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While essential to our future, innovation is a hallmark of our past as well. Our founding entrepreneurs not only built significant and lasting businesses, but defined and even invented industries that changed our world forever.

Legacy of Innovation


Jeremiah and Charles Chubb patent the world’s first detector lock.


Robert Edwards patents the first electric alarm bell.


Willis Carrier develops and later patents the first modern air conditioner.


Walter Kidde founds the Walter Kidde Company, which produced the first integrated smoke detection and carbon dioxide extinguishing system for use on board ships.

This is the “Foundation of Genius” upon which Carrier is built. In the spirit of these pioneering founders, we continue to innovate every day. With a focus on constant improvement, we never stop developing new ideas and solutions to solve the challenges of tomorrow and build possible.