Welcome to this issue of GAMAzine, just in time for the onset of the heating season.

GAMAzine is published by GAMA, the national trade association representing manufacturers of appliances, components, and related products used in space and water heating, commercial food service, and power generation. As you can see from the contents of this latest edition, however, the interests of our industries are closely allied with the professionals who sell and service these products.

So if you are an HVACR distributor, contractor, installer, or technician, I hope you will give particular attention to our cover story on the importance of your involvement in the industry processes of product standards and fuel gas code development. Participation by all segments of our industries in these processes is a key element in the equation to keep all of us productive and prosperous.

Another article I think you will find informative and useful concerns the increased volume of liquefied natural gas (LNG) being imported into the United States to supplement our own natural gas resources. Changes in the characteristics of our natural gas supplies have implications for the installation and service industries, as well as for manufacturers. Therefore, please read what GAMA is doing to manage the situation.

When you have the need to consult any GAMA member company about its products, you will find this edition's directory of GAMA members - along with their Web sites and product information - a handy reference tool. I encourage you to keep it close by on your bookshelf or in your shop or truck.

Keeping you informed is just one more way GAMA continues to "empower our industries."

Publication date: 07/25/2005