Chuck Albers has always been a craftsman. His father started his own mechanical contracting business in 1966, and Albers followed in his footsteps.
When COVID-19 began to overwhelm China in early 2020, he and his team created an air ventilation system now used in hospitals, churches and schools. Albers, along with his wife, daughter and son, all help run ISO-Aire Clean Air Technology.
What is it like to work so closely with your family?
It's probably the most exciting and rewarding to work with the family members. I know them. It's exciting to see them grow and be able to pass on the knowledge to them. It's always challenging, you know, with every employee, but you do have to keep things separated from business and personal. You get to see them mature with experience.
How did the ISO-Aire come into being?
We’re a ventilation contractor as well as mechanical. We have a lot of experience from my dad to me, almost 60 or 70 years of being in the business. We did a lot of hospital work as well as clean rooms and pharmaceuticals. A hospital called us to help emergency wise, because they needed to build all these isolation rooms. After we gave them a price for doing all the duct work, it was like 16 weeks and this was back in January of last year, they said that’s not going to work and we had to do something now. They asked if we could put it through the window. We’re craftsmen you know, so we put our minds together and built our ISO-Aire unit. They were very happy.
Outside of your business, what are your hobbies?
Well I’m lucky to own a hobby farm. I call it fun, my wife doesn’t call it fun. Deep down I’m a craftsman, I love working with my hands, so when you go out there to repair a 100 year old barn or a 100 year old grainery it’s a real challenge and it’s a break from my day to day business problems. The hobby farm is where I take a mental break by doing chores as well as fixing stuff.
Otherwise, I enjoy riding motorcycles and muscle cars.
What do you love most about what you do?
Solving problems that people need a solution to. Kitchen hoods, you know you have a kitchen, they need to get fumes up and out. There’s always restaurants in old buildings that need that. Paint booths, fume exhausts, there’s always a need for a solution and that’s very rewarding to me. That’s what ISO-Aire was.