ENERCO HISTORY

1872 Van Dorn Ironworks founded. Van Dorn is a Cleveland based company that later creates an Infrared Division in 1955


1939 Infra-Red Heating (Radiant Technology) was invented in Germany by Gunther Schwank. First Patents Granted


1950 First household Infrared heating appliance is develop by Schwank as a product to heat churches in Germany


1955 Infrared Technology License granted by Schwank GMBH to 2 Cleveland, Ohio companies: Perfection Stove and Van Dorn Ironworks Infrared Division


1955 Perfection Stove licenses infrared technology from Gunther Schwank. Perfection founded in 1888 and key to US Industrial Growth based on its heating systems


1955 Van Dorn Ironworks licenses infrared technology from Gunther Schwank. Van Dorn, founded in 1872, continues to be a large, Cleveland based injection molding equipment manufacturer

1955 Van Dorn Infrared Division founded as a subsidiary of the Van Dorn Company of Cleveland as the first Infrared Heating provider in the United States


1973 Robert N. Jones (Bob), son of Van Dorn President/CEO Lory Jones, purchases Infrared Division from Van Dorn and renames it Energy Conservation Inc (Enerco)

1973 Newly named Enerco consists of 2 Divisions: Industrial & Process (sold using the Enerco name) and Retail (sold using the Mr. Heat-IR brand)


1978 Bob Jones name President of Davies Can in Cleveland while also owning Energy Conservation Inc. (Enerco)


1981 John DuRoss hired by Bob Jones as Enerco's first President


1981 Al Haire (Enerco's future majority owner) runs a sales agency selling products for Enerco


1984 Al Haire (CEO/Majority Owner), John DuRoss (President), Frank Verchick (VP Mfg), and Stan Kuczek (VP Eng) purchase Enerco from Bob Jones and continue to run business out of the old Van Dorn Building on East 79th Street in Cleveland

1984 Bob Jones returns to Van Dorn in Cleveland as President

1984 Enerco's Retail Division selling products under the name Mr. Heat-IR changed to the market leading brand name used today: Mr. Heater (based on Cleveland iconic brands Mr. Coffee and Mr. Gasket)


2000 Launch of Mr. Heater's first patented Buddy Heater which revolutionized the indoor/outdoor heating market


2001 Jeff Mack joins the business as Sr VP Sales/Marketing


2002 Enerco opens a west coast distribution facility in Portland, Oregon


2003 Enerco launches forced air propane and forced air kerosene construction heaters


2006 Enerco CEO, Al Haire, awarded prestigious Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" Award in Cleveland


2008 Frank Verchick, VP Manufacturing and Co-Owner, retires from Enerco to hit the golf course

2008 Enerco acquires specific assets of CFM Corporation in Ontario, Canada including the brand name Dyna-Glow, Tag-a-Long, and Legacy

2008 Jeff Mack promoted to President of Enerco and John DuRoss promoted to Vice Chairman


2011 Enerco adds new 150,000 sqr foot distribution center in Bedford, Ohio

2011 Enerco launches BaseCamp Brand of camping products at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City

2011 Enerco launches the Worlds First Cordless Forced Air Heater "HERO"


2013 Enerco licenses the DeWalt name to manufacture and market portable heating products to the Rental and Construction Market