What began in 1946 as Russell Coil Co., manufacturing coils for the refrigeration and air conditioning industry, has grown 75 years later into a premiere brand of award-winning commercial refrigeration equipment.
The company introduced the All-Temp Unit Cooler in 1948, which quickly became the industry’s all-purpose, low proﬁle unit cooler for small to medium walk-in coolers and freezers. It has undergone several redesigns but still remains a top performer today with the Next-Gen All-Temp Low Profile Unit Cooler.
In 1967, Russell Coil Co. was acquired by Ardco Glass Company. Russell became a division of the Heat Transfer Products Group division. The company continued to expand and released numerous new unit coolers, condensers and other commercial refrigeration equipment. Check out the historical timeline for achievements and milestones.
In 1997 and 2010, HTPG and its brands, Russell, Witt, Kramer and ColdZone, went through two additional ownership and management changes. In 2013, HTPG was sold to Rheem and joined Rheem’s family of brands as the commercial refrigeration segment of their business. Rheem invests in growing the product portfolio, increasing efficiency and quality in manufacturing, and moving the company towards more energy-efficient and innovative solutions.
The company continues to create new models designed to increase efficiencies, performance, sustainability, and serviceability. In 2016, HTPG wins its first product design award for the Next-Gen MiniCon ½ to 6 HP Condensing Unit, a Silver in the Dealer Design Award Program sponsored by The Air Conditioning Heating & Refrigeration News magazine. This kicks off six consecutive years of Dealer Design Awards (DDA) wins for product design, performance, application flexibility and service features. Check out the award-winning models and our environmental efforts on our Sustainability webpage.
- 2016 Silver DDA Award – Next-Gen Air Cooled Condensing Units
- 2017 Gold DDA Award – Quantum Air™ Remote Air Cooled Condensers
- 2018 Silver DDA award – QV-Series Condensing Units™
- 2019 Gold DDA Award – EcoNet® Enabled Unit Coolers with Command Center
- 2020 Silver DDA Award – Center Mount EcoNet® Enabled Unit Cooler
- 2021 Bronze DDA Award – Slim-Temp ASLA/ASLE Unit Cooler
We would not be where we are today if it were not for our partners, sales representatives and customers that have stood by us all these years to make Russell a trusted brand. We are very grateful for your partnership. The passion and dedication of our employees have also brought us to a new level of excellence. We are excited to see where we’ll be in the next 75 years.