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Kent Hartwig Retires from Palm Beach State College

Kent Hartwig, a long-time supporter of HVAC apprenticeships in the Palm Beach County area, he retired from his position as Palm Beach State College Apprenticeship Program Director. Kent Hartwig A native of Ohio, Kent moved to Florida in 1983 after graduating with a BS in Technology Education from Morehead State University in Kentucky. He taught machining, welding and electrical at John I. Leonard H.S. in West Palm from 1983 through 2004. Kent worked as Program… Read More

Leigh Vanneman Announces Retirement

Leigh Vanneman has announced his retirement from Trane/Ingersoll Rand after 37 years of employment with the company. A North Carolina native, Leigh moved to Florida in 1971 and earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1976. Upon graduation he worked briefly in the solar industry and managed a small air conditioning equipment manufacturing company in Tampa for several years. Leigh Vanneman Leigh joined Trane in Tampa as a… Read More

Sunshine Heating & Air Conditioning Earns Comfortmaker Elite Dealer Status

Comfortmaker distributor Florida Cooling Supply (FCS) recently announced that Sunshine Heating & Air Conditioning, located at 1606 Aber Rd., Orlando, FL 32807, has been granted Comfortmaker Elite Dealer status. “We are proud that Sunshine Heating & Air Conditioning has allowed us to partner with them and has qualified as a Comfortmaker Elite Dealer,” stated FCS Central Florida Territory Manager Dennis Marczak. “They are currently the only Elite Dealer in Florida, having committed to making the… Read More

Johnstone Supply The Ware Group Announces Fall Classes

NORTH Region Fall Classes Mitsubishi Field Service: 8 am – 12 pm Provides an understanding how to properly diagnose Mr. Slim M and P series systems, their alarm codes, as well as electrical flow and troubleshooting. October 10, 2018, Jax Downtown 904-354-0282 October 23, 2018, Melbourne 321-676-4177 October 24, 2018, Daytona 386-265-6400 November 6, 2018, Clearwater 727-561-9309 November 7, 2018, Orlando 407-849-0573 November 13, 2018. Brandon 813-424-3180… Read More

Bob Rosas Needs Our Help

Many of you met Bob Rosas during his long career in our industry, dating back to the early days of H.B. Adams. He not only worked in distribution but also as president of a major air conditioning and service contracting firm, president of an air duct distribution company and national sales manager for a flexible duct company. Our readers in South Florida may have met him when he represented the Florida HVAC Insider as South… Read More

Gun Licenses and Medical Marijuana

Excerpted from the Cotney Construction Law Update Newsletter – August 2018 With a growing number of states passing laws legalizing marijuana, much of the marijuana debate has focused on the public health and economic effects of passing such a law. What is often overlooked in these discussions is how legalizing marijuana, whether recreationally or for medical purposes, affects our other rights – namely, the right to own a gun. Trent Cotney, PA In a recent… Read More