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Expo Packed Despite Economy

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The 2009 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) attracted more than 54,000 people from all facets of the industry. According to Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Co., which produces and manages the show, “approximately 35,000 visitors attended the event, not including the 19,000 people who staffed 1,911 exhibits.”
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Murphy's Law: Unemployment Silver Lining

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Yes, we all have heard that times are tough. For anyone who has lost a job, or who has had to lay people off, I know how you feel. Been there, done both.
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Murphy's Law: World's Funniest HVAC Video

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There is a lot of misinformation floating around about the R-22 transition. Go to www.achrnews.com/countdownto2010 to watch a funny video. It may not be ready for prime time TV on “The World’s Funniest Videos” but what you hear might shock you.
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Johnson Controls Inc. Prepares for Market Shift

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Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) is aligning its organization to focus on offering the full range of building efficiency capabilities to its customers. With that, Allen Martin, Tom Huntington, and Rod Rushing are assuming new roles within Johnson Controls. In interviews with The NEWS, each talked about changes in the marketplace and goals for the future of the company.
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Murphy's Law: Stimulus Packages

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A proposal is drifting through Washington, D.C., that would increase the amount of tax credits for high-efficiency appliances, i.e., air conditioners and furnaces, from $500 to $1,500.
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Murphy's Law: HVAC and EPA at Odds

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Up until recently, everyone thought the R-22 to R-410A transition generally meant that newly manufactured units would cease using HCFCs at the end of this year and that a gradual phaseout would continue through the year 2030. Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may have other ideas.
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Murphy's Law: Expo Time Again

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I love going to Chicago for the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo). Lots of new product, but the weather is always gorgeous this time of year, even though it can be a bit balmy by Lake Michigan.
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HVAC and EPA at Odds

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It sure seems like Dec. 31, 2009 is a long way off, especially with the ink just drying on recent New Year’s resolutions. Still, it will be here rather quickly, and with it the beginning of the somewhat ballyhooed change from HCFC to HFC refrigerants.
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Murphy's Law: Heat Pumps Still Cranking Along

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I just looked at the November 2008 shipment report for the industry - not too exciting. But, I noticed that year-to-date heat pumps shipments were only down 0.8 percent compared with a year ago.
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Murphy's Law: Gosh Darn It

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Former “Saturday Night Live” satirist and comedian, Al Franken, appears to have the U.S. Senate seat wrapped up in Minnesota. Maybe. His opponent is still fighting the results of the extremely narrow margin of victory.
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