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Coleman® brand of Johnson Controls presents Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Road King Motorcycle to Johnstone Supply-Knoxville.


Distributor wins motorcycle by posting largest percentage increase in year-over-year purchases of Coleman HVAC equipment.

When M.Todd Cramer, president of Johnstone Supply- Knoxville first laid eyes on the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Road King Motorcycle at the Johnstone Supply 2013 Spring Sales Planning Meeting and Trade Show last March, he turned to his Vice President of Sales Ron Carter and remarked, “We need to do whatever we can to bring that bike to Knoxville.” One year later, the Coleman® brand of Johnson Controls Unitary Products Group (UPG) presented the special bike to Cramer during the 2014 show in Nashville, Tenn., recognizing the largest percentage increase in 2013 purchases over 2012 reported by any Johnstone Supply distribution center.

Johnson Controls rolled out the competition during last year’s trade show among Johnstone Supply distributors that provide the Coleman line of HVAC products, hoping to see growth in Coleman sales through Johnstone Supply’s network of six distribution centers and more than 370 independently-owned locations.

“The Coleman brand of HVAC equipment is a product of Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls, and Harley-Davidson represents another great Milwaukee institution. So it seemed only natural that the Coleman brand would team up with the legendary motorcycle manufacturer and create this competition,” said Tim Brusseau, UPG strategic distribution account manager at Johnson Controls. “We have seen substantial growth in Coleman sales over this past year, which speaks to the commitment of Johnstone Supply distributors to the brand.”

Johnson Controls made the decision more than two years ago to provide the Coleman HVAC product line exclusively to Johnstone Supply, with the exception of a few areas in the country. “We saw it as a tremendous opportunity for Johnstone Supply to grow their customer base and expand into the add-on replacement business, while giving them the ability to determine how they go to market in every marketplace. The decision has resulted in increased profits and growing margins – a win-win-win for dealers, Johnstone and for us, Coleman.”

For Cramer, the growth of Coleman purchases did not happen by accident. “We hired Ron to target what we saw as our ‘Coleman opportunity.’ For the first time we had someone who understood how to drive the brand and had the customer service mentality to be able to go out and explain to our customers how to grow the brand and, in turn, grow their businesses.”

Cramer remains pleased with the Johnstone Supply decision to carry the Coleman line of HVAC products. “Coleman had good quality when we took them on, and it’s only gotten better with the purchase of the brand by Johnson Controls. The brand that is so well known for its camping and outdoor gear is gaining popularity inside as well, as homeowners come to know the Coleman HVAC brand. Meanwhile, Johnson Controls is working hard to get our products to us quickly and efficiently, so that we can maintain an inventory that allows us to take care of our customers and allows them to take care of their customers with quality products. We remain pleased with the products and the service we receive and are anticipating even more success this year -- perhaps more than doubling our 2013 Coleman purchases.”

This year’s success will likely encourage Johnstone Supply-Knoxville to compete for next year’s prize – three Coleman ATVs, to be awarded to two Johnstone Supply contractors and one Johnstone Supply distributor on the basis of sales of extended warranties to consumers. Announced at this year’s trade show, this newest competition will run through 2014, with award presentations scheduled for the 2015 trade show.

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HVAC products from Johnson Controls, marketed under the well-known Coleman® brand, include highly reliable residential central air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces and accessories and light-commercial, packaged heating and cooling systems marketed through a network of distributors and delivered to home- and building-owners through independent Coleman heating and air conditioning dealers. For more information about Coleman HVAC systems, visit

Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 168,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2013, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 company in its annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list.
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As an international leader in the innovation and marketing of outdoor products, The Coleman Company, Inc. helps people have fun and make memories by providing the gear integral to their favorite outdoor experiences. The company’s products include its legendary lanterns and stoves, as well as coolers, tents, sleeping bags, airbeds, backpacks, furniture, and grills under the Coleman® brand. Additionally, the company provides flotation devices, towables, rainwear, waders, hunting and fishing gear as well as safety and survival equipment under its Stearns®, Sevylor®, Sospenders®, Hodgman®, Mad Dog Gear®, and Helium® brands. Founded in 1900 and based in Wichita, Kan., Coleman is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jarden Corporation and can be found online at




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