Farmington, Conn. – Today, we pause and reflect on the tremendous legacy of Carrier Corporation. On July 17, 1902, a humble but determined engineer solved one of mankind's most elusive challenges by controlling the indoor environment. The genius of Willis Haviland Carrier gave birth to modern air conditioning and forever changed the way we live, work and play. He enabled incredible improvements to health care, manufacturing processes, research, building capacities, food preservation, art and historical conservation, general productivity, indoor comfort and much more. He truly created a century of possibilities.
Willis Carrier not only provided the revolutionary hardware that launched Carrier Corporation, he provided the spirit of innovation, the determination to solve problems, the drive to satisfy customers and the hope to improve our world. One hundred years later, these same attributes resonate in the 42,000 dedicated Carrier associates that span the globe.
From 1902, when Willis Carrier produced one unit, to today when we ship one unit every four seconds, our company has come a long way by any measure. And just as the total impact of Carrier's technology was first unimaginable in 1902, I am confident that we will mark even greater achievements to improved indoor comfort and refrigeration over our next 100 years.
July 17, 2002