NEDC receives award for Excellence in Economic Development
Johnson Controls announced the Norman Economic Development Coalition (NEDC) received a Project of the Year Award for Excellence in Economic Development for its critical role in the expansion of the Rooftop Center of Excellence in Norman, Okla. The NEDC, which won in the category of cities with a population over 40,000, received the honor from the Oklahoma Economic Development Council.
The NEDC helped Johnson Controls secure $1.75 million in funding from the Oklahoma Economic Development Pooled Finance Program, which helped fund construction of a new 400,000 square-foot laboratory and manufacturing space and renovations to over 150,000 square-feet of office and meeting space. The expansion of the 900,000 square-foot facility had a tremendous impact on the Norman community, creating 300 full-time jobs and adding an annual $110 million local economic boost. Overall, Johnson Controls has a $350 million impact on the local economy.
“This award represents the successful collaboration and teamwork put forth to make the Johnson Controls Rooftop Center of Excellence a win-win for everyone involved,” said Maureen Hammond, NEDC interim president. “Having this state-of-the-art facility has created new jobs for our citizens and made a considerable positive impact on our local economy. Johnson Controls’ vision and implementation strategy made this facility future-ready for growth and we are honored and proud they have selected to reinvest in our community.”
“We are so proud to see the NEDC honored for their hard work,” said Liz Haggerty, vice president and general manager, Ducted Systems, Johnson Controls. “The new space represents our commitment to the rooftop unit industry and enables our team to deliver exceptional products to our customers with faster lead times, while providing unprecedented future growth opportunities.”
The Rooftop Center of Excellence includes a two-story, 52-foot-high testing lab, roughly the size of one-and-a-half football fields. The extensive laboratory offers an environment that allows Johnson Controls to conduct on-site complex development, regulatory compliance, performance, safety, and reliability testing, including the ability to test a 150-ton rooftop unit in climates ranging from minus 30 to 13° F.