The largest manufacturer of solar pool heaters in the United States has just named three new Master Dealers for its popular Solar Industries and Ecosun lines of solar pool heating systems. The Aquatherm Master Dealer Program was conceived nearly 20 years ago to provide a distinction for the most elite solar pool heating contractors in the industry. To become a Master Dealer, a contractor must show excellence in both quality of installation and customer satisfaction.
Benefits of becoming a Master Dealer include access to upgraded and supplemental product warranties, custom collector sizes, co-op advertising programs. The manufacturer also provides Master Dealers with Internet sales leads in their territory, as well as subsidized memberships to industry associations.
Having displayed their commitment to quality and dedication to the solar pool heating industry, Aquatherm Industries proudly welcomes the following companies into its Master Dealer Network:
Gallagher Solar Thermal
Owner: Patrick Gallagher
Location: Warwick, New York
On the web: www.solarthermalsolution.com
Pat Gallagher of Gallagher Solar Thermal has been the local solar expert in the Hudson Valley, New York since 2005, having decided to add solar pool heating to his services offered in 2007. Pat’s company installs both solar domestic water and pool heating systems, and also services and replaces existing systems. In 2010, at the AHRC Camp Loyaltown Summer Camp in Hunter, NY, Gallagher designed and installed what would become the largest solar water heating system in the region – over 4,800 square foot of solar collector area to heat the camp’s 9,000 square foot swimming pool.
Owner: Mark Bortman
Location: Yardley, Pennsylvania
On the web: www.exactsolar.com
In 2004, Mark Bortman, founder of Exact Solar, moved his family to Costa Rica for a year to learn more about alternative energy options. During that year, Mark worked with and learned from a pioneer in the solar thermal field, Bruce Carey, who’d been active in the solar industry since the 1970s. When he returned to the Philadelphia area, Mark started Exact Solar, and has been designing and installing solar photovoltaic, as well as domestic water and pool heating, ever since.
Owner: Jesse Christink
Location: Burlington, Ontario
On the web: www.solarwaveenergy.com
Founded in 2005 by Jesse Christink, Solar Wave specializes in the niche market of solar pool and domestic hot water heating. As a former employee of another solar pool heater manufacturer, it didn’t take long for Jesse to realize the power of solar heating. As a Finance graduate, Jesse was immediately drawn to the cost savings from solar, especially pool heating. After a six-year tenure with that manufacturer, Jesse started his own company selling, installing, and servicing solar water and pool heaters, as well as ancillary pool products like salt water chlorinators and automation systems.
For more information on Aquatherm Industries or its Master Dealer Program, contact Molly Friar, National Sales & Marketing Manager, at 732-905-9002, extension 226.
An ISO 9001:2008 registered company, Aquatherm Industries, Inc. is the largest U.S. manufacturer of low-temperature, unglazed polymer solar collectors – primarily used for residential and commercial swimming pool heating as well as domestic hot water and process pre-heat applications. Within the company’s “pellets to panels” approach, Aquatherm’s extrusion, welding, and injection molding processes have been awarded four U.S. and two International Patents for its technology. In addition, Aquatherm’s collectors were the first NSF-50 listed solar collectors in the word. Aquatherm distributors currently serve Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, all of North, Central, and South America, France, Egypt, and Jordan.