1900 - 1910

  • Dr. Willis H. Carrier "founded" air conditioning with the first installation in Sackett-Wilhelms Lithographing and Printing Co., Brooklyn, NY.
  • Carrier Air Conditioning formed as a subsidiary of the Buffalo Forge Co.
  • Carrier Engineering Corporation is formed as an independent venture by Willis H. Carrier, J. Irvine Lyle and five associates. The combination of the two names, "Car-" and "Lyle" would later become Carlyle, the Compressor Company.

1920 - 1929

  • Dr. Willis H. Carrier invents the Centrifugal Refrigerating Machine.
  • Dr. Willis H. Carrier invents a new refrigerant, "Dielene," to support rapidly advancing compressor technology.
  • First application of residential air conditioning utilizes a Carrier compressor.
  • "Manufactured weather" enters into transportation beginning with trains, followed by trolleys, then airplanes.

1930 - 1939

  • A Carrier compressor is at the heart of the world’s first room air conditioner, providing equipment in a "package" which could be moved if required.
  • The Carrier-Brunswick 7 Series compressors are introduced. First the 7F, an eccentric drive compressor covering ranges from 1/4 to 3 HP. Shortly after that, the 7G and 7H type covering 7-1/2, 15 and 50 HP ranges. These compressors used a crankshaft drive, which enabled them to be run at a higher speed.
  • Carrier Air Conditioning Company moves to Syracuse, NY. Company officials vow to make the city the "Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Capital of the World!"
  • 7J, 7K, and 7L compressors are introduced, representing capacity sizes from 1/4 to 7-1/2 HP.

1940 – 1949

  • 5F40 compressors and condensing units are introduced. The compressors were the first "high speed" open drives, permitting operation to 1750 RPM.
  • Move to spacious Thompson Road facility, permitting expansion required for burgeoning compressor business.
  • The invention of the Absorption Machine, using lithium bromide, is announced. (Patents actually filed in 1946.) By using steam for air conditioning, the development was an answer to a long-existing need, by providing a balance in steam loads for summer cooling and winter heating.

1950 - 1959

  • 5J40/5J60 open drive compressors (100-150 HP) introduced in direct or belt-driven models. Designed for use with a variety of refrigerants, their flexibility of use is an outstanding feature.
  • 06D semi-hermetic compressor introduced, featuring bypass unloading for improved capacity control.

1960 - 1969

  • 06E semi-hermetic introduced with suction pressure-actuated unloading, an industry first. The revolutionary compressor features patented oil return and oil equalization system that is still employed today.
  • The combination of Willis Carrier and Irvine Lyle's names officially becomes "Carlyle."

1970 - 1979

  • 05G compressor introduced, used in transport refrigeration applications.

1980 - 1989

  • 05K compressor introduced, used in transport refrigeration applications.

1990 - 1999

  • Carlyle announces it will manufacture screw compressors in Syracuse.
  • Semi-hermetic 23XL screw compressors launched.
  • Carrier commits to multi-million-dollar investment in Syracuse compressor facilities, both new screw and existing reciprocating plants. Carlyle launches semi-hermetic and open-drive geared twin screw compressors.
  • Carlyle's model 06N geared twin screw compressor, the first compressor designed and optimized specifically for use with the chlorine-free refrigerant, HFC-134a.

2000 - 2009

  • Carlyle produces 25,000th screw compressor, and announces acquisition of Our Way Inc.
  • Carlyle announces opening of Compressor Re-manufacturing Division in Stone Mountain, GA.
  • Carlyle launches the Paragon screw compressors.
  • Carlyle Stone Mountain is awarded Industry Week’s Top 10 Best Plant award in North America.

2010 – Today

  • Carlyle produces 5 million compressors.
  • SMART Unloading compressors introduced.
  • Carlyle releases the 06M Reciprocating compressor with R-410A.