Brief news items on finacials, promotions, new hires, awards, special projects, etc., in the heating and cooling industry.

People in the news

  • McQuay International appointed Tom Lennon as Mid-Atlantic regional manager and Tom Watson as director/product quality for chillers. Lennon spent 25 years with York International, while Watson has been with McQuay since 1972.

  • HRAI added four people to its team: Jason Borg, sales and marketing coordinator; Louise Hope, manager/administration and CHRAW; Martin Luymes, director/ HRAC services and relations; and Joanne Spurrell, director/education and market development.

  • Nortek appointed Edward J. Cooney as its treasurer, succeeding Richard J. Harris. Harris currently serves as company senior vice president/administration.

    Buy and sell

  • Johnson Controls completed its acquisition of MC International, a French refrigeration and air-conditioning services company with annual sales of more than $200 million.

  • Nortec Industries recently acquired Environmental Engineering Concepts of Palm Springs, Calif. EEC specializes in the design and manufacture of high-pressure fogging systems.

  • Thermo Manufacturing purchased Hexdall Hangar Co. of Aurora, Ill. Hexdall is known for its patented line of ductwork hangars.

  • York International Corp. announced it will close its compressor assembly operation in Sparta, N.C. The facility is part of the Bristol Compressors operation and employs about 450 people.

    Warranties/price increases

  • Nesbitt aire announced its new two-year warranty on all floor-mounted, horizontal and self-contained unit ventilator products. Call 800/356-0322 or visit for additional information.

  • Smith Cast Iron Boilers recently introduced an extended warranty program for its residential boiler product line. Available through Smith Heating Pro contractors, homeowners can choose to purchase a warranty for a five- or 10-year period. For further information, call 800/295-1625, e-mail

  • AAF International announced a price increase for all residential air filter products sold in North America, effective immediately. The increase is a result of higher energy costs, increased transportation expenses and a substantial growth in raw material costs.

  • Mitsubishi Electric HVAC lowered the price of its PlasmaPure air purifiers. Model MA-EF503HS-U has been reduced to $299 from $389, and model MA-EF303HS-U has been reduced to $249 from $359.

  • The Trane Co. set a 1% to 4% price increase on a majority of its commercial and unitary products, effective immediately.