Happy Birthday and Thank You to Wills Long!Posted on 11-30-2016
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 CylinderPosted 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.
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 SalesPosted 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.
LONG Welcomes New Branch ManagerPosted on
Casper, Wyoming – July 15, 2015 – LONG Building Technologies is excited to welcome new Branch Manager, Michael Brown, to the LONG offices of Wyoming. Michael joins the company with over 20 years of industry experience and will be a true asset to the team and customer base.
As a veteran of the industry, Michael has spent the last eight years serving as a Branch General Manager with Johnson Controls out of Salt Lake City, Utah, responsible for their BAS equipment sales and security lines of business. Prior to that, Michael spent ten years specializing in fire and life safety with Simplex Grinnell. His longevity in the industry and diverse background make him the ideal person to continue to drive the legacy of success for LONG in Wyoming.
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 or call (303) 975-2100.
Retrofit Magazine Interviews LONG’s Scott PapayPosted on 06-05-2015
In a recent article by Retrofit Magazine titled “Get Connected”, the publication discusses the trends developing in the building automation world around wireless and handheld technology, and how it’s affecting the opportunities and creating challenges in upgrading existing facilities.
The article features interviews with experts from several leading companies within the industry and LONG is honored to have been asked to contribute via Sales Manager, Scott Papay:
“I believe you will see over the next five to 10 years that Building Automation Systems will reside on the building’s primary IT infrastructure rather than having their own subordinate network,” says Scott Papay, sales manager at LONG Building Technologies, Littleton, Colo. “You will see each and every one of those controllers becoming WiFi-enabled, meaning LAN-based or wireless LAN-based IP-type controllers rather than being some old RS45 communications protocol, which is what we use today. I think that’s where the industry is trending us toward.”
Check out the full article in the May/June issue of Retrofit Magazine or check it out online by clicking here!
LONG Suspends Energy Savings Performance Contracting BusinessPosted on 02-20-2015
SEATTLE, WA – Effective today, LONG Building Technologies, Inc. announces the indefinite suspension of its pursuit of additional projects in the Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) market segment. This change applies to LONG Building Technologies’ Energy Solutions Business Unit, as well as the work pursued under its trade name, Investive Building Projects Co.
With its 2014 expansion into the Pacific Region, including new locations in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, LONG has made a decision to focus on its core competencies in Building Automation and Systems Integration, HVAC and Hydronics Equipment Sales, Access Control and CCTV, and Mechanical Services.
LONG will continue to fulfill all existing ESPC contract obligations and will continue to pursue new work in all of its core market segments.
LONG Building Technologies, Inc. is a full service HVAC representative and building automation, security and mechanical services company that has been providing state of the art building technology for peak performance buildings in the Western United States since 1965. The privately owned corporation has branches throughout Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. For more information, please visit www.LONG.com or call (303) 975-2100.
LONG Hires Big Guns for Security Operations in AlaskaPosted on 02-17-2015
SEATTLE, WA – LONG Building Technologies, Inc. is proud to welcome Christopher Bracken and Anthony Smith as the newest additions to their Security Team in Alaska. Christopher Bracken has assumed the role of Security Business Lead in their Anchorage, Alaska location, while Anthony Smith has assumed the role of Security Specialist in their Fairbanks, Alaska location. Both Christopher and Anthony will be tasked with providing tremendous growth for LONG’s Security Business Units in Alaska, which are new to LONG’s service offerings in the region.
As a veteran of the United States Military, Christopher Bracken joins LONG with 14 years of industry experience, most recently as Vice President of Technical Operations at Action Security, Inc. Prior to that, Christopher served as Vice President of their Fairbanks, Alaska location.
When asked about joining the LONG team, Christopher chimed, “I am truly excited about coming on-board to a highly regarded and professional team. Even more, I am looking forward to our team expanding LONG’s Alaska offerings into the security industry. Teaming our expertise and resources brings a value to our current and potential clients that surpasses any typical security integrator in the state.”
Fellow Action Security alum and United States Military Veteran, Anthony Smith, joins LONG with 7 years of industry experience, most recently as a Division Manager in Fairbanks, Alaska, also at Action Security, Inc. Prior to that, Anthony served as a Senior Financial Institution Technician for the company.
“I’m lucky to have such a great opportunity here at LONG and put my profession skills to work.” Anthony said of his new position, “I believe there is so much untapped potential in Alaska, and I look to do my part in every way possible to make this new relationship a strong and profitable one – focusing on the Customer’s needs and our ability to deliver to their satisfaction. It’s a great feeling working with your old mentor and achieving common goals!”
LONG has made an incredible investment in the growth of its company across the Western United States in the last year and shows no signs of slowing down. This recent personnel investment has big implications for the substantial growth expected in the company’s Security Solutions Business Group, led by Vice President of Security – Steve Stumpf.
Steve expressed his excitement about the future of LONG, stating, “LONG Building Technologies is committed to being the industry leader in all of our business units. LONG is making forward investments in bringing the best-in-class individuals to support our security deliverable and clients in Alaska. I am very excited about what Chris and Anthony bring to our security business to support our existing clients and expected growth this year.”
LONG Building Technologies, Inc. is a full service HVAC representative and building automation, security, energy and mechanical services company that has been providing state of the art building technology for peak performance buildings in the Western United States since 1965. The privately owned corporation has branches throughout Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. For more information, please visit www.LONG.com or call (303) 975-2100.
