USA: In an effort to expand the use of inverter heat pumps in cold climates, Daikin Comfort Technologies North America has acquired Great Lakes distributor of building products and HVAC systems Williams Distributing.

Williams’ northern location, covering much of the Midwest, is seen as providing additional cold climate product testing and cold climate technology development opportunities for Daikin.

Founded in 1968 and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Williams is one of several regional distributors Daikin has acquired in recent years.

Williams has 32 locations, including 27 dedicated HVAC outlets, in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. The family business employs 575 people.

Daikin says it is also “excited” to include in its portfolio the wide range of construction products for which Williams has received national recognition. These include residential building products for builders, contractors, consumers and architects serving the kitchen and bathroom, sanitary ware, garage door and hearth markets.

“Williams has long been an important and successful partner for Daikin, Daikin Applied, Goodman and Amana HVAC products. The acquisition of this outstanding distributor is another important step in our journey to make Daikin the No. 1 indoor comfort solution provider in North America,” said Takayuki Inoue, Executive Vice President and Director of Sales and Marketing, Daikin.

“The Williams family relationship with Daikin brands spans over 50 years, from the Amana HVAC brand to the largest independent Goodman distributor in the region,” said Jeffrey Beeton, President and Chief Operating Officer of Williams.

Last month, Williams entered into a deal to acquire energy monitoring and management systems supplier Venstar.