RALEIGH, N.C. — Brady Trane Services Inc., a company that provides energy-efficient HVAC systems and comprehensive building solutions for commercial and industrial facilities across North Carolina, welcomed North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to its annual company meeting on Feb. 27.
McCrory congratulated 420 Brady associates for contributing to North Carolina’s economy, saving money for the taxpayers, and improving the internal and external environments by providing more energy-efficient equipment for schools, colleges, universities, state and local government facilities, and the private sector.
Speaking at the annual Associates Day, which was held in Raleigh for the first time in the Greensboro-based company’s 54-year history, McCrory talked about the reduction of North Carolina’s unemployment rate from one of the highest in the nation to one of the lowest, the early repayment of $2.5 billion in debt owed to the federal government, and the tax reform program that took North Carolina from the highest personal income and corporate tax rates in the Southeast to the lowest.
He mentioned the skills gap during the “Conversation with the Governor” segment, which was conducted by Jim Brady, company president. Saluting the community college system, McCrory stressed the need for more technical training, especially in the areas of HVAC, plumbing, welding, and construction. He was also complimentary of the Brady culture, which, like state government, is emphasizing innovation and technology.
McCrory and Lee Roberts, who most recently served as the state’s budget director before returning to the private sector last month, both urged support for the CONNECT NC bond package, which was approved on the March 15 primary ballot. A total of $2 billion will be allocated to the UNC system, community colleges, state parks, water and sewer infrastructure, National Guard armories, N.C. Zoo, and agriculture through the bond. Both stressed the bonds will be repaid without a tax increase while maintaining the state’s AAA bond rating.
Jim Brady stressed health and safety, technology, innovation, and the culture of caring for each other at work and in the community at the event. “We are tremendously pleased and honored that the governor would spend a Saturday morning with our associates to discuss the priorities of his administration and the tremendous progress that has been made in three short years,” he said.
Brady chairman Don Brady recognized associates and their years of service while also introducing the 50 new hires from the past year. He added, “We did this without incentives.” He also commended McCrory for his accomplishments during the past three years and called him a true friend of the company.
Publication date: 3/28/2016