HVAC and plumbing distributor Noland Co. has opened the doors on a new branch in Cleveland, Tenn.

The branch will serve HVAC contractors in a six-county area in the southeastern part of the state.

The new branch includes a warehouse, display area and sales counter, serving contractors involved in new construction, remodeling and replacement work.

“As part of our continuing expansion, we’re very pleased to open our eighth branch in Tennessee. All of them are focused on providing quality products, such as Ruud equipment in Cleveland, along with our expertise and service to give customers a competitive edge,” said Jean Preston, Noland chief operating officer.

Carrier brings distribution network to Southern California

Carrier Corp.’s sales and distribution division has launched its newest network in Southern California, offering Carrier, Bryant, Payne and Totaline products for residential and commercial HVACR companies.

This represents a major expansion of Carrier’s company-operated network, which has approximately 200 locations in more than 20 states and Canada.

Carrier has 23 facilities, nine of which were fully operational for the network’s Sept. 24 opening, including seven Totaline stores in Anaheim, Santa Fe Springs, Lake Forest, Riverside, San Diego, Escondido and Oxnard. Two network hubs, located in the greater Los Angeles and San Diego areas, have combined warehouse capacity of 300,000 square feet.

These locations, along with three mini-hubs with capacity of 50,000 to 70,000 square feet each, will provide full-territory coverage as additional Totaline stores open in Chatsworth, Irvine, Murrieta, San Bernardino, Hesperia, Palmdale, City of Industry, Ontario, Burbank, Bakersfield, Newbury Park and Paso Robles. More locations are planned for 2008 with the network to cover more than 1 million square feet.

“We understand the tough traffic in Southern California, so we geographically dispersed our facilities to provide the most efficient delivery system to our customers,” said Liz Haggerty, vice president and general manager of the operation. “We talked with our customers, listened to their suggestions and developed a streamlined network to deliver enhanced service.” Carrier’s Southern California network has 250 employees currently and expects to hire 50 more employees in the next few months.

“The Southern California team is eager to work with our dedicated Carrier and Bryant customers in this territory and they are committed to helping our customers make a smooth transition,” said Haggerty. “Our customers have expressed their loyalty to our brands and shown great support of our start-up efforts. Their message to us has been very consistent. They want us to succeed and have been impressed by our readiness to serve this territory.”

David S. Meyers, president of the service division, added, “Customers in Southern California will see a number of benefits through our ongoing and significant investments in this market, particularly in the areas of premier service, support, advertising and training. Our brands enjoy industry-leading awareness in Southern California. We are here to ensure not only the long-term strength of our brands, but to better serve our customers as true partners. When they are successful, we are successful.”