There’s a Rocket Launch Site Where?!Posted on 01-21-2015
Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation is the newest commercial launch complex in the United States. The Kodiak Launch Complex (KLC) is located on Narrow Cape approximately 41 miles south of the city of Kodiak and 250 south of Anchorage. This location provides two unique advantages over other similar facilities: it has a wide-open launch corridor and an unobstructed down range flight path (the Pacific Ocean). It’s location is ideal for launching expendable launch vehicles with payloads requiring Low-Earth polar synchronous orbits.
Similar bases include:
- Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
- Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
- Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific
- Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia
- Kodiak Island, Alaska.
One of KLC’S notable launches, its first launch, was the Kodiak Star on a Lockheed Martin Athena-1. This launch was of particular importance to NASA, as it was the first orbital launch utilizing the site. KLC has launched Kodiak Star payloads to include the NASA sponsored Starshine-3, three satellites sponsored by the Department of Defense, amateur radio satellites, Prototype Communications Satellite (PCSat) for the U.S. Naval Academy and the United Kingdom’s PICOSa,t which housed four scientific payloads.
Scientists and Students worldwide have experienced the benefits KLC’s unique location provides the launch community because of the 67-degree inclination it allows.
The Starshine-3 was built by students at the Rocky Mountain NASA Space Grant Consortium and the Naval Research Laboratory. Its design is reminiscent of a disco-style mirror ball with an onboard transmitter. Once in orbit it was visible to the eye and provided students and scientists the ability to track it. The satellite was a one-meter reflective sphere that weighed in at 220 pounds and was covered in 1,500 one inch mirrors made of aluminum. The aluminum squares were ground and polished by students from all over the world, with the final machining being done by technology students in Utah.
Students were able to track, determine coordinates and record them on the Starshine Project web-site http://www.azinet.com/starshine/. The data that was compiled provided students and scientists with new information about the Earth’s upper atmosphere and how it reacts to fluctuations in the Sun’s ultraviolet radiation during a sunspot cycle.
We at LONG Building Technologies are privileged to have provided systems and service to the KLC site and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with the Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation, “The Other Cape”.
LONG Building Technologies, Inc. Announces Acquisition of CCI Automated Technologies; Big Horn Energy, Inc.Posted on 07-01-2014
LITTLETON, Colo. – LONG Building Technologies, Inc., a leading HVAC manufacturer’s representative, building automation, security and energy services provider with headquarters in Littleton, has acquired two companies in the construction industry, CCI Automated Technologies of Seattle, Wash., and Big Horn Energy of Cody, Wyo. Several years in the making, the purchases were recently finalized and will allow the LONG brand to spread beyond the Rocky Mountain region.
“All of us at LONG are extremely excited about these two acquisitions,” LONG President and CEO Mark Balent said. “Both are providers of world class building automation and mechanical service. CCI also has a robust security business that is similar to the LONG offerings in Colorado and Wyoming. We expect to expand our footprint in these new markets over time by adding other lines of business including mechanical equipment sales and energy services. The growth potential is significant.”
CCI employs about 90 people in its four offices located in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska as well as Portland, Ore., with headquarters in Seattle. CCI is a building automation, mechanical service and security solutions contractor and has been in business since 1976.
Big Horn Energy, located in the Big Horn Basin of northwestern Wyoming since 1982, has eight employees and offers building automation and controls as well as mechanical service.
LONG plans to absorb the newly acquired offices and expand the LONG brand into the additional states. All parties are ready and excited for the new venture.
“We are excited to be a part of the LONG Building Technologies team,” CCI Automated Technologies President Ken Dolson said. “With the support and proven success of LONG behind us, we will further differentiate ourselves in the marketplace and position ourselves for substantive growth.”
“We feel this acquisition is going to reinforce our values of quality work and timely service at a fair price and BHE will continue to grow and develop even stronger relationships with our customer base,” added Tom Zahller, General Manager at Big Horn Energy. “We have given this acquisition a lot of careful consideration and feel the future of BHE is in good hands.”
LONG Building Technologies, Inc. is a full service HVAC representative and building automation, security, energy and mechanical services company that has been providing better building technology to the Rocky Mountain region since 1965. The privately owned corporation also has branches throughout Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. For more information, please visit www.long.com or call (303) 975-2100.
Second Annual Disc Golf Tournament a hit with LONG and customersPosted on 06-28-2014
LONG hosted the Second Annual Disc Golf Tournament on Friday, June 20, at Colorado Heights University.
The day was perfect for some lively competition among friends. Much fun was had by all that attended. Thank you to all that joined us.
Our Clients Speak Out:
“I just wanted to drop you a line regarding the work and efforts of your control division regarding the Mitchell High School project this summer in Colorado Springs. As you may or may not know this was an extremely difficult project with an almost impossible schedule of 3 months. I would like to thank Bob Cleaver, Dave Gardiner, Mark Vils along with Greg Custer and your field technician Phil in addition to your field crew for a very fine job under extremely difficult conditions...
Gregory B. Even, Cobb Mechanical Contractors
In this day and age of our fast paced society it is hard allocating time for anything. Customer service is about as rare as polar bears in Florida. On that note I would like to make you aware that it has been a pleasure working with your staff on our continuing upgrade and maintenance of our DDC system here at the (Denver) Zoo. We have an extensive animal collection, whose health and well-being rely on certain climates special to their needs, so we have to be sure to take all necessary...
Gene Roybal, HVAC Master, Denver Zoo
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