TROY, Mich. — The 10th anniversary of The NEWS’ Design/Build Mechanical Contractor summit, MechanicalXchange, has sold out of manufacturer openings.

“Twenty-nine of the most innovative manufacturers in the HVAC/mechanical marketplace have signed up for the 2014 MechanicalXchange,” said Nick Sattler, show director. “Not only is this the earliest we have ever sold out, but we have nine manufacturers participating for the first time, which will make for a very exciting event.”

MechanicalXchange, scheduled for Sept. 21-24 in Park City, Utah, is an industry summit where principals and senior executives representing some of the country’s largest design/build mechanical contractor firms gather for private, strategic partnership meetings with leading manufacturers. MechanicalXchange features 24 of the largest, most progressive design/build mechanical contractors and 29 leading, innovative manufacturers. The sole purpose of MechanicalXchange is to create an exceptional meeting environment for principals and senior executives representing large mechanical contractors and leading manufacturers to meet in private one-on-one meetings over the course of two days to discuss ways to grow their respective businesses via strategic partnerships.

This year’s list of 29 manufacturers include: Apollo Valves, Aquatherm, Carrier Corp., CleaverBrooks, Eaton, Emerson Network Power-Liebert, HAAKON, Honeywell Intl. Inc., Intermatic, Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI), LG Electronics, Marking Systems, Mestex, Milwaukee Electric Tool, Milwaukee Valve, Mitsubishi Electric, Munters, Nibco, Schneider Electric, Sloan Valve, SPX Cooling Technologies, Stulz, Titus HVAC, Trion, Twin City Fan, Uponor North America, Viega, WaterFurnace Intl., and Zurn Industries.

“This year we have seen a remarkable increase in overall industry awareness and an amplified desire to nurture and develop top strategic partnerships” Sattler said. “Participating contractors and manufacturers have a clear understanding that the strategic outlook provided by their respective senior executive teams can provide the vision and a clear pathway for working collaboratively to grow their respective businesses for years to come.”

Jeff Phillabaum, president, Hill York, a Florida-based design build mechanical contractor and advisory board member of MechanicalXchange sees great value in the Xchange

“I can meet with a sales guy every day, but that is not of interest to me. I come to MechanicalXchange to meet the leaders of those same manufacturers so I can grow my business.”

There are still a few slots available for mechanical contractors interested in participating. If you are interested to find out if you quality, email NEWS editor-in-chief Kyle Gargaro at To learn more about MechanicalXchange, visit or call 952-224-7613.

Publication date: 5/26/2014 

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