Thank you, Ryan. In the first quarter of 2021, the weekly average rig count for North America increased to 522 from the fourth quarter average of 384.
While this number has risen since the middle of last year, it still represents a 46% decrease from the weekly average of 958 for the first quarter of 2020.
Towards the end of the quarter, we are pleased to announce that we had entered into strategic agreements with two Emerson Impact partners, Spartan Controls and ECI. These partnerships aligned with our strategy to grow and strengthen our core legacy business and to expand our presence in industrial combustion markets beyond upstream, midstream and downstream transmission. Spartan Controls has the potential to bring Profire products to a wide range of industrial growth market.
With their well positioned and respected brand and widespread footprint in Western Canada we look forward to enabling their sales and application experts. Currently, we are focused on training initiatives to support their sales and engineering teams, which should lead to new revenue opportunities in the latter half of 2021. ECI, a longstanding provider of process controls and automation solutions in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, will support our strategy to increase our strong end user footprint in the Marcellus Shale region. ECI’s reputation and expertise complements and service strategy, we are encouraged by the progress achieved in the first quarter, as ECI was in the top quartile for customer sales. Prior to the pandemic, we were working on the expansion of our sales team focused on downstream petrochemical and industrial combustion. In the first quarter, and as part of our investment strategy, we resumed our search, and we are happy to report that we were able to fill this role in the second quarter. This well qualified and experienced sales and business development asset will be pivotal to identification and development of new project opportunities, and alternative combustion markets. COVID-19 continues to impact our traditional sales process due to the various travel restrictions and our customers’ pandemic response plans.
However, our industry and our customers remain reliant on our products and services and solutions. They continue to work with us directly through OEM and other resellers to procure our products, service, and expertise.
During the first quarter, we engaged in a project and design discussions with a midstream energy infrastructure company regarding a major 3,100 project to upgrade several critical thermal appliances.
We are excited to report Profire’s proposal was accepted, purchase orders were received, and we are currently in process of project execution, installation and commissioning. Profire continues to demonstrate a compelling story to our existing and future customers with similar application needs. Profire’s expertise in design, application credibility, product availability, cost competitiveness, and project turnaround are key components that we will continue to present and exploit. In the quarter, we collaborated with a food and beverage manufacturer to support a combustion process need in one of their plants. We received the purchase order and expect to complete installation towards the end of the quarter. This project utilized core Profire technology and represents potential repeat opportunities outside of our traditional markets. On our prior call, we announced the successful installation of our PF3100 solution on a hydrogen production unit. This unit has been developed by a leading integrator and innovator of clean energy solutions that continues to test and develop their product with a goal of fourth quarter commercialization. Projects such as this demonstrate the capability and reach our solutions and team can support.
We also completed the successful installation of a critical thermal appliance upgrade for a major renewable fuel producer with our PF2200 technology.
We continue to explore additional opportunities in this and other adjacent markets.
We continue to see increased adoption of the PF2200 by our existing and new customers.
As customers have greater opportunity to see it in person and to witness firsthand the incredible improvements we have integrated into our latest system, field performance coupled with customer feedback is validation of our product development and safety approval process.
As some of our highlights have shown, the PF3100 pipeline continues to grow.
We are encouraged by the breadth of applications and projects that we are capable of supporting.
We expect this to continue to expand as we work with our partners being broader installation experience, and introduce and solidify our brand in new industries and markets. Profire’s balance sheet remains well positioned for potential investment opportunities.
We continue to conduct ongoing due diligence on potential acquisition prospects that are a fit for our core business, as well as new market opportunities that can utilize our products and technology, or leverage our reputation and significant customer base. We remain committed and focused in the careful and strategic use of these assets.
Before we turn to questions, Ryan, and I would like to express appreciation, and to thank our employees for their continued dedication and contributions towards the success of the company. Operator, would you please provide the appropriate instructions so we can get the Q&A started?