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August 6, 2014
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Danfoss recently welcomed Florida Congressman Steve Southerland (R – 2nd District) to its facility in Tallahassee, FL, to discuss how the advancement of energy-efficient technologies can impact the industry, the economy, jobs, and local communities.

During the meeting, Congressman Southerland addressed Danfoss employees emphasizing the importance of energy-efficient technologies in the creation of jobs and as catalysts of strong economic development.

The company’s Tallahassee facility is dedicated to the engineering and manufacturing of its Danfoss Turbocor variable speed, oil-free, magnetic bearing centrifugal compressors used around the world in HVACR applications, including high-performance commercial and government buildings such as schools, hospitals, and data centers.

“Danfoss is investing and growing in this region,” commented Ricardo Schneider, president and CEO of Danfoss Turbocor. “We’ve established a strong relationship of collaboration with Florida State University’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory — also known as Maglab, the world’s largest high-power magnet laboratory, to develop new materials and manufacturing processes. We’re also working with FSU to conduct research on experimental aerodynamic technologies and materials. Not only are we dedicated to advancing technology, but we also strive to stimulate other employers in the region through the development of modern, high-tech, environmentally-sustainable industry.”

He further explained that, as a net exporter, Danfoss Turbocor is helping to achieve balance of trade in the United States.

The meeting concluded with a tour of Danfoss Turbocor’s production area, where employees were able to show the Congressman how the compressors are manufactured and operate.

Frank Ford, product manager at Danfoss Turbocor, explained the benefits of the company’s technology.

“According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, buildings account for 36% of total energy use, 65% of electricity consumption, and 30% of greenhouse gas emissions,” he said. “But, a recent study published by the GSA found that Danfoss Turbocor compressors can contribute high efficiency at low cooling loads — resulting in as much as 42% energy savings annually.”

Representative Southerland said he was impressed with the ingenuity and cutting-edge technology that is being developed in North Florida.

“Danfoss Turbocor is a strong economic partner for our region, and I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead as this relationship continues to grow,” he said.

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