Bristol Compressors, located in Bristol, VA, began developing and manufacturing hermetic compressors in 1974. These compressors were available for residential and light commercial air conditioners, heat pumps and refrigeration markets. On July 31, 2018, Bristol announced that it would be ceasing all operations. Bristol Compressors had planned a joint partnership with DHX Electric Machines to develop high efficiency compressors that would be the most cost-effective by industry standards.
By the end of 2018, Bristol Compressors had been acquired by Kulthorn Kirby, based in Thailand. All the patents and technologies, along with the Bristol name, were transferred to the production line in Bangkok with all the production to be supervised by Bristol engineers.