opportunity to expand product lines and ramp up Research & Development, Hilton said. The expansion includes:
In addition to the expansion site, Fulton maintains a second facility in Pulaski, as well as facilities in the U.K. and China.
Not only is Fulton focused on demonstrating HVAC innovations, the facility is designed to provide employee amenities, too. Open, large spaces are the norm for employee work areas; an exercise center is also included in the design. This exercise area complements the Fulton-owned gym located nearby, Hilton said.
CNY ASHRAE members were excited to take part in the preview, Butler said. A highly active group, the ASHRAE members reflect a long history of HVAC innovation in the region.
“It’s exciting,” Butler said. “Fulton is a big part of carrying on our region’s tradition of ingenuity in the industry.”
For additional information about Fulton and its products, or to locate a sales representative near you, please visit www.fulton.com.
For further information about the Central New York Chapter of ASHRAE, please visit http://centralnewyork.ashraechapters.org/
The Fulton Companies
With manufacturing facilities in the United States, Great Britain and China, Fulton is a global manufacturer of steam, hydronic and thermal fluid heat transfer systems. Backed by over 60 years of research, innovation and experience, Fulton is building on a tradition of success and is focused on improving life through heat transfer solutions. For additional information about Fulton and its products, visit the company's Web site at www.fulton.com.# # #
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