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Emerson Celebrates 100 Years of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Innovation

June 15, 2021 | By Logan Caswell

The milestone is expected to be recognized over the next 12 months as the company continues to innovate advanced Copeland products to solve industry challenges.


Emerson is celebrating this year as the 100th anniversary of its Copeland brand, a name that has become synonymous with compressors to power air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

The Copeland brand traces its history to inventor Edmund Copeland, who founded a company in Detroit, Michigan in 1921 to transform the refrigeration industry.

When the business faced challenges during the Great Depression, its assets were sold and the operations were relocated to Sidney, Ohio in 1937. In Sidney, four of the company’s young engineers purchased the business and its compressor patent. Emerson acquired Copeland in 1986.

Emerson recently completed a multimillion-dollar expansion of its Copeland engineering facility in Sidney, Ohio. This investment created 110,000 sq. ft. of new engineering lab space for product research, development and testing of the next generation of compressors, electronics and other technologies for the global HVAC/R industry.

Much of the work in the Sidney labs focuses on compressor technologies that enable more environmentally responsible refrigerants with lower global warming potential (GWP) to meet and exceed efficiency standards and regulations.








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