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METUS Taps Smith to Boost Supply Chain Management

June 8, 2021
A long-time Ingersoll Rand veteran, Robert D. Smith boasts decades of experience in product engineering, distribution and logistics. He was most recently global director of procurement for Trane Technologies.


SUWANEE, GA – May 2021 – Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US (METUS), a leading supplier of ductless and ducted mini-split and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heat-pump and air-conditioning systems, has hired Robert D. Smith as vice president of supply chain management.

A long-time employee of Ingersoll Rand and Trane Technologies, Smith joins METUS with over 27 years of experience in product engineering, plant management, distribution, logistics and supply chain. Smith most recently served as a global director of procurement at Trane Technologies where he used his skills to drive supply chain efficiencies. During his time at Trane Technologies, Smith participated in the organization’s premier executive leadership development programs, and his teams won prestigious achievement awards.

As the vice president of supply chain management at METUS, Smith will spearhead the continued development and implementation of best practices across the supply chain organization. He will work alongside business units, factories and vendors to manage forecasting and inventory procurement processes, as well as drive reliability and efficiency improvements within METUS operations. Smith will also work closely with METUS distributors to help maintain appropriate inventory levels in the field.

“Robert has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in supply chain management to contribute to the Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US team,” said Steve O’Brien, senior vice president, sales, marketing and supply chain, METUS. “We’re pleased to be working with him and excited to see how he’ll continue to improve our supply chain strategy and structure to support the company’s goals and objectives. 

Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Business Administration from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC. He will be based out of the METUS headquarters in Suwanee GA.

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About Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US LLC

Formed in May 2018, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US LLC (METUS) is the exclusive provider of Zoned Comfort Solutions® and leading supplier of Ductless and Ducted Mini-split and Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) heat-pump and air-conditioning systems in the United States and Latin America. A joint venture between Trane Technologies plc and Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc., the company provides innovative products, systems and solutions capable of heating and cooling a broad range of applications, from a home to a large commercial building with superior efficiency, comfort and control.

The family of brands supported by METUS includes: Mitsubishi Electric, Trane®/Mitsubishi Electric, and American Standard®/Mitsubishi Electric. More information is available at

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