NEW YORK — It is countdown time to AHR 2014 in New York City, January 21-23! As the largest and most comprehensive HVACR exposition in the world, the AHR Expo attracts attendees from all facets of the industry, including contractors, engineers, dealers, distributors, wholesalers, builders, reps and many more industry professionals.

If you are at the show, make sure to swing by CONTRACTOR’s booth and say hi to Bob Mader, editor-in-chief, Candace Roulo, senior editor, and John Mesenbrink, editor-at-large.

And make sure to join CONTRACTOR’s AHR Tweetup on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at noon EST. We’ll be tweeting about what we thought was interesting at the show and we want to know what you saw and liked too. If you are not following CONTRACTOR on Twitter yet, make sure you do so: https://twitter.com/contractormag. To join the conversation use the hashtag #AHRCTR throughout the show.

You also don’t want to miss The Mechanical Town Hall! Back by popular demand, the event will feature five of the best speakers in the industry — “Hot Rod” Rohr, John Barba, Dave Yates, Eric Aune and Brian Nelson. The Town Hall will start at noon on Tuesday, January 21 at the convention center in room Room 1E03.

This Q&A session will lend itself to audience participation as each speaker will lend their stories, experiences and expertise to the room. Topics covered will include: the selling of energy efficient products; renewable energy, including solar, geothermal, etc.; embracing news methods and technology such as tool, boiler controls, mobile contracting, pipe joining, etc.; selling and profitability in today's market; and social media. 

Don't miss this chance to learn from the best... seating is limited. Reserve your seat at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-mechanical-town-hall-ahr-2014-tickets-9726633623.

Walking shoes a must

If you are attending AHR make sure to bring your walking shoes since more than 1,800 companies will be exhibiting at the show. This means that 387,000-sq.ft. of booth space has been reserved in the convention center. This exceeds the record-breaking exhibit space reserved for the 2008 AHR Expo in New York City by nearly 6%.

“The 2008 Show in New York set several Northeast records and an all-time AHR Expo attendance record, which was subsequently narrowly surpassed by the 2012 Show in Chicago,” stated Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Company. AHR Expo is produced and managed by the International Exposition Company. “Based on the record amount of exhibit space already reserved, the attendee pre-registration numbers and the total hotel rooms booked, we could be on track for another record-breaking event.”

Stevens added that 2014 attendee pre-registration numbers and hotel room reservations are both running significantly ahead of the 2008 AHR Expo at the same point in time before the show. The 2008 AHR Expo attracted nearly 58,000 total visitors, including a record-breaking 39,000 attendees from more than 138 countries.

“With economic expectations steadily improving, exhibitors will be unveiling hundreds of new products and a variety of energy-efficient solutions that HVACR professionals can experience for the first time at the world’s largest HVACR exposition,” said Stevens. 

Innovation Award Winners

During the AHR Expo the winners of the prestigious 2014 AHR Expo Innovation Awards will be honored at a special ceremony on Jan. 22. Encompassing a broad cross-section of the HVACR marketplace, the winning entries were selected in 10 categories and represent the most innovative new products displayed during the show.

A panel of judges made up of ASHRAE members evaluated the products submitted based on innovation, application, value to the user and market impact. 

Plus, one of these 10 category winners will be selected as the winner of the 2014 AHR Expo Product of the Year Award. Winners will display placards at their booths during the show as well as etched crystal awards to be displayed at their companies’ headquarters.

There are also 37 other products that received Honorable Mentions in the same 10 categories and have placards to display in their booths.

The 2014 AHR Expo Innovation Award winners by category are:

Building Automation                                                                                  

Company: Belimo Aircontrols (USA) Inc.                                              

Product: Belimo BAS Data Logging Energy Valve

Cooling           

Company: Emerson Climate Technologies

Product: Next Generation Copeland Scroll Variable Speed compressor product line

Green Building                                                                       

Company: Lafert North America

Product: High Performance Metric Motors          

Heating

Company: WaterFurnace International Inc.

Product: 7 Series 700A11 Geothermal Heat Pump

Indoor Air Quality

Company: NEPTRONIC                                                                

Product: SKD Direct Multi-Steam Injection Humidifier

Plumbing                                           

Company: Rheem Manufacturing Company

Product: Rheem Prestige Series Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater

Refrigeration                                                                                                           

Company: Danfoss

Product: MADAP-KOOL System Manager AK-SM 800 Series

Software                       

Company: HVAC Solution, Inc.

Product: Revit Connection 2.0 BIM Software Add-in

Tools & Instruments                                                                                         

Company: Imperial

Product: Imperial iManifold

Ventilation           

Company: Big Ass Fans          

Product: Haiku Ceiling Fan

The 2014 AHR Expo is co-sponsored by ASHRAE and AHRI. The Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) is an honorary sponsor. For more information visit the Show’s website at www.ahrexpo.com.

Since 1930 the AHR Expo has been the HVACR professional’s best resource for new products, new ideas and new services. This unique industry forum creates a dynamic marketing environment unequaled in size and scope by any other industry event.