Builder aims to plug void in specialty heating and cooling in North Country

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Paul Tremblay, standing next to his job trailer on one of his many projects

Paul Tremblay, standing next to his job trailer on one of his many projects Photo by Shawn Ryan.

— Need heating or cooling? Is mold a problem? Perhaps you’re in the market for a closed loop geo-thermal system, or a wood gasification boiler? If so, Paul Tremblay of Nehemiah Mechanical Systems has seen it all before.

Tremblay has been doing construction, and specifically “mechanicals,” since he got out of the Marines in 1982.

“We do geo-thermal, we do heating and cooling, we do refrigeration, air conditioning, we do some potable water plumbing, water and mold remediation, ventilation, hybrid wood-fired systems, wood gasification boilers, and we do Generac stand by generators,” he said.

With a background in construction and project management, Tremblay has watched the mechanicals side of his business take off in the last three years. And he feels he’s filling a void that not many other building contractors in this area do.

“We’ve been at this a long, long time,” Paul said, while taking a break overlooking a scenic Adirondack landscape in the backyard of a project he is completing in Wilmington. “We do what’s right for the client.”

Several Adirondack landmarks color his lengthy resume, like Camp Topridge in Paul Smiths, as well as numerous high-end homes around the area.

From single family residential to large scale commercial projects, Tremblay has probably seen it before, and knows how best to stretch your heating and cooling dollar and lower your carbon footprint, mitigate your mold or have your home ready for the inevitable power failure.

While he steers his business away from ground-up construction to installation and servicing of mechanicals, he still plans to keep some of the construction end of things alive, specifically in consulting on and repairing log homes.

“When people build log homes they call us, because there are a lot of ways to do it wrong. There are a lot of kits out there, some are good, some are not so good. We help them, because the heating needs, and the humidity needs and the insulation needs, they’re different than a standard house. We do a lot of consulting.”

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