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The trane story

A tradition of quality that continues today

For more than a century Trane has identified products and technology that stretched the world's idea of what was possible - creating a new standard of comfort.

Our Story

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. With the help of his son Reuben, just back from college with a degree in mechanical engineering, 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 has been building on ever since.

Important moments in trane history

  • 1885 James Trane founds what will become the Trane Company.
  • 1910 James Trane and son Reuben begin manufacturing operations.
  • 1923 Reuben Trane invents the convector radiator.
  • 1931 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.
  • 1938 Trane fundamentally changed the concept of air conditioning large buildings with the launch of Turbovac, the industry's first hermetic, centrifugal refrigeration machine.
    Trane fundamentally changed the concept of air conditioning large buildings with the 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.
  • 1970s Trane acquires Sentinel Electronics, entering the building automation and management field. Trane was the first to offer integrated controls for all its products, becoming a leader in the field of energy management.
  • 1984 Trane is acquired by American Standard Companies. Becomes the largest of its three businesses: Air Conditioning Systems and Services, Vehicle Control Systems (WABCO) and Bath and Kitchen.
  • 2008
    June 5, 2008, Ingersoll Rand acquires Trane.

Trane today… and where we’re headed

With Trane, Ingersoll Rand is now 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. 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 a Trane."
Trane facts and figures
Ingersoll Rand family of brands:
Trane HeadquartersAs a part of Ingersoll Rand, Trane shares their headequarters:
Global HeadquartersSwords, County Dublin, Ireland
North America HeadquartersDavidson, North Carolina, USA
Europe HeadquartersBrussels, Belgium
Asia HeadquartersShanghai, People’s Republic of China
Manufacturing locations:29 manufacturing locations in Brazil, China, France, Malaysia, Mexico, Thailand and the United States.locations:We do business through 400 locations in more than 100 countries.Number of employees:More than 29,000On an average day:One of Trane's air conditioning units is installed every minute of every day.