ASPEQ Completes Add-On Acquisition of Spectrum

St. Louis, MO – ASPEQ Heating Group LLC (“ASPEQ”), a leading provider of custom-configured electric heating and thermal management products, has acquired certain business assets of Spectrum, Inc. (“Spectrum”), based in Cleveland, OH.  ASPEQ, headquartered in Saint Louis, MO, serves the industrial, commercial, military, marine, and transportation markets under longstanding INDEECO, Heatrex, AccuTherm, and Brasch brands.  ASPEQ was acquired by Industrial Growth Partners in November 2019.

The acquired business assets and product lines include electric track switch heaters, hot air blowers, thaw shed heaters, and associated controls for the rail industry.  With the addition of Spectrum, ASPEQ strengthens its market position within the rail industry and adds new Class 1 freight, regional, and commuter rail customers. The acquisition also provides new manufacturing technologies and capabilities to ASPEQ.

“The acquisition of Spectrum is a significant boost to our growing rail industry business. Combining these talented teams and solid product lines will produce tangible solutions for both transit and freight customers across North America,” said Dave Smith, ASPEQ’s President and CEO.

Acquisition Details – On February 17, 2021, ASPEQ acquired certain business assets and product lines from Spectrum.  ASPEQ continues to seek add-on acquisitions that can enhance ASPEQ’s position as a leading provider of custom-configured electric heating and thermal management products. To learn more about ASPEQ, please visit


Updated Hot Air Blower Manual now Available!

Spectrum RRSH 500WWe have updated the manual for our Hot Air Blower.  It now offers significantly more detailed information on installation, operation, specifications, plus more.  You can download your copy here.

Expansion to Spectrum’s Manufacturing Team

Spectrum adds an additional Electrical Technician to its manufacturing team.  With over 40 years of experience, Joe Cancilla, will complement Spectrum’s reputation for quality products.  Joe’s training began with the U.S. Air Force where he spent 20 years overseas in Europe and then retired from Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City.  Afterward, Joe spent an additional 20 years working on aviation testing equipment.   Spectrum considers Joe to be an essential, highly skilled addition to its production staff.

Spectrum’s Engineering Team


Spectrum is pleased to introduce our newest intern from Cleveland State University, Andrew Gadelsayed, who is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He resides in Mentor-on-the Lake and is a first-generation American whose roots are from Egypt.

Andrew has a significant background in that he has already obtained a four-year degree in Engineering Physics from John Carroll University.  During Andrew’s junior year at JCU, he realized that his heart was in a more hands-on profession rather than the conceptual, research-based field of Engineering Physics.  Moving towards a degree in Mechanical Engineering is the correct move for Andrew and Spectrum is fortunate to have him on our team.

Spectrum Inc team at the Forge Fair 2019

The Forge Fair 2019 was a tremendous success for the Spectrum team.  We would like to thank all who visited our booth.  Here are a few pics we would like to share.

Spectrum’s New Addition to the Sales Department

It is our pleasure to introduce you to our new Sales Engineer, Tim Bodziony.

Tim brings with him many years of sales experience and we know that Tim will prove to be valuable in helping you with your railroad and industrial heating needs.  We consider ourselves fortunate to have him with us as we continue to deliver our quality products to you. Tim can be directly reached at 216-801-4367 or 216-532-9499.

Spectrum Inc. is dedicated to providing you with exceptional quality and service.

Spectrum 2018 Company Picnic

Spectrum employees get together for an annual company picnic.  We had a fantastic time with great food and good company.  We are truly lucky to work with a great group of colleagues.

New to Spectrum’s Engineering team

Spectrum would like to welcome the latest addition to its Engineering team. Chris Kulbago, our well experienced Electrical Engineer, has recently joined Spectrum’s team. Chris’ innovative qualities and ingenuity are sure to benefit Spectrum’s principles of excellence and reliability.

forging sparks

Why Electric Infrared Is The Future Of Die Heating In The Forging Industry

There are many factors to consider during a forging process, but one that is too often overlooked is die temperature. Unfortunately, die heating is often performed ineffectively or skipped altogether. A die that is not properly heated will crack and wear prematurely and could produce inferior forged parts. In addition to compromising the quality of work, dies that are not heated properly can have a detrimental impact on direct costs and productivity. Read more

Broken Rail Photo

Broken Rail and Rail Heaters

The post below is from a white paper by Spectrum’s mechanical engineer, Carmelo Franchina Jr., exploring the challenges of broken rail and rail heaters. Click here to download the report in full.

Safety is an important concern within the rail industry. High voltage electricity, uneven terrain, sharp objects and large moving trains all pose a potential risk to the worker trying to perform his/her job. Broken rail is also a problem that is commonly faced.

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