Johnson Controls to equip veterans' houses with HVAC through charity program
Johnson Controls and its HVAC brand York has become a sponsor of a charity for wounded U.S. military veterans.
Johnson Controls, along with its distributors and product-selling contractors, will be donating parts and labor to Building Homes for Heroes, an organization that extensively refurbishes or builds new houses for injured military.
“Community involvement is at the core of our business,” said Rod Rushing, vice president and general manager of Johnson Controls’ Unitary Products Group. “We are dedicated to serving the communities where we live and work, and are especially proud to offer a small token of our appreciation for the tremendous sacrifices made by veterans and their families on our behalf.”
The first recipient of Johnson Controls’ donation was Army Spc. Eduardo Fuentes-Bueno, who received his new home July 3 in Peoria, Ariz. Fuentes-Bueno sustained a traumatic brain injury and severe damage to his legs from a February 2012 grenade in Afghanistan.
“The support of companies like Johnson Controls and its high-quality York heating and cooling distributors and contractors nationwide enables our organization to reach more veterans in need and help them begin to rebuild their lives,” said Chad Gottlieb, the charity’s director of construction development. “We work very hard to keep overhead costs down while continuing to install quality materials in the homes we construct, so these donations are especially valued.”
The 4-ton York Affinity heat pump system was installed by George Brazil Home Services of Phoenix, and purchased through US Air Conditioning Distributors.
“The decision to participate in the Building Homes for Heroes program was an easy one to make,” said Jim Probst, president and owner of George Brazil Services. “It’s gratifying to think that we can honor the service of veterans like Eduardo and support their families by providing them with comfortable, air conditioned homes.”