Emerson announce integration of White-Rodgers

USA – Emerson Climate Technologies has announced the integration of its St. Louis-based White-Rodgers and Flow Controls businesses into a single organization in a change which is slated to take effect as of the 1st of October, 2015.

The president of White-Rodgers, Jack Huether, an Emerson executive with over 30 years of experience in the HVAC industry is set to assume responsibility for the new entity. “This new alignment leaves us well-positioned to meet the evolving needs of our customers and industry partners. Our focused approach to the market, combined with a strong team that is ready to address today’s fast-changing connected home dynamic, will allow us to solidify our core electronic, mechanical and electromechanical business and continue with our emphasis on high tech innovation,” Huether opined.

The consolidated business, which will henceforth operate as White-Rodgers, will feature a strong portfolio of heating and cooling products, including furnace and water heater gas valves, ignition controls, thermostats, expansion valves and system protection components, all of which will be sold under the White-Rodgers and Emerson brands.

White-Rodgers will continue to be part of the Emerson Climate Technologies business platform under the direction of Bob Sharp, Emerson executive vice president and business leader. “The alignment of these two businesses will create a much stronger offering from Emerson Climate Technologies in the HVACR market and the synergies in product development, engineering, and operations will provide our customers with better solutions to their system requirements.” declared Sharp.

Huether has also introduced several changes within the sales and marketing organizations of White-Rodgers to support this new alignment. Geoff Godwin will now assume the role of vice president of OEM sales for the global business, while Bob Brown has been named vice president of aftermarket sales including United States, Latin America, and Canada. The structural changes also included Ed Blittschau being announced as the vice president of marketing and product planning. This transition will take place over the forthcoming months as the two organizations seek to work through re-alignment of all areas of the business.