Carl Munters and Baltzar Von Platen, two young engineering students, collaborated on the first absorption refrigerator for domestic use. The Electrolux Company recognized the promise of domestic refrigeration and invested in this new technology invented by the two young engineers. Electolux developed the refrigerator into a more practical device for domestic use and became identified by absorption refrigerators as their signature product. They remained unique among the first manufacturers of domestic refrigerators as the only one's utilizing the absorption cycle originally proposed by Munters and Von Platen.
The Norge Company rose to prominence in the refrigeration industry to become the second leading manufacturer under the leadership of the president of the company,Howard Blood in the 1930's.Blood combined style and innovation to produce the most efficient and reliable models. The unique "Rollator" rotary compressor was the heart of their system unlike all the other models on the market which used reciprocating compressors.
Margaret Ingels, the first woman engineering graduate, was also a pioneer of the HVAC industry like Willis Carrier.
Anheuser Busch offers free beer fridges to Chicago offices along with a beer delivery service agreement.
Herbert C. Kellogg established the Temprite Products Company in 1929 and it continues today as a major manufacturer of components for the refrigeration industry. However, before it focused on components it was also a manufacturer of complete assemblies, most notably the Temprite Cooler which was the fruit of meticulous experimentation by Mr. Kellogg.