R.E. Michel (Glen Burnie, Md.) received the Strategic Ally Award - Distributor from Excellence Alliance Inc., a membership organization for independent contracting companies. Also, The Trane Co. received the Strategic Ally Award - Manufacturer. These were among the Founders Awards EAI presented at its Excellence Leaders Meeting in October. PCA members will earn points with each purchase of selected A.O. Smith water heaters and boilers from Oct. 15 until Jan. 31, redeemable for holiday table treats.