StarPak was founded in 1975 by U-Mich students Reynold Hendrickson, Robert Wood and James Bates, Hendrickson inLawSchool, the other two getting advanced engineering degrees. StarPak’s first solar installation was completed July 1975 inHaslett,MI. Within a year of startup, StarPak had become statewide distributor for FAFCO, the nation’s biggest solar manufacturer.
StarPak grew rapidly, beginning manufacturing in 1980. By 1983, StarPak won Michigan Product of the Year for its newly launched Ultrastar system and was inducted into the INC 500, one ofAmerica’s fastest-growth firms. By late 1985, StarPak had over 5,000 installations throughout the Midwest, and had begun selling in the Caribbean, including a system on the Paul McCartney Air Studios in Montserrat.
During ensuing years, StarPak principals pioneered efficient lighting retrofit, flue heat recovery and liquid-to-liquid heat exchanger technologies. In 2008, StarPak began a drive to achieve 100% onsite renewable solutions for all scales of facilities. Numerous patents related to this are now filed. Our objective is to integrate renewable energy solutions for large facility owners (educational, civic, commercial & industrial) which are cost-effective and comprehensive, with residential ‘coming along for the ride.
Today StarPak is a collaborative of engineering, manufacturing, design and installation talent integrating “workhorse renewable” and energy efficiency into powerful systems able to do 100% of the job, 24/7. StarPak has a growing ‘case file’ of over 5,000 successful renewable energy retrofits, including 100% renewably-heated and -cooled facilities inMichiganand reaching out to both Coasts. 100% renewable is truly ambitious territory: 100% renewable cooling and heating of any scale of building, even entire neighborhoods or campuses. And with these powerful HVAC results come huge slugs of 24/7 grid-stabilizing reliable renewable electricity.