Most Intelligent Products: Page 18. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 December 10, 2012 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn Uncertainty Looms for Contractors in 2013 Government Regulation, Economy Remain Top Concerns By Herb Woerpel of The NEWS Staff fyi hvac briefs Price Increases • Residential Solutions (Carmel, Ind.), a division of Ingersoll Rand (Dublin, Ireland), announced a 5 percent price increase on select Trane (Piscataway, N.J.), Ameri-can Standard (Tyler, Texas), and Ameristar (Greenville, S.C.) prod-ucts effective Jan. 1, 2013. T he election has come and gone. And while HVACR contractors held on to hope that November’s ballots would provide a bit of clarity, looming legislative gridlock and unstable economic conditions continue to provide a much murkier forecast. The NEWS asked some of the industry’s most well-respected professionals to share their expectations, predictions, and resolutions as we usher in 2013. Manufacturers • U.S. Boiler Co. (Lancaster, Pa.) approved M&G DuraVent’s (Vacaville, Calif.) PolyPro single-wall, concentric, and flex for its Burnham Alpine models 080-500. • Dynamic Air Quality Solutions’ (Princeton, N.J.) V8-SL Air Clean-ing System received Environ-mental Design and Construction magazine’s fifth annual Reader’s Choice award under the Mechani-cal/HVAC products category. • EnTouch Controls (Richardson, Texas) announced a partnership with Green Mountain Energy Co. (Austin, Texas). Continued on page 4 Prominent Concerns Charlie McCrudden, vice president for government relations, Air Conditioning Contrac-tors of America (ACCA), sums up 2013 in one word: uncertainty. “No one knows if Congress will be able to agree on how to avoid taking the economy over the fiscal cliff in 2013,” he said. “But, if Congress cannot find ways to cut spending and generate new revenues, severe and sudden cuts to military and discretionary spending will kick in, hamstringing the economy.” Steve Saunders, CEO of Tempo Mechanical, TexEnergy, and U.S. Ecologic, Irving, Texas, said he’s most concerned about the fiscal cliff and ongoing government gridlock. “These are perilous times, and the margin for error is thin. Our leaders must provide more and better information, and deliver it faster and to more devices,” he said. “For our business, we must continue to serve the interests of our clients and find ways to ensure that the long-term success of our partners comes from serving our clients well.” David Dombrowski, manager of ARS Raleigh/Durham, N.C., is hopeful that a strengthening economy will translate into more confident buyers. “We are finding that people are hesitant about long-term commitments,” he said. “To save money, they are choosing to repair rather than replace. • See UNCERTAINTY | page 10 Daikin, Goodman Executives Discuss Acquisition By Mike Murphy Of The NEWS Staff H OUSTON — An acquisition that brings together two of the world’s strongest players in the global HVAC marketplace — exactly what does that mean? During the press conference held by Takeshi Ebisu, Daikin senior executive officer, and Dave Swift, Goodman Global Group Inc. president and CEO, the answer was simple. “In one word, complementary,” said Swift. “If you think about it, Daikin is a $14.5 billion company with relatively little presence in the United States. On the flip side, Goodman is a $2 billion company, with hardly anything outside of North America. So, we are very complemen-tary with our business footprints,” said Swift. On Aug. 29, Daikin Industries announced that it had a signed a definitive agreement to acquire Goodman Global Group Inc. from affiliates of Hellman & Friedman LLC for $3.7 billion. On Nov. 7, the two companies were in a position to hold their first joint press conference on the subject. The acquisi-tion officially closed on Nov. 1. Ebisu said through an interpreter that during the acquisition courtship and explo-ration, Daikin was most interested in Good-man’s strong management team. “Over a longer horizon we believe that Goodman’s business management style is very respon-sive and flexible, and we really respect it. It is, perhaps, the foundation in terms of their world-class manufacturing production capa-bilities, highly managed global supply chain system, and the outstanding distribution network that has made Goodman a success in the HVAC marketplace. Daikin would like to introduce this same knowledge to the Daikin group operations in Europe, Japan, and the rest of the world.” Swift said, “We are very excited about the attitude that Daikin had in terms of wanting the Goodman team to help not only run operations here, but also to take some of our expertise and approaches, that Mr. Ebisu was describing, and seed that in other parts of the world.” “From a Goodman point of view, we see the opportunity to get access to terrific Daikin • See ACQUISITION | page 17 Tweet @achrnews www.achrnews.com DIGITAL EDITION THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY: Is Now Featured On Our Home Page! Go to achrnews.com and view real-time tweets from The NEWS and other HVACR professionals. Post comments to Twi er and include @achrnews.