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Johnson Controls - Wichita Plant / www.johnsoncontrols.com / HQ: Wichita, Kan. / Wichita employees: 1,600+ / Specialty: HVAC products / Liz Haggerty, vice president and general manager: "[We are the] largest non-aircraft manufacturer in Wichita."

johnson controls' wichita plant
management includes (from left) tim
keith, liz haggerty and corey hawkins.

Wichita Wonder

johnson controls' wichita plant is enjoying the
results of staff growth. by alan dorich
You don't manage an award-winning plant by resting on your laurels
and stagnating. Johnson Controls
knows this first hand because its
Wichita, Kan., plant has evolved by
undergoing a manufacturing journey
over the past seven years.
The plant is the home of the company's Unitary Products Group,
which specializes in residential and
light commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
products. HVAC products from
Johnson Controls include energy-efficient, residential central air
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conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces
and accessories and innovative light
commercial, packaged heating and
cooling systems.
The location's focus has made it the
"largest non-aircraft manufacturer in
Wichita," declares Liz Haggerty, the
vice president and general manager of
the Unitary Products Group.
In 2010, the plant began revitalizing
its operations. This included new investments in R&D and expansion that
gave it more capacity to build and test
new products. The process was a monumental undertaking for the company

and was accomplished thanks to the
hard work of its employees.
Johnson Controls takes great pains
to empower its employees, an approach that has led to the creation of
high-performance teams, Plant Manager of the Unitary Products Group
Mike Richardson says.
The teams meet on a daily basis
and employees can discuss business
results, as well as how to improve
operations. So far, the company has
received hundreds of great ideas, including many focused on reducing
waste in the manufacturing process.
These have involved scrap reduction,
efficiency improvements and machine maintenance.

Far from Finished
Johnson Controls has enjoyed growth
at the Wichita plant for the past two


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