Carrier Hosts Extravaganza For Customers
The company managed to squeeze in plenty of activity within a three-hour time frame, including business announcements, educational grants, honors, and product displays.
A-OK With AKFirst to the podium was Carrier North America Commercial President Todd Bluedorn, who announced a new corporate relationship with AK Coatings (Middletown, Ohio). Steel with coatings containing AgION™ — a silver ion-based compound de-signed to suppress the growth of bacteria, molds, mildew, fungi, and other microbes — will be used in the production of Carrier’s top air-handling unit line.
Bluedorn noted the company’s 39M Aero™ air-handling units and Racan-Carrier custom air-handling systems will be available with the antimicrobial-coated steel. He said production of the new units will begin immediately, with the first antimicrobial-coated 39M Aero units to be produced next month.
“Recently, public awareness about mold, mildew, and other microbes has increased, particularly in the education and healthcare sectors, as the general public has learned that heat and humidity allow these elements to infiltrate their buildings,” said Bluedorn. “We’re proud to offer the AgION antimicrobial compound on our air-handling units to our customers.”
Giving BackJohn Mandyck, Carrier’s vice president of Government and International Relations, stepped up to the microphone to present Chicago Public Schools (CPS) with a $10,000 “Spirit of Innovation Award” grant.
“We do this both to commemorate Dr. Willis H. Carrier’s invention of modern air conditioning 100 years ago and to further our longstanding commitment to education,” said Mandyck.
CPS said it may use the grant to improve the learning environment and promote studies in the HVAC field. Temperature Equipment Corporation (TEC), a distributor of Carrier equipment since 1935, both nominated CPS for the award and has offered a contribution of lab equipment for use in HVAC studies in CPS’ vocational programs.
“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Carrier Corporation and TEC. A donation like this will have a significant impact on our students’ opportunities for future growth,” said Arne Duncan, CPS chief executive officer.
Carrier said it will continue to present “Spirit of Innovation” grants to qualified educational institutions nationwide to renovate learning spaces devoted to HVAC classes, promote indoor air quality in curriculum, acquire equipment for technical trade instructional purposes, procure instructional materials and equipment, air condition or improve indoor air quality in areas of an educational institution that will benefit students and instructors; or establish HVAC trade apprenticeships.
Bodinus HonoredWhat captured the crowd’s attention was the next presentation, the “Willis Carrier Lifetime Achievement Award,” which was given to William S. Bodinus, P.E., ASHRAE Fellow and Life Member. Skip Mungo, president of TEC of Chicago, gladly made the presentation, in recognition of Bodinus’ “significant leadership and contributions to the HVAC industry.”
“Bill Bodinus has spent his life educating and advancing the industry,” said Mungo. “It is with great honor that I present him with this first Willis Carrier Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Bodinus received his unique glass award amid a loud round of applause. He and his wife, Evelyn, were also treated with a video presentation of his life.
In honor of Bodinus’ commitment to furthering the HVAC profession, TEC named its training center the William S. Bodinus Refrigeration Lab.
“Bill Bodinus is a living legend in the HVAC industry,” said Bluedorn. “Through his numerous contributions, wisdom and experience, we can all still learn from him, and we wish him continued good health and prosperity in this business for as long as he wants to contribute.”
New ProductsThe remainder of the evening customers and invited guests had the opportunity to learn about the latest in Carrier products. There were plenty of exhibits in the Grand Ballroom, including:
Publication date: 02/24/2003