Case Study:
Climate Control 

Company Profile

Climate Control believes smart energy is intelligent business. Founded in 1993 by Dennis and Sonja Swangler, the company has prudently expanded on its original vision of bringing a new line of temperature controls to the area as well as providing local architects, engineers and end-users more personal service and support. In addition, today the company also provides building automation, system integration, energy management, and security and access services.

The company’s ultimate goal is to identify and resolve facility issues and energy inefficiencies so that its customers can realize a savings on their utility bills and mechanical equipment. Climate Control’s staff, with more than 100 years of combined industry experience, has a sincere commitment to providing the utmost in customer service.


The Swanglers have been doing business with Alerus Financial “forever,” says Dennis, who serves as president of Climate Control. “Our families and Alerus go way back,” he says. “Our relationship is a tradition, so to speak.”
It was a natural progression, then, for Dennis and Sonja to work with Alerus when they started Climate Control. To say that the relationship has grown and flourished is an understatement. “We want a bank that takes the time to know us and understand what our vision is for our company and where we want to go,” says Sonja, secretary-treasurer of the company. “And we want them to create various solutions to get us there.”

The Swanglers haven’t been disappointed. Their Alerus team has never lost sight of the overarching Alerus Financial focus: to provide exceptional customer service.

“They’ve taken the time to truly know our business,” says Dennis. “And they’re always looking for what’s best for our business,” adds Sonja.  


Alerus Financial’s unique service structure provides unequaled personal service and sets the company apart from other financial institutions. Its relationship manager and Alerus advisor model provides customers with the expertise they deserve and more personalized attention than they expect.

“When we meet with our Alerus team, it’s just like sitting down with old friends,” says Dennis. “There’s more to banking than just financial statements; there needs to be a trusted relationship.”

As Climate Control has grown over the years, Alerus has been with the company every step of the way. “They’ve always been willing to listen to what we want to do,” says Sonja. “They give us other ways of looking at things and always provide sound financial guidance.”

“It’s so nice to run our growth ideas by them,” adds Dennis. “We want their opinions, both financial-related and otherwise, because we value their experience and knowledge.” Working with the Alerus team has proved invaluable to the Swanglers. “Our relationship manager is a real seasoned veteran, and his support and advice are extremely important to us,” says Dennis. “It’s more than him crunching the numbers; it’s a long-term relationship.”

And it’s a relationship that will undoubtedly continue. “Alerus has been with us from the start,” says Dennis, “and we’re sure they’ll be right there when it comes time for Sonja and me to retire.” 




Climate Control, Inc.
Fargo, ND

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Commercial Banking
Business Checking
Business Line of Credit
Online Banking and Bill Pay
Business Savings Products
Personal Banking

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