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“I was very mechanical and was always into rebuilding things,” recalled the now 81-year-old Monroe resident, who moved to New Jersey in the 1960s. And that inherent trait is what would one day lead him to start ENCON, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning business in Ocean Township.
After graduating from the Vaughn College of Engineering in Queens, New York, and spending time in the U.S. Army Aviation Branch, “I picked the HVAC industry because I liked the hands-on aspect of it,” Indursky said.
“I worked for an HVAC company in New York City for several years but thought I could do it better and ended up starting my own company in 1968 by joining a program that manufacturers were running to help individuals like myself get into the residential side of the business,” he said. “After a couple of years, I wanted to be more technically challenged on the application and engineering side, so I moved over to the commercial/industrial side.”
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Several decades later, in 1993, son David, now 50, joined ENCON (an abbreviation of the words “energy” and “controls”) full-time and ultimately became president in 2000.
A ‘holistic’ range of services
Over 50 years since opening its doors, “ENCON now offers a complete range of HVAC and energy-conscious services across several divisions, from design/build engineering to traditional mechanical work, repairs, building automation/smart communication, complete electrical work and more,” said David Indursky, a Manasquan resident.
“Then as now, our goal is to help buildings run more efficiently and comfortably,” he continued. “Our 121 team members serve such customers as Class A commercial buildings, hospitals, schools, pool facilities, factories and many others throughout central and northern New Jersey and New York City and work to partner with them and educate them on best practices.”
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Currently, one of the company’s most popular services involves air purification systems, an area ENCON knows well.
“Though air purification became huge this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been working for years in clean rooms and lab environments that require special atmospheric conditions and where ‘HEPA filters,’ ‘negative pressure,’ and ‘particle counts’ are normal words,” David Indursky said. “The technology isn’t new, it’s just become more mainstream now, but we’ve had decades of experience with it.”
Thanks to the ENCON team’s intimate knowledge of their customers’ buildings and the range of different systems available in the market, Marty Indursky said that ENCON is uniquely able to devise the right solution for each application.
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“Every industry requires different systems, but we can evaluate different buildings and develop creative solutions that other providers can’t because we do all of the design and installation ourselves,” he explained.
“We take a very ‘holistic’ look at a building’s systems, from the duct work on up, to help enhance energy efficiency while also ensuring superior building comfort, low maintenance, and affordability,” his son David agreed. He noted that Daikin, KMC and Trane are among the many popular, high-quality brands they work with.
As the pandemic hit New Jersey in March, “we were considered essential and remained open, though we were pivoting, bobbing, weaving, and trying hard to keep everyone safe and maintain some control in an unknown situation,” recalled David, who praises his team for keeping operations flowing through difficult times.
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But while he conceded that investments in commercial settings remain uncertain, David confirmed that ENCON’s commercial work hasn’t lightened a bit.
“Throughout the spring and summer, while many buildings remain closed, we fielded a lot of inquiries about air purification systems and spent a lot of time educating customers on them,” he said.
Now that buildings are open, “we’ve had steady orders for these systems since mid-August, though procuring them has been a little difficult, as products that previously had one- to two-week lead times now have 10- to 12-week lead times. We’ve been doing our best to share realistic dates with our customers.”
Partner and educator
Marty Indursky noted that a number of market misconceptions persist when it comes to industry products, how different systems work, and which pathogens each one kills in the air or on surfaces.
“Because there’s no simple answer and no one technology that’s right for every building,” he said, “it’s important that building owners/professionals choose the right provider — one who understands their building’s needs and what all of the industry’s different products do.”
In that respect, “ENCON has had a great track record of keeping building occupants healthy and building owners happy,” Marty Indursky said.
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Among their many satisfied and longtime customers is Ranney School, a private institution in Tinton Falls serving nearly 700 students from pre-K through 12th grade.
“As we planned our reopening, we engaged with ENCON right away to ensure that we were employing the best products and practices and being a good community partner,” said Chris Landosky, the school’s director of operations.
“In addition to doing a thorough inspection of all of our systems to ensure that they were operating at peak efficiency, they tweaked them to promote maximum outside air flow and minimize humidity, upgraded our filters, and answered all of our questions,” Landosky said. “We’re grateful to be able to collaborate with them to provide the best air quality for our building occupants and we see them as a partner, not a vendor.”
“The safety and health of our students and community were at the forefront of everything we’ve done in preparation for opening our campus on Sept. 8 and HVAC was a big part of that,” agreed Dr. John Griffith, head of Ranney School. “We’re doing everything in our power to protect our community and keep our students safe and we truly appreciate that ENCON was able to assist us during a busy time.”
Recently launching a new electrical power wiring and systems division at ENCON, David Indursky predicts that the industry’s “next wave” will take intelligence and connectivity to a new level.
“It will be about how we automate buildings to make them ‘smarter’ and remotely control actuators to make systems more sophisticated and responsive to issues that arise,” he said.
While those trends continue to evolve, David and Marty confirmed that they love the opportunity to problem-solve.
“Our customers come to us frustrated and it’s about developing creative solutions that will successfully address their pain points,” David Indursky said.
“I love to see an idea develop into a successful system that helps a building operate optimally, and I still love the action — that hasn’t changed in all these years,” said his father, who remains active in the business while David manages day-to-day operations.
“I love working with my dad and am proud to carry on his legacy,” said David Indursky, who added that ENCON is dedicated to being a responsible corporate citizen and supporting many worthy causes, including Make-A-Wish and Fulfill.
“At the end of the day,” he concluded, “we’re all about long-term relationships and are dedicated to being a long-standing and valued partner to our customers.”
Location: 3433 Sunset Ave., Ocean Township
Owners: Martin and David Indursky
This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Clean air in demand during COVID-19, and ENCON in Ocean Township supplies it