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AAON Opens Innovation Center R&D Lab

Tulsa OK-based manufacturer unveils only facility in the world able to measure supply, return, and ambient sound under actual load conditions, for an AC unit up 300 tons and a chiller system up to 540 tons.

Tulsa, OK - (October 30, 2019) - AAON, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAON), a leading manufacturer of heating and cooling products, officially opened the Norman Asbjornson Innovation Center (NAIC) Research and Development Laboratory. Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, the President and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, Mike Neal, and other local dignitaries attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

The 65-ft-tall, 134,000-sq-ft facility features 10 test chambers that continue to solidify AAON as the technological leader in high performance HVAC equipment. The NAIC is the only laboratory in the world able to measure supply, return, and ambient sound under actual load conditions, for an air conditioning system up 300 tons and a chiller system up to 540 tons. Environmental application testing capabilities include -20°F to 140°F testing conditions, up to 8 in. per hour rain testing, up to 2 in. per hour snow testing, and up to 50 mph wind testing. 

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“We are very excited to have this facility up-and-running. It is the result of many years of designing, planning and implementation by our employees. I believe the technology built into this state-of-the-art laboratory will establish the company for many years to come,” said AAON CEO Norm Asbjornson (above). 

“The NAIC is a major reason I decided to come and lead the AAON team. The value this facility brings to the company is enormous; we are able to show our customers firsthand why AAON is the leader in the HVAC industry. Its capabilities have already resulted in multiple large AAON equipment orders, where the customer required testing that was not possible anywhere else,” said AAON President Gary Fields (below). 

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About AAON 

AAON is engaged in the engineering, manufacturing, marketing and sale of air conditioning and heating equipment consisting of standard, semi-custom and custom rooftop units, chillers, packaged outdoor mechanical rooms, air handling units, condensing units, makeup air units, energy recovery units, geothermal/water-source heat pumps, coils, and controls. Since the founding of AAON in 1988, AAON has maintained a commitment to design, develop, manufacture and deliver heating and cooling products to perform beyond all expectations and demonstrate the value of AAON to our customers. For more information, please visit www.AAON.com. 

Contact: Eric Taylor, 918-583-2266, [email protected]

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