Gastonia N.C.

Gastonia is known for its contribution to the A/C word for coining the term “air conditioning.”  Around 1906, Stuart W. Cramer of Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, was exploring a way to add moisture to the air in his textile mill. Cramer coined the term "air conditioning", using it in a patent claim he filed that year as an analogue to "water conditioning", then a well-known process for making textiles easier to process by putting cool moisture in the air. He combined moisture with ventilation to "condition" and changed the air in the factories, controlling the humidity so necessary in textile plants. Willis Carrier adopted the term and incorporated it into the name of his company. This evaporation of water in air, to provide a cooling effect, is now known as evaporative cooling.

Gastonia is a city in North Carolina. It is the county seat and largest city in Gaston County. The population was 66,277 according to a 2000 census. It is part of the Charlotte metropolitan area, officially designated the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord Metropolitan Statistical Area. As the second-largest city (in population) in the MSA after Charlotte, Gastonia has experienced steady growth, with a population change during the 1990s (according the US Census Bureau) of more than +10%.