On January 12, 2017 the Granite State Chapter of ASHRAE toured the newly expanded Laars’ facilities in Rochester, NH. Twenty-four (24) members and guests were treated to an enlightening tour and presentation about the gas fired boilers developed by Laars, and included the recently updated, 12,000 sqft boiler certification lab. The facility includes two classrooms with live boilers in each that can accommodate up to 35 students each (which can be expanded to one large classroom) and a dining facility.
Laars is a 150,000 sqft facility that employs 150 people and they would hire more if they could find experienced people. Laars, a privately owned subsidiary of Bradford-White, was relocated to Rochester in 1989 from its original home in California. The company was started to manufacture swimming pool heaters but has grown to manufacture and sell a wide range of heating boilers and domestic hot water heaters. Their product line includes 10 heating boilers that range from 50,000 Btu/hr to 5,000,000 Btu/hr in output.
The tour was hosted by the new VP and GM Rich Simons, who was previously with Honeywell. He replaced Bill Root, who retired last fall. The manufacturing area tour was conducted by John Warner, Director of Sales. The tour of the test lab was conducted by Chris Jacques, Director of Engineering and the after-dinner presentation was given by Tod Hebert, Northeast Regional Sales Manager. The highlight of the tour was the new certification lab. Sorry, no photos allowed. But the lab includes fifteen test stations, including two which are outdoors as many of Laars boilers are designed and built to be located outside. The newly expanded facility means that boilers no longer must be shipped to a certification lab so the certifying agency representative comes to Laars.
Main “take-aways” from the presentation: (1) When retrofitting a facility with a new, gas fired boiler, proper exhaust venting of the boiler can be the most complex issue facing the facility owner/operator, and (2) fully condensing boilers can have a seven to nine-year payback.
Boiler controls cover led-lag, daisy-chain, hybrid, BAS, Bacnet, LonWorks, and Modbus. Controls can be on-board or separate from the boiler.
ASHRAE and YEA are excited to announce the inaugural YEA Leadership Weekend 2.0 (YLW 2.0) event! YLW 2.0 will be held in Tiburon, CA (just outside of San Francisco) and is designed to provide additional soft skills training and personal/professional development strategies to YLW alumni.
Registration is $500 and includes hotel accommodations for and , meals during the event, and all necessary materials and resources. Airfare and any ground transportation costs are not included.
Who can attend?
This event is open to any current ASHRAE member who has previously attended a YEA Leadership Weekend or YEA Leadership International event (you do not still need to be considered a YEA member to attend).
When can I register?
Registration will open on Monday, November 14th at 11am Eastern, and registration will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. Registration is limited to 15 attendees, so be sure to register early to secure your spot.
Visit www.ashrae.org/YLW2.0 for more information, a program overview, and to register next week.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
We hope to see you there!
Note: For those that are interested in becoming more active with our local Granite State Chapter of ASHRAE, there are committees position and potentially committee chair person positions available for 2016-2017 year.
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