#72
Portable Air Group
Pioneered a Solution - Portable Air Group
Portable Air Group
ACHIEVEMENT No. 72

In all weather conditions, Portable Air Group can handle any type situation that needs dehumidification, heating or cooling. The business has solved environmental control problems for hospitals, office buildings, special events, military bases and even National Football League (NFL) sidelines.

Paul Olson, a true pioneer with over 20 years of experience in the portable environmental control industry, founded Portable Air Group seven years ago in Raleigh, North Carolina. From that small beginning, the Portable Air Group now rents or sells portable equipment sized from one to 1,200 tons of heating and cooling, air filtration and dehumidification nationwide.

Olson, who owns a wealth of experience in the HVAC industry, sat down with me to explain the origin of his business. “We are sort of an unusual company,” Olson stated. “There are really only a few of us in this market. We now have offices across the country provide environmental control to any application that needs heating or cooling. A large part of our business is emergency service.”

Olson continued about the relationships in the industry, "we only use American products. Everything thing we rent or sell is made in America. We’ve always been that way. I feel it is very important to be able to go out and visit all of your suppliers each year. I go to every plant every year to see what they are working on. It not only helps us as a nation, but better enables us to helps us serve and support the needs of our customers.”

“Our industry is all about developing relationships and the level of service you provide,” Olson elaborated. “Our people have more experience. There are only six manufacturers of commercial grade portable heating and cooling equipment in this country. When you need a portable solution you know to call us.”

Portable Air Group continues to carve out a niche nationwide. For example, the business has a presence in Colorado, California, the Midwest and the Northeast to further serve their commercial customers. Olson and his staff manage all of their affiliates out of the Triangle (NC) headquarters. Portable Air Group utilizes mobile and web-based technology to handle emergency calls from its diverse locations.

“There is no such thing as not getting there in our business,” said Olson. “We simultaneously know what’s going on everywhere across the country. We use technology systems to communicate with all of our suppliers and affiliates to get our products to the end user. As we are growing we are now using modern technology to instantly track performance of our equipment to assure it is functioning as it should.”

As pioneers in the industry, Portable Air Group does one thing - Portable heating and cooling when you need it and where you need it.