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Onsite Power firm Curtis Engine celebrates 75th year with Baltimore bash

Some of the biggest and best-known sites around Baltimore and beyond owe their power security to Curtis Engine & Equipment.

The long-time genset distributor and installer is celebrating its 75th birthday this Friday with a big party at its headquarters in its hometown city. Some of main speakers will include Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Curtis Engine CEO Trip Harrison and Mike Gill, former state Secretary of Commerce and one of the company’s owners.

The celebration will continue on May 29 with a big party at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on the Inner Harbor.

Curtis Engine was founded in 1944 and has remained locally owned and operated through those three quarter centuries. It is a Mid-Atlantic distributor for MTU Onsite Energy and helps deliver and install backup, onsite power for commercial, institutional, government and other mission-critical facilities in the region.

“Even though the technology of our business has changed phenomenally in the past 75 years, one facet of our success is the hard-working men and women that enable us to improve the reliability and efficiency of our customers’ equipment and operations,” Harrison said. “We are power generation specialists and our culture attracts power generation professionals. We are right-sized to partner with our customers, and our staff members are as service-oriented as they are technical experts.”

George Curtis formed the company March 1944 in Baltimore. It was sold four years later to Harold Hill, Buck Freeman and John Chapman, in which Curtis Engine become a distributor for Onan and other small lines.

In 1987, Curtis and Waukesha Engine developed a major 3-MW landfill gas-to-energy project in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The Brown Station Road Landfill project was expanded to 7 MW in 2002.

In 2008, the former Katolight, MTU, Detroit Diesel, and Spectrum brands were combined under the MTU Onsite Energy brand and Curtis Engine was selected as an exclusive distributor of its power generation systems for the Mid-Atlantic region.

Six years ago, Curtis Engine sold the first MTU Onsite Energy combined heat and power (CHP) generator set in the U.S. to the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore. Curtis still operates this CHP plant for the casino on a daily basis.

Since then, Curtis Engine has handled many complex installations of large gensets, including the recent completion of the Midtown Center-Fannie Mae Headquarters in Washington D.C. The company also has installed large-scale power backup systems for such high profile projects as Reagan National Airport, Johns Hopkins

MTU Onsite Energy is a global manufacturer of complete power system solutions, from diesel generator sets for mission critical and standby power applications to continuous gas engines for combined heat and power (CHP) projects.

Curtis Engine also distributes Doosan and Asco power products.