THE H VACR CONTR ACTOR’S W EEK LY NE WS M AG A ZI NE S I NCE 1926 JULY 11, 2011 ■ $5.00 ■ VISIT US ONLINE AT WWW.ACHRNEWS.COM ■ fyi Contractors actors ■ ■ ■ ■ INDUSTRY BRIEFS Schaafsma a Heating & Cooling (Grand Rapids, Mich.) has as been named 2010 Dealer of the Year by Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems. Richard Flanders Enterprises Inc. (Coral Springs, Fla.) celebrated its 30-year anniversary. ary. Manufacturers facturers U.S. Cooler er (Quincy, Ill.) is marking its 25th anniversary. niversary. M&G Group roup (Assen, Netherlands) announced ed Brooks Sherman has been appointed d as president and CEO of M&G DuraVent. uraVent. He succeeded Ste-phen Eberhard erhard who retired from M&G DuraVent as of May 31. tasofMay Marvair (Cordele, Ga.) has promoted moted Kimberly C. Pate to o the position of OEM sales es manager. Big Ass Fan Co. (Lexing-ton, Ky.) announced that Christian Taber, a senior applications pplications engineer with the com-pany, has s been recognized by Consulting Specifying as one of the top 40 ng Engineer Engineerasoneofthetop engineers in the country under the age of 40. John Guest ® USA (Fairfield, ield, N.J.) has joined the ranks of ven-en-dors of Omni Corporate Ser-vices Ltd., a member-owned group purchasing and market-ing organization for the plumbing and heating industry. ■ ■ ■ he battle has been fought and the winners declared in The NEWS’ 2011 eighth annual Dealer Design Awards program. Approximately 30 contractor judges examined the 127 product entries and the 39 gold, silver, and bronze winners have been added to the pantheon of Dealer s Design champions. Bestowed with the honor of a Dealer Design award, winning entrants fill the pages of this issue and each will make an appearance on the Dealer Design website. Perhaps one of the greatest honors in this competition, however, is winning a DD — the coveted trophy that declares to the industry that a man-ufacturer’s product is a winner. Make no mistake; the Dealer Design Awards program is not an HVACR beauty pageant. Created to emphasize the features designed to ease contrac-tors’ daily workload, the judges evaluate installation, service, and maintenance features. Those who have won and those who wish to win in the future under-stand that one key factor grants them the privilege of earning a DD — designing quality products with the contractor in mind. “The annual response we receive from vendors and contractors for the Dealer Design Awards program is amazing. This really is the only contest of its kind in the industry where only contractors make the decision about the award winners. The contractor judges enjoy participating because they can review some relatively new products in the market, thereby occasionally giving their own companies an advan-tage with some information that their competitors might not yet have,” said Mike Murphy, editor-in-chief of The NEWS. “I want to thank the manufacturers that entered their products and services.” The following pages highlight and honor the winning entries from each of the 13 product categories. Even with these honors in place, the battle continues at www.achrnews.com/dealerdesign . There, contractors can vote for their own competition champion in The NEWS’ ’ Read-ers’ Choice Awards. The online product face-off brings the winning products into a bracket competition. Users vote in each round for their favorite product. In the end, only one product will be declared the Readers’ Choice. T Organizations ■ Air Movement and Control Association Inc. (AMCA International) named Michael Ivanovich as its first director of strategic energy initiatives. — compiled by Cherie Preville American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning Lochinvar Comfort Products Inc. Lennox Industries Inc. Manitowoc Foodservice Fluke Corp. FLIR Systems G A W old ol d w a rd wa r d inn in ne n er rs s O N L INE A T W W W . A C H R NE W S . C O M NE W S P A PER ClimateMaster Inc. HVACRedu.net Aprilaire DIGITAL EDITION THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY: Jackson Systems LLC DuctSox Resource Conservation Technologies Inc.