United Metal Products Sells Chil-Pak


A look at a Chil-Pak modular chilled water plant installation, with one module in place and space for additional units to expand when more capacity is needed.

United Metal Products, Inc. announced today that it has sold its interest in Chil-Pak, a manufacturer of modular chilled water plants, to Air Matrix, L.P., which is located in Texas. The buyout allows United Metal Products to continue its focus on providing energy efficient cooling solutions to the data center industry, including direct evaporative and indirect evaporative cooling systems and custom air handlers .

“United Metal Products has been about providing the best in class innovative evaporative solutions and custom air-handlers since we were founded in 1978,” said Steve Kinkel, President of United Metal Products. “Over the last year we have seen a significantly increased demand for our indirect solutions, in particular the IRA and the IRAe. The sell-off of Chil-Pak allows UMP to continue to focus our efforts, resources, and personnel on providing innovative energy efficient cooling solutions to the data center industry.”

United Metal Products will continue to manufacturer all of its equipment in the United States in their Tempe, Arizona facility, and industry leader Harold Simmons will remain in his role as the Global Director of Strategy & Mission Critical Solutions for United Metal Products, Inc.

United Metal was founded in 1978 and specializes in evaporative cooling,  and has deployed its cooling units for a broad range of industrial customers to cool more than 300 million square feet of space. For the first 25 years of the company’s existence, data centers weren’t a meaningful customer segment. But as data centers grew larger, their operators began seeking more efficient ways to manage their cooling, and many turned to evaporative cooling.

Chil-Pak makes modular chilled water plants for data centers that can be deployed to speed a greenfield build or to add cooling capacity to a facility that has maxed out its existing chiller plant.

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Colleen Miller is a journalist and social media specialist. She has more than two decades of writing and editing experience, with her most recent work dedicated to the online space. Colleen covers the data center industry, including topics such as modular, cloud and storage/big data.

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