Awards and Recognition

Professional Builder 101 Best New Products — 2011

Professional Builder 101 Best New Products

Professional Builder magazine recognized the A. O. Smith NEXT Hybrid® High Efficiency Gas Water Heater among its 101 Best New Products of 2011 in the mechanical and electrical products category.

Building Products’ MVP Award — 2011

Building Products’ MVP Award

The NEXT Hybrid® High Efficiency Gas Water Heater was named one of the Most Valuable Products of 2011 by a panel of residential building professionals and Building Products editors based on its “value to builders and remodelers.” The NEXT Hybrid competed for the honor against other products with any type of home automation system, HVAC unit or system, home theater system, light fixture, or project management or CAD software in the home tech products category.

Appliance Design Magazine Excellence in Design Awards — 2011

Appliance Design Magazine

A. O. Smith’s NEXT Hybrid® High Efficiency Gas Water Heater and Cirrex® Solar Thermal Water Heating System have been chosen by Appliance Design as recipients of the magazine’s 24th Annual Excellence in Design Awards. The NEXT Hybrid High Efficiency Gas Water Heater was honored with the silver award, and the Cirrex Solar Thermal Water Heating System received the bronze award.

Builder Magazine Brand Leader Awards — 2011

Builder Magazine Brand Leader Awards

A. O. Smith has earned three Brand Leader Awards in Builder Magazine’s 2011 Brand Use Study. A. O. Smith was among the top four brands in all categories, while ranking first in the brand familiarity, the brand used by firms in the past two years, and the brand used most categories.

GreenBuilder Magazine’s Hot 50 Products — 2011

GreenBuilder Magazine’s Hot 50 Products

The NEXT Hybrid® High Efficiency Gas Water Heater has been chosen by GreenBuilder magazine as one of the Hot 50 Products of 2011. The NEXT Hybrid was ranked by the GreenBuilder editorial team as one of the top "green machines." These are high efficiency appliances that incorporate smart sensor technology to better match human behavior. The Hot 50 Products of 2011 appeared in the February edition of GreenBuilder.

Building Products Magazine Green Product Award — 2010

Building Products Magazine Green Product Award

The A. O. Smith Voltex® Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater was named a 2010 Green Product Award winner by Building Products magazine. The award represents the best new products that contribute to green-built homes that bring the most value to builders, remodelers or architects, or their clients.

Builder Magazine Brand Leader Awards — 2010

Builder Magazine Brand Leader Awards

A. O. Smith has earned two Brand Leader Awards in Builder Magazine’s 2010 Brand Use Study, earning the company two Brand Leader Awards. A. O. Smith was among the top four brands in all categories, while ranking first as the brand used by firms in the past two years and the brand used most.

North American Water Heaters Product Innovation of the Year Award — 2009

Frost & Sullivan Innovation Award

Frost & Sullivan has selected A. O. Smith Corporation as the recipient of the 2009 North American Water Heaters Product Innovation of the Year Award. This is the second time A. O. Smith has received the award in four years. The Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Innovation of the Year is presented each year to the company that has demonstrated excellence in new products and technologies within its industry. A. O. Smith received the award for its new product developments, including the Cyclone® Xi and Vertex™ water heaters.

Appliance Design Magazine Excellence in Design, Silver Winner — 2008

Appliance Design Magazine

A. O. Smith Water Products Company is proud to announce that its Cyclone Xi 500,000 BTU commercial water heater was recently given the Silver level award in the Commercial Appliances Division in Appliance DESIGN magazine’s 21st Annual Excellence in Design Competition.

Excellence in Manufacturing Awards — 2008

Frost & Sullivan Innovation Award

A. O. Smith has been named the 2008 Excellence in Manufacturing Award Winner presented by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce's Manufacturers Council, working in partnership with Lattimore, Black, Morgan & Cain, P.C., Nashville Business Journal, and Waddey & Patterson P.C.

The Excellence in Manufacturing Awards program was established to celebrate and recognize quality among Middle Tennessee manufacturers. Nominees are evaluated and selected by a panel of seven volunteer judges with extensive public and private manufacturing experience, who scored the applicants based on criteria such as leadership in manufacturing, manufacturing processes, growth and consistency and employee development.

Consulting-Specifying Engineer Product of the Year, Gold Winner — 2008

Consulting-Specifying Engineer

Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE)—a monthly publication with a circulation of more than 46,000 mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers—named A. O. Smith’s Cyclone Xi commercial water heater as a gold winner in its 2008 Product of the Year competition.

“Competition was fierce this year; the judges had a hard time narrowing the finalists down to three for each category. We take this as a sign that manufacturers are investing more in new-product R&D, which is a huge win for the building industry and the environment,” said Jim Langhenry, CSE publisher.

Excellence in Manufacturing Awards — 2007

Frost & Sullivan Innovation Award

A. O. Smith has been named the 2007 Excellence in Manufacturing Award Winner for Innovation, presented by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce's Manufacturers Council, working in partnership with Lattimore, Black, Morgan & Cain, P.C., Nashville Business Journal, and Waddey & Patterson P.C.

The Excellence in Manufacturing Awards program was established to celebrate and recognize quality among Middle Tennessee manufacturers. Nominees are evaluated and selected by a panel of seven volunteer judges with extensive public and private manufacturing experience, who scored the applicants based on criteria such as leadership in manufacturing, manufacturing processes, growth and consistency and employee development.

AHR Green Building Product of the Year — 2007

AHR Expo Innovation Award

The A. O. Smith Vertex™ has been named the AHR Expo Innovation Award Green Building Product of the Year. Winning products were chosen for their ability to help HVAC&R professionals best provide safer, healthier, more efficient and/or more comfortable indoor environments. The annual competition is sponsored by ASHRAE, the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI), and International Exposition Company (IEC). The purpose is to recognize and encourage innovation and creativity in the HVAC&R industry.

North American Water Heaters Product Innovation of the Year Award — 2006

Frost & Sullivan Innovation Award

Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, presents its awards to companies demonstrating best practices in a variety of regional and global markets. Frost & Sullivan selected A. O. Smith Corporation as the recipient of the 2006 Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Innovation in the United States water heater market. The company’s new Vertex™ residential water heater product line has successfully catered to a growing market requirement and is an innovation in a highly mature market.