The giant clock on top of the Parker Hannifin Corp. — Sporlan Division’s ZoomLock® Roadshow truck counted down during the 2019 AHR Expo, keeping track of the time left until the next live demo. Every 40 minutes, Sporlan would bring attendees up to physically make the connection themselves.
At the AHR Expo in Atlanta, Samsung HVAC North America announced it will expand its residential and commercial air conditioning business in North America by building, training, and supporting a network of specifying representatives, distributors, and installers.
Regal Beloit Corp. has become an expert in FER compliance by redesigning its products to meet the new standards, including the Genteq® Ensite® motor, DEC Star® blower assemblies, and a new electronically commutated motor (ECM) to provide FER compliance for entry-level fans. These products were on display at the 2019 AHR Expo.
Johnson Controls Inc. had a big 2018, with the launch of several new products and the acquisition of Lux Products Corp. For Johnson Controls, the Lux acquisition enhances its commitment to thermostats. The move also enables faster product development cycles, improves customer service capabilities, and supports greater product innovation.
Every HVAC manufacturer, distributor, and contractor is aware of the growing labor shortage within the skilled trades industries. Most have been working to combat the shortage by getting creative in recruitment efforts — much like Daikin Applied did at the 2019 AHR Expo.
Most every service company has had prospective customers call in to schedule an appointment with a dispatcher, only to cancel that same appointment at a later time. It could be because of a number of factors: They found a competitor with lower prices, someone who could come out sooner, and the list goes on. However, not every service contractor measures their cancellation rates.
So with such an obvious demand for workers, why are kids choosing to enter other industries? Well, findings from the Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA) Foundation’s 2018 Industry Study "Bridging the HVAC Employment Gap" point to lack of awareness and poor reputation.
The AHR Expo is the largest event in the HVACR industry, offering educational sessions, award-winning products, and networking opportunities galore. It’s impossible for attendees to see everything, but you can check out some of the highlights in this issue of The NEWS.