Berner, or the Berner International Corporation, is an air door and air curtain company based in New Castle, Pennsylvania. The company distributes air curtains and air doors globally, ranging from “architectural” models to commercial and industrial products. Berner’s wide range of air curtain products includes something for virtually any type of business, from a restaurant seeking an aesthetically pleasing solution for climate control to a manufacturing facility trying to keep dust and pollen from getting into a production facility.
In addition to the products it sells, Berner is also well known for furthering the global adoption of air curtains and air doors. On its website, Berner shares its vision for the future: one where there is an air curtain on every door. With more than 60 years in the business, the company has done more than perhaps any other brand to bring that vision to fruition.
Berner was first founded in 1956. The company’s website notes that Berner’s history began when the founders brought a new European technology—the air door—to the United States for the first time.
Over the course of the ensuing decades, Berner continued to blaze the trail for other brands in the air curtain and air door niche. In the 1970s, Berner formulated an alliance with other air curtain manufacturers—as well as the Air Movement Control Association (AMCA)—with the goal of creating a standardized and certified method of rating air door performance. Berner fervently wanted customers to have a way of understanding the differences between air curtain models. The concept of a standardized rating scale also helped hold companies accountable by rewarding high-quality and high-performance products.
Eventually, Berner’s efforts to improve the air curtain industry paved the way for the moment when air curtains were deemed a suitable replacement for vestibules in the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). The decision gave the owners, builders, and developers of commercial buildings an alternative to expensive, space-wasting vestibules and triggered the use of air curtains and air doors in more buildings.
Today, Berner is led by Georgia Berner, who has been the president of the business since 1984. Georgia took over the organization after her husband, the company’s previous president, passed away in a tragic plane crash. She has flourished in the role, growing Berner’s presence in the market and turning it into one of the highest-rated employers in western Pennsylvania. In the early 2000s, she even won an Entrepreneur of the Year Award from well-known professional services firm Ernst & Young.
Berner focuses on the air curtain and air door market, offering a variety of several different categories. The categories include:
Berner is best-known for its wide range of air curtains—and for helping push air door technology further into the public consciousness. However, in addition to air curtains and air doors, the company also manufactures a variety of other products, including fabric ducts, door heaters, and solutions for implementation in places or situations where air curtains are not feasible. For instance, Berner offers what it calls Arctic Seal Swinging Doors, which can be used for effectual temperature control on freezers or coolers when installing an air door would be difficult or cost prohibitive. These doors are self-closing and close quickly, minimizing the amount of time the freezer or cooler door is open.