HVAC company Knipp Services in Wichita has sold its commercial sales, service and aftermarket parts business to Trane U.S. Inc.
Owner John Knipp made the decision to retire after running the business for 28 years and being in the industry for nearly 50.
“It was just time,” he says.
Knipp says Trane officially took over at the end of the year and that all 42 of his employees retained jobs with the company.
Terms of the sale were not disclosed.
“John built a strong business centered around integrity, teamwork and customer service, and Trane is honored to continue those values and to continue to serve the Kansas HVAC market,” Laura Rygielski, the company’s vice president and district general manager, said in an emailed statement. “Trane is ready and committed to support new and existing customers with all of their current and upcoming projects.”
Trane will now be located in Knipp’s facility at 120 S. Ida near downtown Wichita.
After years as the independent agent for most of Kansas for Trane, a brand of Ingersroll Rand (NYSE: IR), Knipp says familiarity with the company’s products made it best suited to become the new owner.
“The biggest reason (for selling to Trane) was the associates,” he says. “It was continuity.”
Knipp Services was a multiple-time honoree in the WBJ Best Places to Work Awards, including in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
You can find the article online at the Wichita Business Journal.
After years as Trane’s independent agent for most of Kansas, John Knipp, made the decision to sell Knipp Equipment, Inc.’s commercial HVAC and parts business to Trane.
Trane® U.S. Inc., a leading provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, has purchased substantially all of the assets of Knipp Equipment, Inc.’s (KEI) commercial heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) sales, service and parts business operations. The company was owned and operated by John Knipp, who has made the decision to retire.
Trane hired most of the local team of KEI’s commercial HVAC and parts business. The local positions include engineers, account managers, parts leaders, customer support, administrative staff, and service technicians.
“On behalf of the Knipp Equipment, Inc. family and business, I want to share how excited we are about the sale of our commercial equipment, service and aftermarket parts business and about moving forward now as part of the Trane family of Ingersoll Rand,” stated John Knipp, President and Owner of KEI.
“We want to congratulate John on his retirement and thank him for his leadership in the Kansas HVAC industry. John built a strong business centered around integrity, teamwork, and customer service and Trane is honored to continue those values and to continue to serve the Kansas HVAC market. On behalf of Trane, we welcome the KEI team to our company, and Trane is ready and committed to support new and existing customers with all of their current and upcoming projects.” said Laura Rygielski, Vice President and District General Manager of Trane.
Trane optimizes indoor environments with a broad portfolio of energy efficient heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC systems), building energy and contracting services, parts support and connected building solutions for all types and sizes of commercial and residential buildings.
Trane will be located at KEI’s former location at 120 - 138 S. Ida in Wichita, Kansas. For all your building automation, parts, service and HVAC equipment needs in the Wichita, Kansas area, please contact the Trane office at: (316) 265-9655 or (800) 342-1361.
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About Ingersoll Rand and Trane
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands — including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane® — work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a $13 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. Trane solutions optimize indoor environments with a broad portfolio of energy-efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, building and contracting services, parts support and advanced control. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com or www.trane.com.
Knipp Services is constructing a regional training center to coincide with increased use of a Mitsubishi Electric Corp. heating and cooling system.
John Knipp, president of Knipp Services, says the company is enhancing its training for users and installers of the Mitsubishi variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system with a new 2,500-square-foot center at its campus at 138 S. Ida. New equipment is being added to aid product and system demonstrations.
Read the full article here.
Since 2008, Knipp Services has proudly represented Mitsubishi heating and cooling systems along with its trusted flagship product, Trane. In response to the recent report of a Trane/Mitsubishi Joint Venture that is now fully operational, Knipp Services is proud to announce it will continue to represent Mitsubishi products in our marketplace. A new dynamic Mitsubishi training center is in progress, and in 2018 will become the leading authorized regional training authority for Mitsubishi ductless and VRF products in Kansas and the region. For more information about the Trane/Mitsubishi Joint Venture, click here.
Matt Gates, Trane's Director of Intelligent Services, wrote an article for Energy Management Today highlighting how a building energy management system can improve a commercial building's performance.
Building owners and facility managers are continually monitoring building conditions while trying to balance performance and occupant comfort with the cost of running a building efficiently. It’s an important balancing act. Efficiency is important but it cannot come at the expense of comfort, which can impact a person’s productivity and health, as well as overall tenant retention and rental rates.
Click here to read the full article.
Members of our building automation team pose for a photo after receiving Trane's "2014 Independent Office Controls Growth Award." We congratulate them on all their hard work!
March 10, 2015 - Wheatland Elementary School owned/managed by USD 262, has earned the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
"USD 262 is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Mike Bonner, Assistant Superintendent. "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs. The District will continue to seek out improvements to improve the energy efficiency in all of our buildings, however, funds are limited. ”
Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. USD 262 improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building(s). USD 262 has prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the electricity use from 32 households for a year.
