Nortek Air Solutions Realigns Manufacturing and Product Offerings

May 7 2015

Part of Transformation to Increase Customer Focus and Support

Eden Prairie, MN (May 7, 2015)Nortek Air Solutions, LLC, today announced a realignment of its manufacturing operations and product offerings within the Mammoth® brand and Venmar CES™ unitary product offerings. These changes are part of the company’s multiyear plan to improve its responsiveness and competitiveness in the market place. Nortek Air Solutions is a pioneer and a leader in custom solutions for the HVAC industry and continues to be committed to this segment of the market.

On the production side, this plan includes first half 2015 strategic investments in its Portland, Oregon, facility in excess of $4 Million and further steps to expand its Aston, Quebec facility. Investments in these facilities are in support of the recently announced planned product transitions. As a result of shifting certain production for the transitions, Nortek Air Solutions will close its factory in Springfield, Missouri, and complete the closure of the Saskatoon, Canada, factory which was announced in 2013. As an integral part of Nortek Air Solutions’ technology innovation strategy, the research and development team in Saskatoon will remain there, continuing its work.

These production transitions and continuing investments in strategic facilities are expected to increase throughput, improve product quality and reduce time-to-market. The consolidation of design, sales support, and development of back-end manufacturing software is expected to further increase efficiency along with customer service levels.  As a market leader, Nortek Air Solutions continues to invest in product development, research, technology, and technical field sales support.

On the product side, certain underperforming lines will be discontinued in favor of new technologies and current offerings that better meet customer performance needs.

“We are approaching the culmination of plans set in motion several years ago to strengthen our company’s competitive position. By consolidating facilities, we will improve both the quality and consistency of our product offerings, as well as reduce lead times, enabling us to improve service levels to all our customers,” said Mark DeVincent, President of Nortek Air Solutions. “Our goal is to ensure this transition remains seamless for customers and our sales representatives. These moves have been carefully planned and will be carried out over an appropriate timeframe, minimizing the impact to our production commitments,” added DeVincent.

Nortek Air Solutions remains committed to its strong legacy of customer-focused brands including Governair®, Huntair®, Mammoth®, Temtrol®, Venmar CES™, Ventrol® and Webco™. With a history of innovative technologies, applications expertise and product knowledge, Nortek Air Solutions continues to lead the way in developing and providing market-leading air management solutions to its customers.

Employee Impact
The company is working with all employees who will be impacted by the changes to help them through this transition.

Warranty and Parts Support
Nortek Air Solutions supports its product warranties purchased and will offer parts information on products being discontinued.

About Nortek and Nortek Air Solutions
Nortek Air Solutions, LLC is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTK), a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit http://www.nortek.com for more information.