Johnson Controls’ unitary products group facility in Wichita, Kansas, has been named a manufacturing, wholesale and distribution award honoree by the Wichita Business Journal. 

In its third year, the award is designed to promote manufacturing, wholesale and distribution companies as economic drivers in south central Kansas. Honorees were chosen in eight categories, including: corporate leadership; job growth; research and development; emerging leaders; community involvement; export; green initiatives; and collaboration. Johnson Controls was honored in the research and development category.

“We’re excited to be recognized as a positive force in the Wichita community,” said Liz Haggerty, vice president and general manager of the unitary products group at Johnson Controls. “We take our commitment to our customers, our employees and the community around us very seriously, so it’s especially nice to know our efforts have not gone unnoticed by those who work side-by-side with us.”

The Wichita facility employs more than 1,300 people who design, engineer and assemble residential HVAC products in the United States. Chet Sears, director of quality processes and services for Johnson Controls’ unitary products group, and Steve Tice, vice president of engineering for Johnson Controls’ unitary products group, accepted the award at a luncheon for honorees in October 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Wichita.

“This honor is a true testament to the quality of manufacturing processes we have in place here at the Wichita plant,” Sears said. “It also recognizes the more than 250,000 hours of design and testing invested in our latest products.”