Johnson Controls examining options for new headquarters

Special to The Freeman

 Jan. 22, 2015

GLENDALE — Rumors have been circulating around the Milwaukee area that global company Johnson Controls has its eye on building a high rise headquarters downtown. The company has denied it has plans to build its facilities downtown, but has confirmed it is considering different options.

“Johnson Controls is exploring a full range of options to address our expanding facilities needs in the area to support future growth. These include options within Milwaukee, the surrounding communities and potentially elsewhere,” said Fraser Engerman, director of Global Media Relations for Johnson Controls, in a statement. “These efforts are focused on growth and would not entail displacing our current local workforce.”

According to media reports, Milwaukee Alderman Robert Bauman said the company is considering a potential location near the lakefront in downtown Milwaukee for a new headquarters office tower for 2,000 or more employees.

Engerman did acknowledge Johnson Controls is interested in downtown Milwaukee.

“As we are evaluating options, a key consideration is a vibrant downtown community with convenient transportation and easy access to our facilities. As a result we also have a keen interest in the downtown streetcar project and are monitoring that situation closely,” Engerman said in the statement.

This week, Johnson Controls signed a definitive agreement to form a previously announced global joint venture with Hitachi, Ltd. and Hitachi Appliances, Inc. The partnership is intended to customers world-class variable refrigerant flow technology, as well as room air conditioners and absorption chillers to meet increasing demands for energy efficient air conditioning options, according to the announcement Wednesday. The Johnson Controls-Hitachi joint venture is expected to have 2016 sales of approximately $3 billion and the formation of the joint venture is expected to close in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, pending regulatory approvals, according to the companies.

Johnson Controls has approximately 170,000 employees who 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.

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