2012 new commercial products THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 October 8, 2012 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn New commercial heating product descriptions and grid begin on page 8. Geothermal Gains Traction in Commercial Market By Joanna R. Turpin Of The NEWS Staff fyi hvac briefs Commercial Contractors • Linc Network LLC (Pittsburgh), a subsidiary of ABM Industries Inc. (New York), signed a franchise agreement with RivCo Mechani-cal Services (Palm Desert, Calif.). W hile nonresidential construc-tion spending has increased somewhat over the last year, current indicators show that this market is still not robust. According to a recent report from Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC), a national association of construction-related firms, nonresidential construction spending fell 0.6 percent in July, although year-over-year, total nonresidential construction spending is up 5.7 percent. The good news is that a sharp slowdown in nonresidential construction spending in the near term is improbable, especially if Con-gress acts to keep the nation from falling off the approaching fiscal cliff, said ABC’s chief economist Anirban Basu. “However, the out-look remains roughly flat for private nonresi-dential construction spending in the U.S.” Geothermal heat pump (GHP) systems seem to be bucking this trend, though, as most manufacturers state that sales of com-mercial equipment are increasing. Manufacturers • USON (Houston) ap-pointed Bob Tong as director of China oper-Tong ations. • RAE Corp. (Pryor, Okla.) welcomed Vickie Stephens as chief talent officer. • K2 Systems (Oceanside, Calif.) opened its U.S. division, Everest Solar Systems LLC. • ECR (Utica, N.Y.) ap-pointed Tim Marklein as regional sales man-Marklein ager for the organization’s whole-sale distribution business in the North Central region. • Knipex Tools LP (Arlington Heights, Ill.) added Helen E. Mills as control-ler of North American sales. • Rinnai America Corp. (Peachtree City, Ga.) and Giant Factories Inc. (Montreal) formed a partnership to market and develop new products. • Jaga Climate Systems (Toronto) appointed Kathy Huang as inside sales representative. A technician tests the Tranquility Large Vertical (TL) Series geothermal system at Sunnylands Center and Gardens, Rancho Mirage, Calif. (Photo courtesy of ClimateMaster) Continued on page 4 Sales Amid Skepticism “Our commercial sales have continued to grow despite this recent downturn in the economy,” said Alan Niles, Western region commercial sales manager, WaterFurnace International. One reason for that, he added, is that federal tax incentives continue to play a • See GEOTHERMAL | page 34 Lennox International Plans to Sell Service Experts D ALLAS — Lennox International Inc. announced plans to divest its Ser-vice Experts business, which con-sists of dealer-contractors providing heating and cooling equipment installation and service primarily to the residential market. “Lennox International is affiliated with thousands of independent dealer-contractors serving the residential market across North America with our Lennox and Allied brands of equipment,” said Todd Bluedorn, chairman and CEO. “Service Experts consists of 108 dealer-contractor branches, and strategically, it is not necessary for these to be owned by the company. With the recovery in the North American residential market this year and the interest from potential acquirers, we are plan-ning to sell this business as well as establish a supply agreement for our equipment with the future owner of Service Experts.” The company will retain the commer-cial service business called Lennox National Account Services (NAS) that was reported • See LENNOX | page 33 A end this FREE webinar! Follow The NEWS on Twi er > www.twitter.com/ACHRNews LEADER INHVACRNEWS! FOLLOWTHE Follow The NEWS on Facebook > www.facebook.com/ACHRNews R-AnUpdateonIndustryProgressandOptions DateOctober |TimePMET TRANSITION Follow The NEWS on LinkedIn > http://linkd.in/oGYNol Register for FREE at webinars.achrnews.com.