Johnson Controls Helps Train and Educate Tomorrow’s Technicians with Donation to United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices

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Company Supports International Apprentice Contest with Equipment Donation

MILWAUKEE – Feb. 11, 2013 – Johnson Controls, a global leader in delivering solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings, donated equipment to the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada. The donation of six fan-coil cooling units will support the association’s premier education and training program for the industry’s next generation of technicians.

“Johnson Controls is always looking for talented and skilled professionals to join our staff,” said James Mylett, vice president, field and business operations service, North America, Johnson Controls Building Efficiency. “Educating the next generation of technicians is essential to provide the level of knowledge and services that customers expect in the building-systems industry.”

The donated units will be used in the association’s annual International Apprentice Contest held each summer in Ann Arbor, Mich.  The contest engages exemplary trainees in the areas of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, pipe fitting, plumbing, sprinkler fitting and welding.  Contestants must work their way to the international competition by first winning events at the local and regional levels.  The competition includes a written examination as well as a hands-on contest, which tests general and trade-specific knowledge. HVAC apprentices will ultimately be asked to correctly pipe the cooling units donated by Johnson Controls.

“We are a leading employer of trained technicians,” said Mylett.  “When we encourage and help train the skilled technicians of the future, we benefit along with them.”

The HVAC apprentice competition in 2012 was won by Neil Mani, an employee of Johnson Controls.  In a field of 3,300 other union HVAC apprentices, Mani ranked the best. He has since graduated to journeyman working in the Madison, Wis., area.

About the United Association

The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada, or "UA" as it is commonly known, is a multi-craft union whose members are engaged in the fabrication, installation and servicing of piping systems. There are approximately 340,000 highly-skilled United Association members who belong to over 300 individual local unions across North America.


About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 170,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2012, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #5 company in its annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. For additional information, please visit

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