Johnson Controls on May 3 celebrates 125 years of making buildings more energy-efficient for its customers. The company was founded in 1885 by Professor Warren Johnson following his invention of the first electric room thermostat. The invention launched an industry dedicated to energy efficiency, through the regulation of temperature room-by-room in homes and commercial buildings.

Johnson Controls' focus on energy efficiency continues to this day. Serving customers in more than 150 countries, the company has grown to become a global leader in automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; the design and manufacture of lightweight seating for vehicles to increase their fuel efficiency; and building technologies that increase energy efficiency and reduce operating costs.

"We are positioned for the future because our focus remains consistent from our beginnings 125 years ago," said Stephen A. Roell, Johnson Controls chairman and chief executive officer. "We continue to provide innovative, sustainable and reliable products, services and solutions that benefit our customers and the markets that they serve and the world around us. On this historic anniversary we honor the unique contributions of the people who have built our company, and the 130,000 current employees that are inspiring our future."

The company's 125th anniversary celebrations take place during its annual Vision Week event, which was established in 2000 as a way to reinforce the role of each Johnson Controls employee in the company's success. Vision Week is a dedicated week-long experience where Johnson Controls leaders talk about the business and how employees can help achieve the company's goals.

More information on Johnson Controls' history is available on a new interactive online exhibit at www.johnsoncontrols.com/history.

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. The company’s 130,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Its commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat.