FORT LUPTON — One of Fort Lupton’s most successful startups is leaving the city to start a new chapter in Frederick.
Aqua-Hot Heating Systems, a manufacturer of heating systems for recreational vehicles, will be moving through the summer into its new home, a 30,000-square-foot facility.
Paul Harter, president and CEO of Aqua-Hot, said the move was bittersweet.
“If we could stay here in Fort Lupton, we’d love to,” Harter said. “But the new facility is necessary for the operation.”
Harter said the move would allow the company to expand operations and introduce new lines of products, including new natural gas heating systems.
“The location will be a lot better for us — a better fit,” Harter said, referring to the new building at 7501 Miller Drive in Frederick near Interstate 25. “It will be a shorter commute for many of our employees, too.”
For a majority of its business, Aqua-Hot supplies heating systems directly to RV manufacturers such as Winnebago.
Harter said the company plans to introduce itself to the Carbon Valley community next month.
“We’re planning on doing an open house in August so that the public can come out and see what we’re about,” Harter said.
Harold “Hap” Enander started the operation in Fort Lupton in 1989, originally called Vehicle Systems. The company officially became Aqua-Hot in 2006.
Enander and his wife, Velva, were found dead in their home in 2009. Enander’s daughter, Kara Lounsbury, was later convicted of first-degree murder.
Harter, who had worked for the company as a general manager, took over operations and expanded the business after that.
“We’ll miss Fort Lupton,” Harter said. “It’s been a good home.”
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