ProAir Holdings Corporation Appoints CEO

ProAir Holdings Corporation

Elkhart, IN – October 9, 2020

For Immediate Release

ProAir Holdings Corporation is proud to announce the appointment of Bob Brzozowski as Chief Executive Officer. Bob joins ProAir after a successful career and solid record of maximizing efficiency, growth and profitability in diverse manufacturing and distribution enterprises, most recently as President of Techniplas – North America. Bob, coupled with the recent announcement of Matt Scheuler as President, rounds out a strong senior management team of both Operational Excellence and Market Prowess in leading Pro Air through the ravages, caused by the Covid-19 epidemic, affecting the entire industry.

Bob has degrees in Computer Science and Engineering, and Science and Mathematics.

“With his extensive Operational Background, record of Business Process Improvements and Executive Management Experience, ProAir is pleased to have Bob lead our company through these trying times for our entire industry,“ stated KODA COO Jim Peden.

Proair Holdings Corporation designs, manufactures, installs and supports a complete line of advanced mobile air conditioning, heating and air filtration systems for the bus transportation and speciality vehicle markets. Including emergency vehicles, construction, RV, agriculture industry, as well as systems for School, Commercial, Shuttle, Transit and Para Transit Buses. Proair HVAC systems are available for both conventional and electric drive vehicles. Proair also offers a complete line of aftermarket service parts and on-site product training services. The company is well-known throughout the industry for its advanced product design, excellent customer support and the on-time delivery of a quality product. Visit us online at www.proairllc.com.

KODA Enterprises Group located in Waltham (MA) is a middle market private investment firm that concentrates on companies in niche markets that have the potential to benefit from the financial strength and operational expertise KODA provides to its portfolio companies.

ProAir Holdings Corporation Appoints New President

ProAir Holdings Corporation

Elkhart, IN – September 25, 2020

For Immediate Release

ProAir Holdings Corporation, a KODA Enterprises Group Portfolio Company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Scheuler to the position of President effective September 30th.

Matt joins ProAir Holdings Corporation with a wealth of knowledge and an in depth understanding of vehicle OEM assembly operations and sales distribution gained from over 15 years of manufacturing experience. Matt’s previous industry experience demonstrates an increasing level of success and responsibility, culminating as the President of Collins Bus Corporation.

Matt holds a degree in Computer Science and Business from Wichita State University.

“With his extensive market knowledge, operations and sales background coupled with his industry understanding and experience, ProAir Holdings Corporation is very fortunate to have Matt join our Proair Holdings Team to lead our mobile HVAC business and customer support capabilities” stated KODA COO Jim Peden.

ProAir Holdings Corporation designs, manufactures, installs and supports a complete line of advanced mobile air conditioning, heating and air filtration systems for the bus transportation and specialty vehicle markets. Including emergency vehicles, construction, RV, agriculture industry, as well as systems for School, Commercial, Shuttle, Transit and Para Transit Buses. Proair HVAC systems are available for both conventional and electric drive vehicles. ProAir Holdings Corporation also offers a complete line of aftermarket service parts and on-site product training services. The company is well-known throughout the industry for its advanced product design, excellent customer support and the on-time delivery of a quality product. Visit us on line at www.proairllc.com.

KODA Enterprises Group located in Waltham (MA) is a middle market private investment firm that concentrates on companies in niche markets that have the potential to benefit from the financial strength and operational expertise KODA provides to its portfolio companies.

Contact: Dave Oberdorff
Ph:877-228-4247
daveo@proairllc.com

Douglas Machines Announces Leadership Changes

Douglas Machines Announces Leadership Changes
Clearwater, FL – October 1, 2019

For Immediate Release

Douglas Machines, Inc. announced today the retirement of its long time President Mr. David Ward and the appointment of its new President Mr. Paul Claro.

David has been the President of Douglas since 1989 and continued as President after the acquisition of Douglas by KODA Enterprises Group in 2012.  Under David’s leadership Douglas has grown to be the leading supplier of sanitation equipment to various food and industrial markets.  Jim Peden, COO of KODA Enterprises, commented on his experience with Ward, “It has been my pleasure and honor to work with David over the past several years.” He continued, “It is with a great deal of sadness that we see David go, but he has certainly earned it and we wish him well in his new position as Assistant Gardner of the Ward household.”

