USA: Johnson Controls is moving its air handling systems and ducted DX businesses from its current location at S Richland Ave, York, Penn, to a renovated facility just a few miles away at 100 JCI Way.
The new facility, named the Airside Center of Excellence (ACE), includes 40,000ft² of office space and a 285,000ft² manufacturing area where standard and custom air-handling units will be manufactured. The site was previously occupied by heat exchanger manufacturer Kelvion.
“The Airside Center of Excellence was designed to be a world-class manufacturing, training and support centre for our industry-leading air handling products,” said Johnson Controls’ vice president and general manager, air handling systems Todd Grabowski. “This strategic location allows us to better serve our customers and the growing demands of the East Coast market.”
About 200 employees have already relocated to the 100 JCI Way site. Manufacturing operations in East York and about 330 other employees will move to the new location in early 2019.
The site will feature an extensive welcoming area where visitors can view products and models on display, use interactive touchscreens and view a timeline depicting Johnson Controls history of innovation and technology through the years.
“The ACE facility is a top-grade manufacturing space designed to support the heavy manufacturing requirements of our air handling products,” said Harvey Elder, vice president, product management. “By staying in York, we were able to retain all the engineering, design and manufacturing talent in this area.”
The Air Handling Systems business will have easy access to a new air handling lab and testing facility in New Freedom, Pennsylvania, which opened earlier this year. The lab can simultaneously measure airflow and sound in air handling units. The lab houses a reverberant sound chamber qualified for octave band and narrow band testing. In addition, the lab features two air flow meters that test fans and air handlers up to 100,000 CFM.