This Brand Of Heat Does Not Go Up!

 Thrown together after a devastating fire in our main manufacturing plant, three companies were now under one roof in an old Grand Union refrigerated warehouse. Previously I had been managing the granite countertop plant twenty miles away.

 Standing on a second-floor overlook surveying our new manufacturing plant, I asked our president if I should order ceiling fans to help recover heat loss due to the thirty foot height. The man looked at me and said the brand of heat he ordered does not go up. He must have caught me picking up my jaw from the floor, so he proceeded to explain the terrific values of our new infrared radiant heating system.

 With the infrared heat, he explained, will just heat the people, the equipment and floors. It will be warmer down below, cooler at the ceiling. I tried interjecting common physics to a few of his remarks, but fell on deaf ears.

 So many thoughts running through my mind as he spoke, first and foremost, don’t laugh at him. Second, I want the salesman, who sold the miraculous heating system to him, working for me.  Third, should I run away from here as fast as I can?

 I stayed, and watched the proud company started by his father, my mentor, be run into the ground. Everyone came to work one day, no notice, to padlocked doors. He simply called the bank, after he took out as much cash out of the company he could, and told them it was theirs. I should have ran when I found out he was a science denier.

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Utpal Patel Added Sep 7, 2017 - 4:00pm
Radiant heat doesn’t heat the air.  Because of that, a ceiling fan would only make a room feel drafty if the warmest part of the building is where the people are standing.  It would appear the science denier is you.
 
Just out of curiosity, what decisions did the owner’s son make that you think led to your company’s demise?
 
As for taking the cash and giving the keys to the bank, that’s exactly what I’d do if my company was circling the drain.  I imagine most would do the same. 
Donna Added Sep 7, 2017 - 4:20pm
Paul-half of what is wrong with this Country is just what you said, took the cash pad locked doors..
Great for him, not the town, employees, bank, etc. Welcome to nothing but greed. Sad how the younger generation can't even keep what the family started, which his father did most likely for them to have a future.
Paul H. Mayo Added Sep 7, 2017 - 4:28pm
Uptal Patel, I worked installing systems at ceiling height, and its a lot hotter up there. The tops of the units give off a huge amount of heat, combustables have to be 24" from the units. People, floors, equipment give off heat. There is no such thing as obiedient heat that stays at floor level. The equipment and people heat the air. 
 As for the owner, he could not bear to turn over the company to someone that could do a much better job than his bloated ego would endure. So, he decided to rape the business and close the doors. I refused to help him sell off the equipment and stock. The buisness was in no trouble, only the ones he manufactured. The stories about this man are funny, sad, and sometimes incredible. The granite plant I managed was keeping the other plant afloat, even though under the right management it would prosper. He would take my company checkbook to go on vacation in Russia and Alaska. 
 I asked him several times to bring in a professional manager to turn the place around. 
 Stay tuned for some more  unbelievable quotes and wisdom from this man.
  
Paul H. Mayo Added Sep 7, 2017 - 4:47pm
Donna, His father was a man I looked up to. He sacrificed much to keep his employees working, even morgaged his home. The company grew much from 1970 thru 1990's. It even kept growing when the four sons took it over. One son died young, the one that would have kept the company together.
Shane Laing Added Sep 7, 2017 - 4:56pm
Its a sad tale Paul. He obviously didn't know how to run the company and just used it as a cash cow. Bad news for all.
Paul H. Mayo Added Sep 7, 2017 - 6:01pm
Utpal Patel, I had doubts, because of our wood and granite dust environments, that this system would work for us. It didn't. Just a month into the first winter we were replacing ignitors frequently, and many times whole burner units.  I know how infrared works. To save money, the units were turned off every night. Most of the materials we use need to be at an even temperature to glue together. We began having many problems with material coming apart. Wood and plastics do not meld well when the surface is nice and warm and the backsides are cold. Not the right choice for our shops. 
Ari Silverstein Added Sep 8, 2017 - 7:30am
As to the question of science raises in this article, Utpal is right, ceiling fans are a bad idea when a building is heated with radiant heat.
 
As for the business issues raised in this article, the prudent thing to do when a business is losing money is to close it. Besides, seeing he gave the keys to the bank, it was the bank that padlocked the doors.  I'm sure the fact the business failed was a lot harder on him than you.
Paul H. Mayo Added Sep 8, 2017 - 8:51am
Ari Silverstein, there was no reason to rape and close the business. Nothing prudent about it. The president was simply a moron that did not know how to run a business. He closed it with a laugh to his brothers. They had no idea, were just as surprised as the employees.
What is so hard to believe? He was an egotistical, micro-managing maniac. He complained about bathroom tissue and timed employees in the bathroom. He launched into changing our diets and timing our shits to be at home. He put a five minute timer on the office bathroom lights. 
 All he did all was sit at his computer all day and build graphs to show the employees. Never mind that he changed the inputs to get the results he desired, with false data.
 I asked him why I was not receiving my bonuses, even though the plant I managed was doing quite well. I instituted many changes that cut production costs 75%. We'll talk about it tomorrow, he said. 
 The next day in his "chambers" he showed me several sheets showing we had only made $12,000 to date. He kept talking while I went over his "data". I guess he thought I would not check the sheets.
 Um, Sir, you have here two employees that do not work for me, and I know for a fact that they do not make 60,000 a year. Also you list a salesman, remember the alcoholic, that on the road meant time in a bar, that you fired last year? 35,000.
 And 8,000 for advertising, only advertising I got for the company was $30.00 for business cards. And all these other costs... He snatched the sheets from my hands, ripped them up and tossed them. I will revisit this and get back to you. Meeting over. There were over $100,000 in fake data on those sheets. 
 
