Macy Introduces Pilot Innovations


Macy Industries, located in Hooksett, New Hampshire, has been growing since 1975. Founded by Marcel Mercier and now run by his son, CEO Nick Mercier, Macy has always sought to bring together a team of experienced engineers and highly talented fabricators to provide all of their New England customers with a wide range of custom metal products. From industrial fabrications such as platforms and dust collectors, to more architectural items such as copper countertops and custom artwork, Macy has become known as a one-stop-shop for any metal need.

Like all successful companies, Macy has had to change and evolve significantly over time. Seven years ago, for instance, Macy embarked on an exciting journey into the world of advanced composites like carbon fiber. At the time, the engineering team at Macy was approached by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to develop a highly specialized new product. The “LAL-18 Project” as it was called began in 2010, in response to a USSOCOM requirement for a long-reach, lightweight, compact, transportable ladder for use in “extreme environmental and strategic conditions”. After extensive R&D, field, and lab testing, the final product was approved and has been fielded to USSOCOM units since early 2016. Macy’s solution was a retractable carbon fiber ladder that extends to 18 feet but weighs only 18 pounds, with its ultimate load capacity at over 1000 pounds!

Now an established advanced composites manufacturer, Macy has recently created a high-tech spin off called Pilot Innovations. Pilot’s passion is solutions, or as Nick would say, “unique solutions for elite clients.” He goes on to explain, “we solve problems for our customers with a combination of innovative design, rapid prototyping, and quick-turn production. We’re agile, realistic, and solutions-oriented. With the understanding of and access to numerous materials and technologies, we welcome the challenge to partner with elite individuals and organizations to help take ideas from concept to field.”

For more information about Macy Industries of Pilot Innovation’s capabilities, feel free to call us at (603) 623-5568 or contact us online.

Investing in Our Future: Macy Completes Industrial Energy Saving Project

Industrial Energy Saving ProjectAt Macy Industries Inc., we understand that running a successful small business requires a lot of hard work. Keeping both customers and employees happy while contributing to the community is no small task! Efficiency is an important element in what makes everything tick and we’re always excited when improving our business goes hand in hand with making a positive impact.

Macy has recently completed an industrial energy saving project at our Hooksett facility that entailed installation of some innovative upgrades. These simple additions will help us to save energy and preserve the environment while making our shop a more efficient workspace!

Metal Halide vs LED Lights

Metal halide lights were the industry standard until LED lights began to gain popularity. While metal halide is still often used in industrial applications, we’ve replaced our shop’s old metal halide lights with new LED lights for a number of reasons. Here are some benefits of LED lights when compared to metal halide lights:

  • LED lights use about 1/10th the amount of energy metal halide lights do
  • Metal halide lights require up to a 30-minute warmup period before reaching full brightness while 
    LED lights reach 100% efficiency instantly
  • Metal halide lights emit light in all directions, resulting in the need for reflection and subsequent loss of efficiency. LED lights are more directional and require less energy lost through reflection.
  • The lifespan of LED lights is considerably longer than metal halide lights. LED lights also retain their performance over their lifespan while metal halide lights drop in efficiency as they age.
  • Metal halide lights emit up to 15% of their consumed energy as heat; LEDs do not emit heat energy.
  • LED lights are shock resistant while metal halide bulbs can break easily. Metal halide bulbs also contain materials that are hazardous to humans and the environment.

Industrial Air Circulation Fans

We’ve also installed 2 high volume, low speed (HVLS) Rupp fans. These fans de-stratify the air, pushing the hot air down from the ceiling to evenly heat the entire building. They provide significant natural gas savings in winter. In summer, they can be sped up to provide cooling for our fabricators.

These investments have been a win-win. Our industrial energy saving project has improved the work environment for our employees, and will save enough energy to quickly offset the fiscal investment and continue to provide savings for years to come.