Midwest HVAC News
Nortek Global HVAC
Celebrates 100-Year Anniversary.
The anniversary celebration will focus on the company’s
innovations from the past and prospects for the future.
Global HVAC, a leading manufacturer of HVAC equipment, is
celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2019 by recognizing the
accomplishments from the past and focusing on the innovations of
The landmark anniversary kicked off at the 2019 International
Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigerating Expo (AHR Expo--2019)
January 14 in Atlanta and will continue with subsequent celebrations
and events throughout the year.
Founded as the International Oil Heating Co. in 1919, the company
rose to success manufacturing coal-to-oil conversion furnace
burners. The innovative oil burners helped reduce coal-burning air
pollution challenges faced in its St. Louis hometown, considered the
dirtiest city in the Mississippi Valley at the time. Later, the
company innovated even cleaner gas-fired burner conversions.
In 1933, they designed, built and installed the first heater for
mobile homes (termed manufactured homes today). That important
milestone helped it become the leader in manufactured housing HVAC,
a category it still leads today.
The company innovated dozens of “firsts” throughout the subsequent
decades, such as the first fully-automatic mobile home furnace,
first sealed combustion oil furnace for mobile homes, and the first
electric hot water self-contained baseboard heaters.
The company was renamed Nordyne in 1987. Around this time, the
company was able to take their years developing manufactured housing
HVAC equipment and apply it to the residential market.
Newly-developed manufacturing processes, such as Demand Flow
Technology (DFT) in 1994, led to faster production turnaround times
and quality assurance awards. For example, DFT helped generate
accolades from manufacturers, such as Sidney, Ohio-based Copeland,
which recognized the company in multiple years as having the best
compressor reliability in the industry.
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As Nordyne, the
company continued to introduce innovative technology solutions
to the heating and cooling market. This included SmartLite™
technology in 2002, which extended igniter life through
self-adjusting startup times, and the first ducted application
of inverter technology, the iQ Drive® line, in 2006. In 2014,
the company introduced the first-ever residential condensing
gas/electric packaged system – the R8HE.
In 2015, Nordyne was renamed Nortek Global HVAC, the name it
maintains in its 100th year. Continuing the innovation of
previous decades, Nortek Global HVAC recently introduced the
first all-aluminum coil technology for use in residential HVAC
applications. And in October 2018, the company patented a
methodology that will revolutionize the air conditioning
industry. The U.S. patent eliminates hot gas reheat circuit
instability and the risk of potential freezing experienced by
most current brands of air conditioning reheat technology,
especially on dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS) when
operating during cold and high-humidity ambient conditions.
Nortek Global HVAC’s success is due in part to its partnership
with independent contractors and distributors. This partnership
has led to many product improvements such the new split-system
jacket design launched in 2017. The new jacket was directly
influenced by contractor feedback, resulting in a design that
increases system serviceability.
For more information about Nortek Global HVAC products and to
access the online literature library, contractors and
distributors should visit
About Nortek Global HVAC
Nortek Global HVAC has been designing and manufacturing reliable
heating and cooling products for 100 years. The company focuses
on creating genuine value for its customers through a unique
combination of innovation, product performance and responsive
support. Nortek Global HVAC and its subsidiaries build and sell
HVAC systems under the Maytag®, Broan®, Frigidaire®, Reznor®,
Mammoth® and Gibson® brands, among others.
To learn more about Nortek Global HVAC and its product
offerings, please visit
Trademark Maytag®, Broan®, Frigidaire®, Reznor®, Mammoth® and
Gibson® used under license.