Ingersoll Rand Recognizes Trane Vidalia Plant Manager

Richard Peterson received Leadership Award

Vidalia, Ga., May 9 2017 – Richard Peterson, plant manager at Trane in Vidalia, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, recently received the top leadership award for his work during 2016. Ingersoll Rand leaders honored Peterson with the company’s 2016 Leadership Award at the organization’s global Integrated Supply Chain Conference. Peterson was selected from among hundreds of integrated supply chain leaders worldwide to receive the award.

The award recognizes Peterson as a strong servant leader who lives out the company’s values, including its commitment to developing a winning team where each employee is engaged and recognized as an important part of the broader team. Peterson’s leadership during 2016 generated top quartile employee engagement scores, the highest of any Ingersoll Rand manufacturing facility in North America.

“Richard brings the winning combination that defines a true servant leader,” said Ted Crabtree, vice president of operations, Residential HVAC & Supply for Ingersoll Rand. “He truly cares about plant employees and he combines this warmth with a strategic, process-and data-driven business mind to generate both higher productivity and more engaged staff.”  

Under Peterson’s leadership, in 2016 the Vidalia plant graduated the first cohort for its Team Leader Development Program for Trane residential in North America. This rigorous professional education effort, which includes mentoring from senior leadership, empowers front-line group leaders to own a standard approach to their work enabling them to continuously improve the business and tap their full potential as leaders.

In honoring him with the award, leaders also described Peterson as an unselfish leader who is willing to help other manufacturing sites when needed, including sharing key talent to help them develop and meet their goals.