In an effort to enhance distribution of products in the western U.S., Johnson Controls Inc. has signed an agreement with US Airconditioning Distributors Inc.

The agreement will provide independent distribution of residential and light-commercial products to Southern California, Arizona, Utah, Idaho and parts of Nevada. Distribution will begin at the end of September.

“This new agreement reaffirms our commitment to the independent distributors and dealers of our York-branded residential and light commercial products,” said C. David Myers, president of the building efficiency business of Johnson Controls.

Los Angeles-based US Airconditioning is a privately owned HVAC distributor providing HVAC products for both residential and commercial customers, including equipment, parts and supplies.

The change means US Airconditioning is ending its distributor relationship with Carrier Corp. in the affected territories. US Airconditioning said it is committed to continue serving all existing product lines throughout this transition. No immediate changes in US Airconditioning’s current distribution strategy or dealer network are planned for any of the regions in transition.

“We are excited to announce this strategic relationship with US Airconditioning because it accelerates and strengthens our presence and reach in the Western region, and delivers on our commitment to serve the broad HVAC market,” Myers said. “US Airconditioning has a strong and committed dealer network built on its reputation for excellent service and delivery. Because of their innovative ability to expand those relationships, they have become the clear leader in the markets they serve.”

“We analyzed the options very carefully and did not make this decision lightly,” said John Staples, president of US Airconditioning. “Ultimately, our goal is to provide our dealers with the best possible service and grow our business. We found that Johnson Controls shares our vision and is committed to truly partner with us to deliver for our dealers.”