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YORK donates 100th HVAC system to 'Building Homes for Heroes'

Oct. 29, 2019
Johnson Controls' subsidiary this month teamed with two Wisconsin firms to provide HVAC equipment and labor in support of a housing nonprofit for injured military veterans. 

MILWAUKEE WI (October 29) – Johnson Controls has announced YORK®, Ducted Systems leadership, Badger Metals, Inc., and Dave Jones, Inc., along with Building Homes for Heroes held a Welcome Home ceremony in Madison, WI, for U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Erick Hoefakker and his family. During his years of service, Sgt. Hoefakker suffered several injuries that continue to afflict him to this day. His new home, provided by Building Homes for Heroes, has been modified to address his specific injuries to keep both Sgt. Hoefakker and his family comfortable and safe.

To support Sgt. Hoefakker, Johnson Controls donated a YORK heating and cooling system with a Wi-Fi® capable YORK touch-screen thermostat to better assist him with adjusting his home’s temperature without the need to get up. Badger Metals, Inc., donated the HVAC system and Dave Jones Inc., donated the installation services for the veteran’s new home.

Justin Patrick, vice president and general manager of residential systems, Johnson Controls, addressed the family and attendees on behalf of YORK to recognize the company’s partnership with Building Homes for Heroes and to honor Sgt. Hoefakker and his family.

“This is the 100th home in which Johnson Controls has participated, and it is our privilege to provide systems that will keep the Hoefakker family safe and comfortable,” said Patrick. “‘Purpose led’ is one of our core values at Johnson Controls, and this partnership exemplifies why we want to be purposeful in making a difference in the lives of the men and women who sacrifice for our county.”

Representatives from Badger Metals Inc. and David Jones Inc., YORK distributors and contractors, attended the ceremony to recognize Sgt. Hoefakker.

“It is our privilege to recognize Sergeant Hoefakker for his sacrifice to our country,” said Holly Kellesvig, COO of Dave Jones, Inc. “One of our core values is “Giving Back” and because of Sgt. Hoefakker’s honor and bravery, we have provided him with exceptional equipment to ensure his family has a safe and comfortable home.”

Building Homes for Heroes is a national organization that recognizes those who serve in the United States Armed Forces by supporting the needs of severely wounded or disabled soldiers and their families. The organization strives to build or renovate quality homes and donate them, mortgage-free, to injured veterans nationwide. Building Homes for Heroes invites anyone wishing to volunteer or donate to the organization to contact Building Homes for Heroes at [email protected]

To learn more about Badger Metals, Inc., please visit, and to learn more about Dave Jones, Inc., please visit or follow them on FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn.


Ryan Nolan
Global Public Relations Program Manager
Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls
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2019 marks the sixth consecutive year YORK® and Building Homes for Heroes® have worked together. Through their sponsorship of the Building Homes for Heroes® program, Johnson Controls, along with YORK® distributors and independent contractors nationwide, has donated quality heating and cooling systems, including installation, labor and ongoing maintenance, to nearly 100 military families since 2014. To learn more visit

About Johnson Controls

At Johnson Controls, we transform the environments where people live, work, learn and play. From optimizing building performance to improving safety and enhancing comfort, we drive the outcomes that matter most. We deliver our promise in industries such as healthcare, education, data centers and manufacturing. With a global team of 105,000 experts in more than 150 countries and over 130 years of innovation, we are the power behind our customers’ mission. Our leading portfolio of building technology and solutions includes some of the most trusted names in the industry, such as Tyco®, York®, Metasys®, Ruskin®, Titus®, Frick®, Penn®, Sabroe®, Simplex®, Ansul® and Grinnell®. For more information, visit or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

About Building Homes for Heroes

Counting 13 consecutive years of record-setting growth, Building Homes for Heroes® builds and gifts mortgage-free homes, and completes home modifications, for veterans and their families, and provides further services along their road to recovery to help them live a promising and fulfilling life ahead. The organization is strongly committed to rebuilding lives and supporting the brave men and women who were injured while serving the country after September 11, 2001, during the time of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. To learn more about the organization, visit www.buildinghomesforheroes.organd follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn @buildinghomesforheroes and @helpbhh on Twitter.

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