How long has Trane been in business?
Founded in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1885, and finally incorporated in 1913, Trane
has over 120 years of experience in the business.
In many ways, the Trane story 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, Wisconsin, 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
Over the years, we’ve had some highlights:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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. Other well-known brands that are
part of the Ingersoll Rand family include Schlage, Thermo-King, Club Car, Hussmann
and Ingersoll Rand.
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
Number of Employees:
More than 29,000
We do business through 400 locations in more than 100 countries.
29 manufacturing locations in Brazil, China, Egypt, England, France, Malaysia, Mexico,
Taiwan, Thailand and the United States.
On an Average Day:
One of Trane’s air conditioning units is installed every minute of every day.
Where is Trane headquartered?
As a part of Ingersoll Rand, Trane shares their headquarters:
Global Headquarters: Swords, County Dublin, Ireland
North America Headquarters: Davidson, North Carolina, USA
Europe Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium
Asia Headquarters: Shanghai, People’s Republic of China