Rich Heritage


The history of Trane 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.

Furthering its transformation into a multi-brand commercial manufacturer that serves customers in diverse global markets, Ingersoll Rand acquired Trane in June 2008. Operating under Trane Technologies since March 2020, we are a climate innovation company that challenges what’s possible for a sustainable future through heating, cooling and transport refrigeration solutions.

Today, Trane maintains a robust global presence and continues to grow at an exceptional pace. Trane honors the legacy in place, and builds on it by making buildings safer, more comfortable and more cost effective. We help customers succeed by providing innovative, intelligent and customized solutions through a broad portofolio of environmentally responsible climate solutions. We believe that integrated systems and service solutions will best enhance building performance, improve quality of life for building occupants and help building owners meet their specific business operational objectives.

Trane sustainable systems and services have a reputation for reliability, high quality and advanced innovation; and are available through a powerful distribution network. Trane employees and distributors are respected industry-wide for their skills and performance in designing, manufacturing, marketing and supporting efficient and sustainable HVAC systems.

New chapters in Trane's history of growth through innovation are being written every working day.


Over 100 years of customer driven innovation

  • 1st convector radiator
  • World's 1st hermetic centrifugal water chiller
  • Direct-expansion cooling coils
  • 3-D scroll and helical-rotary compressors
  • Falling-film evaporator
  • Aquastream concept
  • Tracer Building Management System
  • RTHD evo high efficiency chillers
  • Conquest best value chiller
  • Sintesis the best bundled in one air-cooled chillers
  • Flex Series modular air-cooled chillers and heat pumps
  • Balance simultaneous cooling and heating mult-pipe units
  • Airfinity high performance plug-and-play rooftop units
  • XStream water-cooled chillers and water/water heat pumps
  • Sintesis EXcellent air-cooled chillers with high speed centrifugal compressors