Posted by Colin Heggie on Jun 12, 2018
Dave Weatherill arranged for us to be hosted on-site at Tekmar Control Systems, designers & manufacturers of high quality controls for heating, ventilation, air-conditioning (HVAC) & snow-melt systems.  General Manager Greg Leupin described their history & product offerings.  Tekmar was founded over fifty years ago in Germany, by Kurt Knuever.  In 1980, Kurt established Tekmar in Vernon, with his daughter Ulrike & son-in-law Don Gibbs.  Greg joined in 1995.  The present building opened in 2003.  In 2012, Tekmar was purchased by Watts Water Technologies, a large U.S. supplier of a wide range of plumbing-related products.  The Vernon operation concentrates on the hydronic side of the HVAC industry – ie. radiant floor heating.  Tekmar has about 75 – 80 employees housed in a “state of the art” building, using horizontal-loop geo-thermal radiant floor heating.  They’ve recently introduced a “technology acceleration group” (TAG) to focus their innovative design capabilities on an expanding commercial market for Wi-Fi enabled controls.  Their new robots, assembling & "cooking" printed circuit boards, are really cool !