Danfoss will celebrate its 75th anniversary this year with a series of employee celebrations in North America and around the world.

“We’re extremely proud of our heritage and excited about the company’s future,” said Robert Wilkins, president of Danfoss Inc. “From day one, Danfoss had a unique culture to build innovative products, while being environmentally and socially responsible. Such responsibility has always been a Danish cultural phenomenon - one that persists in Danfoss to this day.”

Wilkins noted that in this decade Danfoss has enjoyed global sales growth of about 9 percent per year - and a significantly higher rate in North America. Worldwide, the company has 70 factories in 25 countries, 114 sales offices and 22,500 employees.

“The breadth and depth of products and components are our strength,” Wilkins said. “We can truly provide solutions to meet any comfort challenges. In fact, these solutions are more critical than ever before, given the increased focus on the environment, conservation and the responsible use of natural resources.”

Engineer Mads Clausen established the company in 1933 as “Dansk Koleautomatik & Apparat-fabrik,” a small sole proprietorship in Denmark. His first product was an expansion valve for refrigeration systems.

In 1946, the company registered the name Danfoss. Over the past 75 years, Danfoss has remained a family-owned company. It is currently headed by Mads Clausen’s son, President and CEO Jorgen M. Clausen.