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Paratherm Looks Toward Growth in 2017

As the market and the world around us change, we know that we need to work flexibly within all aspects of the manufacturing industry. Every year at Paratherm we embark on self-evaluation to see what we need to do in order to continue personal growth within the business for the upcoming year. Looking to 2017, our focus will be on the expanding global market, our presence in it, and tailoring our experience for the numerous markets we serve. Meanwhile improving and enhancing our service and response for our loyal North American customers.

2016 was a big year for our company. We moved to our new location, allowing us to streamline many of our operations that we will continue in the New Year. We also updated our web presence to make a sleeker, easier-to-use interface and even garnered national attention from a feature in Construction Today. As we have become known for supplying superior heat transfer fluids to the market, including high-temperature, low-temperature, and food-grade fluids, there has been a drive for extension of our brands, and global outreach. To this extent, over the course of 2017, we look to:

  • Finish our adapted website for the United Kingdom market
  • Complete new mobile-friendly websites that serve our Spanish-speaking customers, as well as the official languages of our Brazilian and Chinese customers
  • Begin to develop country-level domains for our largest markets
  • Continue to develop our presence and customer-service abilities in our newer markets
  • Cement our position as one of the premiere, forward-thinking heat transfer fluid manufacturers across the globe

With our year of extension and global outreach coming up, we invite you to follow along with us and see how everything develops. Our blog, and other numerous social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, are all excellent way to keep in touch with us and see our internal and external progress.

Whether you are a new customer or have been with us for the nearly three decades we’ve been serving various industries, one thing you can count on over the next year is our continuous commitment to providing the best in customer service and project solutions in the business. Some of the industries we serve include asphalt paving, chemical processing, industrial laundry, plastics, converting, and poultry and meat processing. We are excited for our ongoing development and look forward to new paths the coming year will present.

From the Paratherm team, we wish you a healthy and happy new year!

Another Remarkable Year at Paratherm – Recapping 2016

It’s hard to believe that we are fast approaching the end of another year. Many exciting strides and changes contributed to the past 12 months, but the one constant you can be sure to count on is our dedication to providing the best heat transfer fluids (HTF) for each of our customers.  The Paratherm team consistently delivers solutions that are precise and true to each system. As we close out 2016 here are some important and relevant topics to review from our monthly blog.

Starting off the year in our new headquarters, we’ve realized the benefits of streamlining operations and how it has fully enhanced previous procedures. Our new lab enables us to assist customers in analysis of thermal fluids to diagnose and correct any problems that arise. Alongside our new facility followed a new website! Our new, sleek, site features a redesign but still offers the in-depth information on all of our products and services.

As leaders in engineered fluids for process heating and temperature control applications, as well as related services, we emphasize safety precautions and procedures. Blogs related to food processing highlight important issues to keep both the public and professionals safe from accidents, while fire safety is always a paramount concern and focus of National Safety Month.

Because of our large span of industry knowledge, we also kept a close eye on the needs of the construction industry. Engineered wood and asphalt are two areas of construction that rely on heating equipment and HTFs. Delving into something as big as “The Evolution of Asphalt Heating” exposes our audience to how far the industry has come.

After review, it is confirmed that 2016 was a great success here at Paratherm! As we look towards 2017, we look forward to another fruitful year of providing top-quality engineered fluids and expert support to our valued customers. We wish all of you very Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year!

How Will Children Grow Up to Be Manufacturing Professionals?

National Manufacturing Month October, 2016

Readers of a certain age will remember familiar patterns in the evolution of their childhood thinking about the inevitable “What Will I Be When I Grow Up?” question. For developing males, it went something like Cowboy-Fireman-Police-Doctor-Outfielder, while females might have followed more of a Nurse-Housewife-Model-Actress pattern.

And then, we actually grew up.

Cowboys and Housewives?  How quaint. Half a century ago well over half the popular entertainment programming featured cowboys and/or housewives. On a scant four broadcast channels, westerns and family sitcoms topped the ratings, while today those stereotypical roles have essentially become the washed-up driftwood on popular culture’s trash-strewn thousand-network beach. Some might say yesterday’s cowboys are today’s superheroes. And yesterday’s housewives have evolved into working sitcom moms. Let’s not pretend that Harriet Nelson and June Cleaver weren’t at least partially idealized.

