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2012 NEWSmakers Set Industry Pace

By Herb Woerpel
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As 2012 races to a close, The NEWS is proud to celebrate those making headlines this year — our NEWSmakers. Rather than lounge around and wait for the industry to come to them, these pacesetters rushed to the forefront, leading by example.


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Marketing Magic: How Your Image Impacts Your Bottom Line

By Adams Hudson
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What is the image that you want for your company? Does it “match” that image represented in your marketing? If not, you’ve already lost. Why? The vast majority of the market only knows you by one thing … your image.


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Rajendran Shines Light on Alternative Refrigerants

By Peter Powell
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Rajan Rajendran has garnered recognition as one of the leading experts on the use of alternative refrigerants. His knowledge and ability has gained him recognition as one of The NEWS’ 2012 NEWSMakers.


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Contractor Randy Weber Elected to Congress

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The HVACR industry now has a voice in Congress. Republican Randy Weber, owner, Weber’s Air and Heat, Pearland, Texas. The freshman congressman is making headlines nationwide, including here in The NEWS as a 2012 NEWSmaker.


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Ring Advocates for Contractors Nationally

By Angela D. Harris
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Bobby Ring didn’t set out to make the news in 2012, but that is exactly what happened. Now, he’s finding himself in the spotlight once again as one of The NEWS’ 2012 NEWSmakers.


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Leaders Move Daikin, Goodman Forward

By John Conrad
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Not even a devastating earthquake and tsunami could keep two of the world’s leading HVACR companies from completing an acquisition this November. That is why The NEWS has chosen Takeshi Ebisu of Daikin Industries Ltd. and Dave Swift of Goodman Global Group Inc. as 2012 NEWSmakers.


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Melchi Provides an Industry Voice in D.C.

By Herb Woerpel
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More than 80 Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) members marched through the halls of the Senate and House of Representatives this spring, meeting with members of Congress on various HVACR-related issues. Leading the charge: Jon Melchi, HARDI’s director of government affairs.


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Dougherty Helps Geothermal Have Big Year

By Kyle Gargaro
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It was a good year for geothermal, and much of that credit must go to Doug Dougherty and his staff at the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO). Well, if you can call the 1.5 people working for the GEO president and CEO his “staff.” Those accomplishments are the reason Dougherty was named a 2012 NEWSmaker.


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Emerson Recognizes Wholesalers

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Emerson Climate Technologies acknowledged its top-performing wholesalers for outstanding sales performance in 2012. The awards banquet was held during Emerson’s annual National Wholesaler Conference in Tucson, Ariz.


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Inoculate Your Business from Killer Viruses

By William J. Lynott
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We all know how devastating a computer virus can be, but not every service contractor is aware of the destructive viruses that can infect a business. Unlike computer viruses, these profit killers aren’t transmitted through cyberspace; they grow and fester within the infected business strictly from internal causes.


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MSCA Conference Navigates Change

By Angela D. Harris
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Mechanical contractors gathered from across the nation this fall to attend the Mechanical Service Contractors of America’s (MSCA) Live 2012 Annual Conference in Carlsbad, Calif. “Navigating a Changing World” was the central theme of the event, and each meeting segment focused on some aspect of change in business or life.


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Manufacturers Work to Meet Demand Due to Hurricane Sandy

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the superstorm it spawned in the northeastern United States, manufacturers represented by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) have increased production to meet the unexpected increased demand for residential and light commercial boilers, furnaces, and heat pumps.


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Residential Contractors: Dec. 17, 2012

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Dr. Energy Saver Outer Banks’ Grady Lassiter honored by The Snell Group; Cooper Plumbing & Heating president named October winner of Lochinvar’s VIP Installation Showcase.


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Organizations: Dec. 17, 2012

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International Mechanical Code reverses 2009 code change; MSCA and UA release Labor Resource Guide; IAPMO’s Pete DeMarco appointed a working group co-chair of ANSI EESCC.