Separately, the company announced the appointment of Mr. Paul Claro as the new President of Douglas.  Paul has extensive leadership experience in a variety of businesses, most recently as the Vice President/General Manager of Trojan Battery Sales.  “I am excited to join the great team at Douglas, and I look forward to building on the tremendous success and continued growth of Douglas” said Mr. Claro.

Douglas Machine Corporation, located in Clearwater Florida, is the leading manufacturer and supplier of industrial washing and sanitizing systems for food related industries as well as other industrial markets.  The company designs and manufactures a broad range of systems used in baking, food processing, packaging, distribution, and a host of other industries serving many of the most recognizable names in their markets.

KODA Enterprises Group located in Waltham (MA) is a middle market private investment firm that concentrates on companies in niche markets that have the potential to benefit from the financial strength and operational expertise KODA provides to its portfolio companies.

For further information contact:

James H. Peden, Chief Operating Officer
KODA Enterprises Group, 423-756-8891 jpeden@koda.com

Or

John Karol, Director of Corporate Development
KODA Enterprises Group, 781-891-3066  jkarol@koda.com

KODA Enterprises Group Announces Organization Changes

Waltham, MA – June 3, 2019
For Immediate Release

KODA Enterprises Group is pleased to announce today the promotion of Ms. Janice Hodson to Chief Financial Officer of KODA Enterprises and the addition of Mr. John Karol to the position of Director of Corporate Development.

Janice joined KODA in 2016 as Director of Corporate Development after serving as CFO of KODA’s portfolio company KLW Plastics.  Janice previously held senior management positions at various manufacturing companies.  She also worked in public accounting for ten years.  Janice holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and is a certified public accountant.

Janice will be responsible for all financial aspects of KODA as well as overseeing the financial operations of KODA’s portfolio companies.  She will also be responsible for securing and maintaining relations with our lending partners, overseeing due diligence for new deals and assisting in closing new opportunities.

John began his career in 2015 with Antolini Do Brazil after receiving his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University in 2014.  John later worked for Bradford Soap Works as Assistant to the CFO.  John received his MBA from Babson College in May of this year.

John will be responsible for sourcing and vetting new deals as well as assisting with diligence.  John will also assist in various other projects with KODA and its portfolio companies.

Please join me in welcoming John and congratulating Janice on their new positions at KODA.

KODA Enterprises Group located in Waltham (MA) is a middle market private investment firm that concentrates on companies in niche markets that have the potential to benefit from the financial strength and operational expertise KODA provides to its portfolio companies.

For further information contact:

James H. Peden, Chief Operating Officer
KODA Enterprises Group, 423-756-8891  jpeden@koda.com

KODA Enterprises Group Acquires Evans Tempcon Michigan, LLC

Waltham, MA – December 7, 2018
For Immediate Release

KODA Enterprises Group, through its portfolio company ProAir Holdings Corp., announced today the acquisition of Evans Tempcon Michigan, LLC located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Evans Tempcon is a long-time supplier of HVAC solutions to the specialty vehicle markets including Recreational Vehicles, Agricultural, Construction and Military.

Said Mark Smith, President of ProAir Holdings, “Evans represents a unique opportunity for two long established market leaders to join forces to provide the broadest range of products and unparalleled customer service to the markets that we serve.”  Continued Mr. Smith, “we are delighted that Mr. Hal Noroozi, President of Evans, and his team are joining ProAir, and we look forward to continuing to provide our customers with the absolute best products and service in the industry.”

ProAir Holdings is a diversified provider of a variety of HVAC products to a wide range of specialty markets with manufacturing plants in York, PA, Elkhart, IN, Haslet, TX and now Grand Rapids, MI with installation and service facilities in Tulsa, OK, Conway, AR and Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

KODA Enterprises Group located in Waltham (MA) is a middle market private investment firm that concentrates on companies in niche markets that have the potential to benefit from the financial strength and operational expertise KODA provides to its portfolio companies.

KODA’s involvement with the specialty HVAC and bus heating and air conditioning markets dates back over twenty years with its acquisition in 1997 of ProAir, the acquisition of ACT in 2012, the acquisition of Bus Air in 2017 and now Evans Tempcon.