In those not-so-distant days, in the real world, most people ended up working in manufacturing and supporting industries, so there always needed to be a coming-of-age shift from romantic fantasy to occupational reality, at least for those children maturing into members of the corporate and institutional workforce. The shifting demographic status of the housewife designation is another matter we’ll drop out of this thread, at least for the time being.

Image says October is National Manufacturing Month

And in any case, add up all the cowboys, firemen, police, doctors, outfielders, nurses, models and female actors, among those of us born in the 50s and 60s (and now in our 50s and 60s), and you may reach somewhere around 15% of the employment mix. The rest of us working stiffs—meaning most of us—are in sales, engineering, tech, healthcare, education, service and information, finance—and of course, manufacturing. Back in 1964, children didn’t put on Salesman suits, or Librarian tunics, for Halloween trick-or-treating.

It is October, and National Manufacturing Month is upon us once again in the USA. The good news is that technology, and its indivisible partnership with an exploding universe of information, is delivering to our developing workforce an amazing preview, and menu, for what to do with their lives.

Juvenile fantasies of adult vocations have shifted from old-west and domestic dreamworlds to superhero and comic-book roles, and easy and universal access to personal technology and its wide and clear window upon the world have made the transition to real-work evaluation and aspiration faster, more transparent, and way easier.

Five or six decades ago, information about working in engineering and the sciences would have been a relatively high grasp for any child younger than high-school age. That was when Choo-Choo-Charlie was an engineer, after all, and engineers drove trains.

Now, STEM programs, library services, public and private education, the internet, and popular culture have brought technical, technological, and vocational diversity to an ever-younger audience. Changes in the nature of work and industry itself are rigorously measured and predicted to bring notification of future employment trends to bear on career education and training tracks. The ensuing self-categorization lines up batches of ready workers preparing for the hot jobs of each next decade and generation. Nerds and geeks are cool now. We take our children to work once a year. Science, engineering, technical support, services, coding, and manufacturing technology are together an ever growing, ever evolving and interacting mesh of opportunities, many of which didn’t exist in their present form a generation ago.

One interesting manifestation of the parallel progress of technology and information is the Maker movement. Makers have their own events (Faires), mavens, magazines, Youtube channels, Wikis, networks, blogs, and podcasts.

In the Maker culture, information is shared, designs are traded, and creativity is celebrated. When DIY information began spreading out to millions of sites and documents and videos on the web, and useful technical instructions on how to repair, build and adapt complicated systems started the snowball rolling, it was only a matter of time before unexpected connections began to form. Innovation— integrating preconstructed modules, 3d printing, embedded software, traditional crafting, personal technology, open source sharing, and creative thinking— resulted.

Maker culture has already innovated and inspired numerous concepts and products that have been adapted for mass manufacturing, including environmental, energy, personal technology, household, transportation, and medical breakthroughs. It’s a major the new path for revitalizing American industry, and economic development for urban as well as rust-belt communities.

Who’s doing the making? Girls, boys. High school and college students. Farmers, 4H clubs, apartment dwellers, and tinkering dads in suburban mancaves.

And women. The ones already doing double duty at home and somewhere in an office. Make that triple duty, because they’re Making, too.


For more on the Maker Movement, check out the following links:

Email us or comment below—your reactions, thoughts, insights. Or, ideas about indirect heating and heat transfer in innovating new integrations as discussed above.

The Evolution of Asphalt Heating

Road. (n.) A wide way leading from one place to another, especially one with a specially prepared surface that vehicles can use.  “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Lewis Carroll

The first great roadbuilders, and engineers, were the ancient Romans, and parts of their roads survive to this day, over two millennia later. In the interim, the prepared surfaces of engineered roads have been made of mud, clay, brick, stone, and even wood block. Yet, for over a century now, by far the most common durable road surface has been the familiar black cement-and-aggregate mixture known as hot-mix asphalt. Other English-speaking parts of the world know it as bitumen, or macadam.

Ancient Roman road of Tall Aqibrin

Ancient Roman road of Tall Aqibrin

This asphalt, first mined from pitch lakes on the island of Trinidad and similar deposits around the world, was originally mixed with gravel by hand labor in large metal trays placed over direct fire. Hard, hot work. As this natural asphalt became replaced over the years with an engineered formula derived from crude petroleum, both the heating process as well as the mixing technology evolved rapidly. Early mixers were adapted from the rotating drums used for cement mixing.

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Asphalt Lake, Trinidad. 19th Cent.

