Ingersoll Rand (IR) is one of the leaders in global manufacturing of industrial equipment including mining and drilling machinery, power tools, and manual and electric chains hoists. Simon Ingersoll founded its predecessor, Ingersoll Rock Drill Company, in 1871. The company later took the name Ingersoll-Sergeant Drill Company before it merged with Rand Drill Company in 1905, resulting in the company known today as Ingersoll Rand. Its main three divisions were the Industrial Technologies, Climate Control Technologies and Security Technologies divisions.
In 2008, IR acquired and absorbed into its Climate Control Technologies division the established HVAC supplier Trane. Trane was formerly known as American Standard Companies, Inc., and used asbestos in many of its HVAC components. At the time of the Ingersoll Rand acquisition, Trane was reported to have 105,023 open asbestos claims. Prior to the 1980s, other IR products such as gaskets, valve packing and compressors made use of asbestos as a strengthener and heat insulator.
Today, IR’s main focus is on mining and construction equipment as well as drilling and blasting procedures.
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