While calling Axeman-Anderson's products the "cadillac" of heating systems, the company's president said a boiler system is the only way to go when choosing a heating source.
"It's much more of an even heat," said Peter Axeman Sr., president of the company. "You can distribute it much better in your home."
The company started in 1944 when it was able to create an automatic coal-burning boiler.
"It was very new," Axeman said. "It took over two years and over $2 million to develop."
"We still manufacture that today," said Peter Sr.'s son Peter Axeman Jr., who is also the company's vice president and general manager.
Axeman-Anderson moved from its home at 233 West St, Williamsport to its current location at 300 East Mountain Ave., South Williamsport in 1981.
Peter Sr. said the company doesn't just sit around making the same old boilers though, they've expanded and always are looking for new ideas.
"We're more than just manufacturers," he said. "We don't just take what the competition does (and replicate it)."
While the main part of the business is heating for homes and businesses, the company also works on what it calls "niche products." One of the projects it's done is a boiler built for a line-painting truck.
Peter Jr. explains the boiler heats up a solid bag of yellow paint, which then melts the bag and its contents. The heat keeps everything at a high temperature until right before it comes out of the spout.
By keeping the paint at such a high temperature until it hits the road, it allows the paint to dry quicker than if it stayed cooler.
Axeman-Anderson also has started building boilers for a company in Tennessee that burn old, dirty oil. Peter Jr. said the boilers are popular with car garages as they can burn old oil and things such as old transmission fluid.
"We also make a boiler for a mobile home," said the elder Axeman.
Peter Sr. said the boiler is specially designed by the company and is the only one to manufacture such a product.
"It's only a 16-inch cube so it's made for a very narrow closet," said Peter Jr.
The boiler also can be used for boats, said the Axemans.
The company started with two different coal-burning units in 1944 but now has grown to manufacturing over 30 models with several different energy sources.
"Over the years we diversified with different fuels," said Peter Sr.
The company offers those who run on electric, oil, gas and the original coal boilers, as well. Axeman-Anderson boilers have been sold in Chicago, Alaska and Russia.
The company's boilers have a non-prorated limited lifetime warranty. This warranty is a way of showing the customer the confidence the company has in its products.
"One reason we can do this is one of the first boilers that were made in the 40s are still running," Peter Jr. said.
Peter Sr. credits the success of the company on the personal attention each customer gets.
"You actually get to talk to someone," Peter Jr. said.
"When you call up here, you're going to get someone on the phone," his father said.