The NAPPS story begins with Roy L. Napps. He began working in the heating and air conditioning industry in his early 40s, when he took a job with a leading Tyler Texas based Air Conditioning Company. He worked there until World War II began when he went into the Army and served until 1946. He served in different capacities during the war, but much of his time was spent in responsible charge of maintaining military heating and refrigeration equipment in India. He gained valuable experience in the industry during the war and completed college level courses in the refrigeration and air conditioning field while he was in the service.
After the war, he returned to the Tyler based air conditioning company and moved up rapidly in the organization because of his work ethic and problem solving ability. The decision was made in the early 1950s to have Roy Napps open a branch operation in Longview. He directed the construction of the branch office facility in Longview and began building the business in the Longview area. Business grew over the next few years under Roy’s leadership, but the decision was made in the mid-1950s to close the Longview office and bring all work back to the main Tyler office. The Napps family moved back to Tyler and Roy returned to the Tyler office. He served in Tyler, but his desire was to return to Longview and serve the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration needs there. Within a year Roy Napps gave notice, returned to Longview and started Roy Napps Air Conditioning Company in 1957.
The air conditioning business was very different in the 1950s. There were very few air conditioning companies, and central heating and air conditioning systems had to be custom designed for each application. Packaged air-conditioning equipment as we know it today was not available. Players in the heating and air conditioning market had to be skilled in manually running load calculations for the area to be conditioned, and then proficient in selecting each heating and air conditioning component, such as blowers, coils, pumps, compressors, expansion valves, and piping to affect the installation of a balanced system that would meet the application requirements. This is particularly true of the commercial and industrial market where Roy Napps chose to focus his business.
Roy Napps started the business at home with his wife Pauline operating the office and the business quickly grew. He began doing heating and air conditioning work for some of the largest commercial and industrial accounts in East Texas. These accounts included hospitals, multistory hotels, office buildings, and process plants. One of the early systems he designed and installed was used for blast freezing meat in a meat packing plant. The system quickly chilled hundreds of pounds of meat to 40 degrees below zero in a matter of minutes. Texas Eastman opened it's operation in Longview in the mid-1950s and Roy Napps Air Conditioning Company was engaged to support the plant with heating, ventilating, air conditioning and process refrigeration system installations, service and maintenance. One of the services the company offered Texas Eastman was the design and manufacture of very large specialty explosion proof package chillers and control room systems.
Roy Napps was not only committed to serving East Texas with heating, ventilating, air conditioning and process refrigeration services, he was also committed to teaching and mentoring others to meet the growing demands of the industry. While keeping up with the demands of running the business, he always found time to teach air conditioning and refrigeration vocational courses at Longview High School, Kilgore College and local trade schools. Because of his love for people and his profession, he continued to invest in others by teaching and mentoring throughout his business career.
Roy Napps Air Conditioning Company continued to grow through the 1960s and into the 1970s. Along the way Eddie Napps, his son, had worked with and had been mentored by his dad in every phase of the business since he was a young teen. Eddie Napps went on to the University of Texas at Austin after high school and graduated in December of 1971 with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with Honors. He was now ready to fully invest himself in the family business.
Roy and Eddie Napps worked alongside each other until 1975 when Eddie Napps took over ownership and incorporated the business as NAPPS Industries, Inc. doing business as NAPPS Heating and Air Conditioning. At this point Roy slowed down a little and Eddie took the lead. It was Eddie’s desire to strengthen and grow the business as a regional residential and commercial heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration company while pursuing the manufacture of specialty refrigeration packages. The company was strengthened and enjoyed steady growth over the next ten years. Headway was also made in marketing large specialty refrigeration packages, but in the fall of 1987 NAPPS Industries received an order that would radically change what NAPPS would bring to the international market!
In the fall of 1987 NAPPS received an order from Teledyne INET to design and manufacture one of the first central system package chillers that would be used to cool commercial aircraft. This order was for equipment to cool Delta Air Line’s fleet of commercial aircraft while parked at the Orlando International Airport in Orlando Florida. The job was successful and Teledyne immediately began positioning NAPPS to furnish all systems internationally. The volume and type of work this opportunity presented would inevitably interrupt and compromise the core business of NAPPS Heating and Air Conditioning. As a result NAPPS Technology Corporation was incorporated in 1989 to develop and manufacture aviation ground support equipment. NAPPS Technology was a separate Texas Corporation led by Eddie Napps, now a Registered Professional Engineer. NAPPS Heating and Air Conditioning would now be led by a team of seasoned senior management personnel that had worked alongside both Roy and Eddie Napps for years.
Over the next ten years NAPPS Technology Corporation grew very rapidly and developed and manufactured hundreds of machines deployed nationally and abroad. Between 1992 and 1996 NAPPS Technology manufactured approximately 90% of all commercial airline central ground support cooling units for all airlines in the USA. NAPPS Technology also developed and manufactured all AWAC military aircraft cooling units used by the Royal Air Force in Saudi Arabia. NAPPS went on to developed and manufacture thermal storage units used by the aviation industry, a line of environmental oil separation and filtration equipment for the industrial community and a product line of engine driven air conditioning equipment ranging to 140 tons. NAPPS Technology had the privilege of doing many high visibility jobs internationally, but one of particular interest was the cooling equipment NAPPS Technology furnished for the Royal Pavilion for the Sultan of Brunei who was the richest man in the world at that time. The equipment was manufactured for the Pavilion to cool his private 747 and other large commercial aircraft. NAPPS also developed and manufactured special cooling equipment for locations as remote as the deep level gold mines of South Africa and military installations in the deserts of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
But through the years NAPPS has enjoyed a very close relationship with The Trane Company. Since the early 1990s NAPPS has designed and manufactured conventional commercial air conditioning equipment and marketed these products exclusively through the Trane Sales Offices. In the early 1990s these products used the Trane reciprocating compressor and by the mid-1990s, the products began bearing the Trane Scroll compressor.
Today NAPPS Technology Corporation has been reorganized to offer a full line of highly efficient commercial products exclusively through the Trane Sales Offices throughout the Americas. These products range in capacity from 10 to 70 tons and include NWC Water Cooled Liquid Chillers, NCC and SCC Compressor Chillers, SWU Water Cooled Condensing Units and SCC Compressor Units.
With a world of experience and more than 50 years in the in the industry, NAPPS is committed to the continuing process of product development, introducing new innovative designs while meeting or exceeding complex efficiency and environmental standards.
Browse our website or contact the Trane Sales Office nearest you today to learn more about the full line of NAPPS commercial air conditioning products!