Thermostat Recycling Corp. (TRC) awarded Johnstone Supply the 2013 Big Man On Planet (BMOP) title and trophyThermostat Recycling Corp. (TRC) awarded Johnstone Supply the 2013 Big Man On Planet (BMOP) title and trophy. This is an annual award given by TRC in partnership with HARDI, during the association’s annual conference. The BMOP award is presented to the HARDI member who collected the most mercury thermostats through TRC’s program during the competition, May 15 — Oct. 31.

“HARDI is thrilled with the total results of the Big Man on the Planet Competition. This program shows HARDI distributors’ continued commitment to helping the communities that they serve and providing value to their customers,” said Talbot Gee, HARDI executive vice president and COO. “We value our relationship with TRC for running the BMOP program and its continued partnership with HARDI members throughout the year.”

This year HARDI members with more than 600 locations nationwide competed in BMOP, compared to 233 locations in 2012. Johnstone Supply won by recovering 11,179 thermostats and keeping 107 pounds of mercury out of the waste stream during the competition.

“We are very excited to win this award. It shows our members’ level of commitment to doing the right thing for the environment and providing solutions for the customers we serve,” said Jeff Schultz, Johnstone Supply product manager.

“The BMOP Award is a great opportunity for HARDI members to be recognized for their work to protect the environment, and Johnstone Supply has done an outstanding job of that,” said Mark Tibbetts, TRC executive director. “Johnstone Supply was truly in it to win it this year and their efforts to champion the TRC program have contributed significantly to the program’s growth and success.”

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