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In 2018, a devastating tornado caused major damage to Lennox’s Marshalltown, Iowa manufacturing facility.

Five years after a devastating tornado caused significant damage to its facilities, Lennox recently commemorated the completion of renovations to its Marshalltown, Iowa manufacturing and office building. Lennox CEO Alok Maskara, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Lennox executives, board members and local officials celebrated the grand opening of the new modernized, state-of-the-art facility on July 13.

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The Lennox Board of Directors, joined by CEO Alok Maskara, and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, ceremoniously cut the ribbon to inaugurate the newly renovated facility in Marshalltown, Iowa.
(Source: PRNewsfoto/Lennox International Inc.)

“The completion of the Marshalltown facility rebuild is a new chapter in our company’s history,” said Maskara. “This is a celebration of our commitment to customers, employees, and our community. I am incredibly proud of the immense hard work and resilience our team has shown in the face of adversity.” 

The heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry company has a long history of resilience and commitment to the community, where it was founded by railroad machine repair businessman Dave Lennox in 1895.

The renovated Lennox facility includes nearly one million square feet of manufacturing and office space. The investments include upgraded building infrastructure, more automated manufacturing equipment, a new office building, and a museum showcasing the Lennox company’s history of innovation and excellence over its 128 years in business. The upgraded building infrastructure features numerous sustainable attributes including a Lennox Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system.

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Aerial photo of the renovated Lennox Marshalltown, Iowa facility.
(Source: PRNewsfoto/Lennox International Inc.)

The facility commemoration and museum reopening was also a celebration for the entire Marshalltown community. In addition to damaging the Lennox manufacturing facility, the 2018 tornado also caused significant damage to the town.

“Just days after the disaster, Lennox announced its decision to remain in Marshalltown and reconstruct this plant. Four years later we stand here together in this new, state of the art manufacturing facility to celebrate Lennox’s incredible comeback story,” said Gov. Reynolds. “As Governor, I want to thank Lennox for your commitment. After such a disaster you could have chosen to relocate somewhere else, but you chose to stay because of your loyalty to the community and state.”

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