Larry Fontaine has over 38 years of experience in the commercial / Retail HVACR and Controls industry. Receiving his Mass Journeyman’s fitters license in 1976, he started out cleaning boilers and steam heating system repairs. In 1980, he started working for Margaux Controls as a Field Technician responsible for field surveys of Retail HVAC, lighting and refrigeration systems. Duties included overseeing installation and final commissioning of Energy Management Systems. He also worked with UL Labs to get the Margaux Equipment UL approved and implemented field upgrades to meet UL approval. A promotion within Margaux controls brought Larry to San Jose California as the Regional field manager responsible for management of all offices from Alaska to Hawaii. Due to family issues, Larry transferred back to the East Coast as Margaux Regional Field Manager with territory from New Orleans to Maine. In 1986, Larry took a position with Johnson Controls as a field Technician. Larry worked as a field technician overseeing commissioning and the integration of the Johnson JC-80, DSC-8500 and DSC-1000 direct digital control systems with existing pneumatic controls. After completing the JCI engineering school in Milwaukee, he moved into sales. In 1989 Larry took a position with New England Mechanical as a Service Sales Engineer out of the Massachusetts office. Within a year Larry moved to Connecticut and took a position in the corporate office as a Construction Sales Engineer.
Over the years, Larry took the Carrier HVAC design and Engineering courses and work under Sam Root, a well-respected engineer in the area. By 1994 Larry was spending most of his time selling Design and Build projects for New England Mechanical Services. In 1996 / 1997 Larry won two national awards presented by Contracting Business for design of HVAC systems that were installed in Gerber Garment and The Hartford Hospital Practice Surgery Suites that meet AAALAC accreditation. Larry’s design experience included over half dozen Clean Rooms, Environmental Chambers, Laboratories, commercial office space, retail, industrial, manufacturing and colleges. Larry was later promoted to Construction Sales Manager and sat on the Board of Directors for New England Mechanical until the company was sold in 2000. Larry founded USA Mechanical LLC in 2003 and successfully ran the company until he sold the company in 2017 to Mr. David Ford. Larry now works part time as a sales engineer as he prepares for retirement.
In his spare time Larry enjoys Golf, Scuba Diving, Bowling and Traveling.