Incorporated in 1980 in the city of Lethbridge originally to serve Southern Alberta customers, Quadalta Distributors (later to become Qualitec Distributors) was a pioneer promoter and supplier of gas fired infrared heating systems in the Province of Alberta.
An experienced heating contractor himself, Mr. Arie Schalk, founder of Quadalta, recognized the outstanding benefits and inherent efficiencies of the infrared heating mechanism in many of the heating applications he had been involved with in commercial, agricultural, industrial and residential settings. Through countless community trade shows, word of mouth, testimonials from satisfied customers, and a committed marketing effort, the company grew through a strong network of dealers.
With the acquisition of the northern region of Alberta as a territory for an earlier manufacturer of infrared heating products, the company opened an Edmonton branch in 1986 to continue the work of spreading the infrared word. The dealer network continued to grow as others realized the benefits and utility of infrared heating systems. Before the 80’s were over, a Calgary branch had been added, and the company now marketed and supplied infrared heating equipment throughout the entire province from three warehouse offices.
As the business grew, other products were added to the mix – always HVAC related, always with some unique benefit, but always a product category that fit the unique talents of the company and its staff. 1995 was a watershed year for the company, now named Qualitec Distributors, as it took up with an upstart Canadian manufacturer of infrared systems – Superior Radiant Products – to continue to explore how infrared systems could be made better and more flexible to meet the needs of the marketplace. SRP, the brainchild of some of the infrared manufacturing industry’s brightest lights, had a vision of how to enhance an already good product category by implementing sound science, engineering, and manufacturing principles. Coupled with the marketing philosophy of using a strong and independent network of distributors throughout Canada and the US, SRP has grown into a Canadian business success story with operations around the globe. Underlying their success is the continuing efforts of skilled distributors like the team at Qualitec.
Today Qualitec operates efficiently out of two well stock branches in Edmonton (head office) and Calgary. Other products have been added – some in the infrared niche, and others in the ventilation side of HVAC. From these centrally located branches, Qualitec is able to serve customers throughout the province and further afield, such as the SE corner of B.C. Both Calgary and Edmonton have become logistical hot spots for many companies, something that helps Qualitec respond quickly to all shipping points. Our philosophy and vision remain the same today as they were in the beginning more than thirty years ago – to remain at the forefront of our industry through a commitment to quality – in products supplied, advice given and service provided, backed by the depth of our company’s employees, and our manufacturers, who stand just behind us!