Lennox International Inc. will open a new manufacturing operation in Saltillo, Mexico under the name LII United Products. The manufacturing lines responsible for Lennox-brand Merit series air conditioners and heat pumps, as well as air handlers, will be shifted to Saltillo. The Merit series is currently manufactured in Marshalltown, IA, while the CB26 air handler is currently manufactured in Grenada, MS.

The three-year project is expected to break ground in the second half of 2007, with initial production starting in the second quarter 2008 and ramping up to full production by early 2010. The Saltillo operation is anticipated to be 300,000 square feet and employ over 500 at full production.