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Backer Marathon, Inc. designs, manufactures and stocks industrial-grade heating elements and temperature sensors. We believe in hard work, creative engineering and excellent customer service. Whether you need one piece or one thousand, Backer Marathon is committed to providing you with exactly what you need when you need it.

Marathon Heater, Inc. began in 1996 with three employees and one product, cartridge heaters. Our commitment to customer service and engineering brought rapid growth. In 2002, we were selected by Inc. Magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing privately held companies in the United States.  

In 2007, Marathon combined forces with Tempsens Instruments, the largest temperature sensors manufacturer in India with over 35 years experience in temperature measurement. The two companies joined to form Marathon Heater (India) Pvt. Ltd. with a 50:50 percent partnership to manufacture high quality industrial heaters, such as Cartridge, Nozzle, Air, Silicon Rubber, Band, Coil and other heating elements for the overseas market.

After the merger, Marathon grew to employ over 160 people in two locations - our 40,000 square foot headquarters in Texas and 12,000 square foot manufacturing facility in India. In April 2015, Marathon Heater, Inc. was consolidated into NIBE, an international heating technology company based out of Sweden. Marathon continues to run our operations and provide service for our customers under the name Backer Marathon, Inc.

Through the NIBE acquisition, Backer Marathon joined Backer-Springfield and Backer & Alpe to make up the Backer North America Group. The combined business divisions employ approximately 2,200 people with headquarters in Texas, Tennessee and Mexico. With over 100 years of experience in heating component technologies, the Backer Group strives to form a partnership with customers to resolve all heating challenges and new product development needs through engineer design, testing, and value-added capabilities.

Backer North America is a division of the public Swedish company NIBE AB, which is one of the largest electric heating solution providers in the world. With approximately USD $1.5 billion in sales, 9,000 employees and 70 companies across four continents, NIBE has been growing and expanding steadily to become the global leader in heating technology since 1952.

Backer Marathon is poised to continue to grow, innovate and lead the industry with unparalleled engineering and customer service.


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