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American Cooling Technology (ACT) designs and manufactures advanced Air Conditioning systems for buses. From the initial design concept through prototyping and testing to full production ACT is a full service company. The ACT customer support goes well beyond the product shipment and includes application support, product training, after sale support and a complete line of service parts including parts for many other Bus AC suppliers.

Who We Are

American Cooling Technology (ACT) is a leading supplier of advanced Air Conditioning Systems for the Bus industry.  ACT designs and manufactures AC systems for various bus markets including the Commercial & Tour Bus, Shuttle, Para-Transit & Transit as well as School and Activity Bus Markets.

 

Located in York, PA American Cooling Technology (ACT) along with its sister division ProAir LLC located in Elkhart, IN combine to form ProAir Holdings, a leading supplier of mobile HVAC systems for Buses and Specialty Vehicles.

 

ProAir LLC was founded in 1992 in Elkhart, IN to design and manufacture HVAC systems for the specialty vehicle market including emergency vehicles, delivery vans, cranes, off road equipment and buses. ProAir was purchased by KODA Enterprises in 1998 and became a part of their specialty manufacturing group.

 

American Cooling Technology traces its roots back to AC Industries which was founded in 1983 and acquired by Carrier Corp in 1992. In 1998 former AC Industries & Carrier employees formed American Cooling Technology which was acquired by KODA Enterprises and combined with ProAir LLC in May 2011 to form a major component of a new entity ProAir Holdings.

 

The combined strengths and capabilities of American Cooling Technology and ProAir LLC have generated growth and opportunity for ProAir Holdings to become a leading supplier of Bus and Specialty Vehicle Air Conditioning in North America. 

How We Started

J.R. Lucas and James Schreiber, co-founders of American Cooling Technology, Inc. both got their start in bus air conditioning at an early age. It all started back in the early 1980’s when their fathers founded A/C Industries located in York, PA. In 1983 their growing company was in need of assemblers, welders, and bus air conditioning installers. J.R. and James were added to the work force. While working his way through college J.R. had the opportunity to learn the air conditioning manufacturing process and became one of the company’s top installers specializing in compressor mount design and installation. James got his start in unit assembly and installation as well as product development. As the company grew there was a greater need for sales representation and service training.

With their combined experience J.R. and James moved in to fill those positions. J.R. in sales and James in service. That move would soon become the platform that would launch a new company.

 

In 1991 the fathers, John Lucas and partner Dick Schreiber had an opportunity to enjoy the fruits of their labor and sold A/C Industries to Carrier Corporation. J.R. and James stayed on and worked with the company for six years. Having been brought up doing business from a family perspective they knew there was an opportunity to get back to their roots and mapped out a new beginning

 

The vision of J.R. Lucas and James Schreiber became reality in January of 1998 when American Cooling Technology, Inc. (A.C.T.) was founded. A.C.T. was built from the ground up as a true customer-focused manufacturer of bus air conditioning systems.

 

 

At A.C.T. customers can speak directly to owners or A.C.T. employees empowered to make the decision necessary to get the job done. Keeping in step with the founder’s roots A.C.T. used the most advanced proven technology to create air conditioning systems to fill a growing need in the bus market. A.C.T. customers enjoy a company that is easy to work with and builds long-life products that are easy to service. American Cooling Technology takes great pride in understanding our customer’s requirements and developing long-lasting, mutually profitable relationships built on performance and trust.

 

J.R. and James agree their motto “Success Through Simplicity” says it all.

 

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