The Modine Company began in 1916 when Arthur B. Modine sold off his interests in Aero Sheet Metal Works and ventured out on his own. Modine’s company began by manufacturing Spirex radiators. The spiral fins of the Modine-patented Spirex radiator helped transfer heat more efficiently, making it the radiator of choice on all utility tractors during World War I. By 1918, Spirex radiators were used in the bulk of tractors across the nation.
The Spirex radiator morphed into the Modine unit heater we know today in the roaring twenties. Arthur Modine attached a fan and steam pipes to the company’s radiator, creating the first Modine commercial unit heater. An automotive contract with the Ford Motor Company, as well as the company’s growing presence in the unit heater field, helped insulate Modine from the Stock Market crash of 1929.
The thirties saw Modine expand to the company we know today. A housing increase following the Great Depression saw an increased demand for the Modine residential unit heater and the Modine garage unit heater. The company, always on the cutting edge of innovation, pioneered new wind tunnel technologies. At the dawn of WWII, the government again contracted Arthur Modine and his company to test their combat vehicles in Modine’s wind tunnels.
Modine is committed to continuous innovation on the forefront of global heat transfer. Now a multi-national company with headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin and Bonlanden, Germany, Modine engineers unit heaters which help both the client and the environment. Modine employs strict manufacturing processes on their products, such as the Modine Hot Dawg line of heaters, which create consistent, top-quality products with as little waste as possible.