Bristol Compressors Announces Addition of 110 Jobs in 2015

BRISTOL, Va. – As it celebrates 40 years in business at its Bristol, Virginia, location, Bristol Compressors International, Inc., a leading global producer of compressors for use in air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration systems, is planning to add 110 full-time jobs this spring.

Bristol Compressors, which has 628 full-time employees at its Bristol location, will first move 50 seasonal workers into permanent positions. Another 60 jobs will be added by the end of April, bringing the number of full-time positions to 738 at the Bristol site.

“This is a two-phase ramp-up of our Bristol operations,” says Rick Nunley, executive director of human resources for Bristol Compressors. “We will immediately begin the process of transitioning our seasonal workers into full-time roles, while the second phase of adding personnel in the machining, material, quality and assembly areas will be complete by the end of the month.”

The additional jobs will support increasing international and domestic demand for the company’s products, according to Joel Moseley, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Bristol Compressors.

“The global market for air conditioning and refrigeration products is very dynamic,” Moseley says. “We’ve recently expanded our sales reach by establishing a sales office presence in the Jebel Ali Free Trade Zone of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, and we have expanded our office in China to improve customer support. Due to our robust design and reliability performance in very demanding climates, Bristol Compressors enjoys a market-leading position in overseas markets.”

Bristol Compressors is also uniquely positioned to respond to Saudi Arabia’s recent environmental sustainability and protection initiatives, which include implementation of regulatory laws that reduce carbon dioxide emissions, such as ozone-depleting refrigerants used in air conditioning systems.

“The global air conditioning market is rapidly evolving, and it is critical that Bristol Compressors continues to invest in new products to support these changes,” says Ed Gniewek, CEO of Bristol Compressors. “There are global drivers to reduce emissions, and next on the slate is identifying new Low Global Warming Potential (LGWP) refrigerants.

“Our business in the United States also remains strong,” Gniewek says. “Bristol Compressors’ products are noted for their high quality and dependability, and continue to enjoy great success both here and abroad. We are excited to have this opportunity to grow and add 110 high-quality jobs to our Bristol location. Furthermore, we look forward to responding to global market demands by continuing to invest in the efficiencies of our company and our products.”

In honor of its 40th anniversary, Bristol Compressors plans a mid-year celebration event at its Bristol location.

 

About Bristol Compressors

Headquartered in Bristol, Virginia, Bristol Compressors designs and manufactures hermetic reciprocating compressors for residential and light commercial air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration applications. The company supplies compressors to original equipment manufacturers and wholesale distributors on six continents and in more than 60 countries around the world.

Spanning 750,000 square feet, the company’s Bristol operations are fully integrated, with world-class machining capabilities that complement reconfigured, high-volume assembly lines. Operations are designed around lean manufacturing process techniques.

With a focus on safety, quality and operational effectiveness, Bristol Compressors has transformed its operations to support global customers’ continuous improvement expectations in quality assurance and supply. Bristol Compressors maintains market-leading positions in North America and the Middle East.

In keeping with a commitment to deliver environmentally conscious, energy-efficient products, Bristol Compressors offers a variety of ozone-friendly refrigerant compressors with fixed- and variable-frequency drive configurations, high-output heat pump compressors, geothermal targeted products, and the highest performing refrigeration compressors in the industry.

Company Mission: Bristol Compressors is committed to delivering product excellence in quality and reliability; our people are dedicated to providing world-class customer service, value, delivery and technical support to our global HVACR customers.

Technology Grants Support Product Development and Training at Bristol Compressors

BRISTOL, Va.—Bristol Compressors International, Inc. (BCI) is developing some of the latest energy-efficient compressor technologies for the air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration industries; and recent grants and funding in excess of $300,000 will support and accelerate this important work.

GENEDGE ALLIANCE, in cooperation with the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, has awarded BCI a $225,000 grant for an Innovation Commercialization Project that will accelerate high-technology economic growth. New technology being developed at BCI focuses on increasing energy efficiency levels while also raising compressor reliability performance to meet new customer demands in hot climates.

In addition, BCI has received $113,000 from the VDBA (Virginia Department of Business Assistance) through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program. This grant will help offset the costs associated with training employees in lean methodology and process improvements.

“We developed our Benchmark X14™ 14 SEER compressor to meet new federal energy efficiency regulations well ahead of a 2015 mandate, and we have a new single-cylinder compressor that is raising the bar on reliability in very hot tropical conditions,” says Ed Gniewek, CEO of Bristol Compressors. “These are new technologies that we believe will help us gain more market share while at the same time making more environmentally friendly solutions available to our customers.”

“We are retraining employees throughout our organization,” adds Rick Nunley, director of human resources at BCI. “These funds assist and help to offset training expenses in our lean manufacturing transformation.   

“We very much appreciate GENEDGE ALLIANCE, the Virginia Tobacco Commission and VDBA for supporting our new technologies and training initiatives.”

About GENEDGE ALLIANCE

GENEDGE helps Virginia industries generate new market innovations, increase their performance and improve their competitive position. As the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership affiliate for the Commonwealth of Virginia, GENEDGE provides a structured, innovation-based commercialization program for companies interested in the innovation grant.

About the Virginia Tobacco Commission

The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission is a 31-member body created by the 1999 General Assembly. Its mission is the promotion of economic growth and development in tobacco-dependent communities, using proceeds of the national tobacco settlement.

About VDBA’s Virginia Jobs Investment Program

The Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP), offered by the Virginia Department of Business Assistance (VDBA), encourages the expansion of existing businesses and the start-up of new business operations in the Commonwealth. It specifically addresses the top concerns of existing businesses and economic development prospects – finding and developing a skilled workforce. VJIP exists to support private sector job creation and helps offset recruiting and training costs incurred by companies that are either creating new jobs or implementing technological upgrades.

About Bristol Compressors

Headquartered in Bristol, Va., Bristol Compressors International, Inc. designs and manufactures hermetic compressors for residential and light commercial air-conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration applications. The company supplies compressors to original equipment manufacturers and wholesale distributors on six continents and in more than 60 countries around the world.

Spanning 750,000 square feet, the company’s Bristol operations are fully integrated, with world-class machining capabilities that complement reconfigured high-volume assembly lines. Operations are designed around lean manufacturing process techniques.

With a focus on safety, quality and operational effectiveness, Bristol Compressors has transformed its operations to support global customers’ continuous improvement expectations in quality assurance and supply. Bristol Compressors maintains market-leading positions in North America and the Middle East.

In keeping with a commitment to deliver environmentally conscious, energy-efficient products, Bristol Compressors offers a variety of ozone-friendly refrigerant compressors with fixed- and variable-frequency drive configurations, high-output heat pump compressors, geothermal targeted products, and the highest performing refrigeration compressors in the industry.

Company Mission: Bristol Compressors is committed to delivering product excellence in quality and reliability; our people are dedicated to providing world-class customer service, value, delivery and technical support to our global HVACR customers.