September 20, 2018
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and association information in an interactive, dynamic setting. The
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On September 11, two members of Congress – Buddy
Carter (R-Ga.) and Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) – toured the manufacturing plant of
Nailor Industries in Houston, learning about how regulations affect
manufacturers and how the tax reform act passed last year has impacted
industry. Carter and Bucshon expressed
their appreciation after the event to Nailor’s Gus Faris, noting that they
rarely have the opportunity to see actual equipment being manufactured and also
to see the effect of Congressional decisions on U.S. industry.
Photo, left to right: Rep Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) and Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) listen to Nailor Industries’ Gus Faris (back to camera)
Contact: Francis Dietz.
On September 12, AHRI Vice President of Asia Operations Bridge Xue traveled to Thailand to visit EEC Engineering Network. Xue was accompanied by the president of ASHRAE’s Thailand chapter, Uthai Lohachitranond. The focus of the meeting was to discuss AHRI Standard 1350 for AHU Casing and how AHRI’s certification program can be used to evaluate AHUs used in hospitals. EEC Assistant Executive Committee Chief of Engineering Somjin Disawas stated that, “AHRI certification will support the evaluation of AHUs where the application requires high pressure and less air leakage.” Xue also met with the Managing Director and CEO of C.I. Group Public Company Limited and with Bitwise Group.
Photo, left to right: Bridge Xue (AHRI), Somjin Disawas (EEC
Engineering Network), Uthai Lohachitranond (ASHRAE Thailand Chapter).
Contact: Henry Hwong.
In late August, AHRI staff visited three A. O. Smith
facilities in McBee, S.C.; Johnson City, Tenn.; and Lebanon, Tenn. for training
on commercial and residential water heaters and boilers. The training provided
an opportunity to learn about the different product types through
classroom-style presentations and hands-on training. The trip also included a
tour of the manufacturing facilities at the three locations. AHRI staff met
with key A. O. Smith staff members directly responsible for AHRI Directory
maintenance, product selections, regulatory reporting, and testing for various
products. Please contact Rupal Choksi if you are interested in
hosting AHRI staff in future training sessions.
Photo, left to right: Gary Delph (A. O. Smith), Tae Kwon
(AHRI), Dale Shropshire (A. O. Smith), David Noyes (AHRI), Joshua Price (AHRI),
and Dan Snyder (A. O. Smith)
Contact: David Noyes.
AHRI is pleased to welcome the following new members:
Contact: Freshta Rosario.
ASHRAE has announced the following calls for comments:
Public Review – Call
30-day Public Review
/ Deadline: October 7, 2018
45-day Public Review
/ Deadline: October 22, 2018
60-day Public Review
/ Deadline: November 6, 2018
view details, refer to the recent issue of ASHRAE’s Standards Action.
Access the Public Review Drafts by visiting ASHRAE’s Standards, Research, &
Technology/Public Review Drafts web page, and following the instructions to
access the online comment database. To obtain a paper copy, contact ASHRAE. All necessary membership forms
are available here. Contact: Cesar
is pleased to welcome the following companies to its certification program:
AHRI filed comments on September 6 in response to the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) July 17 and August 7 Federal Register notices requesting input on a third preliminary list of imported products from China that would be subject to either a 10 percent or a 25 percent tariff. The proposed tariffs resulted from the Trump Administration’s Section 301 investigation of China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation.
AHRI’s comments noted that while AHRI appreciates the administration’s support of the manufacturing sector, AHRI is opposed to the Section 301 tariffs, which according to a member survey will adversely affect a majority of member companies’ performance, and will ultimately impact consumers with higher prices and limited product choice.
The third preliminary product list (Annex A) covers approximately 6,000 tariff lines – $200 Billion worth of goods – according to the USTR. The product list includes several AHRI member products and components, including refrigerants, heating equipment, ventilation and components, air conditioners, cooling equipment, refrigerators, freezers, vending machines, and humidifiers and dehumidifiers. Specific member products from the third list can be found in Annex 1 of AHRI’s Section 301 comments. There is no specific date for when the third list would become final, or for when the tariffs would go into effect. AHRI filed comments to the USTR on May 11 and July 23 in opposition to the first and second rounds of Section 301 tariffs, respectively. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.
September 5, AHRI attended an off-the-record International Trade Policy meeting
hosted by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). The event featured
guest speaker Senator David Purdue (R-Ga.) who briefed attendees about his
views on U.S. trade policy. Senior Manager of International Affairs Michael
LaGiglia attended the event on behalf of AHRI.
supports trade policies that strengthen manufacturing opportunities for AHRI
members. Although it opposes the Trump Administration’s Section 232 and 301
tariffs, it sees many opportunities to effect beneficial changes in ongoing
negotiations, such as with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and
the upcoming U.S.-E.U. Trade Dialogue. AHRI will remain engaged with partners
such as NAM to help identify those opportunities that could benefit members in
the long term.
see AHRI's Tariff Tracker (members only) for a full summary of tariff actions
that the United States and major U.S. trading partners have taken in relation
to the U.S. Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum, and the U.S. Section 301
tariffs on Chinese imported products. Contact: Michael
September 11, AHRI’s International Team met at AHRI headquarters in Arlington, Va.
with Andrea Voigt, Director General of the European Partnership for Energy and
the Environment (EPEE), to review European HVACR and water heating industry
issues and brief Voigt on AHRI’s global activities. Voigt’s visit to AHRI
followed her visit with executives of several EPEE member companies in the
the meeting, Voigt met with President and CEO Stephen Yurek, and Vice President
of International Affairs Jim Walters, to discuss industry issues in detail and
the upcoming EPEE Steering Committee meeting in Brussels, Belgium on September
19. Contact: Jim Walters.
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