EGIA and HARDI Partner to Strengthen The Growth of the HVACR Industry
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Author: Cristina Hanson | March 28th, 2023

EGIA and HARDI Partner to Strengthen The Growth of the HVACR Industry

EGIA, parent company to OPTIMUS, and HARDI (Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International) have announced a partnership with the express goals of strengthening the relationship between the associations and growth in the North American HVACR industry.

For decades, both associations have served the HVACR industry in different capacities; HARDI being focused on serving wholesale distribution companies, and EGIA primarily serving a contractor constituency. “The decision to enter into a formal partnership will help unify efforts previously being made independently by each association into targeted and cohesive strategies designed to deliver enhanced energy efficiency services and training to contractors, distributors and manufacturers,” said Talbot Gee, HARDI CEO.

The goals of the partnership, designed to have the greatest positive impact on contractors, distributors and the general public, include advocacy efforts, utilization of financing programs, increased performance of contractor businesses, and more. As the partnership evolves, the associations will explore ways to mutually enhance participation for their respective membership bases’ involvement in talent and training programs. Furthermore, efforts will be made to encourage a blending of membership attendance at the respective associations’ events to drive awareness, education and success for the goals outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding.

Bruce Matulich, EGIA CEO explains the anticipated impact in terms of aligning advocacy efforts, “As HVACR incentives and regulation policy become increasingly complex to navigate, a collaboration of our respective Government Affairs teams will positively influence the use and distribution of IRA incentive funding; allow us to maximize advocacy through the regulatory process ; and optimize our participation in advisory meetings regarding IRA program design and implementation with State Energy offices.”

To learn more about the positive impact that HARDI's partnership with EGIA will have upon the HVACR industry, read the full press release here, or watch the video below to hear directly from Talbot Gee and Bruce Matulich.