The Bard Manufacturing Company broke ground in 2017 for the James R. Bard Center for HVAC Innovation & Design at their Bryan, Ohio, headquarters. This multi-million-dollar project will add 15,000 square feet to the current facility and will consist of collaborative work spaces and a new psychrometric test lab. The purpose of the innovation center is to improve new product development and speed-to-market capabilities, and to help make northwest Ohio a hub for HVAC engineering and innovation.
The creation of the facility is made possible by the generosity of Jim and Joan Bard. Jim retired in 2003 as President, after 43 years with the company. “Naming the center the James R. Bard Center for HVAC Innovation & Design honors Jim’s legacy of service and significant importance to the company,” stated Steel. Bard has been a family-owned and operated business for 103 years and four generations.