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Johnson Controls opens new research and development complex

April 23, 2018

The 357,000-sq.-ft. facility in Pennsylvania is the newest and most advanced engineering and testing facility for chillers in the world.


Johnson Controls’ new research and development complex in York County,
Pennsylvania, is the newest and most advanced engineering and testing facility for chillers in the world.

Johnson Controls has opened its new Advanced Development & Engineering Center in York County, Pennsylvania.

Located in the Stonebridge Business Center in New Freedom, Pennsylvania, the complex includes a 250,000-sq.-ft. testing lab and support facility, which consolidates testing facilities from Johnson Controls’ existing campus located 15 miles north in York, Pennsylvania.

In addition, the complex features a 107,000-sq.-ft. engineering office building.

“Our customers expect the best, and we will continue to deliver the best – industry-leading HVACR equipment, such as our new YORK YZ chiller,” said Bill Jackson, president, Global Products, Johnson Controls. “This world-class facility enables us to advance performance levels for customers, thanks to more than 400 dedicated and driven employees, as well as business partners in the York County community.”

The complex represents Johnson Controls’ continued investment in the HVACR industry. In addition, it complements the R&D facility in Wuxi, China, and its newly opened world-class Asia-Pacific headquarters in Shanghai, China, featuring industry-leading green and smart buildings.

Jacobs, a global company that served as the project architect, is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for the York County complex.

The testing lab rises to 60 feet in some areas to accommodate YORK brand chillers and air handling units (AHU). The facility features over 20 labs, including air-cooled and water-cooled, acoustic, power electronics, compressor, air handling units and various other labs to spur innovation. The facility also houses a training center for variable refrigerant flow (VRF), chiller and other products and technologies.


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