MINNEAPOLIS – October 1, 2015 –– To facilitate uniform and enhanced coverage across states, Air Reps LLC, based in Bellevue, WA, will expand its territory to Oregon by combining operations with Oregon Air Reps, resulting in one unified presence under the Air Reps name. The move makes Air Reps LLC the primary Daikin Applied and Daikin North America equipment sales representative in the region and enhances scale and coverage moving Daikin one step closer to its goal of becoming the number one applied HVAC leader in North America.
Leading the newly combined organization, effective October 1, will be Michael Hawkins, current CEO of Air Reps (Washington). Oregon Air Reps president and owner for 39 years, Dick Schweiger is retiring from the equipment sales business. Kurt Schultheis will continue to manage the Oregon operations in Portland and Eugene. No changes to the Oregon sales force are anticipated, as the current team will continue to serve and grow customer relationships in the Oregon market.
“We’re excited to combine these two incredibly talented teams and to build on the strong foundation that Dick and his team created at Oregon Air Reps,” said Hawkins. “The synergies and commitment between our organizations made this a natural next step. It allows us to increase our resources and scale for additional investments, which will create growth and opportunities and allow us to continue enhancing our service to customers.”
“We are sincerely appreciative of Dick’s many years of leadership, and we wish him well,” said Kirk Thorne, executive vice president, sales, marketing and aftermarket at Daikin Applied. “Additionally, we are excited to expand our relationship with Michael and the strong sales engineering team in Oregon to bring Daikin’s innovations to market. Their combination enables Daikin Applied to continue streamlining our presence and align sales channels, as well as form an effective and cohesive brand.”
Both Air Reps LLC and Oregon Air Reps have a long-standing reputation for customer service excellence and will continue to offer a comprehensive line of Daikin Applied products including chillers, air handlers, rooftops, water source heat pumps and fan coils, as well as Daikin VRV products to customers in the Washington and Oregon areas.
For more information, visit Air Reps LLC and Daikin Applied.