BRYAN, Ohio. — Bard Mfg. Co. announced its President and CEO Bill Steel was recently installed as the 2019 Chairman of the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) trade association.

One of the largest trade associations in the nation, AHRI represents more than 300 HVACR industry member companies across the globe, with its membership accounting for more than 90 percent of the residential and commercial HVACR equipment manufactured and sold in North America. It is estimated over 1.3 million people are employed in the manufacturing, distribution, installation and maintenance of HVACR and water heating products, and the annual economic activity resulting from HVACR and water heating related manufacturing amounts to $256 billion. 

Upon his appointment at the 2018 AHRI Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona, Steel addressed the membership, identifying the importance of engaging congressional representatives with the local manufacturing climate and encouraging members to take an active role in the upcoming “reinvention” of the AHRI trade association.

Bard Mfg. Co. engineers and manufactures precision climate control equipment for the classroom, telecommunications, equipment cooling, commercial building, and niche residential markets. The company operates out of three facilities in Bryan, Ohio; Madison, Georgia; and Saltillo, Mexico.  In 2019, the company will celebrate its 105th anniversary as a fourth generation family-owned manufacturing business.

Publication date: 11/16/2018

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