Ingersoll Rand brands—Trane and Thermo King—mark 100th and 75th anniversaries

Swords, Ireland, April 29, 2013 – Ingersoll-Rand plc (NYSE:IR) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael W. Lamach will ring the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in celebration of two milestone anniversaries within the Ingersoll Rand family of brands. 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services, and the 75th anniversary of Thermo King, a manufacturer of transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications.

“As the 12th oldest continuously listed company on the New York Stock Exchange, we are honored to ring the Closing Bell of today’s trading,” said Lamach. “We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the incredible histories of Thermo King and Trane. These storied brands continue their legacy of innovation in their respective industries and we look forward to celebrating many more milestones.”

Senior leaders from Ingersoll Rand and its Thermo King and Trane businesses will join Lamach in ringing the closing bell, including Didier Teirlinck, president of Climate Solutions (Thermo King and Trane commercial), and Gary Michel, president of Residential Solutions (Trane residential and Schlage residential).

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For 100 years, Trane pioneered the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry. Proven by a history of reliability and innovation, and countless technological and engineering firsts, Trane continues to improve and define the quality, comfort and efficiency of air in homes and buildings.

Founded in 1913 by James Trane and his son, Rueben, as The Trane Company, the brand never ceased to bring new innovative solutions to the world of indoor comfort systems for residential homes and commercial buildings.

Trane led the industry from the invention of air conditioning in 1931 to the first heat pump in 1960 and the entrance into the building automation and management field in 1978 to the recent launch of smart controls featuring home automation with NexiaTM Home Intelligence. Trane has sustained the customer-driven innovation exhibited by its founders and now stands as one of the most preferred HVAC brands in the industry.

Since its start in 1938, Thermo King has shaped the transport temperature control industry, building a legacy of unrelenting expertise, commitment and innovation. Today, Thermo King provides trusted solutions for truck, trailer, bus, rail and marine customers.

In 1939, Thermo King founder Joseph Numero, and chief engineer Frederick Jones, patented the first successful mechanical refrigeration unit, allowing customers to transport refrigerated and frozen food over long distances. This pioneering mechanical refrigeration unit replaced blocks of ice previously used to cool semi-trailers, transforming the industry.

In 1956, Thermo King used its temperature control knowledge and expertise to develop the first air conditioning unit for passenger buses. The breakthrough has since allowed patrons to travel in comfort even during the hottest months of the year.

Thermo King is passionate about meeting the needs of its customers with the confidence that food, pharmaceuticals, technology and more will get delivered with the same quality as the day they were loaded, and transit passengers will travel to their destinations in the comfort they deserve.

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Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® —work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; secure homes and commercial properties; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit