Air-Tro Inc. of Monrovia, Calif., was the commercial winner of the ACCA’s 2011 Contractors of the Year program. The winner was announced at the Feb. 17 closing session of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s 43rd Annual Conference and Indoor Air Expo in San Antonio.

“We had some very notable commercial contracting companies in the running as finalists this year,” said Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA president and CEO. “Air-Tro Inc. stands out as a leader in the industry by advocating for quality installations and supporting ACCA’s efforts to create and improve the QI standard.”

Robert Helbing, president of Air-Tro, said the honor was a privilege.

“This is the greatest honor an HVAC contractor can hope for; it's like a baseball player being named most valuable player, or an actor receiving an Oscar,” he said. “Everyone in the HVAC industry knows we work in a field with a low profile; we find job satisfaction in work done well rather than in public acclaim. That makes it even more exciting for us at Air-Tro to have been chosen for this award."