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Freeze Stats – The Forgotten Hero of the HVAC World

Posted on 02-15-2017

Are freeze stats one of the unsung heroes of our industry?

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These valuable devices are the protectors of our heat exchangers.  We count on them each and every day to defend our coils against the villainous ice that threatens to form if the conditions are unfavorable.  The freeze stat’s mission is to keep the coils protected from sub 32-degree air.  If the freeze stat senses the air temperature drops below a set point, it jumps into action by shutting down the fans and closing the outside air dampers.

When freeze stats perform their jobs properly, they stand between us and the possibility of ice building up which can cause a break or failure in the coil.  Not only does this affect the building occupants’ comfort level, but it can also result in irreversible damage to other expensive components.  Additionally, when the devious ice thaws, the water creeps out of the failure area…causing water damage or worse…flooding…DUN…DUN…DUN!

Freeze stats are a low cost, extremely reliable guardian that can save you frustration and money.  The LONG PartsPros understand the important role freeze stats play in your day to day battle to keep your building running smoothly.  Please reach out to our PartsPros for your freeze stats needs.  They can help you restore the peace.


 Author: Valarie Daniels, Colorado Equipment Sales Office Manager and E-Commerce

Valarie_DanielsValarie manages the administrative support for LONG’s equipment sales group in Colorado as well as manages the development and implementation of LONG’s e-commerce site supporting our OEM and aftermarket parts sales efforts. She loves going to the movies and concerts, walking her dogs and especially enjoys game nights with family.

 


A Shift in the LONG Family

Posted on 02-11-2017

With a full heart, LONG Building Technologies announces the retirement of our Vice President of Utah, Doug Wilkinson. Doug is a long time member of the team and is known for being a supportive mentor and friend by all who have worked with him. When asked what he is most looking forward to in this next phase of life, Doug says he’s looking to spend more time with his wife, Annette, and his grandchildren. We wish Doug much happiness as he enters retirement.

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(Doug Wilkinson – fourth from the left)

As one of his last great contributions to the team, Doug has helped bring in industry veteran and LONG time friend to the company, Paul Christiansen, as the new General Manager of Utah.

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New General Manager of LONG Utah, Paul Christiansen

Growing up, Paul lived in Oregon as well as traveled overseas while in the Army. After the army, Paul attended the University of New Mexico where he later earned his master’s in International Management.

Paul spent the last 21 years working for an array of industry leading companies. Many of us in the industry remember him as Vice President of Krueger for seven years. Before joining LONG this January, Paul was the Vice President and General Manager for the Johnson Controls Fan Products Group, a $120 million business, including Lau and PennBarry. Being a friendly and familiar face to Team LONG, along with his longevity in the industry, Paul is the ideal person to continue Doug’s legacy of success and take the LONG Utah branch to new heights. Welcome, Paul!

 


 Author: Meghan Nelson, Administrative Assistant II

IMG_3889Meghan is an Administrative Assistant II at LONG’s corporate headquarters in Littleton, CO. She loves to play ice hockey on the weekends and hike the Rocky Mountains with her Labrador, Easton.

 

 


Employee Spotlight: Introducing Samantha Gott

Posted on 02-10-2017

Sam_Gott_1Samantha Gott’s career began at LONG began in 2004 as a temporary employee in LONG’s Salt Lake City office, just as her youngest child was starting school.  As time went on, it seemed her kids started needing her a little bit less, and LONG started needing her more. Soon, her temporary position became a long-time career as a Project Manager!

Samantha’s position is extremely high-paced. Not only does she fulfill her role as a PM, but she also has her hands in several pots at any given time.  Her role as a Project Manager entails bids, takeoffs, submittals, pricing, ordering and working with customers, manufacturers, and staff.  You will also see Sam involved is several extracurricular activities, such as organizing an office activity, volunteer event or party for the Salt Lake City office.  One of Samantha’s favorite duties is her fulfillment of any creative request whether it be creating a poster, invite or filling backpacks for the homeless.

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Sam is always learning something new at LONG, which she greatly enjoys.  She also enjoys the fact that each person she works with has their own “special super power” that she can plug into whenever the need arises.  She would describe LONG’s culture as ever changing, fun and positive and is intrigued with the LONGevity of many LONG employees such as herself.  Sam’s biggest inspirations have been her “senior” teammates.  She began her career at LONG working with Lyn Felton and Doug Butterwick, two very inspirational individuals.  Both taught her the “old school” way and they invested part of themselves in her when they showed her the ropes.

