Events and Announcements: HVAC Industry Milestones
Johnson Controls Opens HVAC Rooftop Center of Excellence
On April 17th, Johnson Controls officially opened its brand new state-of-the-art Rooftop Center of Excellence design, manufacturing, and testing facility in Norman, OK.
In a recent press release, the company announced the opening of the 900,000-sq. ft. facility that includes almost 400,000 sq. ft. of incremental laboratory and manufacturing space, plus renovations to more than 150,000 sq. ft. of office and meeting space.
The plant includes a two-story, 52-ft. high testing lab, roughly the size of one-and-a-half football fields. The laboratory offers an environment that allows Johnson Controls to conduct on-site, complex development, regulatory compliance, performance, safety, and reliability testing, including the ability to test a 150-ton rooftop unit in climates ranging from -30ºF to 130ºF.
“The need for high-efficiency rooftop units has grown as customers demand simplified solutions to achieving sustainability,” said Philip Smyth, director of product management, applied DX, Johnson Controls.
“The combined testing and manufacturing location allows us to better serve our customers while enhancing HVAC technology through collaboration and innovation.”
NCI 16th Annual Summit Hits Home Run
Performance-Based HVAC contractors took center stage in Orlando, FL, April 15-18 as National Comfort Institute’s annual Summit got underway. Nearly 200 contractors, preferred partners, and other industry luminaries gathered in what was a record-setting event.
This year the focus centered on the High-Performance Sales and Delivery Cycle. Once again Sumit was open to the entire HVAC Industry with the intent of shining a spotlight on like-minded people willing to share their performance-based experiences with their peers.
The excitement could be felt even during the pre-conference business planning boot camp conducted by Goodman Air Conditioning and Heating, and Amana Heating and Air Conditioning.
Then it was three days of seminars, networking events, an exciting keynote by Jennifer Bagley, CEO of the CI Web Group, and followed up with the yearly awards dinner and banquet.
There was even a post-Summit day where attendees could stay and earn or re-certify in Advanced Combustion or Airflow Testing and Diagnostics.
NCI Partner EGIA also conducted a post-Summit leadership seminar on developing a process-driven company. Read a full recap of the event, starting on page 12.
And don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 2020 Summit event, which will be held the week of April 6th in Scottsdale, AZ.
More on that in the very near future.