HOTSTART From the Field: Iwate Kaihatsu Railways

Jan 25, 2013

Iwate Kaihatsu Railways located in Ofunato, Japan operates locomotives that haul cement from the local mine out of the valley to the processing plant in town. Each locomotive hauls 18 cement cars capable of carrying 35 tons each. On a normal day, they make 13 trips from the mine to the plant and back.

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HOTSTART Selected as Partner to Provide Auxiliary Power Units in Northeast Idle Reduction Program

Feb 23, 2012

Hotstart was recently selected by the Northeast States for Coordinate Air Use Management (NESCAUM) to provide Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) for 27 of 29 locomotives and 6 railroads that are part of the New England Locomotive Idle Reduction Project. NESCAUM, through a grant provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will use Hotstart’s APU technology to reduce locomotive idling and will help save railroads money and fuel and reduce emissions. NESCAUM matched the $850,000 EPA grant by 23 percent.

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HOTSTART Auxiliary Power Units Good for Environment and Customers

Feb 23, 2012

Hotstart was selected by Montana Rail Link (MRL) to provide a new series of Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) to 34 locomotives that a recent report shows saved the railroad money and fuel and drastically reduced emissions. With this technology, MRL will eliminate 122,442 tons of emissions and save 10,657,523 gallons of fuel over the next 11 years. Hotstart’s participation in the project was the result of MRL being awarded a $1.13 million grant from the EPA for the use of APUs to reduce idling.

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HOTSTART Receives ATEX Certification

Jan 31, 2012

Spokane, Wash. based Hotstart has received international ATEX certification and CE marking for its engine and compressor preheaters intended for use in hazardous locations. Hotstart’s decision to attain the certification was driven by the organization’s current presence in Germany, opportunities available throughout Europe and beyond and the many requests for the certification received by customers over time.

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HOTSTART Opens Asia Pacific Sales Office

Nov 1, 2011

SPOKANE, WASH - Engine heating manufacturer HOTSTART, Inc. has opened a new sales office in Tokyo, Japan. Operating under the name “HOTSTART Asia Pacific, Ltd.,” the sales office was established to support the growing business and global demand for engine heating equipment in the Asia Pacific region.

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HOTSTART Opens Oil and Gas Office

May 2, 2011

As the oil and gas industry looks toward the future of global demand and the need for greater efficiency, Spokane, Wash. based Hotstart has opened a new office in Houston, Texas to provide more accessible and hands-on engineering and technical support for its customers. Hotstart made the decision to open an office in Houston after evaluating its markets and the needs of customers.

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HOTSTART Announces HOTflow™ Series

Jan 14, 2011

HOTSTART, Inc introduces the HOTflow™ series of engine heaters. HOTflow™ heaters reduce maintenance and energy costs for 15L-100L displacement engines. The HOTflow™ engine heater features an integrated pump that circulates warm coolant throughout the entire engine at uniform temperatures.

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HOTSTART Wins 2010 Catalyst Award for "Company of the Year"

Oct 10, 2010

HOTSTART, Inc. is a world leader in the development and implementation of engine heating solutions. The company designs and manufactures engine pre-heaters that improve the reliability of generators, locomotives, large trucks, ships, heavy equipment and industrial engines.

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HOTSTART Opens European Sales Office

Sep 1, 2010

SPOKANE, Wa.- Engine heating manufacturer HOTSTART, Inc. ( has opened a new customer service and logistics center in Siegburg, Germany. Operating under the name "HOTSTART GmbH," the current sales office was established in 2009 in Troisdorf, Germany to address the growing business and global demand for engine heating equipment.

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Kim Hotstart Announces New Name and Image

Dec 10, 2009

Engine heating manufacturer Kim Hotstart ( has officially changed its name to HOTSTART, Inc. The updated name accompanies a new logo design that was launched at the PowerGen International trade exhibition in December 2009 at Las Vegas, Nevada. The company dropped "Kim" from the official name in order to enhance its brand recognition during the company's continued international growth.

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