Carrier Corporation

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Carrier Corporation
Industry Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems
Founded 1915
Founder Willis Carrier
Headquarters Farmington, Connecticut
Number of employees
Approximately 45,000
Parent United Technologies Corporation

Carrier is a brand of United Technologies Corporation Building & Industrial Systems, based in Farmington, Connecticut. Carrier was founded in 1915 as an independent company, manufacturing and distributing heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as commercial refrigeration and food service equipment. About 2012, it was a $12.5 billion company with over 43,000 employees serving customers in 170 countries on six continents.[1][2]

Carrier was acquired by United Technologies in 1979.


Willis Carrier is credited with inventing modern air conditioning in 1902. In 1915 Carrier, along with six other engineers, pooled together $32,600 to form the Carrier Engineering Corporation.[3] In 1920 they purchased their first plant in Newark, New Jersey.

The corporation bearing his name succeeded in marketing its air conditioner to the residential market in the 1950s, which led to formerly sparsely populated areas such as the American Southwest becoming home to sprawling suburbs. Carrier is the largest air conditioning producer in the world.[citation needed] It has U.S. manufacturing facilities in Indianapolis, Indiana for residential and commercial furnaces and air handlers, Collierville, Tennessee for residential condensing units and heat pumps, Tyler, Texas for residential package units and commercial condensing and package units, Mexico for evaporator coils, and Charlotte, North Carolina for accessories and chillers.

In 1955 Carrier merged with Affiliated Gas Equipment, Inc., which owned the Bryant Heater Co., Day & Night Water Heater Co., and Payne Furnace & Supply Co.[4]

A Carrier commercial service van in Montreal, Canada in August 2008.

Carrier Corporation was acquired by United Technologies Corporation (UTC) in July 1979.[5] Prior to the acquisition by UTC, Carrier Corporation was known as the Carrier Air Conditioning Company.

International Comfort Products (ICP), headquartered in Lewisburg, Tennessee, was acquired by Carrier in 1999. In the 1990s Carrier stopped using the "Day & Night" brand (which was the "D" in the BDP division, or Bryant-Day & Night-Payne) but it was revived in 2006 by ICP.

Carrier also owns Transicold ("reefer" transport refrigeration).

In early 2008, Carrier acquired Environmental Market Solutions, Inc. (EMSI), an environmental and green building consulting company based in the United States. The company has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the US Green Building Council for its factories in Charlotte NC and Huntington IN (2009), Shanghai, China (2010), and Monterrey, Mexico (2011).[6]

Carrier, Otis, and United Technologies Fire and Security were combined into one subsidiary in September 2013.

Carrier Air Conditioning Australia[edit]

The head office in Australia is located in Dingley Village, Redwood Gardens.

Syracuse, New York campus[edit]

Willis Carrier moved his facilities from New Jersey to Syracuse, New York in the 1930s. During the late 20th century, when it was acquired by UTC, it was Central New York State's largest manufacturer. Due to increasing labor and union costs in the Central New York area, Carrier has substantially downsized its presence in Syracuse, with manufacturing work being moved to a variety of domestic and international locations. Meanwhile, managerial employees were relocated closer to UTC's Connecticut corporate headquarters which represented a challenge to the local economy. Over the course of 2011 the majority of the manufacturing buildings of the Syracuse campus were demolished at a cost of nearly 14 million dollars. Despite the loss of manufacturing jobs, the suburban Syracuse Campus, in DeWitt, New York, remained the primary engineering and design center for all Carrier products with over 1,000 employees and contractors on site.[7] However, in January, 2016, United Technologies decided to lay off the remaining 1,300 R&D and technical employees in Syracuse,[8] thus effectively ending Carrier's presence as an employer in Central New York state.

Carrier purchased the naming rights to the Carrier Dome, the football and basketball arena at Syracuse University. Despite being named for an air conditioner manufacturer, the Carrier Dome is not air conditioned.


Carrier markets the brand names Weathermaster commercial units, Centurion rooftop units, and Aquazone water- and ground-source heat pumps, as well as the Infinity, Performance, and Comfort Series for residential applications.

  • Bryant
  • Carrier
  • Payne
  • International Comfort Products (Arcoaire, Comfortmaker, Day & Night, Heil, KeepRite, and Tempstar)
  • Linde Refrigeration
  • Noresco
  • Totaline
  • Transicold

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Carrier". Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  2. ^ "Carrier UK | Air Conditioning - About Carrier". Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Carrier Corporation: Interactive Timeline". Carrier Corporation. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Merger Vote Set By Carrier Corp.". New York Times. 1955-01-29. 
  5. ^ "U.T.C. and Carrier Reach Agreement". New York Times. 1979-03-31. 
  6. ^ "Carrier Corp.'s Mexico Factory First HVAC Factory in the World to Receive LEED Gold Certification". Carrier Corp. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Carrier's Dewitt campus has been transformed to development hub". The Post-Standard. 2012-05-21. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Carrier Corp. cutting jobs in DeWitt". The Post-stardard. 2016-01-21. 

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