The Spokane Clean Air Agency presented Spokane Valley-based Hotstart Thermal Management with a 2022 clean air award for the company’s efforts to improve air quality.
“We are extremely pleased to recognize Hotstart with this year’s Clean Air Award,” Scott Windsor, Spokane Clean Air’s executive director, said in a statement.
“Not only do they demonstrate a strong commitment to local clean air efforts, but the company also has an 80-year history of designing and manufacturing products that improve air quality in communities across the globe.”
Hotstart designs and manufactures thermal management systems. The company was founded in 1942 to develop a solution to keep school bus engines warm while reducing idling in the winter.
Hotstart’s products are also used on trucks, machinery, ships, gas compressors and emergency generators nationwide.
Hotstart partnered with the Spokane Clean Air and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in 2014 to reduce diesel emissions from 11 locomotive engines, which were retrofitted with the company’s idle-reduction devices.
The retrofit project is estimated to reduce diesel particle emissions by 22 tons and saving more than 63,000 gallons of fuel.
Hotstart is also a participant in Avista’s Solar Select Program, powering its headquarters from the solar electricity array in Lind.
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe now to get breaking news alerts in your email inbox
Get breaking news delivered to your inbox as it happens.