 Next day he promised to make up my back bonuses and the raise I worked very hard for. Never saw a penny. He did, if you read my other replies, enjoy vacations and other perks off of ME.
 So believe, this was a moron who should have never got his grubby little hands on his fathers legacy.
Paul H. Mayo Added Sep 8, 2017 - 9:07am
Ari Silverstein, The president was such a micro manager that he wanted the three companies managers in the same office. I cited many times that I should be down at the plant, argued for a year with him on that point. I finally threw some numbers at him, production would go up at least 35% if my office was in the plant. He finally relented.
 The very first day, as I was demolishing a wall for my office window to the plant, production went up 50%. In the weeks that followed production rose to 75% better than pre-office, and stayed that way. 
 I knew how to run the business, and microman knew it. 
 One of my bonuses, when he hired me as manager, is that the business would be mine when he retired. You see where that went.
Utpal Patel Added Sep 8, 2017 - 3:10pm
@ Paul
A radiant heating system does not heat the air.
 
Moving forward, because the owner is not here to defend himself, I refuse to let you dictate why the company failed.  If he was here, I imagine he’d have a different explanation.  Maybe his father handed him a company hamstrung by debt and facing brutal competition from overseas.  The point is that if he was a greedy guy and the company was making money, there would be no reason to shutter it.  However, one cannot expect an owner to continue pouring his own money into a business he can’t profit from. 
 
For whatever it’s worth, if you were my employee and I asked you to help me sell equipment and stock and you refused, I would fire you in a heartbeat.  Perhaps the reason the business failed was because the bank wouldn’t take a partial payment one more time and he was just a little shy of getting by that month.
Paul H. Mayo Added Sep 8, 2017 - 4:25pm
Utpal Patel, Moving forward? Are we in a relationship? Kiss.
 Our first fight. You refusing to let me dictate. 
 If he were here, he would lie through his teeth, as outlined above. 
 Glad you know the man so well, or any man you never met, as to his reasoning powers.
 He banked millions on the three companies. He never put a penny into it. 
 I refused to sell equipment and stock for the other two companies which I do not work for, and, if I worked for you, you would never have a reason to fire me, justifiable, anyway.
 I worked there for 35 years and was very intimate with the entire family and its workings. I know all to well why it was closed. Revenge, egomania, and a complete lack of understanding other humans.
 
 
Paul H. Mayo Added Sep 8, 2017 - 4:40pm
Utpal Patel, I always fancied writing a book about my experience with the company, but as you can tell, I am not a very good writer. But I will share it on WriterBeat to the best of my ability. If you think this unbelievable, you have not heard nothing yet.  
Paul H. Mayo Added Sep 8, 2017 - 6:10pm
Utpal Patel I just realized, Revenge, egomania, and a complete lack of understanding other humans--You would swear Trump ran this company!!!!
Dr. Rupert Green Added Sep 9, 2017 - 8:32pm
Often time you hear how agrieved workers revisit the post office. One can see why such things happen.
Paul H. Mayo Added Sep 9, 2017 - 10:05pm
I am surprised no violence had visited the man. Myself, a non violent person by nature, just wished the man a long, cancerous and painful death. 
Dolphins With Mohawks Added Sep 10, 2017 - 8:48am
Timing bathroom breaks just screams out "incompetent manager".  Which it sounds like he was.  
As far as the heat thing, yes radiant heat does not heat the air directly, but your critics ignore heat rising from the heated floor.  
Paul H. Mayo Added Sep 10, 2017 - 9:35am
Mohawks, That is my argument. I know how the system works. Heat at ceiling was consistanly 20 degrees over floor.The tops of the units cooked the light tan wood dust to dark brown. I always feared fire. Being an old well insulated refrigerator warehouse, there was very little heat loss in the ceiling. 
 And, yes he was very incompetant. One instance was telling the office workers what kind of food they were allowed to order at breaks.
Bill Caciene Added Sep 10, 2017 - 6:36pm
There are two sides to every story. I'm sure if he was asked to explain why the company failed he wouldn't recite your story. One thing is for sure, any employee that refuses to obey the wishes of his employer deserves to be let go for someone that will.
Paul H. Mayo Added Sep 10, 2017 - 6:47pm
I  see you did not read all the comments, I refused to work for two other companies I did not work for. My company required my full time attention, my companies money was used to keep the others afloat. There was nothing wrong with mine, it kept growing throughout the rape of the other two companies. There were illegal mixing of company funds and employees.
 
 Amazes me the number of people playing devils advocate for this man. Must be a person people look up to.
Bill Caciene Added Sep 11, 2017 - 8:46am
All I need to know is that your employer asked you to do something and you refused.  It doesn’t matter what company benefited from your work or what company you think benefited from your work.  Unless you work for a union, it’s highly unlikely your employer did anything illegal.  It’s clearly not illegal to take funds from one company and use it for the benefit of another or if the owner so chooses, to use it for his personal benefit.  So the way I see it, without knowing anything about your employer, I see a lot of untrue statements by you.  So no, I’m not being the Devil’s advocate I’m simply pointing out that without your employer’s side of the story this is just a cheap hit piece. 
Paul H. Mayo Added Sep 11, 2017 - 10:19am
Glad you know me that well to call me a liar. I was there, you were not. I watched as a good mans legacy was destroyed by a egomaniac, lying wretch of a man that stole from his own brothers and family. I know I wrote the truth, and that is all that matters to me.

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