ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Johnstone Supply teamed up with Flower City Habitat for Humanity to provide the heating and hot water systems for The PGA Habitat for Humanity blitz build home. This house, which is being built at 170 Whitney St. in the Jay Orchard Street Neighborhood Association (JOSANA), is sponsored by The PGA of America, The PGA of America Spouses, and PGA Tour Wives Association.

Ken Livingston, owner of the Johnstone Supply location on Halstead Street in Rochester, asked several of his major suppliers to participate in the project. As a result, Goodman Mfg. donated a new high-efficiency Goodman furnace; Navien America Inc. contributed a new Navien tankless, on-demand water heater; and Southwark Metal Mfg. Co. contributed the ductwork. Johnstone Supply donated all of the installation hardware.

Livingston also asked Kathy Betlem, vice president and general manager of John Betlem Heating & Cooling, Rochester, N.Y., for installation assistance. The 72-year-old company agreed to provide technicians for all of the installation work.

Ground was broken on the home this summer and it was dedicated Aug. 7 during the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club. During the major construction period, which coincided with the championship, John Betlem technicians roughed-in the heating and hot water systems. On Tuesday, Aug. 13, John Betlem Heating & Cooling technicians returned to finish installing the furnace and hot water equipment.

The PGA Habitat House family will receive a 30-year, interest-free mortgage to pay for the house. As part of the Habitat program, each family contributes 450 hours of labor, with half going towards building their own home and half towards building other Habitat houses.

Publication date: 12/23/2013 

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