In the winter of 1918, Modine had solid roots in the booming American auto industry market. However, frigid Wisconsin temperatures and inadequate heating options caused Arthur B. Modine to head to the drawing table and develop a revolutionary new heating product. Armed with ingenuity and a need to improve the comfort of employees, Modine combined an automotive radiator, a fan, and steam pipes to construct the first un... Read More
In the winter of 1918, Modine had solid roots in the booming American auto industry market. However, frigid Wisconsin temperatures and inadequate heating options caused Arthur B. Modine to head to the drawing table and develop a revolutionary new heating product. Armed with ingenuity and a need to improve the comfort of employees, Modine combined an automotive radiator, a fan, and steam pipes to construct the first unit heater, thus creating Modine’s Heating Division.
Within ten years of its rudimentary beginnings, the Modine Heating Division had developed additional unit heaters, including regular, vertical, and power throw configurations. Modine also licensed the patented technology to 15 companies and controlled more than 94% of the unit heater market. The Modine name was so synonymous with the unit heater that many contractors and builders used “Modine” as the generic product name. Even today, many people ask for a “Modine.”
Because Heating Division products were sold through engineers and architects to contractors by a sales representative, Modine utilized marketing and advertising strategies to promote them. Much later on, Arthur Modine even took to the skies, utilizing banner ads behind an airplane flying throughout the United States to promote Modine’s products.
As he did with Modine’s vehicular business, Arthur Modine started with an identified need, added some ingenuity, and created a business that is still thriving today.
As a global leader in thermal management, Modine operates two state-of-the-art testing facilities at its World Headquarters in Racine, WI, and at its European Headquarters in Bonlanden, Germany. These facilities give us the capability of putting our technologies to the test in simulated environments. Our labs are third-party certified and ensure our HVAC solutions deliver comfort. Our expertise in research and development coupled with our exclusive history give commercial HVAC users the confidence they need to keep their systems running year round.
Split Room Climate Chambers – Dedicated air-to-air split rooms for testing DX classroom products like the ClassMate®. Meets AHRI 210/240 and 390 standards.
Geothermal Climate Chamber – Dedicated geothermal lab for our classroom geo solutions like the SchoolMate®. Meets ANSI/AHRI/ASHRAE ISO Standard 13256-1 and 13256-2.
Semi-Anechoic Sound Room – Sound is a major issue for schools. We now have the capability to provide reliable data from our world-class laboratory.
Ventilation Test Cell – Capable of temperatures from -40°F to 140°F and relative humidity of 10-90%, this cell is used for testing packaged rooftop equipment. Meets AHRI 340/360 and CSA C747-06 standards.
Refrigeration Lab – Modine makes its own coils, including the CF coil. These groundbreaking technologies are invented and proven here.
Heating Lab – Unitary heating products are validated here. Meets ANSI Z83.8/CSA 2.6, ANSI Z21.47/CSA2.3 and ANSI Z83.20/CSA 2.34 standards.
Wind Tunnel – Capable of duplicating almost any location on Earth: up to 520 tons of cooling capacity; replicates 96% of the sun’s UV rays; generates temperatures of -20°F to 131°F. Meets AHRI 340/360 and CSA C746-06 standards.Read less