  And by the 1920s or 1930s, some asphalt producers, supplying material for both roadbuilding and for other uses such as roofing and pipe-dipping, had begun to use indirect heating to improve the uniformity and consistency of the end-product, as direct heat could be difficult to control. A 1931 technical article in The Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry mentions steam, diphenyl vapor, and hot oil among the heating media already in use for indirectly heating asphalt tanks.

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Hillside Roadcut, Asphalt Paved

 The evolution continues to this day. The hot oil that those pioneers used back in the 1930s to heat asphalt tanks was a lubricating-oil base stock, designed not for heating but to protect metal surfaces and extend the life and improve operation of rotating equipment. These days, modern heat-transfer fluids are engineered specifically for high temperature service, and are derived from a variety of chemical families for rugged service, long life, and resistance to thermal and oxidative deterioration.

Asphalt Plant, 1930s

Heating Asphalt , 1930s (Img. from ind.gov)

The heating equipment itself has also evolved a long way from those simple heated trays stirred by hand with long metal hoes. In the 60s producers moved beyond hot-oil heated asphalt plants, adding surge bins and storage tanks to allow more flexibility in meeting variations in demand. Innovators continued to develop other ways to extend the workability time and distance range of the product going out of the plant hot and ready for roadbuilding. Today, information systems, and advances in integrating computer systems into testing, supply, heating, environmental controls, and logistics are adding a whole new level of sophistication to asphalt plant operations.

Paratherm—Heat Transfer Fluids and the Asphalt Industry OEMs

Paratherm works together with the asphalt construction equipment OEMs to help their customers, and ours, to keep their systems maintained, up and running, especially when it counts the most.

It’s August, and in North America, the paving season is at its apex for 2016.

Among the equipment specialists in the asphalt-paving industry is Meeker Equipment Company Inc., which manufactures components to upgrade, renovate, and retrofit existing asphalt and ready-mix plants.

I spoke earlier this month with Jeff Meeker, President of Meeker Equipment, about this year’s paving season.

“We hear from our customers that generally speaking the paving season is going very well,” Meeker said. “Certain areas see a bit of trouble, usually related to political issues. New Jersey in particular needs attention to their transportation trust fund, so there’s a slowdown there at peak season.”

“We also see a lot of paving companies reinvesting in their asphalt plants,” Meeker emphasized. “Money that had been sitting on the sidelines is now going back into rebuilding their businesses.”

I asked Jeff for his opinion about of the evolving role of indirect heating, and specifically how the heat transfer fluids can be a key to preventive maintenance in the manufacturing process.

“Well, our people have become more plugged into talking to construction companies about their hot oil in these equipment discussions, and how important it can be for their operations,” Meeker explained.

“These days, when we visit our customers, our people always carry a heat-transfer-oil test kit,” Meeker said. “The plant managers and maintenance men are increasingly realizing the value of their hot-oil equipment, its impact and importance for their asphalt plants. So we can give them a test kit right there and get them started to evaluate the condition of the system based on the oil test results.”

If you’re an asphalt processor, and you’re interested in a fluid analysis kit, you can get one when the Meeker rep stops by. Or, here at Paratherm, there’s an online form you can fill out and we’ll send you one right away. Here’s the link: Fluid Analysis Kit.

 

Note: In researching the text and reviewing images for this post, I came across a very interesting article, in PennLive, about the origins
and history of the PA Turnpike, its abandoned tunnels and planned modern renewal, and the engineering feat that took it through (not across)
Pennsylvania’s Appalachian Mountains.  Here it is— Ghost Tunnels of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  Haunting photography, too.

PARATHERM AND THE NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH: VANGUARDS IN HEAT TRANSFER FLUIDS AND ROBUST HOT OIL SYSTEM DESIGN

June 2016 will witness the celebration of National Safety Month in the USA. It is a tradition that focuses on the importance of pre-emptive and cautionary actions at the workplace so that employees can give their best without falling victim to practices which compromise their security and their well-being. Over four weeks of high-quality free resources are offered to businesses all over the country in an attempt to educate decision makers about the importance of worker safety so that they, in turn, can invest in the right gear, design, and equipment to avoid personal injury—and its consequences.

Fire Safety is a Big Issue: 

Every year the National Safety Month (NSM) chooses a specific focus. And even though 2016 is not about fire prevention, in factories that use hot-oil systems for heat transfer the month is a great reminder to review care of the entire system, and revisit the best maintenance practices that can minimize fire risk.

