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Warm Winter Impacts Contractors Nationwide

By Herb Woerpel
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While spring officially starts tomorrow, several HVAC contractors are still waiting for winter to arrive. The national average temperature across the 48 contiguous states in January was 36.3 — 5.5 degrees above the 1901-2000 average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center.


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Manufacturers See More of the Same in 2012

By Joanna R. Turpin
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Mixed signals make it difficult to determine what to expect over the next year, although most manufacturers echo Gary Clark, senior vice president of marketing, Goodman Global Group Inc., who stated, “Overall, we see 2012 being very similar to 2011.”


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Contractors Ready to Conquer Challenges

By Joanna R. Turpin
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The economy has been tough for many HVAC contractors over the last few years, and the signals are mixed as to whether things will get better in 2012. On the positive side, construction employment rose in 28 states and the District of Columbia between December 2010 and December 2011. On the other hand, only 302,000 new homes were sold in 2011, which is 6.2 percent below the 2010 figure.


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Weather and Economy Dampen Distributor Outlook

By Joanna R. Turpin
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Last year ended on a disappointing note for many, including distributors. On the bright side, distributors in all U.S. regions ended 2011 in positive territory and also reported higher inventory levels than the same time in 2010. What’s ahead for 2012?


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ACCA CEO Optimistic for Upcoming Year

By Herb Woerpel
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Despite lingering economic blight, a gridlocked political climate, and mild winter temperatures, Paul Stalknecht, president and CEO of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), is beaming with optimism.


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March 5, 2012: Economists Predict Moderate Growth in 2012, Diminishing Uncertainty

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According to the latest outlook from the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), economists are predicting moderate growth, a brightening employment picture, and an increase in housing starts in 2012.


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Danfoss Offers Industry Outlook

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Danfoss Inc. senior leaders recently provided a 2012 market outlook on HVAC policy trends during their 17th annual press conference, held Jan. 24 at the AHR Expo in Chicago.


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March 2, 2012: FMI’s Nonresidential Construction Index Gains 7.8 Points in First Quarter

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FMI, provider of management consulting and investment banking to the engineering and construction industry, announced the release of its 2012 first quarter Nonresidential Construction Index (NRCI) report. The NRCI gained 7.8 points over last quarter to 58.1 this quarter.


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Study: 2015 HVAC Demand to Near $17 Billion

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Demand in the United States for HVAC equipment is projected to increase 5.1 percent annually to $16.8 billion in 2015, according to a study that came out in November titled HVAC Equipment from The Freedonia Group Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm.


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Murphy's Law: The Changing American Dream

By Mike Murphy
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Having just returned from the International Builder’s Show in Orlando, I have to remark that the show has downsized itself quite noticeably. Though what might be called the world’s largest home and garden show is less than its gargantuan self of years past, it is still an awesome event.


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