During the event, the facility leaders recognized employees for their dedication and commitment to customers, shared stories on the history of the facility, and highlighted the impact the Pueblo location has on the future of Trane. Leaders recognized long-term employees, including three day-one employees who started work during the first year of operation.
“I want to thank all employees, and recognize their loyalty and commitment to Trane. It is their dedication to producing solutions that make us a manufacturer of high efficiency HVAC solutions,” says Tom Herberg, Pueblo facility manager for Trane. “We are honored each day they have chosen Trane as their place of employment.”
The Pueblo campus includes engineering, product management, customer support and manufacturing for large industrial and commercial HVAC units. Many of the air-cooled and water-cooled chiller units from the location are used in schools and large industrial office buildings around the U.S. and in various other countries.
The location also includes a water-cooled run test facility and the world’s first Air Conditioning Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)-approved run test facility for air-cooled chillers and EcoWise chillers, which are designed to help lower environmental impact with next-generation, low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants and high-efficiency operation. The product test capability aids customers and the community. Customers from around the world travel to Pueblo to view Trane product capabilities and witness their product purchase performance test. The Pueblo operation hosts approximately 50 customer groups annually, bringing travel, lodging and related revenue to the Southern Colorado region.
Ingersoll Rand made a climate commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its products and operations by 2030. The Ingersoll Rand Climate Commitment pledges to:
- Cut the refrigerant GHG footprint of its products by 50 percent by 2020 and incorporate lower GWP alternatives across its portfolio by 2030.
- Invest $500 million in product-related research and development over the next five years to fund the long-term reduction of GHG emissions.
- Reduce company operations-related GHG emissions by 35 percent by 2020.
As part of company efforts to reduce emissions, Ingersoll Rand evaluated its own operations at facilities and committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within locations around the world. Examples of its efforts include lighting upgrades, reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, waste reduction and water conservation.
To date, the climate commitment has supported the avoidance of approximately 6.7 million metric tons of CO2 globally, which is the equivalent of avoiding annual CO2 emissions from energy used in more than 700,000 homes for one year. By 2030, the company expects to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 million metric tons.
The Pueblo facility has followed suit and recently installed new Ice Storage chillers and is expecting a 5 percent energy reduction year-over-year. The ice storage system allows for efficient use of chillers to occur, by running at night during low energy cost hours, and generating ice for daytime use during peak energy hours. The Trane campus is also expecting 12 percent water use reduction year-over-year, due to the new chillers being a closed loop system, and the previous cooling tower not being a closed loop system for water use.
The Pueblo campus is located on 27 acres in the Pueblo airport industrial park and is comprised of two buildings totaling approximately 450,000-square-feet. Operations include two manufacturing groups and is home to more than 450 product engineering, product development, production, quality, finance, order service, customer service and marketing employees.
Further details of Ingersoll Rand’s Climate Commitment are publicly available on the website.