Is Carrier Selling its School Bus Air Conditioning Business?

Conversations at the NSTA mid-winter meeting in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, included a rumored sale of Carrier Corporation’s product line for school bus climate control, assertions the company publicly denies.

Jon Shaw, a spokesman for Carrier Transicold, said the rumor remains just that.

“We’re in the business and we continue to support the business,” he says, adding the company was preparing this week to release a new air conditioning accessory.

The company also released a new hose and bus fitting system this week designed to ease the installation and service for bus air conditioning systems.

Carrier was founded by Willis Carrier in 1902 after he invented his “Apparatus for Treating Air,” which became was patented four years later as the first air conditioning system.

Since then, Carrier has grown into a global company serving millions of people, businesses and governments in 172 countries on six continents around the world. The company developed the first air conditioning system for skyscrapers in 1939 and in 1965 installed a ground-based environmental control systems for the Apollo-Saturn V moon program.

United Technologies Company acquired Carrier in 1979. In 1988, Carrier became one of the first companies to set energy reduction goals for its factories. Over the past decade, the company adds that it has reduced its air emissions by 76 percent, water usage by 52 percent on an absolute basis and greenhouse gas emissions by 33 percent.