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AHR ExpoŽ Entries for the 2nd Annual Innovation Awards Now Being Accepted

Entry Fee Proceeds To Benefit Southern California Vocational School Scholarship Fund

WESTPORT, CT. - Entries are now being accepted for the second annual AHR Expo Innovation Awards Competition which will be held in conjunction with the 2004 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) in Anaheim, Calif. January 26-28. Designed to promote and encourage product innovation by recognizing exceptional achievements, the Innovation Awards are jointly sponsored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI); and International Exposition Company (IEC), producers and organizers of the AHR Expo.

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The most innovative products among the thousands on display at the AHR Expo will be selected as winners in eight specific categories: heating, cooling, refrigeration, ventilation, indoor air quality, energy management, tools & instruments, and software. Due to the response to last year's inaugural Innovation Awards program, "Tools & Instruments" and "Software" have split into two categories this year, bringing the total number of award categories to eight.

A panel of judges, made up of ASHRAE members selected for their exceptional knowledge of the industry and its products, will review and evaluate all submissions. Product entries will be judged for innovation, application, value to user, and market impact. However, only one product per company can be submitted and winning products from last year cannot be re-entered. The 2003 inaugural awards program generated a total of ninety-five entries.

Entry forms have been sent to more than 1,200 exhibiting companies and winners will be announced in mid November 2003. An award for each of the eight categories will be presented to the winners at a special reception during the 2004 AHR Expo.

The winners will receive special placards to place in their booths as well as an etched crystal award to be displayed at their company headquarters. In addition, each winner will be featured in a special section of the ASHRAE Journal and other trade publications. For more information on the AHR Expo Innovation Awards, visit

Entry Fees Benefit HVAC&R Scholarship

According to show management, the Innovation Awards will encourage company product innovation, as well as provide vocational school scholarships for HVAC&R students. Proceeds from the entry fee will go to an HVAC&R scholarship fund at a Southern California area vocational school. "As the major trade show for the HVAC&R market, people look to the AHR Expo to provide leadership and be on the cutting edge of all aspects of the industry," said Clay Stevens, president of IEC. "It is a pleasure to recognize and honor manufacturers that have excelled through exceptional creativity in turning technology into useful and efficient products."

As the largest and most inclusive exposition in the HVAC&R industry, AHR EXPO attracts thousands of attendees from all facets of the industry, including contractors, engineers, dealers, distributors, wholesalers, OEMs, architects and builders, industrial plant operators, facility managers, agents and representatives.

Since 1930, AHR EXPO has been the HVAC & R professional's single best resource for new products, new ideas, and new services. It's a hands-on, interactive event that showcases a wide spectrum of equipment, systems, and components. This unique industry forum creates a dynamic marketing environment unequaled in size and scope by any other industry event.

The AHR EXPO is produced and managed by International Exposition Company, 15 Franklin Street, Westport, CT 06880; e-mail; Internet 

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