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ASHRAE honored Nortek Air Solutions for its Golden Circle level donation to the Research Promotion campaign that funds research, scholarships and other philanthropy aimed at advancing HVACR engineering. From (left to right): Sheila J. Hayter, president of ASHRAE; Joe Naccarello, P.E., group vice president–sales and customer operations, Nortek Air Solutions, St. Louis; Buddy Doll, group president, Nortek Air Solutions. Photo credit: Nortek Air Solutions

Nortek Air Solutions’ HVACR Research Donation Honored by ASHRAE

Research Promotion is a grassroots campaign that raises funds for research, scholarships, comprehensive educational activities and young engineers in ASHRAE.

St. Louis-based Nortek Air Solutions (NAS), a manufacturer of custom commercial HVAC systems, was recently recognized for its contribution to HVACR research by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ Research Promotion (RP) campaign.

The recognition was presented by RP Chair John Rieke at ASHRAE’s recent President’s Luncheon held in conjunction with the 2019 AHR Expo in Atlanta. NAS’s Buddy Doll, group president, and Joe Naccarello, P.E., group vice president–sales and customer operations, accepted the honor on behalf of NAS for the firm’s 2018 Golden Circle level donation of $10,000.

The presentation marks the 19th consecutive year of RP donations for NAS, putting it in the top 20 of 7,000 RP donors. Research Promotion is a grassroots campaign that raised a program record of $2.708 million in funds last year for research, scholarships, comprehensive educational activities and young engineers in ASHRAE. 

NAS divided its contribution among three U.S. and two Canadian ASHRAE chapters where it operates manufacturing facilities: Central Oklahoma Chapter, Region VIII; Minnesota Chapter, Region VI; Oregon Chapter, Region XI; Quebec Chapter, Region II; and Saskatoon (Saskatchewan) Chapter, Region XI.  

“We are proud to have sponsored the RP Campaign for 19 years and to encourage research that will help develop state-of-the-art, energy-efficient HVACR equipment in the future,” Naccarello said.

Golden Circle recipients also received the Crystal Coin, a polyhedral cut-crystal tabletop collectible commemorating 19th-century inventor John Gorrie, considered the “father of air-conditioning and refrigeration.”  

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