White-Rodgers plans to spend 2012 celebrating its 75th anniversary.

It all started in 1936 when a small group of engineers from Emerson Electric developed a new hydraulic-action, temperature-control device for use in thermostats, stacks and other heating ventilation situations. This group formed Missouri Automatic Controls in 1937 and soon became White-Rodgers Electric Co., named after principal engineers Jim Rodgers and Chesterfield White.

“So much has changed in the HVACR industry over the past 75 years. White-Rodgers engineers have always been at the forefront of technology, designing and producing the most easy to use and energy efficient controls of their time,” said Craig Johnson, president of White-Rodgers. “The changes in controls and equipment have been dramatic.”

The yearlong celebration includes the release of a special 75th anniversary sign for distributors. The company will promote its anniversary during industry events and trade shows and in advertising.

White-Rodgers will post frequent anniversary and history updates on its website and on Facebook, as well as host an open house and picnic for employees and their families.

“We want to thank everyone associated with the HVACR industry for their continued support and confidence through our first 75 years,” said Johnson. “Going forward we will strive to maintain that trust as we enter these new and exciting times.”