Emerson Climate Technologies has broken ground on a Copeland Scroll compressor assembly facility in Reynosa, Mexico.

Company officials say the investment represents Emerson's commitment to meet growing demand for energy-efficient air-conditioning systems powered by Copeland Scroll technology.

The Reynosa facility, which is expected to be in use by the second half of 2007, will expand Emerson's capacity to manufacture Copeland Scroll compressors for the North American residential market.

"With the addition of the facility in Reynosa, we are strengthening our existing global scroll manufacturing network and continuing to take steps to meet the growing demand for scroll technology," said Tom Bettcher, an Emerson executive vice president for Emerson Climate Technologies. "Copeland Scroll compressors offer the best solution for industry challenges, such as 13-SEER regulation, and will become increasingly important technology for OEMs and contractors as we approach the 2010 phase-out of R-22 refrigerant."

According to Scott Barbour, president of Emerson's Copeland Air Conditioning division, adding a new manufacturing facility in northern Mexico will provide cost advantages.

"We have also made a large investment to expand our Ava and Lebanon facilities in Missouri to meet increased demand and support the new Reynosa facility with machined components," he said.

The Reynosa facility will be the first North American Copeland facility to house compressor assembly and motor assembly in one building.