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Malco Opens Nominations for 2023 HVAC Trade-Pro of the Year

March 03, 2023

Are you an HVAC trade professional who excels in their field and gives back to the local community? Do you know someone who does? Then nominate them for Malco’s HVAC Trade-Pro of the Year Award!

Malco Products, SBC, one of the nation’s leading solution developers and manufacturers of a variety of high-quality tools for the HVAC trade, is now accepting nominations for its 7th annual national HVAC Trade-Pro of the Year Award program.

The HVAC Trade-Pro of the Year Award recognizes and celebrates outstanding, experienced HVAC technicians and installers who are dedicated to the industry and on-the-job safety, as well as giving back to their communities. Winners will be selected based on professional achievement, commitment to safety and contributions to their community.

The five winners will receive $1,000 worth of Malco tools of their choosing, and all qualifying trade professionals who are nominated will receive a Malco cap and pair of gloves.

“These awards give Malco a chance to recognize and highlight skilled HVAC technicians across the country who are providing exceptional service to their customers and communities,” said Rich Benninghoff, president and CEO of Malco. “The HVAC Trade-Pro of the Year Award is part of our long-standing commitment to supporting those working and training in HVAC trades, and we look forward to celebrating the winners this fall.”

To nominate yourself, or another technician who has made a difference in your community, visit: Entries will be accepted until June 30, 2023, and winners will be announced in September 2023.

As a strong supporter and advocate of careers in the trades, Malco donates significant quantities of in-kind products and apparel annually to a variety of skilled trade education programs, competitions and events across the country, including high school, post-secondary technical and apprenticeship programs, regional apprenticeship contests and SkillsUSA state and national conferences. Malco also coordinates the “Head of the Class” Student Recognition Program that partners with education programs across the country to recognize high-achieving students and entire graduating classes in the HVAC/sheet metal, building construction and autobody repair fields.

For more information about Malco Products, SBC, visit

About Malco Products, SBC

Malco Products, SBC, based in Annandale, Minnesota, is one of the nation’s leading solution developers and manufacturers of a variety of high-quality specialty hand tools for the HVAC trade (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning). Backed by over 70 years of history, Malco also manufactures “tools of the trade” for professionals engaged in exterior remodeling (roofing, siding and gutter) and fence installation. These specialized tools are built to last, rigorously tested and backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Malco is proud to be employee-owned and a Specific Benefit Corporation in the state of Minnesota, a legal designation that indicates that a specific social benefit — employee ownership, keeping jobs local and strengthening communities — is the primary driver of Malco’s business decisions. Malco earned a Manufacturing Excellence Award from Twin Cities Business Magazine in 2022 and was named the 2018 Medium Manufacturer of the Year by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. For more information about Malco Products, SBC, visit