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Danfoss Acquires US-based Industrial Refrigeration Tech Firm

Responding to market realities like digitalization and climate change, company says move will make them a unique full-service systems provider within industrial refrigeration

Danish HVACR manufacturer Danfoss today announced the acquisition of AAIM Controls Inc., located in Waynesboro, PA.

As a leader in the North American industrial refrigeration market, AAIM Controls is a specialized supplier of custom-designed regulation and control automation solutions, from motor starters to complete PLC systems. With the acquisition, Danfoss moves to a strong and unique position as a systems provider within industrial refrigeration.

Jürgen Fischer, president of Danfoss Cooling, said, “We consistently look to strengthen our core businesses by partnering with other successful companies and acquiring technology that complements the solutions we offer our customers. By adding electronic regulation and control automation to our already-extensive portfolio of components for industrial refrigeration applications, we strengthen our global position by becoming a systems provider in the industrial refrigeration market.”

With global megatrends like digitalization and combatting climate change driving the industrial refrigeration market forward, the demand is increasing for bundled solutions of products, as well as intelligent control and automation, that increase energy efficiency, ensure food safety, and help in the transition to alternative, climate-friendly refrigerants.

Front (l to r): Brian Davis, senior director, sales development – industrial automation, North America, Danfoss Cooling; Kristian Strand, president – refrigeration and A/C controls, Danfoss Cooling; Arthur Marshall, co-founder and president, AAIM Controls. Back (l to r): Henrik Moller Henriksen, director of strategic programs – refrigeration and A/C controls, Danfoss Cooling; Pat Ocker, power engineering manager, AAIM; Craig Cordell, PLC engineering manager, AAIM; Alan Izer, co-founde, AAIM.

“In the industrial refrigeration market, controllers are often seen as the central part of a system offering. With the addition of AAIM’s strong knowledge base and their highly specialized solutions, we gain a unique competitive advantage where we can better address these customer requirements,” said Kristian Strand, president of refrigeration and A/C controls at Danfoss Cooling.

Arthur Marshall, one of the founders of AAIM Controls, said, “Becoming part of the Danfoss family will give us great options for expanding into new areas, and I’m confident that the partnership with Danfoss will open up new business opportunities. Not only do we share the same ideas of how to develop the business, but we also have the same values when it comes to our people and how to drive growth.”

AAIM Controls Inc. was founded in 2003 by Marshall and Alan Izer. Today, it employs 24 people within administration, engineering, and manufacturing in a 16,000-sq-ft facility in Waynesboro. http://www.aaimcontrols.com/  

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Media contact:

Lisa Tryson, Director, Corporate Communications & PR, Danfoss North America, Baltimore MD. Mobile: +1 410 236 8327, E-mail: [email protected] 

Danfoss engineers advanced technologies that enable us to build a better, smarter and more efficient tomorrow. In the world’s growing cities, we ensure the supply of fresh food and optimal comfort in our homes and offices, while meeting the need for energy-efficient infrastructure, connected systems and integrated renewable energy. Our solutions are used in areas such as refrigeration, air conditioning, heating, motor control and mobile machinery. Our innovative engineering dates back to 1933 and today Danfoss holds market-leading positions, employing 27,000 and serving customers in more than 100 countries. We are privately held by the founding family.

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