GREENSBORO, N.C. — Brady, a company that provides energy-efficient HVAC systems and comprehensive building solutions for commercial and industrial facilities across North Carolina, congratulates Associates Paul Quinn today for taking first place and Phil Madren for second place at the Ninth Annual HVAC-R Apprentice Contest at the N.C. State Fair.

HVAC-R stands for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration. The contest is one of five trade–skills contests is sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Labor and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. HVAC-R competitors are timed and judged in four areas: diagnostic testing, brazing – the art of copper pipefitting and soldering, - conduit bending and building and customer relations.

"I am proud of Paul and Phil’s accomplishments,” says Jim Brady, president of Brady. “This is excellent validation of how Brady associates are performing in the field. Part of being a professional service organization requires people with excellent technical skills and the ability to interact with our clients.”

Quinn is a service technician and has been with Brady for more than 1.5 years. He is a graduate of Wake Technical Community College and holds North American Technicians Excellence certification in CORE, which tests a candidate’s general knowledge, construction knowledge, and HVACR specific knowledge in the areas of:

Safety
Tools
Basic Construction
Using Basic Science
Achieving Desired Conditions
Taking Temperature and Humidity Measurements
Basic Electrical

Madren is a service technician and has been with Brady for more than 2.5 years. He is a graduate of Guilford Technical Community College.