AAON Builds New Research and Development Laboratory


A leading manufacturer of cooling and heating equipment, AAON Inc., has announced that it has broken ground on a new engineering research and development laboratory at its Tulsa, Oklahoma, manufacturing facility. The said research and development facility will be a three-story, 75,000-sqaure-foot establishment that will be both acoustical and performance measuring laboratory. This will also be consist of five psychometric chambers that will make AAON satisfy and maintain Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) certification.

The new facility will be able to determine the supply, return, and ambient sound under present load conditions. The performance laboratory will also measure the efficiency by which energy is converted into cooling, heating, or air movement. Customers will be given the opportunity to view product testing through a witness test area. The facility is forecasted to be completed and finished by the end of 2018.

The President and CEO of AAON, Norm Asbjornson said, “Today’s ever-increasing regulatory burden and our growing breadth of product lines have necessitated this expansion project. The new engineering research and development lab will allow AAON to solidify our position as the technological leader in the manufacturing of HVAC equipment.”

AAON manufactures and engineers standard, semi-custom, and custom rooftop units, packaged outdoor mechanical rooms, makeup air units, condensing units, coils, geothermal heat pumps, chillers, air handling units, and energy recovery units.

According to its website, the company was founded in 1988 with the acquisition of the heating and air conditioning division of the John Zink Company. AAON Coil Products, Inc. was founded in 1991 with the acquisition of Coils Plus, Inc. and the expansion and growth of the company continue to the present time with the addition of new lines and new machinery. The company has two offices and manufacturing facilities, one in Tulsa, and the other one is in Longview. In the two facilities combined, the company has more than 1,300 employees.