Hart & Cooley ensures that air and exhaust gases go where they're supposed to go. Its variety of products include residential and commercial HVAC grilles, diffusers, and registers; decorative brass and hardwood floor and wall registers; all-fuel chimneys; gas vents and chimney liners; flexible duct systems; and duct system components such as fire dampers, ceiling radiation dampers, and access doors. Its Smart Air & Energy Solutions brand offers green products to control mold, gasses, and allergens. The company, which sells its products through wholesalers and retailers, has nine manufacturing plants in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Founded in 1901, Hart & Cooley is a subsidiary of UK-based Tomkins.
Hart & Cooley, along with sister company Selkirk, is a part of Tomkins' air distribution segment, which focuses mostly on commercial and industrial markets. Hart & Cooley caters to both the residential and commercial markets, with commercial clients representing about 40% of the company's sales.
The decline in housing starts and a slowdown in the general economy left many companies scaling back operations during the recession. Hart & Cooley was no exception. It focused on improving manufacturing efficiency, which led to the closure of five manufacturing plants over the course of three years. But the closures didn't reduce manufacturing capacity. Instead, the streamlining actually made it cheaper for the company to make its products. While cuts were made in some areas Hart & Cooley actually expanded its business by adding staff, investing in technology, and adding distribution centers. The company also is looking to grow through acquisitions.