Bristol compressors to add 110 permanent jobs


BRISTOL, Va. – Bristol Compressors International, Inc., a leading global producer of compressors for use in air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration systems, is planning to add 110 full-time jobs this spring.

The company will first move 50 seasonal workers into permanent positions. Another 60 jobs will be added by the end of April, bringing the number of full-time positions to 738 at the Bristol site. The company cited growth in international markets as a major factor in the employment increases.

“This is a two-phase ramp-up of our Bristol operations,” says Rick Nunley, executive director of human resources for Bristol Compressors. “We will immediately begin the process of transitioning our seasonal workers into full-time roles, while the second phase of adding personnel in the machining, material, quality and assembly areas will be complete by the end of the month.”

The additional jobs will support increasing international and domestic demand for the company’s products, according to Joel Moseley, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Bristol Compressors.

“The global market for air conditioning and refrigeration products is very dynamic,” Moseley says. “We’ve recently expanded our sales reach by establishing a sales office presence in the Jebel Ali Free Trade Zone of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, and we have expanded our office in China to improve customer support. Due to our robust design and reliability performance in very demanding climates, Bristol Compressors enjoys a market-leading position in overseas markets.”

Bristol Compressors is positioned to respond to Saudi Arabia’s recent environmental sustainability and protection initiatives, which include implementation of regulatory laws that reduce carbon dioxide emissions, such as ozone-depleting refrigerants used in air conditioning systems.

“The global air conditioning market is rapidly evolving, and it is critical that Bristol Compressors continues to invest in new products to support these changes,” says Ed Gniewek, CEO of Bristol Compressors. “There are global drivers to reduce emissions, and next on the slate is identifying new Low Global Warming Potential (LGWP) refrigerants.

“Our business in the United States also remains strong,” Gniewek says. “Bristol Compressors’ products are noted for their high quality and dependability, and continue to enjoy great success both here and abroad. We are excited to have this opportunity to grow and add 110 high-quality jobs to our Bristol location. Furthermore, we look forward to responding to global market demands by continuing to invest in the efficiencies of our company and our products.”

In honor of its 40th anniversary, Bristol Compressors plans a mid-year celebration event at its Bristol location.

The company designs and manufactures hermetic reciprocating compressors for residential and light commercial air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration applications. It supplies compressors to original equipment manufacturers and wholesale distributors on six continents and in more than 60 countries around the world.

Bristol Compressors maintains market-leading positions in North America and the Middle East, and offers a variety of ozone-friendly refrigerant compressors with fixed- and variable-frequency drive configurations, high-output heat pump compressors, geothermal targeted products, and the highest performing refrigeration compressors in the industry.


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