Midwest HVAC News
Bard Manufacturing Company
Builds HVAC Innovation and Design Center.
Bard Manufacturing Company has broken ground for the James R. Bard
Center for HVAC Innovation & Design at their Bryan, Ohio,
headquarters. This multi-million-dollar project will add 15,000
square feet to the current facility and will consist of
collaborative work spaces and a new psychrometric test lab.
The purpose of the innovation center is to improve new product
development and speed-to-market capabilities, and to help make
northwest Ohio a hub for HVAC engineering and innovation. “Our goal
is to create the next generation of engineering innovation that will
increase our ability to help advance customer and industry needs,”
stated Bard President and CEO Bill Steel.
The creation of the facility is made possible by the generosity of
Jim and Joan Bard. Jim retired in 2003 as President, after 43 years
with the company. “Naming the center the James R. Bard Center for
HVAC Innovation & Design honors Jim’s legacy of service and
significant importance to the company,” stated Steel. Bard has been
a family-owned and operated business for 103 years and four
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“The work spaces in
the new center will help us all work together better and more
collaboratively,” stated Pam Bard Steel, Bard’s Chairman of
Managing Partners. “We want to be a magnet in northwest Ohio for
creating jobs and bringing in skilled trades.” Bard is looking
to attract more engineers and add more lab technicians to
support the new psychrometric test lab. Doing this will result
in bringing additional new products to market faster and will
create the need for more production people to support the
The center is currently under construction and is expected to be
open in summer 2018. The project was designed by Beilharz
Architects and the general contractor is The Spieker Company.
About Bard Manufacturing
The Bard Manufacturing Company has developed advanced
technologies and innovations in the HVAC industry for more than
100 years. We are the industry’s leading innovator of wall-mount
air conditioning and heat pump technology. Founded as a heating
and plumbing contracting business in 1914 by Dale Bard, the
company remains family-owned four generations later.
Bard is committed to the highest quality in the engineering and
manufacturing of climate control solutions. We strive for
continuous improvement, testing each unit individually before it
is shipped. Bard serves many markets including schools,
equipment shelters and telecom, modular, light commercial and
mobile, and residential.
Our corporate offices are located in Bryan, Ohio. An additional
wall-mount manufacturing facility is in Madison, Georgia, and a
coil production plant is located in Saltillo, Mexico. These
modern, state-of-the art facilities allow Bard to deliver
innovative, high-quality products to an ever-expanding global
We pride ourselves on providing reliable technical service and
customer support in a responsive friendly manner. Our rich
history in Bryan, Ohio, and our commitment to our community
continues to this day.