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We welcome HVAC industry superstar Travis Haas to

2012 February 7

travis haas of alpscontrols.comIt’s entirely possible that you’re already familiar with this smiling gent, because as Travis himself humbly puts it, “I do know quite a few people in our industry.”

He’s being modest – which is just one of his qualities that makes it so exciting for us to give you the news that Travis Haas has joined our sales team at

You probably met Travis during the nine years he spent in marketing and sales at ACI, where he learned to enjoy the fast-moving technological advances so common in the HVAC world. He says,

“I’m really a gadget guy, so I think that being able to find new advances in our industry is what has helped me connect with people over the years. I just enjoy getting out there, meeting everybody I can, and sharing with them the newest, best devices I can find.”

Travis looks forward to reaching out to new and potential customers, helping them find the right products for their applications and getting them up and running on our site. He’s long been a fan of our online business model, and is excited by the challenges of exploring new markets that could benefit from our different and better way to buy building automation products online.

Travis was born and raised in Wisconsin, and currently resides there with his wife, three daughters and one son.

Find out more about Travis on our site here.

In which we invite you to unwrap these delightful closure alerts from our product manufacturers.

2011 November 22
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santa is watching youYes, it’s true: we here at are watching you. We see you when you’re sleeping and we know when you’re awake. So that’s why we thought you’d like to know more about the holiday closure calendars of our manufacturer-partners so that you can adjust any of your product-ordering accordingly.

We’ll be updating this list as the season continues, so check back here from time to time to ensure that you avoid any delays to your projects.

  • will be closed on Friday 12.23, Monday 12.26 and then Monday, 1.2.12.
  • BAPI will be closed on December 23rd, December 26th and January 2nd.
  • Belimo will be closed Friday 12.23 and Monday 12.26.
  • Connect-Air is closed on December 26th and Monday, January 2nd.
  • Electro Industries plans to close on Friday 12.23, Monday 12.26 and Monday 1.2.12.
  • Functional Devices will be closed on Monday through Wednesday, December 26th through 28th and also on Friday, December 30th. Functional’s production facilities will also be closed from Monday through Friday, December 26th – 30th. They’ll resume normal operations on Monday, 1.2.12.
  • Hoffman will be closed on Friday 12.23 and Monday 12.26.
  • Innovative Solutions will be closed from Friday 12.23 through Monday 1.2.12 inclusively.
  • KMC Controls will be shutting down their shipping capabilities while they do a physical inventory from the 19th through the 23rd. Then the plant will be closed from 12.26 through 12.30. They’ll accept orders through December 23rd, but your best bet in receiving orders by the end of the year would be to place them by November 28th. Normal shipping will resume on 1.2.12.
  • Metropac will be closed on Thursday, 11.24 and Friday, 11.25.11.
  • PECO will be closed from December 23 through January 1, 2012.
  • Saginaw is closing for the holidays on December 23rd, 26th and 30th.
  • Setra is closed Friday, December 23rd; Monday, December 26th; and Monday, January 2nd.
  • Siemens will be closed on Friday, 12.23; Monday, 12.26; Friday, 12.30 and Monday, 1.2.12.
  • Spartan Peripheral Devices will close at 12:00 PM on Friday, December 23rd and will reopen on Monday, 1.2.12.
  • Vaisala will cease shipping products at the end of the day on Monday, 12.19, and will begin again after the first of the year.
  • Viconics will close down from Monday, 12.26.11 through Monday, 1.2.12, inclusively. Orders placed on or before 12.2 will ship before December 22nd, if units are in stock.
    • On behalf of everyone at, we wish you and yours a merry and peaceful Christmas!

      No, seriously: we’re watching you. Right now. So you’d better be good, for goodness sake.

      (photo credit: pagedooley on Flickr)

No surprise here: voted one of the top ten 2011 Best Places to Work in Western Pennsylvania.

2011 October 25 2011 best places to workIt came as a shock to exactly no one working at when the Pittsburgh Business Times recently rated our company as one of Western Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work for 2011. And not only were we rated along with nearly 100 other companies, but our employees were happy and content enough to be rated #10th on the entire list.

Top-ranked companies were sent an employee questionnaire that covered such issues as trust, work effectiveness, management relationships and feelings being satisfied and valued. Employees of rated the company 80% or higher in every category, and 100% in many of them.

“I felt excited and proud that our company was honored as one of Pittsburgh’s best places to work,” says President Dave Meyers, “we work hard every day for our customers, so it’s pretty terrific to know that we’re happy doing it at the same time.”

Siemens will be temporarily closed during their annual inventory at the end of September.

2011 September 8
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We recently heard from our friends at Siemens that they will be conducting their annual physical inventory beginning on Tuesday, 9.27.11 and it’ll run through Friday 9.30.11. They’ll accept and process orders through Monday, 9.26, so please keep this in mind in order to avoid possible shipping delays if you have time-sensitive projects approaching.

siemens logoIf you’ve got questions about Siemens products during this time, please feel free to contact our Customer Support or give us a call at 412.464.1730.


From Functional Devices, a relay so smart it has its own web page.

