NEWSmakers: Page 1. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 December 17, 2012 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn 2012 NEWSmakers Set Industry Pace By Herb Woerpel Of The NEWS Staff A s 2012 races to a close, The NEWS is proud to celebrate those making headlines this year. Rather than lounge around and wait for the industry to come to them, these pacesetters rushed to the forefront, leading by example. This year, each honoree brings a unique ingredient to the NEWSmaker recipe. One NEWSmaker leaped from HVACR contractor to congressman, while another spent the majority of the year with Congress, lobbying on behalf of issues most pertinent to HVACR distributors. A third NEWSmaker stood up to a national television network, defend-ing the industry from false claims broadcast through a counterfeit sting operation, while yet another gained admiration for his influential alterna-tive-refrigerant research. Another set of industry executives were honored for an acquisition that merged two of the industry’s largest man-ufacturing companies, and, last but not least, our final headliner is recognized for his commitment to the advancement of the geothermal industry. And, while each selection is differ-ent, they all exemplify what it means to be a leader. The NEWS is proud to honor its NEWSmaker class of 2012. Go to page 9 for the full stories. Randy Weber, U.S. House of Representatives, 14 th Congressional District – Texas, and owner of Weber’s Air and Heat Jon Melchi, director of government affairs for Heating, Air-conditioning, & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) Bobby Ring, president of Meyer & Depew Co. Inc. Rajan Rajendran, vice president of engineering services and sustainability for Emerson Climate Technologies Doug Dougherty, president and CEO of Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) Takeshi Ebisu, member of the board and senior executive officer of Daikin Industries Ltd., and Dave Swift, president and CEO of Goodman Global Group Inc. Manufacturers Work to Meet Demand Due to Hurricane Sandy A RLINGTON, Va. — In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the super-storm it spawned in the North-eastern United States, manufac-turers represented by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) have increased production to meet the unexpected increased demand for residen-tial and light commercial boilers, furnaces, and heat pumps. At this point in a typical year, much of this equipment has already been manufactured and shipped to distributors, so manufactur-ers and parts suppliers have quickly ramped up production to meet the unexpected and unprecedented need for these products. “Manufacturers could not have predicted this spike in demand during what is typically a slower manufacturing period for heating products,” said Stephen Yurek, AHRI presi-dent and CEO. “But they are making every effort to provide these products to consumers and small businesses as quickly as possible so their lives can begin to return to normal.” Meeting the Need As Christopher Drew, vice president at Burnham Holdings put it, “We understand the importance of getting heat back on in peo-ple’s homes all across the most hard-hit areas in New York and New Jersey, and we are doing everything we can to accelerate our manu-• See HURRICANE SANDY | page 7 Tweet @achrnews www.achrnews.com 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.