Lennox International Starts Mexico Plant

August 6, 2007
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

DALLAS - Lennox International Inc. plans to open a new manufacturing operation in Saltillo, Mexico, under the name LII United Products. The manufacturing lines responsible for Lennox-brand Merit Series air conditioners and heat pumps, as well as air handlers, will be shifted to Saltillo. The Merit Series is currently manufactured in Marshalltown, Iowa, while the CB26 air handler is currently manufactured in Grenada, Miss.

The three-year project is expected to break ground in the second half of 2007, with initial production starting in the second quarter 2008 and ramping up to full production by early 2010. The Saltillo operation is anticipated to be 300,000 square feet and employ over 500 at full production. The projected capital commitment is approximately $45 million over three years and is expected to lead to cost reductions of over $13 million by 2009, increasing to over $20 million per annum by 2010.

“There is fierce competition for the growing business in the Sunbelt region,” said Todd Bluedorn, LII CEO. “Our Merit Series offering is our primary Lennox-brand product line serving the Sunbelt market, and we must produce quality products at the lowest costs to compete in that market and grow our business. The Saltillo location offers significant manufacturing and logistics cost advantages to help us expand our capacity and flexibility to meet long-term demand and carry out our Sunbelt growth strategies.”

The company’s current plans are for its remaining Lennox-branded products, including all furnaces, its mid-tier Elite Series cooling products, and its premium line of Dave Lennox Signature Collection products to continue to be manufactured at its Marshalltown facility.

“LII began in Marshalltown, and still has deep roots there,” said Bluedorn. “The Marshalltown workforce is a high-quality workforce and will continue to be involved in the production of our more complex product lines.”

For more information, visit

Publication date: 08/06/2007  

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2014 World Energy Engineering Congress

Scenes from the 2014 World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington, D.C.


NEWSMakers: Kari Arfstrom

Kari Arfstrom, executive director of the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation, talks about the upcoming HVACR & Mechanical Conference. Posted on Jan. 23.

More Podcasts


NEWS 01-26-15 cover

2015 January 26

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Regional Standards

With regional standards for a/c equipment going into effect in 2015, how do you think it will impact the industry?
View Results Poll Archive


2015 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con