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Founded in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1885, and incorporated in 1913, Trane has over 127 years of experience in the business.

In many ways, the Trane story is a classic American success story that grew into a global entity. It began with our founder, James Trane, a Norwegian immigrant who opened his own plumbing shop in La Crosse, Wisconsin, in 1885. With the inspiration of cold Wisconsin winters, James Trane invented a new low-pressure heating system he proudly called the Trane Vapor Heating System. His son, Reuben, was just back from college with a degree in mechanical engineering, so father and son began manufacturing operations in 1910 and incorporated as The Trane Company in 1913. It was Reuben’s invention of the convector radiator in 1923 that firmly established the company’s reputation as an innovator, a reputation Trane people have been building on ever since.

  • Trane fundamentally changed the concept of air conditioning of large buildings with the 1938 launch of Turbovac, the industry’s first hermetic, centrifugal refrigeration machine. This was the beginning of a long chain of innovations leading to Trane’s current CenTraVac®, the industry standard for large commercial air conditioning systems. This is the most energy efficient system available anywhere for large buildings and it has earned Trane the "Best of the Best" Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 
  • On June 5, 2008, globally diversified industrial company Ingersoll Rand Inc acquired Trane to further its transformation into a multi-brand commercial products manufacturer serving customers in diverse global markets, and away from the capital-intensive, heavy-machinery profile of its past. With Trane now part of the family, Ingersoll Rand is better able to provide products, services and solutions to enhance the quality and comfort in homes,buildings, industrial & Commercial premesis and process cooling. Other well-known brands that are part of the Ingersoll Rand family include Schlage, Thermo-King, Club Car, Hussmann and Ingersoll Rand. 

Number of Employees

More than 52,000


Through 400 locations in more than 100 countries.

Manufacturing Locations

47 manufacturing locations in Brazil, China, Egypt, England, France, Malaysia, Mexico, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States.

On an Average Day

One of Trane’s air conditioning units is installed every minute of every day.

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