For further information contact:
James H. Peden, Chief Operating Officer
KODA Enterprises Group, 423-756-8891 jpeden@koda.com

Or

Janice Hodson, Director of Corporate Development
KODA Enterprise Group, 513-846-3864 jhodson@koda.com

KODA Enterprises Group Acquires Continental Trailers / Water-Land Supply (Water-Land)

Waltham, MA – August 7, 2018
For Immediate Release

KODA Enterprises Group announced today the acquisition of Continental Trailers and Water-Land Supply with locations in Miami, Florida and Clearwater, Florida.

Water-Land is a leader in the Southeast where it maintains entrenched, long term relationships with boat dealers and manufacturers, marine accessory dealers, and trailer dealers.  The company’s product line covers a wide variety of trailers for saltwater boats, personal watercrafts, Jon boats, skiffs, pontoons, kayaks, canoes, jet skis and catamarans.  The wholesale distribution division carries thousands of aftermarket parts and accessories.

According to Janice Hodson, KODA Enterprises Director of Corporate Development, “We believe that Water-Land’s strong track record, corporate culture and long-term growth prospects all fit nicely with KODA’s strategy of locating and partnering with strong companies and management teams to make them even better.”

Mr. Kelly Hays has been appointed President and CEO of the new Water-Land.  Kelly has spent many years with the company most recently as Executive Vice President.  Said Kelly, “We are excited to have KODA as our new owner and look forward to working with them to continue and enhance our growth and we look forward to an exciting future together.”

KODA Enterprises Group located in Waltham (MA) is a middle market private investment firm that concentrates on companies in niche markets that have the potential to benefit from the financial strength and operational expertise KODA provides to its portfolio companies.

Financing for the transaction is being provided by Webster Bank, Boston MA and Harvest Capital Credit, New York, NY.  The seller was represented by the investment banking firm of Sperry Mitchell, New York, NY.

For further information contact:

James H. Peden, Chief Operating Officer
KODA Enterprises Group, 423-756-8891 jpeden@koda.com

Or

Janice Hodson, Director of Corporate Development
KODA Enterprises Group, 513-846-3864 jhodson@koda.com

KODA Enterprises Group Acquires Bus Air Manufacturing

Waltham, MA – September 26, 2017
For Immediate Release

KODA Enterprises Group through its portfolio company ProAir Holdings announced today the acquisition of Bus Air Manufacturing from its owner and founder Anthony (Tony) Woods. “We are delighted that Tony Woods will continue in his capacity as President and CEO of Bus Air. He has an exceptional team who along with Tony will be responsible for the day to day operations of Bus Air” said Bill Karol, President of KODA Enterprises.

Tony, Dave Oberdorff, President and CEO of American Cooling Technologies (ACT) also a part of ProAir Holdings, and Dennis Mitchell, President and CEO of ProAir LLC will now join forces and represent the most seasoned and knowledgeable professionals in the industry offering the widest range of engineering, product and service in the industry. KODA’s involvement with the specialty HVAC and bus heating and air conditioning markets dates back over twenty years with its acquisition in 1997 of ProAir and the acquisition of ACT in 2012.

According to Tony Woods, “While it has certainly been a ride of a lifetime building and growing Bus Air, the opportunity to be a part of the increased size and financial strength offered by KODA is an opportunity to further strengthen our company and offer our customers the absolute best solutions and value possible.”

“I have known Tony and his company as a friend and competitor for many years and I am excited about what this opportunity brings for both our companies and our customers,” said Dave Oberdorff.

The combined companies have manufacturing plants in York, PA, Elkhart, IN and Rhome, TX and installation and service facilities in Tulsa, OK, Conway, AR and Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

For further information contact:
James H. Peden, Chief Operating Officer
KODA Enterprises Group, 423-756-8891 jpeden@koda.com

Or

Janice Hodson, Director of Corporate Development
KODA Enterprise Group, 513-846-3864 jhodson@koda.com

KODA Enterprises Group Acquires V-TEK, Inc.

Waltham, MA – April 3, 2017
For Immediate Release

KODA Enterprises Group announced today the acquisition of V-TEK, Inc., headquartered in Mankato, Minnesota and its subsidiaries, V-TEK Mexico located in Guadalajara Mexico and Royce Instruments located in Napa, California.

V-TEK, Inc., through its V-TEK and Royce Instruments product lines, is a leading manufacturer of precision packaging, inspection, and bond testing equipment for the electronics, automotive/aerospace, medical, micro-molding, and microstamping industries. They are also a major provider of precision packaging supplies, packaging services, and electronic inspection/rework. The Company will continue to operate with its existing management at its current locations in Mankato, Napa, and at its Mexico locations in Guadalajara, Reynosa, and Queretaro.

