10/20/2014 - Making Strides 2014October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and ECR employees and their family members showed support for the cause by participating in the Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk. 35 ECR employees and family members braved the cold at the Masonic Care Community in Utica, NY on Sunday, October 19th and it looks like they had a lot of fun. Many thanks to the whole team for their hard work and fundraising efforts! The team raised over $3,300!
Making Strides is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting more than 270 communities to fund the fight against breast cancer. The event honors breast cancer survivors, educates people about how to reduce their breast cancer risk or find the disease early and raises funds to end breast cancer.
7/15/2014 - Boilermaker 2014Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with the 2014 Boilermaker Road Race. ECR International, one of the founding sponsors of the race, hosts the start line for the 14,000+ runners each year. Yesterday's event was a success, thanks in part to many past and present ECR employees and their family members. It was a great day! We are so proud of our ECR Corporate Cup Team, who proudly represented ECR International and broke some personal time records in the process. See you at the start line next year!
5/9/2014 - New Marketing SpecialistUtica, N.Y. - ECR International, Inc. is pleased to announce that Leigh Ann Dillon has recently accepted the role of Marketing Specialist with ECR.
In this role, she will help to develop marketing plans and programs, assist with tradeshows, conduct market research, and provide sales team assistance. She will work closely with the Marketing Manager, Product Managers, and Regional Sales Managers to execute programs and provide support. She brings to the role over nine years of experience in the Marketing Industry and an educational background in Communications.
“Leigh Ann compliments our Marketing team with a combination of fresh perspective and experience and will enable us to drive programs forward for the benefit of the brands. We look forward to her joining the team” said Joe Langlois Marketing Manager of ECR International.
4/4/2014 - New Hydronic Product ManagerUtica, NY – ECR international, Inc. is pleased to announce that Don DeCarr has been promoted to the position of Hydronic Product Manager.
Don has been with ECR since 2009 as a technical Service representative. Don will be responsible for leading cross functional product development teams while working closely with engineering, sales and key customers.
“Don’s experience with technical support and training provides ECR with a valuable voice of the customer as we develop products that meet their needs in terms of value, product features and ease of service and installation. I am looking forward to the insights that Don will bring to the marketing department in his new role,” said Joe Langlois Marketing Manager of ECR International.
4/4/2014 - New Marketing ManagerUtica, NY – ECR International, Inc. is pleased to announce that Joe Langlois has been promoted to the newly created position of Marketing Manager.
Joe will be responsible for promotional marketing campaigns, product management and marketing personnel. Joe has been with ECR international for 10 years and is the former Hydronic Product Manager.
Joe brings a wealth of experience in the HVAC industry to his new role. He has successfully led product development teams working closely with ECR customers and engineering team members.
3/27/2014 - Congressman Reed & ECR International Support Consumer Heating ChoicesDunkirk, N.Y. – March 27, 2014 – Thomas W. Reed II, the U.S. Representative for New York's 23rd Congressional District and Ron Passafaro, Chairman of the Hydronics Institute, and President & CEO of ECR International recently met in Washington, DC. The two are allies in support of the boiler industry’s position on pending US Department of Energy minimum boiler efficiency standards to be determined this year and
implemented in 2020. Passafaro said “The challenge is in striking the right balance between efficiency and cost to consumers. As an industry, our member companies currently deliver boilers from an entry level
efficiency of 82% up to an ultra-efficient 95%, but efficiency is not one-size-fits-all. Consumers need choices that allow them and their professional contractor to select the best option for them, weighing such items as their specific heating application, venting options, system design temperature and of course price point.”
Representative Reed is fully engaged in the issue and will be assisting companies like ECR who employ hundreds of workers and have been manufacturing the Dunkirk Boiler and many other fine brands since 1928 in their factory at 85 Middle Road in Dunkirk, New York. Passafaro commented that “Congressman Reed gets it, he’s a business owner and understands the balance between prudent regulations that aide job and economic growth versus impractical, unsubstantiated standards. “To continue encouraging manufacturers to ‘make it here and sell it there,’ we need to protect local consumers and businesses from potentially damaging mandates out of Washington,” Reed said. “Partnering with ECR we’re able to bring the voice and expertise of a local manufacturer to the table down in Washington and fight for fair, feasible regulations, not Washington mandates that increase costs to both manufacturers and consumers.”
