ACHRNEWS

Group to Lobby for Contractors

August 11, 2008

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. - In an effort to protect and enhance independent HVACR contractors in Illinois, the new HVACR Illinois State Association (HISA) has been formed. One of its primary focuses is to form an effective lobbying presence in Illinois’ legislative matters that affect HVACR contractors and their businesses.

“To date, there has not been one unified association to protect all aspects of an HVACR contractor’s business here in Illinois,” said Chris Colditz, Laco Mechanical, president of HISA.

“Because HVACR crosses so many areas and systems of a structure, a contractor’s business can be legally exposed in a variety of ways,” she continued.

“One of our primary goals in forming HISA is to keep tabs on as many of these exposures as possible and provide, as best we can, the lobbying support … throughout the state to make sure HVACR contractor interests are considered in any legislative decisions affecting them.”

Because legislative lobbying is an expensive proposition, Colditz emphasized the need for all HVACR and related trade contractors to join and participate in HISA. “No one contractor could hope to make an impact individually on the legislative front,” she said.

“While many may be members of other organizations that do have a significant presence in Springfield, HISA aims to bring all HVACR contractors together into a strong, unified presence that legislators will recognize as the representative for the HVACR industry at large in Illinois.”

In November, HISA plans to make its first trip to Springfield to introduce the organization to Illinois legislators.

In addition to support in Springfield, HISA hopes to support contractors and their businesses through education and social/networking events. Membership is open to all HVACR contractors in Illinois. Membership fees have been set at $350 per year.

For more information, visit www.hvacrillinois.org.

Publication date: 08/11/2008