Kidde Fact Sheet

Kidde is part of Carrier Global Corporation, one of the world's largest providers of building technologies. Its fire safety, security, building automation, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems and services promote integrated, high performance buildings that are safer, smarter and sustainable.

Key Facts

  • Employees - 53,600
  • Net sales - $16.8B
  • Carrier’s refrigerated containers carry more than $6 billion worth of goods every day.
  • Since 2002, Kidde has donated more than 1 million smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to fire departments.

Our Mission

To be our customers’ first choice for integrated systems, including air-conditioning, heating, refrigeration, elevators, escalators, fire and security solutions, and services globally.

Our Purpose

We make the world a better place to live. We create and maintain comfortable, accessible, efficient, healthy, safe and secure environments, and ensure the global food supply is transported and preserved for safe consumption.

Carrier Global Corporation is a family of remarkable companies defined by its leading global brands and renowned for its unyielding commitments to innovation and environmental sustainability.

Our Founders

More than that, the Carrier Global Corporation family may be unique in its legacy of founding entrepreneurs, men who not only built significant and lasting businesses, but who defined and even invented their industries. These extraordinary entrepreneurs are today a very real part of our success in the vision and values they shared, and their names an essential part of the unit’s competitive advantage.

Willis Carrier changed the world in 1902 when he designed the first modern air-conditioning system, provided the underlying framework for the design of air-conditioning systems with his 1911 Rational Psychrometric Formulae, and brought comfort air to the public with his centrifugal chiller. Dr. Carrier is the acknowledged Father of Air Conditioning, and his legacy of environmental stewardship today remains an important part of Carrier’s ongoing innovation and leadership.

In 1818, Jeremiah and Charles Chubb patented the world’s first detector lock, designed the first burglar and fire-resistant safe, and grew a company that would become a pioneer in fire prevention and today protects some of the most prestigious and vulnerable sites around the world.

Robert Edwards produced a series of inventions, including the first electric bell in 1881 inspired by the new science of electricity. His broad vision would result in today’s modern Edwards, an industry standard for the largest industrial, OEM and commercial installed base of signaling devices in the world.

In 1917, Walter Kidde founded the Walter Kidde Company, which produced the first integrated smoke detection and carbon dioxide extinguishing system for use on board ships. The Kidde brand became one of the world’s largest manufacturers of fire safety products for industry, and advanced residential alarms and extinguishers.