Sam has been married for 27 years to “some crazy guy” she met in high school.  Together they have two sons.  Ryan, 24, lives locally in Utah and is an Operations Manager at Thumbtack.  Bryce, 19, is a PFC in the USMC and is currently stationed in San Diego, CA.
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You will find Samantha in search of water and sand during her free time!  She loves to paddle on her board, snorkel or just walking along the shore as far as it will take her.  Rain or shine, the beach is always caller her name.  The best life and career advice she has ever received?  Focus on the solution first and worry about fault later and if you do not have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.  Both apply in any situation.


 Author: Alison Firkins, Office Manager

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Alison is the Office Manager at LONG’s corporate headquarters in Littleton, CO.  She loves attending the school football games where she can cheer her son on who performs with the marching band and enjoys all family time, especially if it includes a card game!

 


Second Annual LONG 5k for Little Hearts – Results

Posted on 02-02-2017

On October 8, 2016, LONG proudly held their second annual LONG 5k for Little Hearts at the Mary Carter Greenway in Littleton, CO.  This annual event, started in 2015 by the LONG Wellness Committee, is a fun run/walk benefiting Children’s Hospital, Colorado.  The incredible Pediatric care provided by Children’s has directly touched several LONG team members and their families and LONG is honored to advocate for this worthy organization. 

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This year the LONG 5k Committee was formed, including 11 team members of LONG who volunteered their time to the 5k mission.  The goal was set and the Com
mittee hit the ground running, focusing, at first, on several fundraising events prior to the main 5k event, all of which were planned to attain our goal for Children’s Hospital, Colorado.

First, the hugely successful bake sale.  LONG employees proved they indeed loved their baked goods on bake sale day, that is for sure!  They also displayed their fantastic baking skills, as several contributed items to sell.  At the end of the day, over $700 was raised during this event, and lots of stomachs were full.

Next, the nacho/taco feast in the Littleton office.

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Once again, several LONG team members were invited to probably one of the better nacho bars I’ve been to.  For their donation of $5 they got a great meal and lots of camaraderie.  This event raised over $350 and once again, stomachs were full.

Then, on to the silent auction, another great success!  The 5k Committee solicited items from several surrounding businesses including the YMCA, Unser Karting, Costco and the Denver Broncos to name just a few.  LONG employees also donated several items such as a vacation home in Granby, Colorado, jewelry, a wine box and a fishing rod, again, just to name a few.  The auction raised over $2,600.

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At last, the big day.  Race day.  134 participants arrived bright and early by 7:30 a.m., on what turned out to be a very chilly morning, to participate.  The competition was tough this year to earn the first, second and third place spots!  Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to men, women and children in three different age categories.  Special thanks were given to the corporate sponsors of the event, Vykon, Krueger, Morgan Stanley, Duravent Security, Windy City Wire, Ruskin, Kimmer Transmission & Gear, Ajilon and Interactive Health, as well as several individuals who donated $100 for the cause.

And finally, the awards for costume contest and LONG team participation were given. 20161011_140248 This was the inaugural year of the perpetual team trophy and team Blood, Sweat and Beers ran away with it, having 100% of the Colorado Building Environments business unit either sign up to race or donate to be on their team.  Several

folks stuck around for the after party enjoying refreshments, mingling and enjoying a session of body cryotherapy provided by 5280 Cryo, who had an RV on site.

Thanks to the generosity, hard work and participation of so many, LONG was able to raise over $21,000 for Children’s Hospital, Colorado.  Phenomenal and what an honor to work with so many individuals to make that happen.

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Joined by our Senior Vice President, Jeff Long, and Director of HR, Amy Smith, nothing brought me greater joy than to help hand off the ‘big check’ to Children’s Hospital Colorado last month. I can’t wait to see what the 3rd Annual 5k for Little Hearts brings.

 


 Author: Alison Firkins, Office Manager

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Alison is the Office Manager at LONG’s corporate headquarters in Littleton, CO.  She loves attending the school football games where she can cheer her son on who performs with the marching band and enjoys all family time, especially if it includes a card game!

 


LONG is Committed to “Openness”

Posted on 01-25-2017

LONG has always been wholly dedicated to investing in the forward momentum of our industry. In the 1990’s we adopted the Niagara framework, becoming the second Tridium Systems Integrator in the world. We’ve always recognized the immense value that open protocol products bring to our customers.

Checkout the video below to find out the advantage of being truly ‘open’.

 

LONG Joins the Social Media Revolution

Posted on 01-17-2017

2017 is poised to be an exciting year for LONG. Every year we strive to be better than the last – assessing our strengths and weaknesses, looking for innovative ways to provide even better customer service, and working with industry leaders to stay ahead of the technology curve.

