FOCUS BEGINS ON PAGE 1 INDOOR COMFORT & HEALTH FOR HOME THE H VAC R CONTR ACTOR’S W EEK LY NE WS M AG A ZI NE S I NCE 1926 MARCH 21, 2011 ■ $5.00 ■ VISIT US ONLINE AT WWW.ACHRNEWS.COM ■ fyi Contractors Is Collective Bargaining at Risk? By B. Checket-Hanks Of The NE WS Staff — with the hopes of finding that they are not so very far apart. INDUSTRY BRIEFS Price Increase ■ Johnson Controls (Waynesboro, Pa.) announced a 3 to 4 percent price increase on all Frick brand industrial refrigeration products and aftermarket parts sold in North America. The new prices will become effective on April 1. T he resolution of the weeks-long standoff in a Wisconsin state-em-ployee union contract “negotiation” has all union locals and contractors paying close attention throughout the coun-try. All have been wondering what the rami-fications will be for them. We asked a sheet metal union executive and a unionized HVAC contractor a few questions to compare their points of view POSTURING George “Butch” Welsch, of Welsch Heating & Cooling Co., St. Louis, said that a lot of the problems in Wisconsin were originally caused by the overuse of hard-line posturing, which is rather typical of contract negotiations. “Nobody wants to seem to give in too easily,” he said. “It’s a fact of negotiation to look like they’re fighting tooth and nail.” Regarding the actions there to remove collective bargaining, “I don’t see that ever happening [in this industry],” Welsch said. “That’s probably the most sacred thing the unions have. “Where is the need to be together if there is no collective voice,” asked Patrick Landgraf, president and business manager of Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association (SMWIA) Local 18, Waukesha, Wis. He agreed that the union’s greatest strength is in its numbers. ■ See COLLECTIVE BARGAINING page 22 ■ Ideal Services (Raleigh, N.C.) hired Lyon Britt as operations manager. ■ Greenhomes America (Auburn, Maine) has hired Jason Todd as a home performance training manager, primarily focusing on company locations on the East Coast. ■ ARS ® /Rescue Rooter ® (Memphis, Tenn.) ac-quired the assets of McCarthy Services (Washington D.C.). IAQ and Energy Efficiency Are Linked By B. Checket-Hanks Of The NE WS Staff Manufacturers ■ Camfil Farr (Riverdale, N.J.) appointed Rhys Anderson as area sales manager, with head-quarters in Indianapolis. ■ Dell Heatrix Manufactur-ing Corp. (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) recently celebrated its 50 th year in business. ■ Heat Controller Inc.’s (Jackson, Mich.) board of directors elected Lou Rasmus-sen as executive vice president. ■ Polygon (Amesbury, Mass.) has named Jeff Rainville director of sales and marketing. ■ Glasfloss Industries (Dal-las) is celebrating 75 years in business. ■ M&M Manufacturing (Fort Worth, Texas) announced its acquisition of the Wilkins Corp. (Little Rock, Ark.) ■ Palmer Wahl Instrumentation Group (Ashe-ville, N.C.) is celebrating 175 years of manu-facturing industrial instrumentation. or some time, energy efficiency and IAQ were thought to be mutu-ally exclusive HVAC goals. They actually can have negative or posi-tive effects on each other that can be miti-gated by contractors in a number of ways: coil care, duct repair, and the judicious use of specific equipment among them. Neither poor IAQ nor low operational efficiency occurs in a vacuum. A recent trend has been linking the impacts they can have on each other. F BEYOND ALLERGIES “The trend is towards integrating IAQ practices into building operating and maintenance procedures,” said Nitish Singh, director of marketing and prod-uct development, Rheem Manufacturing Co., A/C Division. Customers who see the value in an IAQ system “recognize the improved health benefits and comfort that come from it. Contractor Steve Lauten, duct-repair pro-ponent and president of Total Air & Heat, Plano, Texas, pointed out some hard truths. ■ See IAQ, EFFICIENCY ARE LINKED page 18 A properly sized air conditioning system will help manage humidity levels, but over sizing can have adverse effects. Attend this FREE webinar! SCREW COMPRESSOR RETROFITS: DIGITAL EDITION THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY: THE SMART WAY TO UPGRADE A CHILLER DATE: March 30 • TIME: 1 PM ET Register for FREE at webinars.achrnews.com.