Scott Weaver, president and CEO of APR Supply Co., has acquired a majority share of Environmental Recovery Solutions, a first of-its-kind mobile refrigerant reclamation company based in Lebanon, Pa. 

The acquisition, which was finalized in October, immediately expands the services APR can offer at each of its 38 locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware. In addition, the growth of ERS’ mobile systems and storage capacity will allow APR the opportunity to partner with other regional wholesalers across the nation, creating their own security in refrigerant supply, Weaver noted.

“With the production of R-22 coming to an end in 2020, the refrigerant will grow increasingly scarce,” Weaver said.  “The market will most likely see the same scenario develop for the supply of R-410 in a number of years. This acquisition ensures APR will be able to meet customer demand going forward.”

While ERS acts as a traditional refrigerant reclamator, the company’s specialty is traveling to commercial jobsites in order to collect refrigerant onsite.  By acquiring ERS, APR has secured its supply of clean refrigerant.

Beyond guaranteeing availability of refrigerant, APR now can offer onsite collection, faster turnaround times and project time savings for customers, the company explained. The heavy-duty reclamation equipment used by ERS is able to draw down large systems about 10 times faster than a conventional refrigerant-recovery machine. This allows contractors to be more competitive and profitable, APR added.

“We continue to operate independent of APR,” said Rich Bond, a founding partner of ERS. “There’s already been an overall increase in our recovered and reclaimed gas. Along with the vastly expanded customer base that APR brings, the acquisition will add to our bottling capabilities and storage capacity.”

The reclamation company has served clients as distant as Oklahoma when project size warrants long-distance travel. “This acquisition is exciting for both APR Supply and ERS,” Weaver said.  “Both companies are poised for growth, and our customers stand to benefit.”

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