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Engineering Through the Ages

Small Staff Engineering Firm to Full-Scale Environmental Solutions

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Controlled Environment Equipment has come a long way since its days of industrial dust collection and secretarial shorthand. Find out how this company has transitioned from a small staff on Wells Street into a full-scale engineering firm with a global footprint.

Nestled in the sloping, grassy hills of North Prairie, WI, Controlled Environment Equipment seems unassuming. But, inside their modest headquarters lies a world-class leader in environmental engineering.

CEE designs and implements environmental systems in four niche areas:

For more than 50 years, CEE has rode the ebb and flow of the technology revolution and has responded to massive changes within the industry. To understand just how far they’ve come we have to rewind--all the way back to Fred Graper in 1955.

Industrial Equipment Manufacturing: CEE Corp Beginnings

Graper began his company, Fluid Power Control, on Wells Street in Milwaukee, WI in 1955. At the time, his firm operated as manufacturer representatives for industrial equipment manufacturers of air moving equipment; fans, high-pressure blowers, dust collection, and large industrial vacuum systems. With several sales engineers and two secretaries with a knack for shorthand onboard, the firm quickly began making a name for itself. And when the company got its first electric typewriter, well, it really took off.

1970s: the Start of Controlled Environment Engineering

During the 1970s, Sandy Campbell and current Vice President of Engineering, David Swinehart, joined the team and Fluid Power Control was renamed Controlled Environment Engineering.

But, it was a new governmental policy that skyrocketed the freshly coined business to new heights. The Clean Air Act of 1970 required a number of changes in industrial ventilation, and that meant CEE had a whole new host of equipment suppliers to add to their roster.

Oil Crises to the Start of the Green-Movement

In addition, the oil crisis of 1973 had everybody thinking differently about how we use and distribute energy. Accordingly, CEE began to represent companies that manufactured energy recovery systems, such as heat exchangers that could recover energy from process exhaust. At the same time, CEE was still trying to figure out how to get that darn bulky appliance known as the facsimile machine to work properly.

Lucky for CEE, they were in the engineering business and once they conquered the fax machine, they embraced a new computer system and began to shed their suppliers and design their own total air ventilation systems.

Throughout the late 80s and 90s, CEE turned their field service members loose and they began selling their systems to industrial firms across the country. They began offering engineering studies for industrial ventilation and energy recovery systems, and cemented their role of expertise within the industry.

Building a Team to Take Down Pollution

This is also when CEE became the first to sell a single bed regenerative oxidizer, originally designed and built by a Swedish firm. It was a dramatic change in technologies for controlling VOC’s to meet the Clean Air Act. CEE additionally designed a multiple unit installation for a Milwaukee based firm, and part of this system was the first 100% Total Capture System approved by Region 5 EPA Group.

CEE extended their ingenuity with their own in-house controls group, engineering group, and field service group. They now had a team that could design a system that destroyed air pollution control emissions, recovered the excess waste heat, totally ran process heat requirements, and actually reduced the overall operating costs for the customer. In one installation in South Carolina, CEE saved the customer more than $1,200,000 in operating costs in one year.

Embracing New Technology to Create Innovative Air Pollution Solutions

Meanwhile, David Swinehart was discovering those abhorrent operating costs for his new car phone.

So, it’s a good thing that CEE has managed to succeed well into the 21st century. CEE continues to embrace all of the new technologies that come its way--and designs, creates and implements the ones they dream up. Today, the environmental engineering firm is now called Controlled Environment Equipment and has a vast global influence, with turn-key systems in Canada, Mexico, the United States, Thailand, China and Taiwan.

CEE’s reputation is augmented by their successful business formula, and their long-standing list of repeat customers who continually recognize their value.

Start with a Concept, Finish with Results

At CEE, industrial ventilation solutions start with a concept and finish with results. - Achieving: The highest possible quality in air-pollution control solutions - Saving: With minimum ongoing operational costs - Converting: Waste heat generated into energy recovery solutions - Offering: A broad line of industrial ventilation products, services and depth of experience.

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Contact regenerative oxidizer engineers from Controlled Environment Equipment to find out how they can help your company.

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