RHEEM CELEBRATES 45 YEARS IN FORT SMITH
week, Rheem will celebrate its 45th year of operation in Fort Smith.
The company opened the air conditioning manufacturing site in 1970, and
selected Fort Smith due to its central location and accessibility to many major
U.S. markets. Today, the plant is Rheem’s manufacturing site for its co?mmercial
heating and cooling equipment, and it remains the headquarters for Rheem’s Air
years is a tremendous milestone, and we want to take time to reflect on our
past, celebrate our present and look ahead to our future,” said Mike Branson,
vice president and general manager, Rheem Air Conditioning Division. “When
something works, you stick with it. One thing that has worked is being here in
Fort Smith. Rheem looks forward to many more years in this great city.”
the plant opened, it featured some of the most advanced manufacturing
technologies of the day. Rheem is presently reinvigorating this facility by making
significant capital investments to prepare for future commercial product
launches. The company is overhauling its commercial offerings using its 360°+1
product development philosophy, which tasks the product development team to
reimagine its offerings and find ways to make next-generation products easier to
install and service, and perform better.
Rheem’s 45 years, the company has been active in the Fort Smith community,
contributing to a number of organizations that make a difference in the lives
of local citizens. The company has been United Way Pacesetter Company for more
than a decade. It has also been a supporter of the Fort Smith Public Schools’
Partners in Education program since 1987, and a proud sponsor of the Northside
High School football program since 1974.
Thursday, Sept. 10, Rheem will host an anniversary celebration event for its
employees. As part of the event, Rheem will display vintage Rheem signage,
collateral and equipment—including the first air conditioning unit ever
manufactured at the site. Rheem will also entertain several retirees who made
contributions to Rheem in Fort Smith and the community at-large, as well as Tim
Allen, president and CEO of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce.
we celebrate our anniversary, I also want to sincerely thank the employees, the
community and all the people that have contributed to what we’ve become over
the past years,” Branson added.
addition to Rheem’s 45th anniversary in Fort Smith, the company is
celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. To learn more about
Rheem, visit www.Rheem.com.
Founded in 1925, Rheem is the only manufacturer in the world that produces
heating, cooling, water heating, pool/spa heating and commercial refrigeration
products, and it is the largest manufacturer of water heating products in North
America. Rheem is headquartered in Atlanta, and it has an international
presence in 14 countries. The company’s premium brands include Rheem, Raypak,
Ruud, Richmond and Splendid, as well as commercial refrigeration brands
Russell, Witt, ColdZone and Kramer, which are part of the company’s Heat
Transfer Products Group (HTPG) division. To learn more, visit www.Rheem.com.