Founded in the 1970s by Gerard Crosse, the company began as a manufacturer of oil tanks and agricultural equipment.
At that time, open fires, fuelled with peat and wood, were the main source of heat in Irish homes. In 1972, Gerard Crosse was inspired to design and build a “back” boiler, which used the fire to heat other rooms in the house.
Since the 1970s we have diversified and strengthened our business, becoming a leading manufacturer and supplier of residential and commercial Biomass Boiler systems. From our manufacturing facility in Tipperary, we have supplied over 4,000 boilers worldwide. We have also become experts in key areas such the Pigs, Mushroom and Poultry sectors, Care Homes and Hotels & Leisure Centres.
In recent years, the company’s Research & Development team began to focus on complex Waste to Energy systems. Woodco has won several awards including the prestigious Green Product Award in 2018. In the 47 years since Gerard Crosse designed our first boiler, we have come a long way.
Read on to find out more about Woodco’s company history, our products and services and how we help our customers make savings on their heating bills, while reducing their carbon footprint. You can also meet our team and find out how to get in contact with us.
A History of Woodco Energy
Gerard Crosse established Gerard Crosse & Sons, as a solid fuel boiler manufacturer, with his sons Gerry and Alec. Initially a manufacturer of oil tanks and agricultural equipment, a bright idea led to the design of the “back boiler”. This was the foundation of our journey in the heating business.
Now known commonly as Gerkros, the company began to import oil boilers from Italy and Germany, to supplement its booming back boiler business. Consumers considered oil to be a clean, cheap fuel. Gerry Crosse designed and developed the company’s own oil boiler.
Climate change became a household term and consumers became more and more conscious of using eco-friendly fuels and appliances. The Gerkros team developed a prototype of our very first wood pellet boiler. Its success was a key factor in the development of our business.
Gerard Crosse Jr. and Declan Crosse joined the company in 2008 and decided to focus exclusively on Biomass Boilers and renewable energy. The company was rebranded as Wood Energy Solutions, known to our customers simply as WES. Many of our domestic pellet boilers were installed in the UK.
To reflect our focus on combined heat and power systems, the company rebranded as “Woodco Energy”. Our range of Biomass Boilers continued to grow, with the introduction of the SUPERMAX Multifuel Boiler and the popular EcoCabin, the pre-packaged, plug-and-play plant room.
Woodco Energy formed an exclusive partnership with Biomass Boiler manufacturing giant Justsen Energiteknik of Denmark, for the distribution of > 1MW Biomass Boiler systems in Ireland and the UK. Our R&D team began their development of the Biogenic Processor.
Today, Woodco Energy is a key player in the Irish Biomass Boiler market. Our customers often cite our industry experience as one of the deciding factors in choosing us as a partner, when upgrading their heating system. Contact us today to see how we can help you.