With a history dating to 1885, Trane was one of the first companies in the world to define the modern refrigeration and air conditioning space. Founded by Norwegian immigrant James Trane, the roots of Trane reach back to La Crosse, Wisconsin.
James Trane was a plumber by trade but also a skilled engineer. While operating his pipe-fitting shop, he designed a remarkable low-pressure steam heating system. When his son Reuben completed studies in engineering at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, they were ready to go into business together.