American Cooling Technology (ACT) was founded in February 1998 by James Schreiber and JR Lucas, but our history dates further. Our roots, and experience date back to the early 1980’s when James and JR’s father’s (Dick and John) began AC Industries. Several ACT employees began their careers in the industry with Dick and John.
In 1992 Carrier Transicold purchased AC Industries and James and JR worked for Carrier for several years prior to forming American Cooling Technology with James focusing on engineering and design, and JR running the sales and marketing team. Their goal was to provide a quality product and become a true customer focused manufacturer.
In May of 2011 ACT was acquired by KODA Enterprises and combined with them with sister company ProAir LLC to form a major component of a new entity ProAir Holdings. This growth also brought in Dave Oberdorff as President & CEO. 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.
ACT once again grew our product market in 2015. When ACT formalized a distribution partnership with Eberspaecher GmBH of Rennigen, Germany becoming their North American Distributor of Eberspaecher products. These products include roof mounted units, replacement parts, and heaters. Collectively the two companies can offer a full range of air conditioning and heating units for both the large and small bus markets in North America.
The most recent growth in our company and our history came in 2016 when ACT acquired the assets of the Kingmor AC Installation Company in Conway, Arkansas renaming the business American Cooling Technology South. All former employees and general manager Terry Hare joined the ACT team to continue the same quality minded work to complete excellent air conditioning installations, bus up-fittings and customizations including body work and lettering.
Today ACT continues to grow by investing in people and products to satisfy evolving customer requirements and performance expectations. We look forward to continued growth with our customers, and developing new products to continue to be a leader in our industry by providing quality HVAC solutions.