John Mahoney, one of the owners of Florida Keys Air Conditioning, being interviewed for the Higher Standard video series
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American Standard Announces 2018 Building a Higher Standard Dealer and Distributor Award Winners

October 05, 2018

American Standard® Heating & Air Conditioning, a leading provider of indoor comfort solutions and services, and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, announced today the 2018 winners of the Building a Higher Standard awards for commitment to customers, employees and their communities.

American Standard launched the awards program this year to recognize independent HVAC dealers across the country for exemplifying the brand’s core values, including integrity, community involvement, teamwork, and a focus on continuous improvement in the pursuit of excellence.

The 2018 American Standard “Building a Higher Standard” winners are:

  • John Mahoney, one of the owners of Florida Keys Air Conditioning, being interviewed for the Higher Standard video series
    John Mahoney, one of the owners of Florida Keys Air Conditioning, being interviewed for the Higher Standard video series.

    Florida Keys Air Conditioning and Gemaire Distributors. These two HVAC companies could both be described as hometown heroes. Following the August 2017 devastation of Hurricane Irma, Florida Keys Air Conditioning quickly provided aid and assistance to those in need of critical HVAC parts, replacement units, water, supplies, and more.Gemaire Distributors opened a temporary branch to meet the overwhelming demand due to the severe weather. The branch became a permanent location in Marathon, Florida. This is a true testament of extraordinary people within the industry who are dedicated to the communities they serve.

  • Andrews Heating & Air Conditioning, based in Clinton, Indiana, is a family-owned business that has served as a leading dealer of American Standard products for more than 45 years. Throughout the decades, Andrews has maintained a strong business foundation by remaining true to its values. From investing in the professional and personal growth of its loyal team members to supporting their communities, Andrews’ commitment to upholding quality standards positions itself to sustain the business for generations to come.
  • Shafer Services Plus in San Antonio, Texas, sought to share its resources and better the community through its “Serving South Texas” initiative. This program honors deserving community members who are dealing with life-changing conditions or personal hardships by providing free services and systems to increase their home comfort level.  As part of “Serving South Texas,” Shafer Services Plus installed new high-efficiency systems for two local veterans impacted by critical burns and other injuries sustained during their time in service.
  • Cary Heating & Air Conditioning, located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is a multi-generational business using its family-grounded values to provide exceptional customer service to its community. The Cary team operates its business based on trust, excellence and always putting customer happiness first. Its team is dedicated to going the extra mile every day, whether it’s helping shovel snow-filled driveways or cleaning up neighborhoods. Cary has earned loyalty, trust and adoration within the community.

“The Building a Higher Standard award is our new, highest honor for the highly skilled, dedicated and valuable partners who represent our brand,” said John Hofmann, Vice President for American Standard. “Our dealer network supports American Standard’s goals of delivering an unparalleled experience for high quality heating and air conditioning solutions and services. We are proud to recognize these inaugural winners who go above and beyond to serve their communities and make them a better place to be.”

2018 was the inaugural year for the annual awards program. Winners were selected from a competitive pool of nominations. The winners of are featured in a video series playing across national and regional media through January 2019. For more information about the American Standard’s Building a Higher Standard awards program, please visit

About Ingersoll Rand and American Standard

American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning is a brand of Ingersoll Rand. Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our brands work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. American Standard solutions optimize indoor environments with a broad portfolio of energy efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, building and contracting services, parts support and advanced control. For more information, visit or