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Coolair celebrates 40 years

Reason to celebrate: Coolair Equipment’s MD Neil Gibbard and finance director Helen Sharratt

UK: Air conditioning contractor Coolair Equipment has reason to celebrate this week as it reaches a landmark 40th anniversary.

Established on February 13, 1980, when the average wage was £6,000 and a litre of petrol was just 28p, Coolair Equipment has grown from a home base in the suburbs of Manchester to a nationwide business.

Originally established above a terraced house on Debdale Lane in Gorton, the nationwide firm now operates out of three offices – its southern base in Maidstone, Kent, a Midlands office in Cannock and Coolair House, its headquarters in Dukinfield, Manchester.

John Otterson is Coolair Equipment’s chairman and the firm’s longest serving current member of staff, having joined the business in 1984, when it was a mere four years old.

He said: “Today’s air conditioning industry is very different to the one Coolair joined back in 1980. But we have always tried to innovate to ensure our continued success.”

Coolair staff will celebrate the firm’s 40th anniversary at its annual conference, which takes place in the spring. Coolair will also celebrate the landmark anniversary with a charity bike ride across South East Asia in October.

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