Cambridge Air Solutions expands into industrial cooling market

Long-time space heating experts acquire two HVAC brands


St. Louis, MO (June 1, 2018) – Industry-leading space heating and ventilation manufacturer Cambridge Air Solutions has acquired the Spec-Air and Ares brands of cooling products from Essick Air.  Cambridge will continue to offer customers the EPAC and SSC product lines from the former Spec-Air product portfolio. Cambridge and Essick closed the deal in late May.

“One of the most amazing joys I have as a leader is watching our people grow,” said Marc Braun, president of Cambridge Air Solutions. “This opportunity to steward and grow two additional well-established product lines in the direct and indirect evaporative cooling markets represents years of preparation and growth from our team.  I’m confident our team will continue to work hard to earn the trust of manufacturing representatives, mechanical contractors, building owners, and all stakeholders in the market.”

New to the Cambridge line-up is the Spec-Air E-Series line of environmentally friendly evaporative cooling products that are effective at cooling buildings without the use of refrigerants, and where outdoor air is used to meet air quality standards.  Energy savings of 30 to 70 percent can be achieved with the E-Series as compared to typical mechanical air conditioning systems. Evaporative cooling can sensibly cool the incoming air particularly in dry climates, and in moderate climates, peak energy demand can be reduced by working in conjunction with DX systems.  

Essick Air’s vice president of marketing, Brian Aspell, said, “Today is a bittersweet day for Essick Air Products and Champion Cooler Corporation as we hand the baton over to Cambridge Air Solutions with the Spec Air and Ares product lines.  Spec Air and Ares have been an important part of our company and our team has put a lot of time and commitment in the development of the product lines.  When the decision to sell the product lines was made our number one goal was to find a strong and respectable company that would take the product line to new levels and we know that we found that company in Cambridge Air Solutions.  We wish the team at Cambridge much success in their new journey and we know we have left our customers in good hands with this team.”

No jobs were lost at Essick Air due to the acquisition, according to Aspell. Employees are now working on Essick’s residential product lines.

Engineers at Cambridge worked closely with staff at Spec Air and ARES for several months to learn about the technology as well as go through training on installation and trouble shooting.  “We’re ready to roll out the new products to our existing customers as well as a wider audience of building owners in warmer climates who may not be as familiar with Cambridge,” Braun said. “It’s an exciting time here at Cambridge.”

Cambridge high temperature heating and ventilation (HTHV), cooling, and make-up air products provide comfort and improve indoor air quality in large spaces such as distribution centers, warehouses, manufacturing operations, gymnasiums, and sports venues.  The company is deeply involved in research and development to offer products that save energy, reduce operating costs and safely improve indoor air quality in commercial and industrial buildings.

Cambridge is an active member of the DOE’s Better Buildings Alliance, an initiative of manufacturers and businesses dedicated to reducing energy consumption in commercial spaces by a minimum of 20 percent by the year 2020.



About Cambridge Air Solutions, Inc:

For more than 50 years, Cambridge Air Solutions has been committed to enriching the lives of its people, customers and suppliers through the design, manufacture and application of space heating and ventilation (make-up air) products in commercial and industrial facilities. In 2018, the company added cooling products to its offerings. Cambridge team members and their network of 400-plus sales representatives help building owners, engineers and mechanical contractors deliver better indoor working environments through even temperatures and improved indoor air quality (IAQ) in warehouses, manufacturing facilities and other high-bay spaces. The company has invested heavily in research and development to offer HTHV (high temperature heating and ventilation) and cooling products that significantly save energy and reduce operating costs for both retrofit and new construction projects.

With more than 37,000 system installations and 2.5 billion square feet of buildings served, Cambridge celebrates its customers’ commitment to an improved working environment for people on the factory or warehouse floor. Cambridge is headquartered in Chesterfield, Missouri.


Moving forward, the only SPEC-AIR products lines that Cambridge will continue to manufacture, and sell, will be the EPAC and SSC product lines. The EPAC and SSC products are now part of Cambridge Air Solutions’s Spec-air E-Series evaporative cooling series. To learn more visit All other product lines will be discontinued. As to the ARES product lines we have no plans at this time to continue either the ARES plus or ARES legacy product lines.

For technical support and to order parts for existing ARES and SPEC-AIR products please contact Cambridge Air Solutions Customer Service at (800) 473-4569 or visit the Cambridge Air Solutions Customer Service page at




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