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HOTSTART Celebrates 75th Anniversary

— Local Spokane company HOTSTART will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary throughout 2017. Over the last 75 years, HOTSTART has grown from a small, local start-up to a leading global supplier to some of the largest manufacturing companies in the world.

HOTSTART was established in 1942 as Kimberlin Manufacturing. The company was originally owned and managed by Wayne Kimberlin, a former school bus driver who developed a unique engine heater to help school buses start up on a cold, Spokane morning. A few years later, Kimberlin partnered with Stanley Power who began to promote the 'Kim Hotstart' engine heater across the country. In 1944, Power purchased the business and changed the name to Kim Hotstart Manufacturing Company. In 2009, the company name was shortened to HOTSTART for easier brand recognition around the world.

Today, HOTSTART engine heaters are still found on school buses and many other applications as well including Kenworth heavy duty trucks, Toyota forklifts, Caterpillar machinery, Siemens locomotives, GE ship engines, Rolls Royce power plants, Exterran natural gas compressors, Kohler residential generators and Cummins industrial generators. In addition to expanding into new markets and developing new products, the company has also expanded geographically with offices in Katy, Texas; Siegburg, Germany; and Tokyo, Japan to better serve customers in those regions. The website is hotstart.com.

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1/31/2017 7:58:47 PM | judy said:

Lindsay & Dave - Big Congrats on your well earned promotions. Excellent news!!

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