Ventech Signs Key Agreements to Sell and Distribute Liquid Heat Generator (LHG) to School Transportation Industry


WIXOM, Mich., February 25, 2009 – Ventech, maker of a revolutionary rapid heating system known as the Liquid Heat Generator™ (LHG), announced today four strategic agreements to distribute and sell the LHG in cold-weather regions in the U.S. and Canada. The company seeks additional partnerships with bus dealers and distributors to widen its market reach.

Current and future partnerships will help Ventech distribute the LHG to school bus fleet owners and operators who need an effective solution to instantly heat the cabin of diesel-engine buses, while reducing idle time and emissions. The Liquid Heat Generator is an aftermarket application that can be installed on nearly a dozen of school bus model and engine combinations.

  • Hoglund Bus Company, based outside of Minneapolis, is now an authorized dealer to sell, install and service the LHG through its two locations in Monticello, Minn., and Marshalltown, Iowa. The company carries an extensive inventory of new and used International Corporation school buses.
  • Toowoomba North America, based in Winnipeg and represented in each Canadian province, is now a distributor and dealer of the LHG. The company is an authorized dealer for International Corporation school buses.
  • Kerlin Bus Sales, based in Silver Lake, Indiana, will distribute and install the LHG through its network. The company carries a full line of Thomas Built Bus products ranging from large-size commercial vehicles to smaller activity buses.
  • Capital City Bus Sales will sell and install the LHG through its main facility in Lansing, Michigan. The company sells and services International Corporation school buses.

Ventech selected these organizations based on their cold-weather locations and their deep reach into the school transportation industry. By contacting Ventech directly (, other interested parties may inquire about the distribution and sales of the LHG.

School buses, especially those with diesel and alternative fuel-powered engines, suffer from inadequate cabin heat and slow warm-ups in cold climates. The LHG offers an effective alternative to help bus owners and operators heat vehicles instantly while reducing idle time. Unlike fuel-fired heaters, the LHG itself does not generate emissions.

“Ventech’s Liquid Heat Generator provides benefits on so many fronts. Our product replaces ineffective heating systems that have required long idling time and high fuel costs to heat interior cabins. Plus it helps reduce emissions, which has been a regulatory challenge for the school transportation industry,” said Jeremy Sanger, chief executive officer of Ventech.

In 2008, Ventech validated the Liquid Heat Generator and launched production at its plant in Wixom, Michigan. The company now is poised to supply school bus operators and school districts in North America. It also has aggressive plans to work with school bus original equipment manufacturers in the coming year.

Ventech will launch other initiatives to train dealers, distributors and end-users to install and service the Liquid Heat Generator™. The LHG can be added as an aftermarket component or installed at the point of original bus production.

The Liquid Heat Generator is a major technological departure from fuel-fired heaters. Mounted at the engine’s belt drive, LHG converts mechanical energy from the fan belt to instantly heat coolant the moment the engine is started. The generated heat is then delivered to the vehicle’s heating system.

The product is simply installed within two hours. The LHG is low maintenance and requires no more than an annual site inspection, along with the fan belt.

About Ventech LHG

Ventech develops, manufactures and distributes the Liquid Heat Generator™ technology to worldwide automotive, heavy-duty, emergency, off-highway, bus and military markets. The heaters are designed and built at Ventech’s corporate headquarters in Wixom, Michigan. The company was founded by Jeremy Sanger, who also is a principal of Puritan Automation, a provider of unique test and automation solutions. More information about Ventech and the LHG, visit