FOCUS BEGINS ON PAGE 1 PORTABLE A/C & HEATING UNITS THE H VAC R CONTR ACTOR’S W EEK LY NE WS M AG A ZI NE S I NCE 1926 JUNE 27, 2011 ■ $5.00 ■ VISIT US ONLINE AT WWW.ACHRNEWS.COM ■ fyi Contractors ■ ■ ■ HVAC Seeks Regulations Relief New Mood on Capitol Hill Opposes Excessive Rules By Kimberly Schwartz Of The NE WS Staff INDUSTRY BRIEFS Wendland Air Conditioning & Heating (Port-land, Texas) is becoming Wendland One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating. Piedmont Air Conditioning (Raleigh, N.C.) is being rebranded as Piedmont Service Group. T Manufacturers Bitzer US Inc. (Atlanta) has hired Greg Krause as the regional sales manager for the Southwestern U.S. market, Kevin Pressler as Southeastern aftermarket regional sales manager, Steve Esslinger as the aftermarket regional sales manager in the Western United States, and Norm Gillespie as an application engineer. LG Electronics USA Inc. (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.) has hired Lorie Quillin-Bell as mar-keting director for Commercial Air Con-ditioning. ■ Organizations ■ The Building Performance Institute Inc. (Malta, N.Y.) has appointed Bruce DeMaine as director of certifications and standards. here have long been cries from the business community that excessive federal regulation can strangle a com-pany’s ability to compete and thrive in the market. But currently there seems to be a shift in Washington, D.C., as lawmakers actu-ally pay attention to these concerns. According to Talbot Gee, executive vice president and COO of Heating, Aircondi-tioning, and Refrigeration Distributors Inter-national (HARDI), “There is an overtone in Washington, D.C., with concern about over-reaching regulations.” Charlie McCrudden, vice president of gov-ernment relations for the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), noted that while the interest in regulations has recently been gaining more attention, this awareness has occurred in D.C. before. In the mid-90s, McCrudden said, the House of Representatives tried to streamline the rulemaking process and remove redundant rules on a weekly basis. “I think this is a similar attempt to make for a more business-friendly environment,” he said. ■ See HVAC SEEKS RELIEF page 35 Financial Reports ■ LSB Industries Inc. (Oklahoma City) announced that for first quarter 2011 compared to first quarter 2010, net sales for the company were $177.5 million, a 36 percent increase from $130.4 million. Net sales for the Climate Control Busi-ness were $63.6 million, a 19 percent increase from the same period of 2010. New Portable AC Units Provide Solutions By B. Checket-Hanks Of The NE WS Staff Software ■ Lynxspring Inc. (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) announced the appointment of Anno Scholten as president of a new energy affiliate of Lynxspring. — compiled by Cherie Preville ith all the late-spring heat scorching the country, air con-ditioning systems are being asked to perform up to their full capac-ity in many areas. When they can’t keep up, for whatever reason — breakdown, replacement, or simple undersizing — portable cooling systems can literally get clients out of a tight spot. According to the manufacturers The W NEWS spoke with, trends in this sector include a variety of new systems that can allow contractors to provide solutions to a wider array of customers. And this can give contractors more of an edge in a tight market. THE EDGE “Over the last three decades, portable air conditioning has been established as a superior short-term cooling solution, not just within the HVAC community, but among the business community,” said Garth Tagge, national sales manager, Spot Coolers. “It is often specified by the end user as the means by which the contractor will provide interim cooling during con-struction, renovation, installation, or ser-vice intervals to existing a/c systems. “Contractors who have not developed a relationship with a local, full-service, por-table a/c provider often find themselves at a disadvantage when bidding a project that specifies portable air conditioning as the means by which to provide interim cooling during shutdowns, or in temporary situa-■ See NEW PORTABLE AC UNITS page 12 DIGITAL EDITION THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY: Th e NEWS is commemorating its 85 years of leadership in the HVACR industry! Join the celebration that starts on page 16.