Paratherm has been a market leader in the sector of high-temperature heat transfer fluids for years, and our team of experienced engineers has evaluated hundreds of hot-oil systems and processes to come up with a few suggestions;

• Leaks. High-temperature heat transfer fluids tend to have relatively high flash points, but when they leak from a system—typically from seals, flex hoses, or piping joints—fire can result.
• Proper ventilation is a key advantage, especially if the heater is located inside the factory building. Adequate ventilation prevents build-up of the required volume of fuel vapors to allow ignition and nips the fire problem in the bud.
• Insulation. Porous insulation materials, unless properly specified and installed, can increase the risk of spontaneous combustion.
• System components. For example, in general all valves should be installed with their stems facing side-ways so that bleeds and leaks can drip away from the pipes and the system.
• See below links for detailed coverage of these advisories.

Paratherm Is an Active Advocate of Fire Prevention and National Safety Month:

Paratherm offers fluid selection advice, and system safety consulting to hot-oil heat transfer system operators and also provides intensive training to help hot-oil-system operators in process industries, asphalt batch plants, and industrial laundries turn thermal oil systems into fire-free zones. Visit the below links for more details.

User’s Guide Technical Data Sheets

Preventing Fires in Thermal Oil heat Transfer Systems (Revised May, 2016)
Flash and Fire Points in Hot Oil Systems (Revised October, 2015)

Blogs and Articles

Paratherm’s Blog Series (3-Parts) on Preventing Insulation Fires
How To Build a Reliable, Practically Leak Free Thermal Fluid System (Process Heating Magazine)

Paratherm Thermal Fluid System Training

Services: Hot Oil System Training from Paratherm

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National Safety Month

Housing Construction Expected to be Strong This Year

According to a 2016 housing forecast at realtor.com, home sales this year are likely to reach the highest levels in a decade. Rises in new-home construction and existing home sales are both expected to push total home sales to the highest levels since 2006.

Building materials should be in high demand, so the industries that produce them— forestry, milling, roofing, wiring and plumbing goods, among others—should thrive as well.

But lumber isn’t just milled timber anymore. Engineered woods, made partly from natural cellulosic materials and byproducts, combined with manufactured components such as resins and adhesives, are increasingly important, with ever improving features, benefits, and performance characteristics.

Engineered wood has become popular for a multitude of reasons. Oriented strand board(OSB), medium density fiber(MDF), paneling, plywood and other types of wood-based building products increasingly help contribute to modern construction projects. Engineered wood products are often times compared to steel because of their surface quality and are even specified for jobs over traditional lumber due to enhanced strength and durability.

OSB (Oriented Strand Board)

OSB (Oriented Strand Board)

So, we’re all clear that manufactured building materials are key players when contributing to sound construction, but how do heat transfer fluids apply?

Engineered wood is simply that: engineered, or man-made. It isn’t wood that comes from chopping down a tree in your backyard. This type of pre-planned wood is designed with specifications in mind to meet the standards—stability, durability, compressibility, etc—of the specified material.

This kind of specialty wood is made by the binding of materials. Continuous or batched mats of compacted wood, strips, particles or veneers are fused together with an adhesive utilizing a thermal-oil-heated press, at a temperature of around 425ºF.

“It’s a demanding process,” says Jim Oetinger, Paratherm’s director of technology. “The hot oil can maintain those temperatures without the extreme pressures you would need with steam so virtually every engineered-wood plant is using thermal oil these days. “

“However the oil can start to degrade and cause sludge buildups in the platens” Says Oetinger. “The problem is that the operators don’t realize that this is happening until the cold spots start to affect product quality. Eventually the platens have be cleaned which requires a complete system shutdown.”

To avoid that downtime, Paratherm’s maintenance programs, using hot-oil lab analysis, comparative fluid baselines, historical data, and plant operator interviews, keep the cold spots from developing, and the process and equipment within specs. At the very least, downtime can be scheduled during regular, expected shutdowns.

Paratherm HE is a durable natural hydrocarbon-based heat transfer fluid used in applications such as the creation of the engineered wood discussed above. Because safety, upkeep, and operation are crucial components of large applications, technical support for heat thermal fluids and accompanying equipment are necessary for general plant management and maintenance.

At the beginning of April we were given the opportunity to exhibit our capabilities at the 4th Wood Bioenergy Conference and Expo, followed by the 5th Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference and Expo (PELICE). Read more about the event here. In past years, both symposiums have attracted 300+ industry professionals to share in on industry knowledge and presentations, with 75 equipment and technology exhibitors to speak to the various kind of specialty wood and their composite breakdowns.

