Youngstown Thermal LLC
Courtesy Youngstown Thermal.
● System started: 1895, originally to make DC power for trolleys; exhaust steam used
for district heating system
● Buildings on system: 85
● Services provided: steam, hot water, chilled water
● Most unique building on system: Butler Institute of American Art, first museum of
kind in United States.
● Best tourist attraction: Powers Auditorium, home of Youngstown Symphony. Was originally a Warner Theater built in 1931 by three Warner brothers in memory of brother Sam. Also
Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor, dedicated to steel industry once prevalent
in area. Designed by well-known architect Michael Graves.
Youngstown Historical Center of
Industry & Labor
Source: Toledo Library.
Akron Thermal LP
● System started: Ohio Edison plant started operation in
early 1900s. Akron Thermal plant started operation as
Recycle Energy Systems (wTe) on municipal solid waste in National Inventors Hall of Fame
1979. Thermal Ventures Inc. took over operations in 1995 and currently burns coal,
tire-derived fuel, wood chips and waste oil to heat and cool downtown Akron.
● Buildings on system: About 200
● Services provided: Steam, hot water and chilled water
● Most unique building on system: Inventors Hall of Fame (heating and cooling customer)
● Best tourist attraction: Inventors Hall of Fame
Courtesy National Inventors Hall of Fame
Boody House Hotel
National District Heating Association
IDEA’s predecessor, National District Heating Association, was founded here in July 1909. Meeting held at Boody House hotel corner of
Madison Ave. and St. Clair St. The hotel opened in June 1872 with 133 guest rooms, each with own fireplace. Also had hot and cold running
water. Torn down 1928. Toledo had several hot water and steam district heating systems by 1907. Toledo Edison Co.'s steam plant served 300
downtown customers and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Recently purchased by NBA player and native Toledoan Jimmy
Jackson who is converting it into upscale apartments and townhouses – Water Street Station – at cost of about $25 million.