This year, one of our focuses is to get back to basics and really focus in on what we do best – serve our customers. One of the ways we’re doing that is by developing a brand new, user-friendly website and opening up conversations with our customer base across multiple social platforms. If there’s one thing we love to do, it’s provide value to our customers. Our in-house experts have banded together to create a stellar content team to deliver new insights every week. From industry news, to company updates, to sharing the tactics behind some of our best successes as a business – we’re excited to share our view with the world.

While our website redevelopment project is still a few months in the making, you can start to connect with us on major social networks like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube, right now! Just look for @LONGBldgTech on any platform. This is a great way to engage, ask questions, provide feedback and share your personal experience with your favorite LONG team member. And each week, we’ll push new updates out to these channels too!

We have lot of other great, customer-centric developments under way, and are always looking for feedback on what we’re doing well and where we can improve. We look forward to connecting with everyone this year and beyond!

Join our conversation:

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Anchorage Team Delivers Big Holiday Surprise to Food Bank of Alaska

Posted on 12-08-2016

LONG Building Technologies’ Anchorage team has jumped into the holiday spirit, delivering nearly 2 tons of food to the Food Bank of Alaska. The official weight – 3,700 pounds!

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(LONG – Anchorage Team with palettes of food for the Food Bank of Alaska)

While the company is known for giving back to its communities, the Anchorage branch makes a special effort to support the people of Alaska through charitable acts throughout the year. If you ask Office Manager Susan Hauth, the team gets just as much out of their charitable contributions as they give. “Giving back is important to me because I want to bind our employees together. It’s a constant reminder that we’re a unified team, and it helps us as individuals feel deeply connected to our community,” said Susan.

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Chris Bracken, Security Operations Manager for the branch, mirrored that sentiment. When asked what he feels their motivation is, he was quick to chime, “Susan Hauth and her big heart!”

While most businesses are winding down at the end of the year, the LONG Anchorage branch is just getting started lining up community events for the coming year. When it comes to what’s next for this team, Susan added, “I’m considering a cold weather drive in January for children and adults in need. Outdoor play is so important to children and without the appropriate gear, our climate binds children inside…boots, snow pants, warm coats, gloves, hats, they’re all expensive. When it’s a choice between paying rent or buying outerwear for kids, which expense prevails? Alaska’s need for donations is critical and the statistics astounding. We’re just happy to do what we can to help our community.”

LONG is very proud of the achievements of this team to keep the spirit of giving alive in all reaches of the company. Community involvement is a cornerstone of LONG’s culture and supporting the communities that welcome LONG is part of the company’s core values. Go LONG!

Happy Birthday and Thank You to Wills Long!

Posted on 11-30-2016

Happy Birthday Wills Long

December is the perfect month to celebrate Wills Long, founder of LONG Building Technologies.  It seems fitting that he was born during a month that celebrates generosity and family. 

While Wills is truly an entrepreneur, he is more than that to the LONG family.  Although Wills probably didn’t realize it at the time, his courageous step forward in 1965 to become a business owner would have such a lasting impact on so many people’s lives.

A little background…Wills was born in Springfield, Missouri.  He later moved New York where he lived in a one-bedroom apartment on the railroad tracks with his family.  Wills was a bright young man full of potential and thus received a scholarship to attend a private high school (a scholarship was the only way he could afford to attend).

Upon graduating high school, Wills weighed his options and was taken by the beauty of Colorado.  He decided he was ready for a change of scenery and applied to Colorado University.  Who knew this decision would eventually result in a family of his own that would include a wife, a son and two daughters.  Wills would later remarry and be blessed with a step-daughter as well.  He is now the proud grandpa of 12 wonderful grandkids and 2 beautiful great-granddaughters.

Wills graduated from Colorado University double majoring in Chemical Engineering and Business.  After graduation, Wills accepted a position with General Mills as a chemist, and interestingly, he was on the team that invented the ever so popular snack, Bugles!

Wills left General Mills to begin his career in the HVAC industry with Trane.  He worked at Trane for 5 years but longed to be a business owner.  The quote…


“In the fall of 1965, I decided to strike out on my own.  I had zero money…I had no assets, only an idea and courage.”


…demonstrates Wills’ perseverance to make his dream a reality and so Long and Company was born.

Long and Company (Wills and his wife) began in the basement of his house as a small manufacturer representative that would be named the local rep for McQuay.  LONG would later go onto represent many quality manufacturers some of which have continued a relationship with LONG for most of the company’s existence…a true testament to Wills’ understanding of the importance of relationships.

Fast forward over 50 years and Wills’ dream has expanded greatly from his Colorado basement into Alaska, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.  LONG continues to be a successful and trusted manufacturer representative.  LONG is also an expert in all major building systems technologies, serving commercial, institutional and industrial facilities of all types and sizes. It is amazing to consider that Long and Company began with 2 employees, and now almost 400 employees call it home.