2011 August 3
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The RIBTW2401B-ET Ethernet Relay from Functional Devices

If you’ve been thinking to yourself that your traditional relay-controllers tend to just sit there, turning on and off in that old, boring, traditional way, we’d like to offer you a terrific, smart relay from Functional Devices that should make you smile.

What makes it so cool? The RIBTW2401B-ET has its own web page. By that, we mean that it’s a self-contained, ethernet network dual I/O controller that can be set up and turned on and off via any web browser on your smart phone, building network, iPad, laptop – whatever.

This wonderful little doodad can be used to control fans, motors, lighting, pumps and:

  • Is UL Listed
  • Features one discrete 20 amp output + override
  • And one digital input (status)
  • Serves its own webpage for setup and control
  • Is static IP addressable
  • Has a unique MAC address built in
  • Is made right here in the USA.

You’re hungry to learn more, right? How about you:

Hello, world. It’s me, the newest member of the family.

2011 April 21
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I’d like to invite you to join us here at in welcoming Caleb Isaac Larson into the world; Caleb’s dad Ernie is one of our crack Customer Service folks, and he, along with his wife Jess and their daughter Felicity were extremely excited and proud to be joined by little Caleb.

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This little dude is Caleb Isaac Larson, whose quick and surprising entry into the world will soon be the stuff of legends.

Here are the details:

  • Born 4.19.11 at 12:30 AM.
  • 7 lbs., 12 ounces
  • 20.5 inches long
  • Lots of handsome dark hair
  • Was delivered by his non-medically-trained dad Ernie by the side of a highway

Wait, what?

It’s true! Take a look:

The news report doesn’t identify them by name, but we got to hear Ernie’s first-hand account of Caleb’s amazing birth even before the local media got their hands on it.

Mom, baby and big sister are all doing well.

Ernie, on the other hand, has probably had enough excitement for now, thanks very much.

Or as we like to say at, “Sure, we can protect your food AND your hot tubs.”

2011 April 18

You’ve come to know and depend on when it comes to finding the most and best-priced HVAC and building automation control products online – but we’re not sure you realize just how committed we are to keeping your food fresh and your hot tubs filled.

point six wi-fi temperature sensors in grocery store applicationSince November of last year, we’ve been delving ever deeper into internet-based temperature control, and seeking out different and better products that are cost-effective, easy to set up, and provide round-the-clock protection in new and exciting market sectors – primarily, the food industry and the vacation home industry.

What do these two have in common? Primarily, they both have the potential to suffer excessive losses whenever temperature-regulated areas exceed or drop below the norm, or when unmonitored freezing temperatures lead to broken pipes and water damage. Whether it’s three supermarket aisles of ice cream novelties and meatloaf TV dinners, or a luxury vacation home that goes empty for extended periods of time, temperature controls that can be monitored online and in off-hours have become a valuable commodity and solution for loss prevention.

Jason McCormick of installs a Point Six Wi-Fi temperature sensor to help prevent loss or damage at a vacation house location.

Late last year, Jason McCormick joined the team as a Sales Engineer, and he – along with our Technology Director Curtis McCormick – have been gathering industry standards in both of these markets, and have also consulted on several installations of Point Six Wi-Fi Temperature Sensors. With Point Six – as well as Proliphix and Solidyne internet-based thermostats – customers can adjust, monitor and trend thermostat functionality on a computer or smart phone from anywhere in the world.

If you’re a supermarket or restaurant manager or anyone else who provides, prepares or regulates food in the United States, chances are that Jason has already set out to meet you and find out how we can help you. Likewise, he and Curtis have recently been helping out vacation homeowners with on-site installations of Point Six sensors and their online monitoring capabilities.

Ready to find out more? Try this:

Or watch this Point Six demonstration with Curtis McCormick:

HURRY! Special discounted pricing on selected Siemens products ends on May 31st, 2011!

2011 April 6
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siemens special product pricing through may 2011UPDATE: This special pricing offer is now expired – but keep an eye on this space for more money-saving offers in the future.

Well, isn’t this a treat? Our good pals at Siemens Building Technologies have offered up some deeply discounted pricing – about 20%! – on 17 HVAC and building automation control products in the online catalog.

If you need more information, download the Savings Simplified flier right here – or contact our customer support folks on this page.

Take advantage of this QUICK, two-day discount on all Genesis Series Cable products.

2011 March 10
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genesis series cable discountYou’ll want to read this next part pretty quickly. UPDATE: This quickie special price promotion has ended, but keep an eye on this space for more discounts soon.

Because you’ve only got today (Thursday 3.10.11) and tomorrow (Friday 3.11.11) to take advantage of a terrific discount deal offered to customers from Genesis Series Cable products. Here’s how it works:

  • Order from $1,500 – $10,000 of any Genesis Series Cable products
  • Write “Flash Promo” on your order
  • Your order will be discounted 3%
  • Valid on your first order up to $10,000!
  • Standard freight policies do apply.

So if you’ve got a big project starting up and you need to lay down a solid wire foundation, this is a GREAT time to get a discount on quality performance Genesis Series Wire products.