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Manufacturers: Dec. 17, 2012

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Hartzell Air Movement’s Gustafson appointed to AMCA board of directors; Bristol Compressors appoints senior vice president of global sales and marketing, and senior business development manager; Worthington Cylinders names national wholesale account manager; Triangle Manufacturing celebrates anniversary; Nordyne introduces new website dedicated to microchannel coil technology.


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Commercial Contractor: Dec. 17, 2012

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Murphy Co.’s CEO receives Al Fleischer Management award.


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ACI Conference Gains Sponsors

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Affordable Comfort Institute (ACI) announced that Carrier and Dow Building Solutions will serve as host sponsors for the 2013 National Home Performance Conference in Denver, April 30 to May 3, 2013.


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Obituary: Randolph S. Shannon

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Randolph “Randy” S. Shannon, 66, of Atlanta, passed away at his home, Sept. 30, 2012.


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Obituary: William T. Bride Jr.

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William “Bill” T. Bride Jr., 77, longtime resident of Andover, Mass., died peacefully at home in the early hours of Sept. 23, 2012.


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Danfoss Hosts Seminars

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More than 70 consulting engineers recently attended seminars held in the San Francisco and Irvine, Calif., areas to learn about the Danfoss AB-QM valve.


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Gainey Earns PGA Win

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Former A.O. Smith employee and PGA Tour member Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey secured his second professional win on Nov. 18 at the Calloway Pebble Beach Invitational.


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AHRI Addresses Boilers

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An internal review by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) revealed an aspect of the current U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) efficiency test procedure for residential furnaces and boilers that may result in an inaccurate AFUE measurement for two-stage or modulating condensing residential boilers.


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College Honors Professionalism

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Coyne College recently awarded its Joseph H. Casey award to Chicago resident Erik Voster. The Joseph H. Casey award recognizes individual students whose attitudes, traits, habits, qualities, and behaviors exemplify professionalism.


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GEO Honors Gulf Power Co.

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The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) board of directors voted unanimously to present Southern Co./Gulf Power Co. with its Utility Excellence award, recognizing outstanding promotion of geothermal heat pumps by an electric service provider.


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KE2 Therm Solutions Inc.: Freezer and Cooler Evaporator Controller

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Designed for walk-in coolers, freezers, and refrigerated warehouses, the KE2 Evaporator Efficiency controller (KE2 Evap) is unique not only for its approach to energy-saving defrost control, but also the benefit it provides in reducing or eliminating ice buildup in freezers, claimed the company.


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Fieldpiece Instruments Inc.: Four-Port Wireless Digital Manifold

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With four ports and a built-in vacuum gauge on the SMAN4 digital manifold, users can evacuate a system, pull a vacuum, add refrigerant, and dial in the charge without unhooking their manifold. There are three standard ¼-inch ports and one beefy 3/8-inch port with the bore in the manifold being 3/8 inch throughout.


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Follett Corp.: Air- and Water-Cooled Condensing Ice Machines

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The Horizon™ 700 Series has been added to the line of Chewblet® ice machines. The ice machines make up to 675 pounds of ice in a 24-hour period and are available in self-contained models with air- or water-cooled condensing. In addition, customers have their choice of Chewblet or Micro Chewblet ice.


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Air Filters Inc.: Air Filter Housings

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A line of commercial- and industrial-grade air filter housings complements its line of air filter products. The line of housings is designed for use in commercial air filtration equipment, including HVAC and industrial ventilation systems, blowers, compressors, engines, and molecular air purification equipment.


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Taco: Boiler Reset Control and Switching Relay

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Microprocessor-based, the Fuel-Mizer™ outdoor reset switching relay control is designed to regulate the supply water temperature of a single boiler, based on the outdoor temperature. With reduced supply water temperatures, substantial energy savings are achieved, the company said.


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AERCO International: Wall-Hung Condensing Boilers

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The TriMax Control helps the Esteem 399 wall-hung condensing boilers deliver 96 percent efficiency for improved system operation and reduce energy consumption in a variety of commercial applications requiring 16,000-399,000 Btuh. The control’s 60-second setup simplifies boiler installation.


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