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Johnson Controls Rooftop Center of Excellence Recognized as an Oklahoma Project of the Year

Johnson Controls announces the Norman Economic Development Coalition (NEDC) received a Project of the Year Award for Excellence in Economic Development for its critical role in the expansion of the Rooftop Center of Excellence in Norman, Oklahoma. The NEDC, which won in the category of cities with a population over 40,000, received the honor from the Oklahoma Economic Development Council.

The 900,000 square-foot Johnson Controls Rooftop Center of Excellence facility for HVAC rooftop unit design, manufacturing and testing.
The 900,000 square-foot Johnson Controls Rooftop Center of Excellence facility for HVAC rooftop unit design, manufacturing and testing.

The NEDC helped Johnson Controls secure $1.75 million in funding from the Oklahoma Economic Development Pooled Finance Program, which helped fund construction of a new 400,000 square-foot laboratory and manufacturing space and renovations to over 150,000 square-feet of office and meeting space. The expansion of the 900,000 square-foot facility had a tremendous impact on the Norman community, creating 300 full-time jobs and adding an annual $110 million local economic boost. Overall, Johnson Controls has a $350 million impact on the local economy.

“This award represents the successful collaboration and teamwork put forth to make the Johnson Controls Rooftop Center of Excellence a win-win for everyone involved,” said Maureen Hammond, NEDC interim president. “Having this state-of-the-art facility has created new jobs for our citizens and made a considerable positive impact on our local economy. Johnson Controls’ vision and implementation strategy made this facility future-ready for growth and we are honored and proud they have selected to reinvest in our community.”

Over the past year, Johnson Controls has developed new products for existing lines and launched two new series of commercial rooftop units that were designed, engineered and assembled at the Rooftop Center of Excellence. The new series include the 25-50 ton Premier rooftop units, launched in December 2018, and, most recently, the 15-27 ton Choice rooftop units launched in August 2019. The facility was also honored by Industry Week as a Best Plants Winner for empowering its employees to use their voice to make positive change with both product and process development.

“We are so proud to see the NEDC honored for their hard work,” said Liz Haggerty, vice president and general manager, Ducted Systems, Johnson Controls. “The new space represents our commitment to the rooftop unit industry and enables our team to deliver exceptional products to our customers with faster lead times, while providing unprecedented future growth opportunities.”

The Rooftop Center of Excellence includes a two-story, 52-foot-high testing lab, roughly the size of one-and-a-half football fields. The extensive laboratory offers an environment that allows Johnson Controls to conduct on-site complex development, regulatory compliance, performance, safety and reliability testing, including the ability to test a 150-ton rooftop unit in climates ranging from -30 to 130 degrees F.

To learn more about the Johnson Controls Rooftop Center of Excellence, visit www.johnsoncontrols.com.

About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is a global leader creating a safe, comfortable and sustainable world. Our 105,000 employees create intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions and integrated infrastructure that work seamlessly together to deliver on the promise of smart cities and communities in 150 countries. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. We are committed to helping our customers win everywhere, every day and creating greater value for all of our stakeholders through strategic focus on our buildings and energy growth platforms.

For additional information, please visit www.johnsoncontrols.com or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

About the Norman Economic Development Coalition

The Norman Economic Development Coalition (NEDC) is dedicated to improving the quality of life of Norman residents through the creation and retention of jobs. Established in 1996, the NEDC is a joint effort of the University of Oklahoma, the City of Norman, Moore Norman Technology Center, and the Sooner Centurions, a committee of the Norman Chamber of Commerce. This unique partnership was formed to work full time on economic development in the Norman community.
For more information, visit www.selectnorman.com or call 405-573-1900.

About Johnson Controls Building Technologies & Solutions

Johnson Controls Building Technologies & Solutions is making the world safer, smarter and more sustainable – one building at a time. Our technology portfolio integrates every aspect of a building – whether security systems, energy management, fire protection or HVACR – to ensure that we exceed customer expectations at all times. We operate in more than 150 countries through our unmatched network of branches and distribution channels, helping building owners, operators, engineers and contractors enhance the full lifecycle of any facility. Our arsenal of brands includes some of the most trusted names in the industry, such as Tyco®, YORK®, Metasys®, Ruskin®, Titus®, Frick®, PENN®, Sabroe®, Simplex® and Grinnell®.

For more information, visit www.johnsoncontrols.com or follow @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.