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The Business of Refrigeration

Refrigerants, Supermarkets, Acquisitions
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In the business of refrigeration, there have been recent developments in refrigerant research, supermarket energy-efficiency improvements, and the acquisition of a commercial refrigeration equipment manufacturer.


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EPA Tightens Energy Star Standards

New Specifications Take Effect Oct. 1
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published what it described as “The Final Draft Version 3.0” which deals with product specifications for Energy Star-qualified commercial refrigerators and freezers. The standards will take effect Oct. 1, 2014.


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Refrigeration Equipment Simplicity Might Be the Way to Go

A Consultant Looks at Drawing in and Retaining Refrigeration Techs
By Peter Powell
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Here’s a sobering thought for you: The average age of a refrigeration service technician that works on supermarket equipment is greater than 55. That’s according to Terry Roberts, president of Merchandising by Design. Her question was, “Who’s going to maintain these stores” after these ‘seniors’ leave the industry?


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Conditioned Air Corp. Incentivizing Success

Bonus Programs, Open Approach Inspire Employee Excellence
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When it comes to keeping employees happy, Conditioned Air Corp., Naples, Fla., does it better than most, which is why they are this year's Best Contractor to Work For in the South region.


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The ‘R’ is for Refrigerants, Refrigeration

RSES Conference gets Service Techs up to Speed
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The ‘R’ in Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) got its due at the 76th RSES Annual Conference and HVACR Technology Expo in Pittsburgh, Pa. Topics ranged from the latest trends in refrigerants to the servicing of equipment, from basic components to complex systems using such refrigerants.


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EPA Proposes Final R-22 Phaseout Timeline

Target of 2020 Could Get Moved Up to 2018
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The proposal picks up on a previous timeline in production that allowed 62.8 million pounds of new R-22 in 2013 and 51 million pounds in 2014.


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Government Considering Sanctions Against Chinese Refrigerants

U.S. ITC Votes to Move Forward on Illegal HFC-134a Imports
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The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted 6-0 on Dec. 13 to move forward against China regarding possible illegal hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-134a coming into the U.S.


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Sassano Fights to Nullify Illegal Refrigerants

DuPont Manager Involved in Dual Effort to Counteract Counterfeits
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Sassano’s leadership and dedication toward curbing illegal imports and counterfeit gases makes her one of The NEWS’ 2013 NEWSmakers.


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Joe Marchese Elected RSES President

RSES Discusses Training, Honors Members at Conference
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Marchese, who serves as a monthly columnist in The NEWS’ Refrigeration Zone section, was elected during the 76th annual RSES Conference and HVACR Technology Expo this past October.


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Consequences of Counterfeit Refrigerants

Contractors Continue to Play Important Role in Curbing Illegal Refrigerants
By Peter Powell
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Counterfeit and illegally imported refrigerants have existed under the surface of the HVACR industry for years. With hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-22 increasing in price due to a government phase down, more and more fly-by-nighters are working to get their hands on the product any way they can.


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