Friedrich - Last Room A/C Leaves U.S.

September 24, 2007
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SAN ANTONIO - Friedrich Air Conditioning Co., the San Antonio-based air conditioning manufacturer, has announced that it plans to move production of room air conditioners from its San Antonio plant to the company’s facility in Monterrey, Mexico. According to Friedrich President and CEO Charles M. Marino, production at the San Antonio plant will end in November.

“After considerable deliberation and assessment of our business, the decision has been made to cease production in our San Antonio plant. This extremely difficult decision was made for competitive reasons and to ensure the future of our business. While I understand that this is sad news for our many dedicated manufacturing employees in San Antonio, I am proud that we have continued to manufacture here in the United States long after our competitors have moved production overseas,” explained Marino.

As the last manufacturer producing room air conditioners in the United States, Friedrich felt the move was necessary in order to compete with competitive products that are produced overseas, primarily in China. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, over 9 million room air conditioners were imported into the United States in 2006.

When asked why Friedrich selected Monterrey as the site for its new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, Marino explained that Monterrey offers a unique combination of assets.

“The city of Monterrey was selected because of its skilled, stable work force, strong supplier base, and strategic location near the San Antonio headquarters. In addition, keeping production in North America will allow us to be closer to our customers and to get products to market faster. Ultimately, this will result in better customer service.”

Although Friedrich production is being moved to Monterrey, the company has announced that all administrative functions, including engineering, service parts, and warehousing, will remain in San Antonio.

Publication date: 09/24/2007

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Quality Control

danny a h tong
September 24, 2007
Willing selected pdtn supervisors from San Antonio should be integrated into the plant in Monterrey as expatriates. Quality and durability of the eqmt will stand out against China made eqmt in the long run. Upward sales can then be projected only after a few years. In Asia, we are cautious with China made goods.

Freidrich A/C move

Brian C. Furman
September 24, 2007
Color it any way you want. It's another loss of American jobs because of greedy corporations. It's a shame but no big surprise. Corporate America keeps moving employment overseas and still keeps expecting us to buy their imported cheap junk. The only thing worst then corporations trying to make us believe these moves are in our best interest is the ignorance and stupidity of your government.

mexico

ernie
September 25, 2007
So sad to see another co. leaving the U.S. Seems like all the loyalty is leaving also.

Support American Goods

Larry Wu
September 26, 2007
If contractors sell foreign built goods, U.S. manufacturers will be forced to build them abroad to be competitive. I only purchase and quote equipment that is built in the U.S. I make sure that when I quote the higher priced equipment, that the customers are well informed of the superior quality in materials and craftsmanship of U.S. manufactured equipment. Have them put it in the specs as a requirement. If I were to point fingers, I'd blame the HVAC sales force for being lazy and trying to win jobs on numbers alone. Serve the interest of your customer and your industry, sell U.S. goods.

More junk from mexico

Omar
June 25, 2008
As a Freidrich a/c sales and service dealer,we will think long and hard before selling another American company's product after they relocate to Mexico.Their products made in China are also junk.Buy Amana or Whirlpool if you want your a/c to last.

George Bush

Algore
May 25, 2009
It's George Bush's fault.

Friedrich in Mexico

Tim F
February 16, 2010
Too bad there are not any more room air type units made in the US. Makes it hard when you need this equipment on small military jobs where the Buy America act is in force. Saying its George Bush's fault is stupid. You should blame corporations like Walmart for pushing cheap Chinese crap on the working class.

Friedrich follows "Chinese Buffet" business model

Mr. G
June 15, 2011
...similar strategy to Chinese buffet I dined at while in Florida; Front of house (host/cashier/waitstaff) and the Chef were all Chinese; production (setting up buffet / replenishing / breaking it down at end of day) was all mexican.

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