L.D. Lawson awarded Carrier’s highest honor
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In recognition of his contribution and service to the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) industry, his customers and community, L.D. Lawson has been posthumously selected as a member of the Carrier Hall of Fame. The award celebrates Lawson’s dedication as one of the top Carrier dealers in the nation, as well as recognizes the expertise of the entire team at Lawson Air Conditioning & Plumbing, Inc. Carrier, a world leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX)
Lawson began his business in 1946, at the age of 26, after returning from service to his country as a U.S. Marine in World War II. In 1948, then named Lawson Heating & Air Conditioning, became a Carrier dealer and today, 70 years later, is recognized as Georgia’s oldest single-line dealer. In 1956, Lawson earned his conditioned air license from the state of Georgia, and later that year was awarded his first Carrier Weathermaker Hall of Fame award. In 1958, Lawson Air Conditioning moved to its Dorsey Street location where it continues to do business today.
In 1983, Lawson’s son-in-law, Vince Davis, began working at Lawson Air Conditioning, and his daughter, Debbie Lawson Davis, started with the company in 1985. Their son, Travis, joined the family business in 2012 as a third generation member.
Lawson Air Conditioning & Plumbing, Inc. earned the Carrier Distinguished Dealer Award in 1994 and 1996. In 2009, the business became a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer and earned the Carrier President’s Award in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Lawson Air Conditioning & Plumbing has also earned many awards and recognition for its community involvement including the 2005 Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Family Business of the Year.
L.D. Lawson passed away in 2000 from lung cancer, just days before his 81st birthday.
Lawson’s Lifetime Involvements:
- First Baptist Church Life Deacon
- Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority Board of Directors, Chairman
- Founding Family & Board of Trustees at Lakeview Academy
- Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce
- Gainesville Lions Club, President
- Gainesville Masonic Lodge # 219 Worshipful Master
- Gainesville Men’s Garden Club
- Boy Scouts of America
- Advisor to Lanier Technical College & North Georgia Technical School
- City of Gainesville Air Conditioning & Heating Board Member
- Rotary Club Man of The Year 1974
“Our family is thrilled that Carrier has inducted L.D. Lawson, founder of Lawson Air Conditioning & Plumbing, into its Hall of Fame,” said Debbie Lawson Davis, L.D.’s daughter and current CFO of Lawson Air Conditioning & Plumbing, Inc. “We understand this is the top honor for our entire industry and believe it is a fitting tribute to L.D.’s life work and legacy of leadership. This is not just recognition for his business accomplishments, but is a salute to his character, compassion, community involvement and Christian values. He often reminded us to ‘treat others the way you would want to be treated, and to always try to do the right thing and everything else would fall into place.’ As we now guide my daddy’s business with third generation leadership, my husband, Vince, our son Travis and I still strive to hold those values true.”
Carrier is thrilled to add Lawson to the proud legacy of its Hall of Fame inductees. For more information about Carrier, visit www.residential.carrier.com/dealers/index.shtml or follow the company on Facebook and on Twitter @CarrierAtHome.
Founded by the inventor of modern air conditioning, Carrier is a world leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier experts provide sustainable solutions, integrating energy-efficient products, building controls and energy services for residential, commercial, retail, transport and food service customers. Carrier is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.carrier.com or follow @Carrier on Twitter.
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