MDM Interview: Legal Shifts Challenge HARDI Members
The impact of energy efficiency, other laws on heating, air conditioning sector
October 9, 2009
David McIlwaine, president of HVAC Distributors Inc., Mount Joy, PA, and Chrissy Nardini, president of American Metals Supply
Co. Inc., Fenton, MO, recently spoke with MDM as part of an MDM interview series featuring association presidents. Nardini
will replace McIlwaine as president of Heating, Airconditioning, & Refrigeration Distributors International at the association's
annual conference, "Turning Up the Heat on Recovery," Nov. 1-4 in Orlando, FL.
MDM: This has been an interesting year. What are some of the issues that HARDI members have been dealing with over
the last year?
David McIlwaine: Other than the general economic malaise, many of our members are tied to residential new construction
markets. And in many areas, those markets collapsed 50 percent or 60 percent or more. That definitely provided challenges
to our members.
In general as an industry, we're going through the phase-out of the R22 refrigerant …