Business View Magazine | December 2018

32 33 reconditions for resale. From a one-man operation at the start, to over 60 employees today, Bliss’s early entrepreneurship is truly inspirational. Nationwide Boiler’s headquarters are in Fremont, California, but its territory is worldwide.The compa- ny has supplied boilers to customers on six con- tinents and currently has projects in Saudi Arabia and Africa, regularly does business in Mexico and Canada, and has previously done business in Ma- laysia, China,Australia, South America, the United Kingdom, and other parts of the Middle East. In the boiler rental sector, Nationwide is the largest rental company west of the Mississippi, however, it also has partners that store and help maintain its boilers in multiple locations across the United States.These facilities are located in Pennsylvania,Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina,Oklahoma,Alabama, Iowa, and Washington.This strategic initiative allows for quick shipment and cost savings for the company’s rental customers. The first acquisition in company history was made last year.According to Day,“They were one of our key vendors–Pacific Combustion Engineering.They had supplied most of our control panels and fuel skids for about 17years.The owner of the company was ready to retire, so we jumped at the opportunity to bring them into the Nationwide Boiler fold.We now have the in-house capability of providing custom NATIONWIDE BOILER INC. PLC controls and related combustion equipment to our customers. It was a strategic acquisition for growth in an area where they were strong, and where we could expand on our capabilities.” “Since boilers were first brought to market,we really haven’t seen many physical or mechanical changes,”Day Continues.“However, there have been some improvements on the tech-side,with new touch-screen controls for instance. Being one of the premier companies in building so- phisticated control panels and combustion sys- tems,we felt that acquiring Pacific Combustion Engineering was the perfect opportunity for us to expand and grow, not only our product and service offerings, but our company as a whole.” Employment at Nationwide Boiler has in- creased by 50 percent in the last 10 years.Na- tionwide Boiler now has a sales office in Visalia, California, its controls division, Pacific Combus- tion Engineering, inWashougal,Washington, and sales representatives in offices around the country.Typical customers include large indus- trial facilities such as refineries, petrochemical companies, pulp and paper manufacturers, and food processors.Major food processors make up a good portion of its customer base,which could correlate to the fact that 90 percent of tomato paste in the U.S. is made in the Central Valley of California. The company also supplies equipment to small industrial and large commercial facilities including hospitals and large medical centers, colleges and universities, and district heating providers.One of the most notable projects in