Wills’ son began working for LONG 27 years ago.  His motivation was not to just join the family business.  It was the opportunity to learn from and work alongside his dad as well as be part of something bigger.  Wills’ grandson recently also became part of the LONG family.  His desire was the same…work beside HIS dad and be part of an extended family that all works together as a team to ensure LONG remains a truly remarkable place to call home.  This nurturing culture encourages employees’ families to consider LONG as a career path as well as join for the summer to learn real life skills that can be applied later in life.

When Wills made the decision to take such a big risk, he did so without the intentional thought to create an environment that fosters teaching and caring about people.  It is just naturally who Wills is at the core. His core values were imbedded in LONG’s infrastructure from day one and have remained for over 50 years.  This caring belief system has been passed down from employee to employee and to our customers.

Wills created a family legacy not just for his Long family but an entire new LONG extended family.  Thank you, Wills, for having the tenacity to realize your dream.  The heart you started Long and Company with remains very much a part of LONG Building Technologies today.  Happy Birthday!

How to Replace Your Nortec Humidifer Cylinder

Posted on 05-02-2016

Here at LONG, we believe in maintaining your equipment for the LONGevity of your building systems! A big part of that includes a routine of checks and balances, combined with regular maintenance, executed by certified technicians. This ensures that your system’s components are running at peak performance. Maintaining the key components of your humidifier is no different.

To get the most out of your humidification and evaporative cooling equipment, a preventative maintenance agreement with LONG is the best way to make sure that all of your equipment is installed and maintained properly. But, knowledge is power. Knowing how to regularly check your humidifier’s functionality, as well as perform easy, day-to-day housekeeping, is essential. The benefits include:

  • Keeps your equipment performing efficiently between professional services
  • Helps to get the maximum useful life out of your equipment
  • Aids in early detection of potential equipment breakdown

…all of which saves you time and money.

Knowing how to replace your humidifier cylinders is a great way to keep your maintenance inspections positive and your service visits focused on the items most important to you. Many LONG customers enjoy the Nortec humidifiers we provide throughout several of our territories. The ease of cleaning and replacement is one of many selling features of this brand.

A partnership with LONG is about empowerment. We’ve provided a basic step-by-step video on how to change your humidifier cylinders, compliments of Nortec, to help you take control of day-to-day upkeep and get the ultimate LONGevity out of your system.


Looking to purchase Nortec replacement cylinders for your humidifier? Look no further! Check out our variety of cylinders at our new online parts store: www.LONGPartsPros.com. You’ll enjoy the convenience of buying online, with the personalized service you love from LONG.

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Are you in need of a preventative maintenance service agreement from skillful, trained professionals? We’ve got you covered! Contact Us to find out more about our customized service agreements, tailored to meet your exact needs.

LONG Announces New Vice President of Sales

Posted on 07-15-2015

Anchorage, Alaska – July 15, 2015 – LONG Building Technologies is proud to announce the promotion of long-time, Alaska based employee, Brian Miller, to the new position of Vice President of Sales. This development comes as part of an initiative to grow the company’s presence in Alaska.

For over 30 years, Brian Miller’s high-level technical skills and charismatic personality have established him as a well-respected member of the Alaska community as well as the industry. Building on Brian’s core strengths, LONG anticipates this promotion will bring improved performance for the company, deep benefits for Alaska customers, and continued success for Brian.

“Brian has been influential in many facets of the business, most importantly to the development of relationships with our clients.” said Dwight Longuevan, Vice President of the region, “Quality and dedication to client relationships, employee engagement, and sales leadership are paramount to LONG Alaska’s success. We look forward to Brian building up the LONG brand in Alaska, achieving sales goals and delivering confidence.”

With deep roots in the community, Brian lends his expertise to many local and national industry organizations, including ASHRAE, where he currently serves on the Board of Governors and served a term as the Alaska Chapter President, and AMCA, where he is also on the Executive Board and previously served as Chapter President for two terms. In addition, he holds licenses in the state of Alaska for Electrical and Mechanical Administration.

Brian’s decades of industry experience and strong relationships in the market provide a great platform for company growth. His history of achievement coupled with his development of new opportunities will bring to bear a great deal of success for LONG and the Alaska market place.

LONG Building Technologies, Inc. is a manufacturer representative of HVAC equipment as well as a full service building automation, security, and mechanical services company, providing state of the art building technology for peak performance buildings since 1965. The privately owned corporation is located throughout Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. For more information, please call (303) 975-2100.

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