3/12/2014 - ECR International’s Enviroair Brand Welcomes New Rep AgencyECR is pleased to announce that J&K Sales Associates of Manchester New Hampshire will now be representing ECR International’s Enviroair brand of ductless split and multi zone product line covering the six New England states.
J&K Sales Associates, based in Manchester, New Hampshire, serves the New England region with 23 dedicated employees. J&K has 33 years of experience representing manufacturers in the Plumbing, Heating, HVAC, Irrigation, Waterworks and Industrial Plastic industries.
Agency achievements include 2002 Supply House Times Rep of the Year Award, 2012 Eternal Hybrid Water Heaters Rep of the Year Award, and 2012 Eternal Hybrid Water Heaters Highest Unit Sales Award. J&K has been featured in articles from The Supply House Times (2009), Agency Sales (2011), and the Wholesaler (2013). J&K has also been a longstanding member of various organizations in the cooling industry.
ECR welcomes J&K to the team. The two companies will be working closely together supporting the Enviroair line by offering quality, dependability and exceptional service.
12/6/2013 - New Industry Role for ECR President & CEOUtica, N.Y. – ECR International, Inc. is pleased to announce that President & CEO, Ron Passafaro has been elected Chairman of the Hydronics Institute.
Passafaro has been a member of the Hydronics Institute his entire career and has served on its Executive Board since 2007. The Institute is comprised of 69 domestic and international manufacturers of boilers and related components. The Hydronics Institute develops standards, conducts certification testing and works with Federal agencies, specifically the US Department of Energy, in regard to regulations governing efficiency and safety standards for the North American boiler industry.
Passafaro who looks forward to his new role said, “I am deeply humbled by the confidence and trust that my competitors and industry peers have placed in me. Our industry faces increasing Federal and State regulation governing efficiency and emission challenges however our member companies will continue to meet and exceed the North American market’s expectations.”
The Hydronics Institute is a sub-section of the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). AHRI represents 314 member companies with over 1 million US workers dedicated to excellence in product manufacturing to meet the heating, cooling and refrigeration needs of the world. Passafaro also has served on the AHRI board of directors since 2011.
10/25/2013 - ECR Leadership Change - New Director of ManufacturingUtica, N.Y. – ECR International, Inc. is pleased to announce Mitch O''Connor recently accepted a key leadership role with ECR.
Mitch O''Connor is now the Director of Manufacturing. Mitch is responsible for production, scheduling, shipping, inventory control and safety for ECR. Mitch has held Plant Manager and Project Lead positions for Crouse Hinds, a division of Cooper Industries, and most recently with McQuay. Prior to these roles he had an exemplary 20 year service with the U. S. Navy culminating as Commander.
"Mitch complements our current executive team extremely well and will enable us to better meet industry challenges and exceed both customer and shareholder expectations moving forward," said Ron Passafaro President and CEO of ECR.
10/25/2013 - ECR Leadership Change - New Director of Engineering and QualityUtica, N.Y. – ECR International, Inc. is pleased to announce Jim McKallip recently accepted a key leadership role with ECR.
Jim McKallip fills the role of Director of Engineering and Quality. Jim has spent over 27 years in the HVAC industry and brings a wide array of development, application and technical management experience to the team. Within his role Jim will also oversee Technical Support which will directly tie engineering and quality to the customer’s product experience. Jim was Director of Engineering for the past 10 years at McQuay and prior to that was with Carrier.
"Jim complements our current executive team extremely well and will enable us to better meet industry challenges and exceed both customer and shareholder expectations moving forward," said Ron Passafaro President and CEO of ECR.
10/25/2013 - ECR Leadership Change - New Director of AdministrationUtica, N.Y. – ECR International, Inc. is pleased to announce Michael LaFreniere recently accepted a key leadership role with ECR.
Michael LaFreniere has stepped into the newly created role of Director of Administration. He will be responsible for both Accounting and Human Resources for the company. Mike has 20 years of experience, most recently working at Serta Mattress and NovAmerica Steel and Aluminum. "Throughout his career he has successfully led these critical to success support areas and we look forward to him doing so for ECR", stated Paul Totaro the company’s Vice President and CFO.
"Mike complements our current executive team extremely well and will enable us to better meet industry challenges and exceed both customer and shareholder expectations moving forward," said Ron Passafaro President and CEO of ECR.