WASHINGTON — Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) took the concerns of the HVACR industry straight to Washington via its annual HARDI Congressional Fly-In May 23-24.
In today’s modern world of technology, people look to their smartphones for nearly everything, including banking, shopping, fitness tracking, home security and of course managing indoor comfort levels.
As part of our follow-up, we did deep dives with nearly two dozen distributors, in four lines of trade (HVACR, industrial, electrical and automation, and building supplies). Clearly, distributors are struggling to get to a compensation plan that drives the right behaviors. And thoughts on commission extended past outside sales.
It was 2013, and the HARDI brain trust was mulling over a perennial chess problem. What type of programs could it offer its members that would benfit their financial health and success? Taking input from members and their own discussions led to, in hindsight, an obvious conclusion: the need for leadership training.
Countless distributors have labored under tremendous misconceptions in regard to how their companies really make money. However, because everybody has been at a similar disadvantage, there has been a near-level playing field.
Technology is a good thing, right? That’s usually our premise, and regarding smartphones, who would argue? We now hold the world in the palm of our hands, with the always-on ability to communicate, connect, influence, and of course, watch cat videos and peruse our friends’ Instagram feeds.
To answer the challenging question of my headline, I have to raise an answer that mimics an attitude I frequently hear in the HVACR industry. From weathered executives to fresh-faced counter people, I’ve heard comments about the unexciting aspects of our industry and how it isn’t at the forefront of many young people's career track.
The arrival of summer's heat brings all of our business activity into high gear, as the months of learning, studying, planning and improvement evolve into pure execution for the busy months. Our industry continues to evolve and grow, and your association leads the way in so many crucial ways to ready our teams for this critical harvest period.
Ruskin®, a manufacturer of air control solutions, has introduced the EME720 seven-inch horizontal louver. It features 56 percent free area and combines a continuous-blade, architectural appearance with the performance of a wind-driven rain-resistant louver.
The louver’s architectural mullion is recessed, notched in the blade, and utilizes drain pockets that allow water to drain away while contributing to an appearance of one continuous louver.
Trane®, a global provider of indoor comfort solutions and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, introduced a XR16 low-profile side discharge air conditioning unit for split ducted systems. This unit features a side discharge, making it ideal for difficult-to-install applications or in tight space requirements where vertical discharge units prove less than optimal.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) released its monthly TRENDS report, showing that average sales for HARDI distributor members increased 7.0 percent in March 2017.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 (H.R. 1180).
Johnson Controls celebrated the grand opening of its newest Source 1 HVAC Supply Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas, on April 11. Source 1 is the exclusive supplier of factory authorized service parts and residential accessories for all Johnson Controls Unitary Products residential and light commercial HVAC equipment. The company also offers a variety of universal HVAC parts, supplies and accessories from many manufacturers.
Grainger recently held its annual shareholder meeting in Lake Forest, Illinois. Grainger Chairman Jim Ryan presided over the meeting and Chief Executive Officer D.G. Macpherson provided an update on the state of the business and offered a recap of 2016 full-year and 2017 first-quarter performance.
MIAMI — Watsco Inc. has announced its board of directors has approved a 19 percent increase in its annual dividend to $5.00 per share on each outstanding share of its Common and Class B common stock. The increase will be reflected in the company’s next regular dividend payment beginning in July 2017.
ALPHARETTA, Ga. — LG Electronics USA Air Conditioning Technologies has extended its limited liability warranty program to 10 year parts and 10 year compressor warranty on qualified systems, including the company’s variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems and residential/light commercial single and multi-zone split product lines.
SUWANEE, Ga. — Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Cooling & Heating Division a manufacturer, of Zoned Comfort Solutions™ and Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) cooling and heating systems, promoted Steve O’Brien to senior vice president of sales, marketing and supply chain management.