Johnson Controls gears up to celebrate 100 years of business in Canada
November 1, 2011 - Johnson Controls, a global company that delivers solutions to help increase energy efficiency in buildings, will mark 100 years of business in Canada next year, celebrating the 1912 incorporation of Johnson Temperature Regulating Company of Canada Limited.
By Alyssa Dalton
But according to the company, its true history in Canada predates 1912. “At the time of the Canadian incorporation, Johnson Controls operated offices in Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver,” it explained. “As early as 1889, Johnson systems were being installed in buildings such as the University of Toronto and later, Toronto City Hall, which opened in 1899.”
The Saskatchewan Parliament Buildings featured the Johnson system of temperature regulation when they opened in 1912, and Sir Henry Pellatt’s Casa Loma in Toronto was equipped with a system that included gold- and silver-plated thermostat covers, it added.
“The Johnson system of temperature regulation represented the first practical and economical system for temperature, humidity and ventilation control in large buildings,” it continued.
The acquisition of York International Corporation in 2005 added chillers and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment to the company’s product offerings in Canada.
On the services side, Johnson Controls has a joint venture with Brookfield Properties Corp. (BLJC), the Canadian leader in providing workplace management services for real estate portfolios.
Today, Johnson Controls serves different customers across Canada, including:
• Red Deer College, Red Deer, Alta.
• Fort McMurray Public School District, Fort McMurray, Alta.
• Winnipeg Schools, Winnipeg, Man.
• Toronto Pearson International Airport, Toronto, Ont.
• Minas Basin Pulp & Power Company, Hantsport, N.S.
• CSSS de Trois-Rivières, Que.
• CEGEP de Sainte-Foy, Que.
• Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ont.