Ventilation + Air Movement: Page 15. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 April 21, 2014 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn Goodman Names Takeshi Ebisu CEO H S By Kyle Gargaro Of The NEWS Staff OUSTON — A lot has changed since Daikin Industries purchased Goodman Global Group in the fall of . The latest change is at the top as Goodman named Takeshi Ebisu presi-dent and CEO, and as a member of its board of directors, effective April . Ebisu replaces Dave Swift, who served as the Goodman CEO for six years. Swift believes the timing is right for the transition. “I have always thought that a good time to move on is when I had done enough and the company was positioned better than when I arrived. And I do think we are at a much better spot,” he said. “We just concluded an excellent fiscal year, which will serve as a solid foundation for Goodman’s future suc-cess. I feel we have made great progress in terms of integrating Goodman into Daikin and, likewise, taking some things from Goodman and bringing them to Daikin. “It is a good time for someone who knows Daikin better to take Goodman to the next level. That is why I am thrilled Ebisu is taking the helm for me.” Swift and Ebisu have known each other for four years, as Ebisu was on the Daikin negotiation team when the purchase was made. Since that time, the two have contin-ued to work closely together. “He is a natural successor for where Good-man needs to go. He knows Daikin very well, but he also knows Goodman very well,” said Swift. “Our customers and the employees of Goodman in the United States want to be further integrated into Daikin. Having Ebisu • See GOODMAN | page 7 EPA Pushed To Explain R-22 Phaseout Plans New Era Seeks Faster HCFC Phaseout Solution everal reclaimers, refrigerant manu-facturers, and distributors — operat-ing under the title New Era Group Inc. — notified the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on April that they intend to file suit against the EPA, claiming the federal agency is allowing excessive amounts of virgin and imported hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-into the U.S. market. In addition to the million pound allo-cation already in effect for , the EPA is offering two proposals for a continued step down in R-production to allow a final phaseout in either or , depending on the proposal. New Era wants the EPA to explain the procedures it used to justify these allocations. In a written statement, New Era said it wants a satisfactory response from the EPA by early June or litigation will be initiated. The statement, which failed to include specific company names, explained the pend-ing suit is to compel the EPA to correct regu-latory defects that have resulted in excessive production of ozone-depleting chemicals. The mention of “ozone-depleting chemi-cals” is very likely a reference to virgin R-. The statement went on to say, “Over-production has created substantial risks of unnecessary and avoidable emissions of ozone-depleting chemicals as well as carbon and has severely restricted the development • See PHASEOUT | page 7 fyi hvac briefs Residential Contractor • Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical Inc. (Crystal Lake, Ill.) acquired Axberg Heating (Rockford, Ill.). Commercial Contractor • TDIndustries (Dallas) was named a National Diversity Excellence award winner for subcontractors over $14 million by the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC). Manufacturers • Knipex Tools LP (Ar-lington Heights, Ill.) appointed Stephanie Kaleta as key account Kaleta sales manager. • Quietside Corp. (Santa Fe Springs, Calif.) named Brad James as direc-tor of technical support and training. • Panasonic Eco Solu-tions North America (Newark, N.J.) appoint-ed Dan Silver as presi-Silver dent. He will serve concurrently as president of Panasonic Appliances Air-Conditioning North America . Continued on page 4 In addition to the 51 million pound allocation of R-22 already in effect for 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to allocate as much as 90 million more pounds of the refrigerant before a final phaseout in either 2018 or 2020. New Era Group Inc., a faction of reclaimers, refrigerant manufacturers, and distributors, said it wants a satisfactory response on such action from the EPA by early June or litigation will be initiated. (Photo courtesy of MasterCool) FROSTlines eNewsletter FROSTlines is a FREE monthly eNewsletter, brought to you by the editors of The NEWS, developed specifically for refrigeration A end this FREE Webinar! #achrnewswebinars achrnews.c om contractors and distributors. eNewsletters / Sign Up Today! Hybrid GeoExchange Systems for Small and Large Scale Projects DATE: TUESDAY, APRIL 29 • TIME: 1 PM ET Register for FREE at webinars.achrnews.com.