ATLANTA, Ga. - Heatcraft Refrigeration Products opened an additional manufacturing plant next to its current location in Tifton, Ga. The new plant expands the production capabilities of the company’s Tifton facility, adding 310,000 square feet of manufacturing and 8,000 square feet of office space.

An additional 200 jobs will also be brought to Tifton as a result of the expansion, increasing the total number of Heatcraft Refrigeration employees in Tifton to almost 500. “The expansion of our Tifton plant is cause for celebration,” said Mike Vincent, Heatcraft Refrigeration’s vice president of operations.

“It’s a major step in the evolution of our facility and the future growth of our company.”

The new plant includes state-of-the-art automation and robotic technology, as well as a component testing laboratory. “The expanded capabilities of this facility, where commercial refrigeration units are built-to-order for customers throughout North America, will help Heatcraft Refrigeration produce a world-class product,” said Vincent.

Environmental considerations were a key part of the expansion planning, with recycled components used in the roofing and storm drainage piping. Employees can also now move from building to building using bicycles, a move aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

“Being a good corporate citizen means being a good steward of our environment,” Vincent said. “Conservation and sustainable building are important principles throughout the Lennox International family, and we’re proud of how responsibly this expansion has been carried out.”

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Publication Date:07/06/2009