Air-Conditioning Institute merges with Gas Appliance Manufacturers' Assn.
New organization will become the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute on Jan. 1.
Members with the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) and the Gas Appliance Manufacturers' Assn.(GAMA) announced today that their members have voted to approve the merger of the two trade associations to represent the interests of cooling, heating and commercial refrigeration equipment manufacturers.
The merged association will become the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) on Jan. 1, 2008. It will be headquartered in Arlington, Va.
The merger will directly benefit the 370 AHRI members by creating a single, influential entity to more effectively represent their interests, while continuing the work of both associations in establishing industry standards and certifying the performance of heating, cooling and commercial refrigeration equipment.
The AHRI board of directors appointed C. David Myers, Johnson Controls' vice president, chairman of the combined organization. The board consists of the current directors of the two constituent associations and is representative of the membership and its different product areas. "The merger will create a more efficient and influential organization to serve the needs of cooling, heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment manufacturers and their customers," Myers said. "The interests of the memberships of the two associations are so closely aligned that we expect a seamless integration." AHRI established an integration committee to work out the details of the structure and the governance of the new association. Decisions already have been made to maintain a product section structure that equally represents all AHRI members' interests and to merge the standing committees of the two associations. AHRI will have the financial and organizational resources