Our Company

Our History

How a Russian immigrant and the proceeds of a pawned wedding ring founded a sustainable cooling solution powerhouse.

After fleeing Moscow with his family, Baltimore Aircoil Company founder, John Engalitcheff Jr. immigrated to Baltimore around 1924. Soon after, the Engalitcheffs sold nearly everything they owned to send him to Johns Hopkins University to study engineering. Upon graduation in 1930, he was hired at a local refrigeration company.

In 1938, he hand-built an AC coil in a garage and pawned his wife Virginia’s wedding ring to start Baltimore Aircoil Company. He went on to develop 47 patents, 23 of them in the field of evaporative cooling devices.  In 1996, he was inducted into the ASHRAE Hall of Fame.  

Today the pioneering spirit of John Engalitcheff Jr. lives on in the innovative products and commitment to excellence of a company that continues to lead the way in the development of truly sustainable cooling solutions.

1938 – John Engalitcheff Jr. founded Baltimore Aircoil launching the first blow-through evaporative condenser. 

1955 – First to research and develop noise reduction technology

1972 – Introduced first Parallel Flow Tower to market

1980 – First CTI Certified Cooling Tower

1982 – First Ice Chiller ™ Thermal Storage Unit

1998 – First to have all Cooling Towers CTI Certified

2002 – Introduced the HXV Hybrid Cooler, combining the benefits of both evaporative and dry cooling

2015 – Introduced the ENDURADRIVE® Fan System, the first variable-speed, direct-drive solution

2016 – Introduced the Series 5000 Industrial Grade Modular Cooling Tower, the ultimate solution for industrial dirty water applications

2018 –  Introduced the Nexus® Modular Hybrid Cooler, the world's first intelligent, plug-and-play, modular hybrid cooling system that optimizes water and energy savings

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