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    Aug. 1, 2012
    July 17th marked the 110th anniversary of the invention of modern air conditioning by Dr. Willis H. Carrier, inventor and founder of Carrier, a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

    Carrier Celebrates 110 Years of Modern Air Conditioning
    What started as an invention to control humidity in a New York printing plant in 1902 has forever changed the way people around the world live, work and play.

    July 17th marked the 110th anniversary of the invention of modern air conditioning by Dr. Willis H. Carrier, inventor and founder of Carrier, a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

    Carrier was a young research engineer just a year out of Cornell University, when he finalized the design to stabilize the humidity in the air so the dimensions of the paper at the Sackett & Wilhelms Lithography and Printing Company in Brooklyn, NY, would remain constant throughout the printing process. Since then this innovation has been applied to everything from malls to manufacturing facilities, businesses houses and hospitals, whose occupants are all looking for a comfortable environment.

    "In the early 1900s, air conditioning was primarily an industrial application that enabled countless industries to thrive with candy-making companies, textile mills, and theaters being some of the most enthusiastic early adopters," says Geraud Darnis, president & CEO, UTC Climate, Controls & Security. "Over the years, Carrier’s innovations looked to make possible what was previously impossible. Today, our focus remains true to our heritage as we continually push the envelope to create energy efficient, environmentally responsible products for both commercial and residential applications in all areas of the world."

    Carrier launched a new website, WillisCarrier.com, dedicated to its rich history, and containing little-known vignettes about Willis Carrier’s life and work. In June, the company released its newly commissioned 144-page, hardcover book, called Weathermakers to the World, now available on amazon.com. The book chronicles the entrepreneurial spirit of Willis Carrier and the robust history of modern air conditioning. To view Carrier’s history website, visit WillisCarrier.com. To order a copy of the Weathermakers to the World book, visit amazon.com.

    Luxaire Events Raise $90,000 for Make-A-Wish Oklahoma
    The Luxaire brand of Johnson Controls recently supported two events that raised nearly $90,000 for Make-A-Wish Oklahoma.

    The Walk For Wishes event raised $24,000 for Make-A-Wish Oklahoma, including a $5,000 donation from Luxaire. Following the two-mile walk-a-thon, participants enjoyed a children’s carnival, complete with carnival games and food.

    Luxaire sponsored the annual "If Purses Were Wishes & More" event, held at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. The luncheon attracted 410 guests, who had the chance to bid on a collection of handbags, jewelry and designer accessories donated from various boutiques, individuals and celebrities across the state.

    The luncheon and auction raised $65,000 for Make-A-Wish Oklahoma, including a $5,000 donation from Luxaire.

    "Supporting Make-A-Wish activities means we’re delivering hope and smiles to families in the communities where we live and work," says Steve Hoffins, senior brand manager, Johnson Controls’ Unitary Products. bit.ly/LuxaireMAW

    Nortitz Names Yamaha Winner: Conejo Tankless of California
    Conejo Tankless Water Heaters of Thousand Oaks, Calif., has received a Yamaha TW200 dual purpose motorcycle as the first quarterly prize winner in the Noritz 2012 PROCard Promotion.

    Launched in March to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Noritz’s entry into the U.S. tankless water heating market, the 10-month contractor appreciation promotion is designed to recognize and reward members of the company’s ongoing PROCard Program, as well as to attract additional professional installers to the group.

    A tankless water heater specialist, Conejo Tankless is family-owned and operated by Roy Madigan, a licensed contractor with more than 30 years of professional plumbing experience. The company serves customers in Ventura and East Los Angeles counties.

    By submitting warranty registrations on Noritz products installed between March 1 and December 31 of this year, participating contractors can earn chances to win prizes in monthly and quarterly drawings. Conejo’s prize was based on the March-May quarter.

    • The winner of the prize for the July-September period will receive a Yamaha Raptor 250 ATV.
    • The winner of the prize for the October-December period will also receive a Yamaha TW200.
    • All participants, including the quarterly prize winners, will also be eligible for the grand prize drawing in January 2013 when the winner will receive a new Yamaha Rhino 700cc side-by-side utility vehicle.
    • Monthly prizes: Each month, Noritz is also drawing five entries from the pool of warranty registrations for the previous 30 days, awarding each winner a prize valued at between $250 and $1,750.

    The 2012 PROCard Promotion is open to all program members in the U.S. and Canada. Find additional information at noritz.com/10-year-promo.

    Carrier Stocks Commercial Applied Products for Rapid Delivery
    In response to severe hot weather, Carrier is stocking chillers, large splits and rooftops for rapid delivery to help ensure customers have the least amount of downtime for critical and replacement projects.