With this year’s Expos under our belts we are looking forward to jumping into field projects for the industry and upcoming construction season. In need of high-quality heat thermal fluids for the making of your engineered wood? Contact the professionals at Paratherm today. Staff members are on standby ready to answer any questions or help you complete any processes you may have.

Ask the Professionals: Service and Maintenance of Thermal Fluid Systems

Why should someone pick a fluid system over steam?

Thermal-fluid systems have been replacing steam in a wide range of process applications for decades. Non pressurization, simpler components, and higher efficiencies make these systems easier to run and maintain. Once you have decided to switch to a thermal-fluid system, proper service and maintenance are required to ensure that fluids and equipment stay in optimal condition. As an industry leader, Paratherm has experience and the service capabilities to keep your systems up and running. Hot-oil systems are especially attractive for new installations where steam boilers or a steam utility isn’t already present, and heating or heat removal is needed more than the unique properties of the steam itself.

What is your fluid maintenance program? Will it help me?

In short term, yes – it will help you. Paratherm’s Fluid Maintenance Program takes the guesswork out of thermal-fluid analysis. Through sample kits, we test your fluid, compare it against previous samples, and provide you with feedback on its condition. This comprehensive lab review determines if the fluid results are normal, if an equipment problem exists, or if operational issues are causing fluid to degrade. If any changes have occurred, you will be able to take corrective actions to prevent system downtime or damage. Proactive system maintenance is scheduled to meet your needs with incentives offered toward the next analysis.

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Our New Laboratory

Do you offer any other services to keep my system on track?

Thermal Fluid System Training is another service Paratherm offers to evaluate in-house maintenance and operation of the thermal-fluid system. Our qualified technical service representative arrives for a half-day or full-day site visit to inspect the system and train personnel on proper safety, operation, and operating practices. A follow-up interview and summary report are included. We also provide preventative maintenance programs, troubleshooting, and system application and design reviews.

Final Thoughts From the Experts

The experts at Paratherm are here to help you manage all aspects of thermal-fluid systems. From training personnel on new systems to maintaining existing systems, we provide the services and maintenance programs to keep your process running smoothly and effectively. In need of our systems today? Contact us here.

Earth Day and Our Efforts

Earth Day is almost here and in recognition of its 46th birthday we are speaking to our efforts in the biodiesel industry. For over two decades now, Paratherm has incorporated biodiesel work into our daily activities. We have been an associate member of the National Biodiesel Board, and have also been featured in BIODIESEL MAGAZINE as the initiator of a mail survey of top-shape biodiesel plants in the U.S., as well as an article written by Dave Nilles – click here for more information.

Where and why did it all begin?

To briefly summarize, in the early 1990s a biodiesel plant was searching for a durable, food-grade medium that was stable for high-temperature heat transfer. The ultimate goal was to distill methanol off of the glycerine recovery—a recovery and purification step in the overall process. The company chose the Paratherm™ NF Heat Transfer Fluid—both for it’s non-toxic and food-grade properties, and thermal stability at the required high process temperatures.

During that time, Paratherm NF was already making a name for itself, being known for its use in food processing applications, and chemicals manufacturing. As we switched over to biodiesel we noticed an unexpected, but exciting characteristic – a less harsh smell. Biodiesel is less toxic and more considerate than regular diesel. Marc Archambault explains, “At the end of the day, you might crave french fries, but that’s better than having a splitting headache.”globe_78_full

Today, the fluid is used in numerous vegetable oil plants in replacement of steam or synthetic vapor-phase fluids. This distillation procedure is technically known as oil deodorization, because originally it was intended to remove off-flavors. The term now refers to a more sophisticated process that results in purer and more consistent edible oils for use in food production and home kitchens.

And these days, the feedstock streams for biodiesel and other biofuel manufacturing processes come from the same ultimate source. Used cooking oils, as well as raw vegetable oils and fats rendered from animal sources are all used for biofuel production.

What makes this heat transfer fluid attractive to the biodiesel industry?

