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green@work : Magazine : Back Issues : May/June 2004 : Cover Story

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Doing Business Worldwide

by Katie Sosnowchik


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Johnson Controls, Inc., is a global market leader in automotive systems and facility management and control. Founded in 1885, the company has headquarters in Milwaukee, WI. Sales for 2003 totaled $22.6 billion.
It provides 118,000 jobs at more than 500 locations worldwide.


Automotive Group

The Automotive Group produces interior systems for passenger cars and light trucks for all of the world’s major automakers at approximately 265 manufacturing and assembly plants worldwide. Automotive interior products include: complete seating systems and components; cockpit systems, including instrument clusters, information displays and body controllers; overhead systems, including headliners and electronic convenience features; floor consoles; door systems; and engine electronics. The interiors business operates 80 assembly plants that supply components on a “just-in-time” basis. Components are assembled to specific order and delivered on a precise schedule directly to the customers’ vehicle assembly lines.

The company is the largest supplier of automotive batteries in the world for both the replacement and original equipment markets, with 27 manufacturing sites in North America, South America and Europe. Batteries are sold primarily under private label to replacement battery retailers and distributors and to automobile manufacturers as original equipment.

Controls Group

Johnson Controls engineers, manufactures, installs and services control systems that regulate heating, cooling, ventilation, refrigeration, lighting, security, fire protection, and other functions. Its Metasys® building automation system automates mechanical systems to keep people comfortable while also keeping energy usage to a minimum. The system helps facility managers monitor and control multiple building functions from a single workstation. It also collects and reports information that helps building managers make better decisions about the operations of their facilities.

The Controls Group provides a wide range of services that reduce costs and improve building performance, including energy management, performance contracting and remote monitoring of customer sites. The energy efficiency measures shared with customers result in significant costs savings and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Through facility management offerings, Johnson Controls employees repair, maintain and operate mechanical and electrical systems and manage providers of custodial, foodservice, landscaping and other services on behalf of customers-typically multi-national corporations, large institutions and government agencies. The company manages more than one billion square feet at some 550 worldwide locations under commercial facility management contracts.

The Controls Group also makes electric and electronic products for sale to manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of air-conditioning, refrigeration and commercial and residential heating equipment.

The business provides services from branch offices located in approximately 300 principal cities throughout the world. Controls Group employees also work full-time at more than 200 customer sites. It manufactures products at nine locations in the United States and other countries. Customers include schools and colleges, healthcare facilities, commercial office buildings, pharmaceutical labs, manufacturing plants, government buildings, airports and other non-residential buildings around the world.

For more information: www.johnsoncontrols.com


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