The company, founded by Bill Blair in 1985, is a third generation family owned and operated business which has direct roots from the radiator repair shop Bill and Reece Blair started Blair Radiator in 1944.
PosiTech® began as Posi-Clean Corp. to address a need for the radiator service industry. The firm realized damaged, worn and clogged oil coolers were routinely being discarded by customers in lots of twos and threes. High cost, OEM, new coolers regularly were specified as replacements. Bill Blair led the charge to utilize technology from differing industries to solve the specific obstacles of rebuilding and remanufacturing oil coolers.
With limited market intelligence, two employees, personal equity financing and a strong belief that a quality rebuilt cooler would be performance worthy, Bill Blair embarked on a 20 year commitment for PosiTech®.
The original effort involved innovative application of eddy current and induction heating technologies heretofore available, but not used in this manner. Customized equipment was designed, manufactured and added to increase cleaning and quality control capabilities.
Bill and his team either designed, or worked with equipment manufactured to redesign, over 100 tools and machines that cleaned, built and tested oil coolers. It was important to Bill to use technology to quantify the rebuild and remanufacturing process.
Sophisticated ultra sound, induction heating sensitive process, and analytical equipment was added to increase the cleaning and quality control. Complete tear down, replacements and reassembly of core tube bundles and cooler housing was systemized, and production line efficiencies completed 800 to 1000 unit per month throughput volume.
The end result was performance worthiness of engine and oil coolers at 30 to 70 percent less than new OEM replacements. The vision of Bill Blair, and his company took "cleaning" used oil cooler out of flush and bake operations which had high failure rates, and turned his vision into a new industry for the reuse of oil coolers.
By mid 1987, ten production people, fully trained and certified equipment operators were employed. Cooler repair and replacement orders were routinely being supplied for Detroit Diesel, Reman Centers, Komatsu, America International Corp, Modine, and almost all models of any OEM equipment, through an OEM equipment dealer. By mid 1988 the operation moved to a 30,000 sq. ft. three story building in South Wheeling, featuring $1 million in sophisticated high tech equipment and 28 employees.
PosiTech® developed the industry's most comprehensive oil cooler catalog to make researching oil cooler requirements as easy as possible for the customer.
PosiTech® tooled up to meet steady growth in the demand for products requiring original manufacturing; and addressed a demand for more products as well. The firm then recognized the need for similar products in the general aviation market and started a four year research, development and certification process. PosiTech® was the first firm to become certified by the FAA to replace the cores of original certified general aviation oil coolers with its nu-core process and offering its customers the benefits of a new core with the cost savings. The company holds a U.S. patent for re-coring general aviation oil coolers.
By the mid 1990's, the firm had sales increases of 600 percent, was named by Inc. Magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing privately held companies in America. PosiTech® and Bill Blair received numerous accolades, including but not limited to WV Exporter of the Year, 10 Best WV Companies awards and Blair was an Entrepreneur of the Year honoree.
In 1996 the company experienced a devastating fire that destroyed the 30,000 sq. ft., three story building. The operations were in a temporary facility owned by the company while its new facility was being built. During this time the temporary facility was hit with a 100 year flood. With the help of it's employees, equipment was loaded on tanks during the early morning hours as flood water slowly surrounded the building. The firm moved into its new building well before the building was ready for the firm. With Blair's commitment to his employees, customers and company, the firm not only survived, but prospered.
In 2003, the company recognized the need for complete engineering, design and supply for medium to small OEMs (3000 per year to 1 per year volume).Trained employees were added, heat transfer design engineers were added to the staff, CAD/CAM and fin design software was added. The firm now serves OEMs in the military, power units, locomotive, bus, agricultural/farming, emergency vehicles, aircraft support systems, compressors, mobil cranes market and more.
Today PosiTech® owns and operates a 70,000 sq. ft. manufacturing and office plant in Wheeling, WV. The firm ships to all 50 states and 25 foreign countries.