Clark County at Work: Entek Corp.

By Mary Ricks, Columbian news assistant



Business name: Entek Corp.

Co-owners: Allan Shero and Matthew Todd.


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Address: 7316 N.E. 47th Ave.

What the business does: Entek Corporation is a heating, ventilation, air conditioning and energy service company. Matthew Todd said his company specializes in design/build projects and developing long-term partnerships with building owners and managers. The company does mostly commercial and industrial work, though it also retrofits and upgrades home systems.

How has the economy affected your business: Todd said the overall work volume has not dropped much, but the type of work Entek does has changed quite a bit, with many customers focusing on energy efficiency. Tax credits that encouraged homeowners to make energy improvements kept Entek crews busy at the end of 2010, but changes to those programs led that business to dry up completely on Jan. 1. In other business lines, Entek experienced higher demand at the start of this year, but many clients that had been on the cusp of moving ahead with big projects have backed off.

Greatest challenge: Todd said his primary challenge is state-level regulation. Finding qualified employees is also a continuing challenge. The company requires new hires to have a clean driving record, and to be drug- and tobacco-free.

What’s ahead: Entek has long used an approach called “whole building solutions” with residential customers, which means examining every aspect of a home to improve its efficiency, including attics, wall insulation, ducts and crawl spaces. Entek would like to apply this approach with commercial buildings, but Todd said he has not yet seen strong interest from those clients. He said that he expects energy costs to continue climbing, and that is likely to spur commercial real estate owners to become more interested in whole building solutions.

Year established in Clark County: 1946.

Employees: 55.

Telephone: 360-883-5462, 800-633-1354.

Fax: 360-883-5465.



Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; service available 24/7.