Coleman Powermate Dedicates New Engineering Testing Center

Kearney,Nebraska facility to test Ballard fuel cells.

Published: 01-Dec-2000

KEARNEY, Neb., Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Coleman Powermate officially opened the doors to its new state-of-the-art engineering testing center, which will be its premier center for testing new generators and pressure washers.

Senator Charles Hagel (R-Neb.) and Steve Krawczyk, president of Coleman Powermate, dedicated the new facility before employees and guests at a special ceremony in Kearney, Neb.

Coleman Powermate's new facility includes multiple testing chambers equipped to handle four fuel types -- gasoline, natural gas, propane and hydrogen. It also features super-insulated "Hot and Cold Rooms" designed to test new products at extreme temperatures, ranging from -10 degrees F to 140 degrees F.

In addition to portable generators, Coleman Powermate plans to test its new standby generators and pressure washers at the facility. The power equipment manufacturer announced it was re-entering the pressure washer market in August and plans to start manufacturing the new units in January 2001.

"We went back to the drawing board and redesigned our entire line of pressure washers with quality being our top priority," said Krawczyk. "Our engineers are subjecting the new designs through a battery of grueling tests to ensure the products are designed and manufactured at the utmost quality."

Coleman Powermate also plans to test its new fuel cell generators, powered by the Ballard(R) fuel cell, at the center. "Fuel cells represent the future of power generation. They can produce cleaner, more efficient electricity than internal combustion generators," said Krawczyk.

Coleman Powermate, a subsidiary of the Sunbeam Corporation (NYSE: SOC), is a leading manufacturer of generators, air compressors and pressure washers. Headquartered in Aurora, Ill., the company has manufacturing facilities in Neb. and Minn. For more information, call their 24-hour hotline at 1-800-445-1805 or visit www.colemanpowermate.com .

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