“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”
To earn the ENERGY STAR, USD 262 took the following actions:
• In early 2014 engaged Energy Star Partner and Energy Consultant firm of Knipp Equipment, Inc. to review energy usage of all schools and make recommendations for improvement.
• Wheatland Elementary began as the District's worst performing school in energy used and dollars per square foot spent on energy.
• In summer 2014 Knipp Equipment, Inc. replaced the majority of the roof mounted air conditioning and heating units with new, higher efficiency units. They also installed a new Trane Building Automation System allowing the district online access to control of the new heating and air system for scheduling and operation. Finally, the company replaced a majority of the building's older, inefficient lighting with new, higher efficiency lighting.
• In tandem with the District's maintenance personnel Knipp Equipment, Inc. continues to monitor the building's energy usage and performance making corrections as needed to maximize the building's overall efficiency.
• The District has seen an almost 40% reduction in energy costs for Wheatland since the completion of the Energy Improvement Project.
"As a local resident and taxpayer in Valley Center this project was very rewarding. Being able to take a building that was one of the lowest performers in the District and enact improvements that not only increased energy efficiency, saving both the District and taxpayers money, but to improve it to the level that allowed it to be recognized as an Energy Star Certified building is amazing.", said Sean Miller, PE, Director of Energy Services at Knipp Equipment, Inc." A big thanks goes out to the District administration and Board of Education who realized the impact that spending some funds to improve energy efficiency would have. Not only are they saving energy and money but new lighting, air conditioning and controls helps to increase the quality of the environment for our students and our teachers to learn and work in for 8 hours a day."
EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification. Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, data centers, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.
For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings: www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings.
For more information about energy services offered by Knipp Equipment Inc. please visit www.knippequipment.com or contact Sean Miller, PE at email@example.com.
Knipp Equipment is pleased to be a finalist for the Wichita Business Journal's Best Places to Work 2014 for the second consecutive year. The awards luncheon was hosted Dec. 11 at the Hyatt Regency Wichita hotel.
Read the article in the Wichita Business Journal.
Knipp Equipment hosted the Trane Acceleration Now Tour Aug 7-8 at Crestview Country Club in Wichita.
Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, hit the road in March in Florida to bring its commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) solutions to its customers across North America. The tour is on course to make 70 stops over nearly 40 weeks.
Attendees learned more about how the right energy conservation measures can help organizations and businesses increase their energy and operational efficiency and the benefits they can gain as a result. These results can include improved academic performance in schools, optimized healing in healthcare environments and higher productivity and better health for employees in commercial buildings.
The Trane “Acceleration Now” tour was made up of three semi-trucks carrying the newest equipment, controls and interactive displays featuring these new technologies and innovations:
These energy-efficient solutions provide reliable, cost-effective solutions for commercial real estate, data centers and restaurants, as well as education, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing and retail facilities.
HVAC product managers, industry experts and members of the Trane leadership team will be available to discuss the “Acceleration Now” tour, as well as the solutions launched over the past two years and the benefits they can provide to the industry.
Visit trane.com/areyouready to learn more about the “Acceleration Now” tour.
In 2013, Knipp Equipment was selected by the Wichita Business Journal as a Best Places to Work finalist in the medium-sized business category. Winners were announced at a special banquet hosted by the WBJ at the Hyatt Regency Wichita hotel.
Read the article in the Wichita Business Journal.
Wichita, KS - Knipp Equipment, Inc. today announced a fundamental commitment to protect the environment by becoming an ENERGY STAR Partner. Knipp Equipment’s voluntary partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR means that we will be working toward helping their clients improve the energy efficiency and performance of their facilities; we believe that an organization-wide energy management approach will help our clients enhance their financial health and aid in preserving the environment for future generations.
“By partnering with ENERGY STAR and utilizing our own Knipp Equipment Energy Dashboard tools we can offer our valued customers a detailed look at how they are using energy in their buildings and help them to undertake steps to reduce their energy usage and ultimately save them money. Once a company we work with achieves a certain level of energy usage and savings they are officially recognized as an ENERGY STAR Building and will receive certification for such which is a big deal in today's energy conscious world. Going through this process and gaining certification shows the public how invested that company is in the environment and its impact on it. ” says Sean Miller, PE - Director of Energy Services for Knipp Equipment, Inc.
In partnership with ENERGY STAR, we will help our clients to:
We will also:
Our goal is to help our clients to reduce their energy consumption by at least 10% and hopefully more. To learn more about our Energy Services, contact Sean Miller or by phone at 316.265.9655.
On May 1, 2013 Knipp Equipment associates participated in the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk fundraiser, held on a chilly evening near downtown Wichita.