Lochinvar Corporation announced an expansion of its Lebanon Distribution Center to add 23,000 square feet to its finished product warehouse. The Lebanon-based company also recently announced several new products and a new Solar Thermal Heating initiative at the AHR Expo in Orlando, Fla.
The expansion is scheduled to begin in early April, and is expected to be completed in August 2010. The company said the facility’s current operation will experience minimal disruption during the construction period.
"Already 2010 is proving to be an exciting year for Lochinvar," said President Bill Vallett in announcing the expansion. "Despite the recent and ongoing economic conditions, our continued investments in research and development have proved successful with the upcoming introduction of several new products and the implementation of our Solar Thermal Heating initiative."
Jeff Vallett, executive vice president, told the Democrat that solar water heating has been around for some time but has never really caught on commercially. "Our goal is to get it placed more in a commercial application as well as residential. We feel there is a real need for commercial to take advantage of the free power.
"So we have teamed up with an Austrian company named Tisun, one of the global leaders in solar, and we're basically using their technology and making it fit in a North American market. We're starting that process this week and hopefully we'll be ready to go by mid-summer. It's unique in that we're going into the commercial markets."
Many of the new products will be manufactured at the Lebanon headquarters.
"We're committed to new product development ... and we' recognize that when this economy finally turns, we'd better have the space for our goods." Jeff Vallett said. He added that Lochinvar is putting in a new stainless steel water heater line as well as the solar initiative.
Lochinvar Corporation also has facilities in Detroit, Orlando, Tampa, Pompano Beach and Dallas, Lochinvar stocks all products in all locations.