Here’s the breakdown:

1. Paratherm NF has high temperature capability – allowing for 550° to 600° process temperature range, with a safety buffer to allow for temperature or operator glitches.
2. Paratherm NF carries NSF food-grade status – meaning it is non-toxic, easily recyclable and disposable.
3. This heat transfer fluid is readily available – stocked in 6 North-American regional warehouses, also available for emergencies on evenings and weekends. Need it by tonight or tomorrow morning? Paratherm can deliver!
4. Added technical support – questions about how your system works? Paratherm’s team of sales, tech support, and lab analysis engineers is on call to help with any hot oil questions.

Contact Paratherm for your eco-friendly heat transfer fluid products today! For Earth Day, and every day. For hot oil vs. steam costs and savings click here: http://ow.ly/ZQwtU.

Settling in to the New Year

Paratherm Feb. 2016 Outlook Blog ImageOur December post recapped events that took place in 2015. With January behind us, it is an ideal time for us to look toward the future and clue you in on our plans for the next 11 months.

Our main priority is to continue to serve hot-oil operators in a wide range of industries. The in-depth application support, troubleshooting, and fluid maintenance and analysis programs will continue to be a leader in the industry and provide the expertise and experience that our customers have come to rely on. We will continue to be the problem solvers you need to keep processes up and running.

With that said, we are excited to announce we will be conducting training webinars to provide our customers with the necessary information to optimize their indirect-heating systems, incorporating advice to help meet current safety codes and requirements. Watch for notification of the first of these safety and operation seminars on specific applications and industry topics in the near future.

Ed Delate, our new Business Director, continues to inspire the company with new ideas and concepts to best meet the needs of current and potential customers. Ed brings years of manufacturing knowledge to Paratherm, with experience in many applications that require hot-oil systems. We are looking forward to broadening our customer base with Ed’s guidance and leadership.

This year we are also expecting to see an increase in biodiesel production, as the Renewable Fuel Standard was increased in late 2015. The advanced biofuel, biodiesel, is a viable alternative to fossil fuels and meets standards for renewable energy. As the industry increases production, Paratherm will be there to support its growth.

To recap the end of last year, the move to our new office space took place in December, and today, we are fully settled into the new establishment. Our new address is: 2009 Renaissance Blvd, King of Prussia, PA 19406. Although the address has changed, our people, services, and products remain as responsive as ever!

We look forward to another exciting year of providing the highest quality products to keep systems running smoothly to solve and prevent challenging process problems that await.

From the Paratherm team, we wish you a happy start to the 2016 year!

Perfect Paratherm Fit: New Business Director Ed Delate Aboard Team

If you read our December blog you already know about the addition of Ed Delate to the Paratherm team this past August. For those of you who missed our post – Ed is our newest Business Director, bringing an abundance of great ideas to further our company goals and initiatives.

Ed’s previous experience includes roles such as the Vice President of Global Engineering, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Safety at Keystone Foods, a division of The Marfrig Group. Before joining his new work family, Ed worked very closely with top global food industry companies. His senior level executive experience in the food industry, BS in Chemical Engineering, and MBA further his capabilities to bring excellence to our customer service focus.

Ed was already familiar with Paratherm when he set his sight on Business Director. Past employers used Paratherm for heat transfer fluid needs such as heating fry oil, for ovens, baking, and meat and poultry processing – to name a few. As a result, we were pleased to learn that Ed already felt a personal connection with our company.

After working with Ed for the past four months we know we made the right decision in bringing him on board. His strong leadership, management, and strategy execution have increased our momentum as specialists in the hot-oil system and heat transfer fluid industries. Our service-oriented crew, with a variety of training, skills, and experience, is equally thrilled about everything Ed brings to the table. We foresee a bright future ahead with our sales continuing to drive upward through Ed’s welcomed direction and assistance.

Ed recognizes the tremendous legacy here at Paratherm, recently guided by his now-retired predecessor, George Schreiber. Ed is already carrying on with a similar work ethic to keep our mission, and his inherited personal mission, of exceeding high customer-service expectations right on track. He continues to emphasize the necessity of sample testing, analysis, and technical operation needs. Under Ed’s guidance, our group will maintain its successful efforts of focusing on old and new customers alike. What he finds best about the company? The fact that we have the background knowledge to connect our customers with the best personnel specific to job requirements, as well as getting the job done right! We continue to pride ourselves on keeping close contact with the OEM’s for equipment such heaters, heat users, and other components, to understand the ins and outs of working closely with our clients and fully understanding their needs.

As we look toward 2016 the team would like to publicly welcome Ed to the Paratherm family and Lubrizol organization. We look forward to what you will bring to the table in the New Year, Ed – congratulations on all of your hard work and success!