Carlyle’s roots can be traced back to Willis Carrier’s invention of modern air conditioning in 1902. We have a rich history of proven innovation, a legacy of leadership and pioneering spirit that continue to drive us today.

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.