Trane and Brady Inc. Partner in $25,000 Donation to North Carolina A&T

GREENSBORO, N.C. (November 3, 2010)— Brady Inc. (www.bradyservices.com), a Trane franchise that provides energy systems and comprehensive building solutions for commercial and industrial facilities across North Carolina, announces today a $25,000 donation to the College of Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. The Ingersoll Rand Foundation, through the Trane Climate Solutions Group, is providing the gift. Presenting the check on behalf of Trane are Jim Brady, district manager, and Donny Simmons, territory vice president.


The check presentation is today, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 at noon in the lobby of McNair Hall on North Carolina A&T’s campus. Receiving the donation will be:

  • Chancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr., Ph.D., North Carolina A&T State University
  • Winser Alexander, Ph.D., interim dean, College of Engineering
  • Leotis Parrish, assistant dean, College of Engineering
  • Dianna Vass, Ph.D., development officer, College of Engineering
  • Sameer Hamoush, Ph.D., chair, Civil, Architectural, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering Department
  • Gerry Dozier, Ph.D., chair, College of Engineering Computer Science Department

Don Brady, founder of Brady Inc., has been a longtime supporter of North Carolina A&T including mentoring several College of Engineering students during the past 50 years. The donation request came as a result of conversations between Don Brady and Interim Dean Alexander.

“When Winser informed me that the College of Engineering lacked the support necessary to fully fund several vital programs, I felt is was imperative that I get involved,” says Don Brady. “A&T students have interned at Brady Inc. and graduates are employed at Trane.”

Working together, Brady and Alexander drafted a partnership proposal. It contains a request for financial support of critical student needs that include scholarships, internships and design projects. It also contains funding for faculty development. Beyond a request for money, Brady and Alexander proposed expanding internships at Trane and Brady Inc. Following the check presentation, the group will have a working lunch to plan internship and recruitment programs.

About Brady Inc.:
Brady is headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., with offices in Raleigh, Fayetteville, Wilmington and Charlotte. Founded in 1962 by Chairman Don Brady, the company remains a family owned enterprise, today employing nearly 300 associates. The company works with building owners, facility managers, developers, architects, engineers and contractors providing sustainable, comprehensive building solutions for commercial and industrial facilities. Brady provides customers with a diverse range of solutions including building automation, energy conservation, green design, performance contracts, mechanical systems, parts and supplies, as well as responsible technical support. For more information, visit www.bradyservices.com or call (800) 849-1915.

About Trane:
Trane®, a business of Ingersoll Rand – the world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and energy efficient environments, improves the performance of homes and buildings around the world. Trane solutions optimize indoor environments with a broad portfolio of energy-efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, building and contracting services, parts support and advanced controls for homes and commercial buildings. For more information, visit www.Trane.com.

About Ingersoll Rand:
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) is a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments in commercial, residential and industrial markets. Our people and our family of brands-including Club Car®, Hussmann®, 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 $13 billion global business committed to sustainable business practices within our company and for our customers. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com.

About North Carolina A&T State University:
North Carolina A&T is a public, high research activity, 1890 land-grant university committed to exemplary teaching and learning, scholarly and creative research, and effective engagement and public service. The University offers degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels and has a commitment to excellence in a comprehensive range of academic disciplines. Our unique legacy and educational philosophy provide students with a broad range of experiences that foster transformation and leadership for a dynamic and global society.