Carrier Celebrates 100 years of Manufacturing in Italy

March 11, 2008


Carrier Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), will commemorate the 100-year anniversary of its subsidiary in Italy, Carrier S.p.A, with a European customer and press event at its Villasanta manufacturing facility near Milan.

In 1908, six years after Willis Carrier invented modern air conditioning, two engineers in Milan, A. Chieregatti and A. Donesana founded Dell’Orto, a ventilating and heating systems and services company. In 1941, Dell’Orto became Dell’Orto Chieregatti. In 1945, the company built its production facilities in Villasanta and soon won prestigious projects including La Scala in Milan and La Fenice Theater in Venice. The company was re-named Delchi in 1966, during a decade when expanded rapidly as a leading systems provider. It completed premier installations such as providing air conditioning for Milan’s Galfa skyscraper and the Gran San Bernardo tunnel ventilating system. In 1983, Carrier acquired Delchi. The company became Delchi Carrier and subsequently, in 1996, Carrier S.p.A.

Today, Carrier S.p.A’s countrywide distribution network in Italy provides heating and air-conditioning solutions for residential, commercial and industrial applications, together with a broad range of after sales services and training programs. The factory, still located in Villasanta, is one of Carrier’s leading global factories, which produced more than 300,000 units in 2007.

The Villasanta factory is also Carrier’s global lead design centre for light commercial products focusing on duct-free splits, indoor units, small chillers and heat pumps.

Carrier products are installed in many prestigious buildings in Italy and worldwide including: The Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the shrine of the Turin Shroud, the Monza Formula 1 racetrack, the Tower Hotel in Cagliari, the Olympics Games Village in Athens and the Marriot Hotel in El Cairo.

"Thanks to Carrier’s innovative products, we can say that we have helped improve the standards of living during the last century," said Roberto Stevenin, chairman of the board and managing director of Carrier S.p.A. "For the next 100 years, we are committed to achieving even more. We‘ll continue to invest in innovation to provide even higher quality products, to further improve the environment in which we and our families live, and to ensure our customers are completely satisfied."

Carrier will display its innovative products at the international fair "Mostra Convegno Expocomfort" in Milan, March 11 to 15.

About Carrier Corp.
Carrier Corp., headquartered in Farmington, Conn., is the world’s largest provider of heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. With 2007 revenues of $14.6 billion, Carrier has approximately 43,000 employees worldwide and operations in more than 170 countries. Carrier is part of United Technologies Corp., a Hartford, Connecticut-based provider of products and services to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. Visit for more information.