Most Intelligent Products: Page 16. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 December 15, 2014 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn Grooming the Next Generation of Leaders he HVAC workforce is greying. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics fore-casts that by there will be a shortfall of nearly million skilled workers in America. By , that number — for manufacturing-related industries — is expected to reach million. According to Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI), T By Nicole Krawcke Of The NEWS Staff the average age of American skilled workers is years old, and a recent Gallup poll revealed most Americans are retiring by the age of . For HVAC, which boasts an aging work-force and has struggled for years to recruit new talent, these trends are problematic. As these aging workers retire, taking a wealth of knowledge and experience with them, identifying and grooming future lead-ers to fill vacant roles within the industry has never been more important. The issue has been the topic of numerous ACCA Town Hall webcasts, and the organi-zation has hosted keynote speakers address-ing the problem at its annual conference. Heating, Air-conditioning, and Refriger-ation Distributors International (HARDI) is cognizant of the issue and has responded by adding an Emerging Leaders Program to its education services branch. “As with many of HARDI’s programs and Emerging Leaders in Distribution offerings, this program was developed as a direct response to member feedback,” said Emily Saving, director of education and research, HARDI. “Many of our members are at a point where they are thinking about leadership suc-cession and realize they need to help prepare the next generation in hopes they are as successful, if not more successful, than they were.” The Emerging Leaders group held its first con-ference featuring mentor-led roundtables early • See LEADERS | page 10 AHR Expo: Manufacturers Optimistic About 2015 ESTPORT, Conn. — There is growing opti-mism among HVACR manufacturers that will bring forth improved economic pros-pects, according to a recent ASHRAE and AHR Expo survey sent to more than , of those manufacturers worldwide. The results of the annual survey showed that percent of respondents believe their prospects for business are “excellent” for the upcoming year, while percent believe prospects are “good.” Only per-cent of respondents selected “fair.” The numbers jumped percent from where they stood a year ago as per-cent of respondents believed the economy in would be better than . That number stands at percent today. The optimism for begins with the Hospitals and Health Care market seg-ment, which ranked as the most promising for next year in the “excellent” and “good” categories. Following closely behind were • See OPTIMISTIC | page 12 fyi hvac briefs Price Increases • Nortek Inc. (Providence, Rhode Island) announced a 2-6 percent increase on Reznor LLC (Memphis, Tennessee) HVAC equipment, effec-tive Jan. 5, 2015. • Nordyne (O’Fallen, Missouri) an-nounced a 3-7 percent price increase on all residential, aftermarket, and light commercial products, as well as acces-sories, effective within the next 60 days. W Residential Contractors • Greenstar Home Services (Orange County, California) acquired A-Ames Plumbing and HVAC (Garden Grove, California). • Four Seasons Heating, Air Condi-tioning, and Plumbing (Frankfort, Illinois) received the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. who needs government? Crockett Facilities Services Inc., Bowie, Maryland, which once performed only government contracting, is ditching bureaucracy altogether for the commercial sector. By 2017, the $28.5 million HVAC contracting company intends to be government-free. Read more about this mechanical metamorphosis on Page 9. Commercial Contractors • AirTight (Charlotte, North Carolina) announced a merger with FaciliTech (Matthews, North Carolina). Continued on page 4 Tweet @achrnews www.achrnews.com BTU BUDDY 50 REAL LIFE SERVICE CALL SCENARIOS Written by Bill Johnson Originally posted online on the Extra Edition page of The NEWS’ Website. 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 Twitter and include @achrnews. BUY IT TODAY! Go online to www.achrnews.com/products and click on HVAC.