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Daikin Welcomes Next Generation Workforce to AHR EXPO 2019 with “Future of HVAC” Event

The immersive, educational event signals Daikin’s commitment to developing the future talent of the HVAC industry


MINNEAPOLIS, MN - January 14, 2019

Today at AHR Expo in Atlanta, Daikin will host an exclusive event for engineering and technical trade students who represent the future of the HVAC industry. Select students will join Daikin to discuss exciting, meaningful careers in an industry primed for change over the next decade.

“Digital transformation, artificial intelligence, sustainability and globalization are forcing exponential change in our industry,” said Bryan Plowman, Vice President of human resources at Daikin Applied Americas. “On top of that, over a million Boomers reach retirement age each year. We’re on a quest to attract new talent to the diverse career opportunity in our industry.”

Daikin’s AHR Expo “Future of HVAC” student event is both a technology and a workplace talent event.  Product managers will explain their roles in developing Daikin technology and equipment, and demonstrate the company’s recent technical advancements on the show floor for the students. Participants will also learn about how more advanced equipment is revolutionizing the industry and transforming the types of skills HVAC manufacturers need in their workforce. Daikin leadership, HR, product managers and employees who are recent graduates will emphasize how today’s challenges in HVAC are tomorrow’s opportunities.

Daikin Applied is hosting the special event to emphasize its commitment to people-centered management. The approach is rooted in the belief that a company’s people have unlimited potential to help the business grow, alongside the growth of its employees. 

“This industry is ripe with opportunity for the incoming workforce,” said Kirk Thorne, Executive Vice President of sales, marketing and aftermarket, Daikin Applied Americas. “Daikin has been a global leader in HVAC innovation for many years. Emerging transformation will create more interesting opportunities for our business than we’ve seen in the last 30 years. We want young professionals to know a career with us is an opportunity to uncover and bring-to-market the next major innovation in HVAC.” 

For example, as demand for cloud-based controls and HVAC tools that enable data-driven decision-making grows, students, graduates and professionals trained and skilled in automation, engineering, data and analysis have a new opportunity to leave their mark on next-generation products and technologies.

Daikin team members, many of whom are recent graduates themselves, will guide student participants through the event and demonstrate the solutions they have helped bring to market. Student participants will also meet with human resource representatives to present resumes, hear about current job openings, entry-level apprenticeships, training programs and other professional development opportunities at Daikin. 


About Daikin Applied Americas

Daikin Applied Americas, a member of Daikin Industries, Ltd., designs and manufactures technologically advanced commercial HVAC systems for customers around the world. Customers turn to Daikin with confidence that they will experience outstanding performance, reliability and energy efficiency. Daikin Applied equipment, solutions and services are sold through a global network of dedicated sales, service, and parts offices. For more information or the name of your local Daikin Applied representative, call 800-432-1342 or visit,

About Daikin Industries Ltd.

Daikin Industries, Ltd. is a Forbes 1000 global company with 2019 revenues of over $24.3 billion and more than 70,000 employees worldwide, making it the largest HVAC manufacturer in the world. Daikin is engaged primarily in the development, manufacture, sales and aftermarket support of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) equipment, refrigerants and other chemicals, as well as oil hydraulic products. Daikin was named one of the world's most innovative companies by Forbes magazine. For more information, visit

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Media Contact:
Aaron Parker
Director of Communications, Daikin Applied