According to James H. Peden (Jim), KODA Enterprises Chief Operating Officer, “As we got to know Mitch Jacobs, President and CEO and his management team we became convinced of their ability under KODA’s ownership to continue the remarkable progress of V-TEK to further grow and develop the company and build upon its market leadership.”

“We are pleased to have found KODA to partner with through this change in ownership” said Mitch Jacobs. “KODA shares our vision of advancing our position as a global leader. This provides V-TEK a platform for growth and enables us to aggressively pursue both organic product development and those strategic acquisitions that secure V-TEK’s bright future.”

KODA Enterprises Group located in Waltham, Massachusetts, is a middle market private investment firm that concentrates on companies in niche markets that have the potential to benefit from the financial strength and operational expertise KODA provides to its portfolio companies.

For further information contact:
James H. Peden, Chief Operating Officer
KODA Enterprises Group, 423-756-8891  jpeden@koda.com

Or

Janice Hodson, Director of Corporate Development
KODA Enterprise Group, 513-846-3864  jhodson@koda.com

American Cooling Technology Expands School Bus Capabilities

York, PAAmerican Cooling Technology  (ACT) has recently acquired the assets of the Kingmor AC Installation Company in Conway, Arkansas renaming the business ACT South.

ACT has taken over the lease of the existing facility at 700 South German Lane in Conway, Arkansas. All former employees including General Manager, Terry Hare are still continuing the business.

The same quality minded experienced AC technicians will work to complete excellent air conditioning installations, bus up-fitting and customizations including body work and lettering. ACT technicians are highly experienced and qualified to complete air conditioning installations from split systems to high capacity rooftops both free blow and ducted systems.

Conway General Manger, Terry Hare commented “we look forward to continuing to supply our customers with quality AC Installations, bus lettering and modifications in partnership with ACT”.

“With their extensive industry knowledge and experience ACT is very fortunate to have Terry Hare and the employees in Conway, Arkansas join our growing team and expand our customer support and AC installation capabilities” stated ACT President & CEO Dave Oberdorff.

ACT’s School Bus AC units are the result of research, engineering analysis, testing and final component selection from ACT’s experienced staff. For additional information on these units, and ACT’s other full line of in-wall, ceiling mount, and roof mount systems please contact American Cooling Technology at 501-470-8248, or by visiting our website at www.actusa.us.com.

American Cooling Technology (ACT) designs, manufactures, and supports a complete line of advanced bus air conditioning systems for the transportation industry, including systems for School Buses, Commercial, Shuttle, Transit and Para Transit Buses. ACT HVAC systems are available for both conventional and hybrid drive vehicles. In addition to its own complete Bus AC product ACT is also the North American distributor for Eberspächer large bus advanced HVAC units. ACT also offers a complete line of aftermarket service parts and on-site product training services. The company is well-known throughout the industry for its advanced product design, excellent customer support and the on-time delivery of a quality product.

American Cooling Technology Announces Organization Update

York, PA – American Cooling Technology is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Adolfo Salinas to the organization as Director of Engineering R & D.

Mr. Salinas has over 20 years of progressive experience in the engineering design and application of mobile bus air conditioning and brings a strong background in supporting customers through precise product application.

Throughout his career Adolfo has developed a professional reputation for taking the time to fully understand the customer’s requirements and expectations and then supplying and supporting the best technical HVAC solution for the customer’s application.

“With his extensive engineering background coupled with his industry knowledge and experience ACT is very fortunate to have Adolfo join ACT Vice President and Co-Founder James Schreiber to lead our Engineering  team and expand our HVAC design, application and customer support capabilities” stated ACT President Dave Oberdorff.

American Cooling Technology (ACT) designs, manufactures, and supports a complete line of advanced bus air conditioning systems for the transportation industry, including systems for School Buses, Commercial, Shuttle, Transit and Para Transit Buses. ACT HVAC systems are available for both conventional and hybrid drive vehicles. In addition to a complete Bus AC product line ACT offers its customers specification support, product testing, service parts and on-site product training services. The company is well-known throughout the industry for its advanced product design, excellent customer support and the on-time delivery of a quality product.