Illinois Contractors Install Donated YORK HVAC Systems in Mortgage-Free Homes Gifted to U.S. Military Veterans

April 16, 2019

Sutfin Mechanical and KAL Heating & Cooling partnered with other local contractors and Building Homes for Heroes to host Welcome Home ceremonies in Illinois for two military veterans. USMC Corporal Collin Dunne and Navy Petty Officer Ryan Shannon both received his mortgage-free homes from Building Homes for Heroes. Dunne will reside in Plainfield, IL and Shannon will live in Lake in the Hills, IL. Throughout their service, Dunne and Shannon suffered many injuries that have impacted their mobility. These injuries require specific modifications to their homes in order to live safely and focus on their recovery.

Plainfield, IL, York donation to military veteran USMC Corporal Collin Dunne.

To support these veterans, Johnson Controls donated YORK® heating and cooling systems with Wi-Fi® capable YORK® touch-screen thermostats to better assist them with adjusting their home’s temperature without the need to get up. Sutfin Mechanical and KAL Heating & Cooling donated the HVAC installation services for the veterans’ new homes.

“Having the support of companies like Johnson Controls, Sutfin Mechanical and KAL Heating & Cooling gives us the opportunity to honor injured veterans with a mortgage-free home,” said Chad Gottlieb, director of construction development, Building Homes for Heroes. “The customized amenities companies like Johnson Controls are able to bring to these homes allows veterans to live their lives in greater comfort and dignity.”

Building Homes for Heroes is a national organization that recognizes those who serve in the United States Armed Forces by supporting the needs of severely wounded or disabled soldiers and their families. The organization strives to build or renovate quality homes and donate them, mortgage-free, to injured veterans nationwide.

York military donation to Navy Petty Officer Ryan Shannon in Lake in the Hills, Illinois.
York donation to Navy Petty Officer Ryan Shannon in Lake in the Hills, Illinois.

“There is no greater honor than giving back to the veterans that have sacrificed for our country. We are proud to provide Corporal Collin Dunne with a comfortable environment in his new home and the ability to adjust his thermostat remotely to accommodate his limited mobility,” said Frank L. Sutfin, Jr., president, Sutfin Mechanical.

The YORK brand of Johnson Controls has been a proud sponsor of Building Homes for Heroes since 2014. The company has been recognized by US Veterans Magazine as a top veteran-friendly company. Johnson Controls is also committed to hiring veterans and military spouses. Veteran employees are honored to design, engineer and assemble systems that help improve the lives of fellow veterans.

Building Homes for Heroes invites anyone wishing to volunteer or donate to the organization to contact Building Homes for Heroes at  To learn more about Building Homes for Heroes

To learn more about Sutfin Mechanical please visit To learn more about KAL Heating & Cooling visit

For additional questions about Building Homes for Heroes or the ceremony please contact Jazmine Jean-Francois at For questions about Johnson Controls please contact Ryan Nolan, public relations program manager, Johnson Controls, at, 414-524-4017 and for questions related to YORK or the HVAC contractor, please contact Ginny McCreary, public relations account manager, Godfrey, at, 717-393-3831.

About Building Homes for Heroes

Building Homes for Heroes®, Inc. is a national organization committed to helping severely combat wounded or disabled US veterans and their families by gifting them a mortgage-free home. For more information on these projects, please call 516-684-9220 or visit the organization’s website at


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About Johnson Controls

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