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Ingersoll Rand Foundation Presents $100,000 Grant to the Urban League of Central Carolinas.

Ingersoll Rand Foundation presented a grant to the Urban League of Central Carolinas (ULCC) today to fund Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) National Certification training courses for under/unemployed individuals in the Charlotte area.



The event, hosted by the Ingersoll Rand Foundation, the Ingersoll Rand Black Employee Network, and the ULCC featured leaders from both organizations:

•Dr. Patrick Graham, President/CEO, Urban League of Central Carolinas
•Kaniche Cezar, Board Chair, Urban League of Central Carolinas
•Natural Scott, Urban League of Central Carolinas HVAC Graduate
•Dave Regnery, President, Trane Commercial HVAC North America and EMEA
•Tony Norwood, Vice President, HR Power Tools, Ingersoll Rand Davidson Co-Chair, Ingersoll Rand Black Employee Network

The grant will help connect skilled workers with area employers. A recent survey by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute found that nearly 70 percent of American manufacturing companies have a moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified workers.

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“It is becoming increasingly important to raise awareness of this growing gap and support organizations like the ULCC that encourage individuals in the Charlotte area to get the necessary HVAC skills to pursue careers in manufacturing,” said Dave Regnery, president, Trane Commercial HVAC North America and EMEA at Ingersoll Rand and executive sponsor of the Ingersoll Rand Black Employee Network. “We are honored to help this organization and support the women and men working towards HVAC National Certifications.”

“The partnership announced today symbolizes the type of collaboration between corporations, not for profits and educational institutions needed to create stability for families. This investment will allow us to help more individuals obtain living wage jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities.” said Dr. Patrick Graham, president/CEO of the Urban League of Central Carolinas.

About Ingersoll Rand
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane®—work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit

About the Urban League of Central Carolinas
Founded in 1978, the Urban League of Central Carolinas is a multi-service, non-profit Agency that has proudly served over 25,000 people in the Central Carolinas region. Its mission is to empower the community to attain financial stability and social justice in a global economy through education, training, and placement services for disenfranchised communities. Visit the website at




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