The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) has expressed its support for an amendment introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) to transfer authority over anticompetitive utility practices to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
As a contribution to help improve retail selling skills, members of the Northamerican Heating, Refrigeration, and Airconditioning Wholesalers Association (NHRAW) are now offering free basic sales training lessons to interested dealers and technicians via the NHRAW website.
Combined U.S. factory shipments of 879,873 central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps in June are up 1% from June 2001, according to statistics from the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI). Combined shipments for the first six months are up 5% from last year.
PowerCold Corp. has announced the acquisition of Applied Building Technology Inc. (ABT), a St. Petersburg, FL-based supplier of complete HVAC packages for standard-sized commercial buildings such as national chain businesses.
PSMJ Resources Inc., a management information firm serving the architecture/engineering/ construction (A/E/C) industry, has announced the findings from its 2002 A/E Financial Performance Survey, which indicate that the design sector is in a downward slide.
The General Standards Committee of the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) has approved and released an addendum to ARI Standard 550/590-1998, “Standard for Water Chilling Packages Using the Vapor Compression Cycle.”
The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) announced that the PHCC of Nevada is continuing its fight against unfair construction defect lawsuits that it says are affecting the availability of liability insurance in the state. Also, in Montana, Carl Schweitzer, state executive manager of the Montana PHCC, arranged a breakfast with Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) to discuss concerns about fair competition between small-business contractors and utilities.