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Their Name Is Even Better Now

Goettl Air Conditioning is an established HVAC business name in Las Vegas Nevada as well as Phoenix and Tuscon Arizona. They have been in these areas for many years and have established themselves as a leader in the air conditioning field. Their acquisition of Walton’s Heating and Air 2 years ago will take their established base, make it even bigger and, hopefully, better. While this acuisition has come as a surprise to some, there are insiders in the southwest region who are not surprised in the least.

Walton’s Heating and Air has been stagnant for quite some time, so a change such as this was anticipated. They still have a solid customer base, but they were not growing on pace with the industry standard of growth. Goettl saw this and saw an opportunity for their own growth by approaching Walton’s owner Todd Longbrake with an offer. Longbrake took Goettl up on their offer and is currently with the merged version of both companies.

This was a smart move on the part of Goettl, maintaining Longbrake, because of the knowledge and expertise that he could bring to the company. The existing customer base that Walton’s had in Southern California has also helped Goettl expand their area of service to include more of the southwest. This is an area of continued growth so it is an ideal piece of “real estate” for an HVAC company such as Goettl. Check out LinkedIn to know more.

There is still competition within this field and in this region, so the industry itself is still quite healthy. This is good news for the consumer as this ensures competitive pricing on both sales and service. On top of all that, the way this acquisition played out gives Goettl an even better name in the business than they already had. The integrity and professionalism of it all was, if anything else, a brilliant marketing move. If Goettl had a good name before, it is even better now.


Squaw Valley Drinking Water Conditions Vastly Improved


After a recent report on the contamination of water in Squaw Valley, the director of Placer County Environmental Health has reported that conditions have greatly improved.


In October of 2016 ski resorts in Squaw Valley around High Camp and Gold Coast Funitel had reported contamination in the local drinking water. Placer County Environmental Health had found coliform and E. coli in the water following an unusually high rainfall. The resort had just finished reconstructing its water supply system and had been certified to go back into service when higher than average precipitation washed contaminates into the system. Afterwards, the resort contacted environmental health and public service offices to make sure that systems were still safe to use.


Squaw Valley Public Service District General Manager Mike Geary says that “Given that Squaw Valley Resort recently completed construction of their updated water supply and distribution systems and subsequently received significantly above average rainfall, these results are not surprising”, and Squaw Valley has been working with Placer County Environmental Health in order to improve water conditions. All other water systems were uncontaminated, and the resort restricted access to the contaminated water to prevent guests from getting sick.


In the meantime, the resort has been supplying guests with bottled water and packaged food so they could continue to enjoy the resort facilities in spite of the water concerns.


By December 2016 the director of Placer County Environmental Health Wesley Nicks reported that the drinking water conditions have vastly improved. Thee of the four wells that serve the upper mountain reported no E. Coli and very low levels of coliform due to joint efforts of Squaw Valley and Placer County Environmental Health. While conditions are improving, Squaw Valley is dedicated to keeping its guests safe and will not open access to the drinking water until levels have completely returned to normal. No health issues have been reported, and the skiing facilities at the report have remained open.