ECR International, Inc. is a manufacturing company in the USA that is part of BDR Thermea, a Dutch heating products group with its global headquarters in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. ECR provides heating and cooling products under a family of brand names in North America. With two facilities in upstate NY and distribution points throughout the US and Canada, ECR serves the needs of its customers through quality products, modern innovation, and reliable customer service.
Brands include Utica, Dunkirk, Pennco gas boilers, Argo electric boilers, EMI ductless split air conditioning systems, Retroaire PTAC’s and Olsen oil furnaces.
While not always known as ECR International, the company does have a rich history going back nearly ninety years. The tradition of quality and expertise began back in 1928 when founder Earle C. Reed established two manufacturing facilities in Dunkirk and Utica, New York. The Dunkirk facility was originally known for manufacturing cast iron boilers and radiators, while Utica purchased boilers from Dunkirk and manufactured cast iron radiators and baseboard. Back in 1928, the companies were called “The Utica Companies” and “Dunkirk Radiator Corporation.” These companies acquired other heating and cooling companies over time to provide a diverse product lineup. In 1999, the Utica and Dunkirk companies, and all associated brands and acquired companies merged into one company, ECR International, Inc. ECR carries the initials of founder Earle C. Reed and the company logo displays his image. In December of 2015, ECR was acquired by BDR Thermea, the third largest boiler manufacturer and distributor of innovative heating and hot water systems and services for residential and commercial markets.
Fourteen million dollars was invested in 2008 to renovate ECR’s Utica and Dunkirk Facilities. The renovations included a new 25,000 square foot stamping plant in Dunkirk and new manufacturing equipment. A 30,000 square foot expansion was added to the Utica manufacturing facility, as well as a world class research and development lab for hydronic and air source equipment design and testing. Continued investment into Engineering and Manufacturing has helped ECR to remain innovative and competitive in an ever-changing industry.
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