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Conditioned Air Systems

Full-service Conditioned Air Systems (CAS) serves the North Georgia region with every aspect of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) including design, sales, fabrication, installation, energy management, service, and maintenance for the residential, commercial, and industrial markets. The company works on a variety of projects of any size and has an in-house fabrication shop that allows it to create parts such as custom ductwork for every project.
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Founded in 1983 by Doug Magnus, Conditioned Air Systems had humble beginnings with only three employees, yet it has grown to be one of the biggest and well-known HVAC contractors in North Georgia. It began in a small office on Grove Street in Gainesville, Georgia, and after two relocations, it is now in its third location on Hilton Way. The main building houses its commercial sales and in-house fabrication shop, and next door, the second building is a warehouse that runs the company’s service and replacement business.

Out of the one hundred employees at CAS, sixty-five are permanent. The company has a significant amount of combined experience, with Doug Magnus, who is still the owner of the company today, having over fifty years of experience himself.

Most of the company’s business comes from commercial projects, and it is currently growing at a steady pace. “We like to do things the right way, so we’re growing, but we’re growing slowly. We don’t like to go too fast,” says Brooke Kalinauskas, vice president and secretary at Conditioned Air Systems.

The labor shortage in the industry complicates the process of finding new, qualified employees to join the CAS team. The company offers more than the average company in the area to both demonstrate its appreciation and help to retain its current employees. It strives to provide the staff with the best training, a high wage, and all the benefits. “We really try to help a person get trained and educated, so they can be the best person they can be and have the opportunity to grow,” says Brooke.

The company gives its employees many opportunities to move up the ladder, and it prefers to hire from within. It also provides English as a second language (ESL) classes and is in the process of looking into the H-2B visa program to hire eager foreign workers who want to learn the trade. The use of temporary workers is another way to help with the labor shortage problem.

CAS takes pride in being honest and having integrity when dealing with every customer, supplier, and co-worker. Throughout its thirty-five years of experience, the company has proven itself in the industry and developed a reputation for exceptional customer service and high-quality results. It stands behind its work with a full one-year warranty for installation and repair costs on all brands of equipment. There are many benefits to working with CAS including a focus on efficiency that results in significant cost savings for its customers.

The company is committed to continually investing in the most advanced technology to streamline its processes. Independent organization North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certifies HVAC installation and service technicians. And CAS technicians are NATE-certified and complete monthly training sessions to keep their skills up-to-date.

This is a safety-oriented company that holds weekly safety meetings. It also works with the energy providers in Georgia to assist in equipment rebates and energy efficiency audits. CAS puts the customer first in a sixty-mile radius of the company’s location including those in Gainesville, Athens, Flowery Branch, Buford, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Atlanta, Canton, Toccoa, and even, occasionally, North Carolina.

The company has a twice-a-year service agreement that maintains the equipment by spotting potential problems before the system fails and prolongs the life of the equipment. This program also provides customers with priority scheduling, discounted prices for parts and labor, and it removes overtime rates.

CAS provides twenty-four-hour emergency service to help solve its customers’ problems immediately. It even has a newsletter that gives tips to customers on home maintenance and repairs.

The in-house fabrication capabilities at CAS set it apart, reduce the cost of the final product, and generate more consistent quality. “You’re making it on hand, and you don’t have to sub it out, so it’s cheaper, and you know the quality you’re getting, because it doesn’t pull out of the shop until it is approved and we know it’s good to go,” says Brooke.

CAS has the technological capability to produce high-quality products such as stainless steel dishwasher duct, sixteen-gauge welded grease duct, and eighteen-gauge welded galvanized duct in bulk. The fabrication shop is equipped with an Iowa Precision coil-line, a Vulcan II plasma cutter, a water jet system, and a TDC station that makes duct connections. Every year, it produces more than 900,000 pounds of sheet metal, and it is one of the cleanest, safest and most efficient metal shops in the area.

The company is a member of the Better Business Bureau, Conditioned Air Association of Georgia, Air Conditioning Contractors of America, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and other trade associations in the industry that provide many advantages for a large growing company such as this. These partnerships offer training programs and other benefits that are very valuable to the company.

The family-owned-and-operated business understands the importance of giving back and investing in the community where its employees live, work, and have growing families. The company donates financially to a variety of charitable organizations, and many individuals within the company are involved in community programs that encourage quality of life in the area. Organizations that regularly receive assistance from CAS include Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Eagle Ranch, Habitat for Humanity, the Homebuilders Association, the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County, Toys for Tots, United Way of Hall County, Westminster Church, and WomenSource.

This is a great resource for customers that are looking to install a new system, renovate an older system, or receive service on existing equipment. The company’s commercial projects range in size from 100,000 dollars to multi-million dollars, and as a full-service HVAC company, it provides its customers with the maintenance required to keep a system operating efficiently. It offers energy efficient solutions, points out the weak links in a system that could be improved, and has competitive pricing due to its in-house fabrication shop. CAS is licensed to install and maintain all brands of HVAC equipment including top quality brands such as Trane, Carrier, Daikin, and York.

The company is looking forward to its transition to a second-generation company. “We’re heading towards our second generation. My father is still here, but he is slowing down and turning things over to my sister and I and my husband. My husband is the president of the company, my sister is the treasurer and vice president, and I’m the secretary and vice president,” says Brooke. The goal of the company during this transition is maintaining the same values as the first generation to ensure the continued success of CAS.

Industry Changemakers

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June 26, 2019, 12:53 AM EDT