Johnson Controls stands by its record—Company never took auto bailout funds
Company sets record straight on misinformation about the support given to the auto industry
Contrary to recent reports and comments, Johnson Controls did not request or receive aid from the government during the financial crisis. Nor did it declare bankruptcy or seek other means of protection like many of its competitors and other suppliers did at the time.
In 2008, Johnson Controls then-COO Keith Wandell was asked by the Senate Banking Committee to testify on behalf of the automotive supply chain on proposed government support to U.S. automakers, who were struggling as a result of the financial crisis.
As a representative of the broad supply chain, Mr. Wandell encouraged the Congress to support the automakers, noting that failure of even one of them would have devastating consequences for many U.S. suppliers, particularly many small, women, and minority-owned businesses. Johnson Controls did not participate beyond this testimony. Since then, Johnson Controls has played a vital role in the recovery and growth of the U.S. economy, and continued to thrive as a leading global multi-industrial company.
In 2009, Johnson Controls was awarded a federal matching grant for joint efforts with the U.S. Department of Energy to fund development of advanced energy storage solutions for hybrid and electric vehicles. Johnson Controls was one of many participants in the program which also included several notable foreign companies. The company has behaved responsibly and been transparent in its matching and use of grant funding to support the DOE’s strategic objectives. Energy storage solutions are a strategic platform in which Johnson Controls has continued to make substantial ongoing investments, both in the United States and globally, that far exceed any government incentive it has received.
The planned merger with Tyco International is the next step in our journey to grow in the United States and globally, drive innovation, and invest in customer solutions that make buildings smarter, more secure, and more energy-efficient. This merger is motivated by the incredible opportunity to combine the global leader in building controls, HVAC, and energy, with the global leader in fire and security solutions to create the buildings and cities of the future. We’re following a growth strategy that will lead to continued investment, new end markets, expanded opportunities for our world-class workforce, and long-term value for our shareholders and customers.
Our aim is to build the best industrial company we can, advance the science of smart buildings and cities, and serve our customers today and tomorrow.
That’s what this merger is about.
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