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2005 AHR Expo Innovation Award Winners Selected

WESTPORT, CT — The winning companies of the third annual AHR Expo Innovation Awards will be honored at a special ceremony during the 2005 AHR Expo in Orlando, Florida. The award presentation will take place on Tuesday, February 8th at 11:00 a.m. in the New Product Technology Theater on the Show floor.

The most innovative product submissions from among the thousands on display at the AHR Expo have been selected as winners in eight specific categories: - Building Automation - Cooling - Heating - Indoor Air Quality - Refrigeration - Software - Tools - and Ventilation.

The 2005 winners are:

BUILDING AUTOMATION
Company: Invisible Service Technicians, LLC
Product: IST Monitor

COOLING
Company: Copeland Corporation / Emerson Climate Technologies
Product: Next Generation Copeland Scroll™

HEATING
Company: Trs Systems, Inc.
Product: RC2100 Wireless Hydronic Controller

IAQ (INDOOR AIR QUALITY)
Company: Munters Corporation
Product: H2O LiquidAire

REFRIGERATION
Company: Danfoss, Inc.
Product: ICV Control Valve

SOFTWARE
Company: Wrightsoft Corporation
Product: Right-Radiant Plus™

TOOLS
Company: Goodway Technologies Corp.
Product: CTV-1500 Cooling Tower Vacuum

VENTILATION
Company: Hardcast, Carlisle Coatings & Waterproofing Inc.
Product: Flex-Grip 550


U.S. Green Building Council Endorses 2005 AHR Expo

Special Green Building Education Session Planned

Westport, CT, - The United States Green Building Council is the latest association to endorse the 2005 AHR Expo, February 7-9 in Orlando, Fla. The association joins an impressive list of 20 other endorsing associations that have already lent their support to the leading exposition in the HVAC&R industry.

As the leading organization representing the industry on environmental building matters, the U.S. Green Building Council endorsement of the 2005 AHR Expo provides a valuable opportunity for exhibitors and attendees. “We are very excited about the Council's endorsement of the 2005 AHR Expo, and are pleased to provide this year’s Expo participants direct access to the government body that has begun transforming the building industry toward a more environmentally conscious one,” said Clay Stevens, President of International Exposition Company (IEC), producers and managers of the AHR Expo.


SkillsUSA Competition Finals to be Held at 2005 AHR Expo

Westport, Connecticut — The 2005 AHR Expo will host the finals of the heating, ventilation, air conditioning & refrigeration technical competition for SkillsUSA, a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. The event is sponsored by the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) and will take place on Monday, February 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on the Show floor in Orlando, Florida.

The SkillsUSA competition in the HVAC&R skill area will determine who will go on to represent the United States in the WorldSkills Competition in Helsinki, Finland in May of 2005. Contestants competing at the AHR Expo have been chosen from the winners and runners up from the two most recent years of the annual SkillsUSA Championships held in Kansas City, Missouri. The contestants will compete against each other and the clock to see who will be the lone U.S. representative to face HVAC&R students from around the world. The United States first entered the World Skills competition in HVAC&R in 1995 and won a diploma of honor in 1995 (France), a gold medal in 1999 (Canada), a diploma of honor in 2001 (Korea) and a diploma of honor in 2003 (Switzerland).

“SkillsUSA has proven to be a great contributor to the education of young people entering the HVAC&R industry for many years,” said Clay Stevens, President of International Exposition Company (IEC), producers and managers of the AHR Expo. “The high level of job skill training received by these students builds higher industry standards and promotes excellence among industry technicians.”

The students who will compete in the HVAC&R finals at the AHR Expo are:
• Ryan Hanna – West Virginia
• Michael Kelly – Nevada
• Shawn Wasielewski – Pennsylvania
• Bradley Webb – Kentucky

The heating, ventilation, air conditioning & refrigeration contestants are tested on their ability to perform such jobs as troubleshooting then recommending service and repair, brazing, refrigerant component servicing, air measurement and troubleshooting, electrical troubleshooting, and refrigerant recovery. They are judged on the basis of their use of tools and test equipment, speed, accuracy and safety.

About SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to assure America has a skilled workforce. It helps each student to excel. It is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. Programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. The HVAC & R contest is one of 77 occupational and leadership skill areas in the national SkillsUSA Championships. More than 50 state gold medal winners from across the United States competed in this competition in Kansas City in 2004.

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