    “To provide world-class service to our customers, we established predictive stocking levels designed to meet demand during the summer months,” says Greg Alcorn, vice president, sales and marketing, Commercial Systems, Carrier.

    “During extreme weather conditions, customers need to know that they can continue business as usual because our units are available for immediate shipment.” The Carrier units being stocked include:

    • Evergreen 23XRV variable-speed screw chiller with Foxfire™ compression technology
    • AquaSnap 30MP scroll chillers
    • Evergreen 30HX screw chillers
    • AquaForce 30XW screw chillers
    • AquaSnap RA and RB scroll chillers
    • Gemini (R-22, Puron series) split systems
    • WeatherMaker 48/50A Series large rooftops in 30, 40 and 50 ton sizes.

    “In addition to our factory inventory, we have strong distributors across the country who are well positioned to meet the needs of our customers, with rapid delivery, local service parts, support, training and much more,” Alcorn says.

    For additional information on units that are in stock and ready to ship, contractors are advised to contact their local Carrier representatives. carrier.com

    Marvair Raises Some Prices
    Marvair, a division of Airxcel, Inc. announced an immediate 4 to 6% price increase on its Scholar and Classic heat pumps; ModPac II and ComPac air conditioners; Environmental Control Units; Marvair marine products, and various accessories. marvair.com

    Chris Gleason is Reliable Controls’ new vice president, sales and marketing, Americas. He provides advocacy and oversight for the company’s existing and growing team of regional sales managers.

    Dave Holdorf is Taco’s newest trainer. He works with John Barba, Taco’s residential training and trade programs manager, while also helping to extend the reach of Taco training programs.

    David Weekley Homes Presents Trane a Sixth 'Partners of Choice' Award

    For the sixth time in nine years, Trane has been selected by the nation’s third largest for-profit, privately held residential home builder, David Weekley Homes, as a winner of its nationally recognized "Partners of Choice" Award.

    The process is rigorous, with more than 600 David Weekley Homes team members participating in assessing the performance of approximately 150 suppliers. These team members are from all levels of the builder’s organization (executives through administrative staff).

    Suppliers are rated on quality and service, and the scores for each company are averaged and ranked with all companies. Then, through a series of discussions, meetings, and coaching calls, David Weekley Homes and its suppliers search for the best way to achieve excellence together. Through this process, David Weekley Homes takes “partnering with its suppliers” to a world-class level.

    Each year, this interactive evaluation system culminates in David Weekley Homes presenting its acclaimed Partners of Choice Award honoring those suppliers who earned an “A” in quality, service, or both over a 12-month period. This year Trane was only one of 12 suppliers to receive the esteemed “A, A” award for achieving the highest ranking in both quality and service.

    “World-class excellence is when a company is willing to put its products and services up against anybody, anywhere, anytime and comes out on top,” says Bill Justus, vice president of supply chain services for David Weekley Homes and chief architect behind the home builder’s revolutionary evaluation platform.

    “Our evaluation process allows us to compare the performance of companies operating in diverse industries in support of residential home building,” Justus says. “Therefore, as evidenced by the ratings of more than 600 of our team members, Trane is truly world-class in delivering quality and service to David Weekley Homes. I can’t think of a stronger validation of world-class excellence.”

    “We make a strong effort to connect locally with David Weekley Homes team members in all markets where Trane is being used, and last year worked closely with our distributor and contractor partners to ensure the highest level of awareness and customer service was being given to all David Weekley Homes projects and requests,” Justus says. trane.com

    JCI Expands Support for Coleman Contractors, Distributors

    Johnson Controls is expanding its comprehensive technical support services for Coleman distributors and contractors, to include application, startup and commissioning (ACS) services.

    “Johnson Controls is proud to supply its HVAC distributors and contractors with strategic support that improves customer service and grows overall business,” says Dave Negrey, Johnson Controls director of technical services, Unitary Products. “Everyone will benefit from the enhanced offering and the consistency of a qualified installation and follow-up support,” Negrey says.

    ASC services enable distributors and contractors to partner with a highly qualified, factory-certified technician, who will help handle the complex issues that arise during application, start-up and commissioning. The technician provides assistance in the equipment specification process, and then oversees start-up and commissioning at the installation site, which ensures proper mechanical systems and controls setup at start-up. Technicians also can assist in training operations and maintenance personnel.

    Coleman factory-certified technician training includes:

    • North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification or the equivalent
    • United Association’s STAR or Red Seal
    • Johnson Controls safety training and testing
    • Five days of commercial equipment and controls training at Johnson Controls commercial training facility in Norman, OK
    • Successful completion of multiple equipment start-ups and tests conducted during classroom training .

    Contact colemanhvacdealer.com/business-support-tools.aspx for program details. Read more at bit.ly/JCIColemansupport.