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Johnson Controls completed a major $7.5 million investment into new automation equipment at the company's commercial HVAC manufacturing plant in Norman, Oklahoma. The new equipment will increase capacity, while improving product quality, safety, and assembly productivity at the 900,000-square-foot facility, known as Johnson Controls Rooftop Center of Excellence.
"Johnson Controls is committed to surpassing our customers' expectations through the continuous improvement of our manufacturing plants and investment into our product lines," said Doug Schuster, vice president and general manager, global ducted systems, Johnson Controls. "We continue to invest in the improvement activities at the Norman facility to modernize and expand the plant, automate the manufacturing process, improve safety for our employees and ensure our products are built to the highest quality standards possible."
The new automation equipment includes the following:
The new equipment will increase facility capacity and streamline the manufacturing process, making employees jobs safer and more efficient, but jobs will not be impacted.
The most notable expansion of the 50-year-old Norman facility was in April 2019. It now features nearly 400,000-square-feet of incremental laboratory and manufacturing space, which includes a two-story, 52-foot-high testing lab roughly the size of one-and-a-half football fields. The extensive laboratory allows Johnson Controls to conduct on-site 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 2019 expansion also included renovations to more than 150,000-square-feet of office and meeting space. Today, the facility manufacturers commercial HVAC systems for Johnson Controls, YORK, TempMaster, Luxaire, Coleman, and Champion brands.
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