At Trane, we’re all about air – cool air, warm air, clean air. As a world leader in air conditioning systems, services and solutions, we control the comfort of the air for people in homes and many of the world’s largest and most famous commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. And we’re applying Trane’s expertise in environmental technology and energy conservation to make a difference in energy efficiency around the globe.
Our Products, Services, Brands and Reputation
We offer a broad range of energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; dehumidifying and air cleaning products; service and parts support; advanced building controls and financing solutions. Our systems and services have leading positions in premium commercial, residential, institutional and industrial markets; a reputation for reliability, high quality and product innovation; and a powerful distribution network.
Our Systems & Services
We live in a world where more people are demanding air conditioned homes and buildings while the cost of energy and concern for the environment are surging. In addition to making people comfortable, conditioned air is essential to the operations of our customers in high-tech manufacturing, hospitals, food processing and many other industries. Trane is a world leader in providing systems, services and solutions responsive to all these modern realities, while delivering maximum energy efficiency.
We’re big in big buildings
Large commercial systems designed, manufactured and maintained by Trane provide the heating, ventilation and air conditioning for prominent buildings on every continent. We custom design solutions for each building and our substantial services business gives us the resources to partner with each customer for the life of a building. You can find Trane systems working behind the scenes to provide a comfortable environment for office workers in Beijing’s World Trade Center complex, audiences at Milan’s famous La Scala opera house, baseball fans in Toronto’s Skydome and even tourists visiting the Washington Monument.
As a leader in green building technology, Trane custom designs building systems that operate with maximum energy efficiency. This is what customers want and the environment needs. Our commitment to clean air extends from the air people breathe in our customers’ buildings to the air those buildings emit into the atmosphere.
In 2007 Trane was selected to join the Clinton Climate initiative, a team of business and government partners assembled by former U.S. President Bill Clinton to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 40 of the world’s largest cities.
Trane has long been the world’s largest producer of the massive chillers in commercial air conditioning systems. But our industry leadership today is based on the comprehensive systems we design to accommodate the specific needs of our customers’ buildings, complete with sophisticated controls as well as chillers, all supported with Trane parts and services.
We’re welcome in homes
The same commitments to customer service, high-performance systems and clean air also make us a leader in premium residential air conditioning systems. Trane offers high-quality, energy-efficient systems and services for homes and light commercial buildings.
In the interest of combining air comfort with air purity, we make whole-house air filtration systems that remove up to 99.98 percent of particles and allergens from the air in your home. Professors from the Harvard School of Public Health verified that these filtration systems are 1,000 times more effective than a standard one-inch filter. Technology like that makes Trane the residential market’s leader in indoor air quality, a leadership position we’re committed to keeping.
The Trane brand is the most recognized, most preferred and most highly rated brand of residential heating, cooling and ventilation.
Within the North American market, homeowners buy our Trane residential systems at a rate that averages out to one sale every minute of every day. That’s a vote of confidence in us.
Our efforts to earn that confidence begin in the design labs and manufacturing sites where our residential systems are created. And that confidence is reinforced when we sit down at a customer’s kitchen table to make sure the system we help them select will not only meet but exceed their expectations for comfort and energy-efficiency.
For more than a century the Trane name has identified products and technology that stretched the world’s idea of what was possible – a tradition that’s still very much with us.
In many ways Trane is a classic American success story that grew into a global one. It began with our founder, James Trane, a Norwegian immigrant who opened his own plumbing shop in La Crosse, WI, in 1885.
With the inspiration of cold Wisconsin winters, James Trane invented a new low-pressure heating system he proudly called the Trane Vapor Heating System. His son, Reuben, was just back from college with a degree in mechanical engineering, so father and son began manufacturing operations in 1910 and incorporated as The Trane Company in 1913. It was Reuben’s invention of the convector radiator in 1923 that firmly established the company’s reputation as an innovator, a reputation Trane people have been building on ever since.
Growth through innovation
The idea of using technology to give people relief from summer heat was a radical and unproven idea when Trane became an air conditioning pioneer in 1931.
Trane fundamentally changed the concept of air conditioning large buildings with the 1938 launch of Turbovac, the industry’s first hermetic, centrifugal refrigeration machine. This was the beginning of a long chain of innovations leading to Trane’s current CenTraVac®, the industry standard for large commercial air conditioning systems. This is the most energy efficient system available anywhere for large buildings and it has earned Trane the “Best of the Best” Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Expanding our offer to customers
With the acquisition of Sentinel Electronics in the late 1970s, Trane moved into the important building automation and management field. The company was the first to offer integrated controls for all its products and became a leader in the still new field of energy management, a leadership position that continues to expand.
Our days as a leader in residential air conditioning began in 1982. That’s when we took advantage of an opportunity to acquire General Electric’s Central Air Conditioning Division.
We’re proud that over the decades we’ve enriched the scope of our products and technology as well as the scope of the total solutions we can offer each customer.
In 1984 Trane was acquired by American Standard Companies and remained the largest of its three businesses: Air Conditioning Systems and Services, Vehicle Control Systems (WABCO) and Bath and Kitchen.
On Nov. 28, 2007 we successfully completed a plan announced the previous February to separate the three American Standard businesses, leaving each free to concentrate exclusively on the markets it knows best. Over the course of the year WABCO was spun off as an independent corporation and Bath and Kitchen was sold to Bain Capital Partners. On Nov. 28th American Standard Companies changed its name to Trane, reflecting our business focus and our leadership in providing integrated heating, ventilation and air conditioning services and solutions..
On June 5, 2008, global diversified industrial company Ingersoll Rand acquired Trane, furthering its transformation into a multi-brand commercial products manufacturer serving customers in diverse global markets, and away from the capital-intense, heavy-machinery profile of its past. With Trane now part of the family, Ingersoll Rand is better able to provide products, services and solutions to enhance the quality and comfort in homes and buildings, and enable companies and their customers to create progress.
Some of Ingersoll Rand’s other brands include Club Car golf carts, Hussmann stationary refrigeration equipment, Ingersoll Rand industrial equipment, Schlage locks and Thermo-King transport temperature-controlled equipment.
New chapters in Trane’s history of growth through innovation are being written every working day. Now as part of Ingersoll Rand, our momentum continues to build because – as our people have said for years – “it’s hard to stop a Trane.”
We began as a family business and even today think of the 29,000 women and men who work for Trane as family. It’s an extended global family that works in more than 400 locations spread over 100 countries worldwide, including 29 production facilities.
Trane people are respected industry-wide for their skills and performance in designing, manufacturing and marketing commercial and residential systems and for providing customers with the support they need.
Our commercial systems customers are supported by more than 7,600 of the best trained sales engineers and service technicians in the industry. Our commitment to partner with customers throughout the life of their building is backed up by 2,000 factory authorized service professionals to ensure that each customer’s Trane system achieves maximum operating and energy efficiency.
The customer satisfaction ratings of 93 percent consistently earned by our Trane and American Standard brand residential systems are supported by a nationwide network of 10,000 contractors and dealers in the U.S. as well as 100 independent and company-owned distributors.
A vital tradition
In a tradition that goes back to our early days, we are constantly upgrading the skills of already highly trained people to stay on top of emerging technical priorities. That’s why Trane today has more than 680 engineers certified as Accredited Professionals under the U.S. Green Building Council’s prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. We’re also proud to have 40 engineers specializing in environmental issues and we look forward to doubling the number of both groups of skilled professionals over the next five years.
When you have the best people, you just naturally want to help them get even better.
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