Dutch Dresser, Director, Maine Energy Systems

More than twenty of Maine Energy Systems “Diamond Contractors” gathered in Bethel Monday and Tuesday of this week for advanced technical training on individual boilers and cascade systems.

Dan Wheeler, Maine Energy Systems’ engineer, and Ernst Wurm, the head engineer for OkoFEN of Austria, directed the two day event that focused expressly on topics of interest to some of the region’s most successful and most experienced pellet boiler technicians. The conversations were lively and the topics rich.

The “Diamond Contractors” were treated to a fine dinner at The Phoenix House & Well at Sunday River Monday night and a night in ski resort lodging. OkoFEN owners Herbert and Stefan Ortner were honored guests at the celebratory dinner. Following Monday night’s dinner, MESys Director Les Otten presented the annual Chairman’s Award to Dan Davis and Karl Bissex of Cutting Edge Industries, of Burke, Vermont.

Dan and Karl have been instrumental in stimulating a significant pellet central heating market in residences, municipalities, schools, and businesses in Vermont using the OkoFEN boiler. Along with a beautiful crystal award, Dan and Karl received a trip to Austria to visit the home of OkoFEN products in Niederkappel and Lembach and to enjoy the beautiful, historic country.

The last formal activity of the class was a visit to the Energy Box installed at Mt Abram Ski Area which is heating its temporary Rubb lodge.

At the close of the training, the contractors previewed new OkoFEN product lines that will be available through Maine Energy Systems later this year. Ask one of the technicians from the following companies for details:

  • ABM Mechanical
  • Heutz Premium Pellets
  • A R Sandri Inc
  • Solartechnic
  • Lyme Green Heat
  • Thayer Corporation
  • Cutting Edge Industries
  • Bruce Hermanau Plumbing and Heating
  • New Day Energy
  • Froling Energy
  • Woodbury Plumbing and Heating
  • Nason Mechanical