Preserving the past: Sign pays homage to forerunner of Johnson Controls
With a familiar sign, Johnson Controls is paying homage to a piece of its history at its new complex in the Stonebridge Business Center in southern York County.
Johnson Controls opened its Hopewell Township testing facility in April.
A stainless steel circle that once stood at the main entrance of the former York International’s facility on Richland Avenue in Spring Garden Township now greets employees and visitors at the new research and development building for Johnson Controls.
"It was brought to the New Freedom campus as a symbol of our brand’s heritage," said Brian Smith, director of global marketing at Johnson Controls. "This version of our logo pre-dated the iconic York sunflake that we have today."
Originally constructed in the 1940s, the sign was repaired by Dallastown-based Alpine Sign & Lighting. The sign was one of several items Johnson Controls salvaged from the Richland Avenue building, including various interior and exterior signage.
"This was easily the biggest and most notable project [we’ve worked on]," said Douglas Bray, sales manager for Alpine, which was founded in 1989. "We helped [Johnson Controls] preserve a little bit of history."
Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls purchased York International for $3.2 billion in 2005. The deal was not only big in Central Pennsylvania; it was one of largest in the state that year, said David Taylor, who was vice president of communications with the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association at that time. Taylor is now the association's president.