New center adds value to customer experience showcasing refrigeration solutions for supermarket, foodservice, cold storage and industrial cooling applications with high-tech laboratory and training facility
(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) October 15, 2012 – Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development joined Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration, a leading global provider of commercial refrigeration solutions, today for the unveiling of its new Innovation Center during a Grand Opening event, attended by a cross section of customers, industry experts, trade media and local officials. Located at Heatcraft North America headquarters in Stone Mountain, GA, the state-of-the-art facility highlights the company’s more than 125 years of refrigeration expertise with global innovative products, training services and high-tech laboratory all designed to provide added customer value.
“The opening of the Heatcraft Innovation Center marks an exciting time for our company as it will further strengthen our capabilities of providing best in class refrigeration equipment and complete systems to our customers,” said Larry Golen, Vice President and General Manager for Heatcraft North America. “In addition to being a place where our latest global innovations can be showcased, the facility will serve as a strategic resource for our customers in product development, testing and training.”
“We are excited that Heatcraft has remained committed to our community and look forward to seeing their growth in the future,” stated Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “We are proud to support our existing companies and offer assistance for their continued success.”
With an existing laboratory of 30,000 square-feet, the new development center includes a 15,000 square-foot expansion, making it the leading refrigeration innovation center in the industry. The Heatcraft Innovation Center includes three main areas: (1) equipment and systems showroom, (2) training facility, and (3) an expanded global laboratory. The showroom displays more than 60 refrigeration solutions exemplifying the extensive breadth of Heatcraft global innovation across a wide variety of markets including food retail, foodservice, cold storage, and industrial cooling. The 3,500 square-foot training facility housed within the Innovation Center contains fully operational refrigeration systems designed to create an effective hands-on learning environment for beginners to those with advanced technical skills. Finally, the expanded global lab with locations in both the Stone Mountain and Columbus, Georgia operations will allow for more robust equipment and complete systems testing using realistic environmental conditions ensuring products are up to the highest of quality standards and in compliance with regulatory requirements.
The development of the Innovation Center will provide an opportunity for both customers and employees to participate in innovative new product developments and expand their knowledge with an array of technical training courses that provide a “hands on” learning experience.
“We celebrate Heatcraft’s decision to expand and open this innovative facility within Gwinnett County,” stated Chris Garner, Chairman, Evermore CID. “The dedication to the Gwinnett and Stone Mountain location is a testament to the county’s pro-business environment and will strengthen the economic vitality of Evermore CID.”
Upon entering the Heatcraft Innovation Center, visitors will experience a realistic food retail environment as the showroom boasts impressive replicas of a supermarket and restaurant kitchen exhibiting the company’s latest energy-efficient products and systems. Refrigerated display cases are featured fully merchandised and divided into Produce, Bakery, Frozen Foods, Dairy, Meat, and Convenience departments. A variety of refrigeration systems are also on display in a mechanical room setting including innovative products like the recently launched Slim Contour Unit Cooler, the refrigeration remote control monitoring system, the environmentally-friendly Microchannel Air-Cooled Condenser platform, and the GreenChill awarded CO2 Refrigeration System. Customers visiting the facility will also see global innovative products from across Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration including the largest portfolio of microchannel condensing units, SunSource solar panel installations powering our global lab facility and Lennox Energence energy-efficient commercial HVAC rooftops.
Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development works to support the retention and expansion of existing Gwinnett companies and specifically focuses on the attraction and support of headquarter operations, such as Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration.
“Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration is recognized as an innovative industry leader across North America and the world,” stated Kellie Brownlow, Director of Economic Development, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “We celebrate a company whose work and focus touch many areas, including manufacturing, headquarters, innovation and global business—all keys to successfully growing and expanding business in Gwinnett County.”
To learn more about Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration, please visit heatcraftrpd.com.
For more information or to learn how to get involved in local economic development efforts, please visit www.gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.