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A Year in Review with Ken Wahlers, President of MCDLG

In this article, Ken Wahlers looks back on our accomplishments in 2018 and reveals what MCDLG has in store for 2019.

This is Ken Wahlers, President and General Manager of the Mestek Commercial Damper and Louver Group. I wanted to take a moment to reflect on 2018, as we all wait patiently for the new year to come. 

MCDLG and its brands are growing. You may have noticed some new changes to our literature, particularly when you check a submittal online. We have been rolling out our new branding standards for literature. This will include redesigned submittals with unique looks for each of our brands.

Currently, all non-UL and non-AMCA products have new submittals. Visit our websites to see the beginnings of our Product Literature Revamp today.


We are also working on new redesigned Product Packages as part of this initiative. These packages will contain useful information on our product line, including important stats, explanations of terms, and available accessories.

Every MCDLG brand will receive unique Product Packages, custom tailored to their specific branding standards. Our customers rely on printed literature for their submittals and promotional materials. That’s why MCDLG is working to improve those materials. Expect our full line of revamped submittals and our brand-new Product Packages in 2019.

Steel Dampers - 517-518 - 02 webWe also have two new products we would like to introduce. You may remember our announcement of the new 517-518 series control dampers. These dampers have a newly designed airfoil blade with dual seals on each blade. When closed, the 517-518 series have the tightest seal of any other control dampers.

This damper carries the AMCA Seal for Air Leakage with a Class 1A rating for the least amount of air leakage. The 517-518 series comes with a full-length extendable shaft for easy installation. The 517 - 518 series is poised to be our best control damper and will make an incredible addition to our line of products in 2019.

731webWe also have exciting news for our severe weather louvers. Our EA-731-D series has passed the AMCA 550 testing, the toughest wind driven rain test in the industry. Soon, the EA-731-D series will bear the AMCA Seal for High Velocity Wind Driven Rain.  Unlike most louvers in this class, the EA-731-D series has 42% total free area.

That means you won't have to sacrifice air performance to meet your wind driven rain requirements. Our team did an excellent job on the EA-731-D series. Where else can you find the best of both worlds in one louver? Especially with an AMCA 550 rating? We plan to reveal the specifics of this louver series in the near future, so stay tuned for more info.

Everyone here at MCDLG is proud of the work we’ve done in 2018 and we look forward to what’s next in the new year. We look forward to more success and more growth in 2019.

Thank you for your support! Here’s to another new year!

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