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Daikin acquires Great Lakes distributor

USA: Looking to expand the use of inverter heat pumps in cold climates, Daikin Comfort Technologies North America has acquired its Great-Lakes-based HVAC and building products distributor Williams Distributing.

Williams’ Northern location, covering a significant portion of the Midwest, is seen as providing additional cold climate product testing and development opportunities for Daikin’s cold climate technologies. 

Founded in 1968 and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Williams is one of several regional distributor acquisitions made in recent years by Daikin. 

Williams has 32 branches, including 27 dedicated HVAC sales counters, across Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. The family business has 575 employees.

Daikin says it is also “excited” to incorporate into its portfolio the wide range of building products for which Williams in nationally recognised. These include a mix of residential building products for builders, contractors, consumers, and architects serving the kitchen and bath, plumbing, garage door and hearth markets. 

“Williams has long been an important, successful partner for Daikin, Daikin Applied, Goodman and Amana brand HVAC products. The acquisition of this outstanding distributor is another significant step on our path to make Daikin the no1 indoor comfort solutions provider in North America,” said Takayuki Inoue, Daikin’s executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer.

“The Williams family relationship with Daikin brands goes back more than 50 years, beginning with Amana brand HVAC and eventually becoming the largest independent Goodman distributor in the region,” said Jeffrey Beaton, Williams’ president and COO.

The Williams deal the acquisition last month of controls and energy management systems provider Venstar.

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