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    A. O. Smith Helps Family In Need Of A New Start On National Television Show

    Ashland City, Tennessee (Wednesday, 22 November 2006)

    A. O. Smith recently partnered with a national hit TV show to help a family in need. Millions watched as the crew of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” screamed “Move That Bus” for the Koepke family of Dundee, Wis.. The Nov. 19 episode featured a family who recently lost their father to cancer.

    Each episode, the producers of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” select a deserving family and build them an entirely new house in one week or less. The EMHE crew built the Koepkes their dream home, and A. O. Smith was able to be a part of the experience by donating the new Vertex, a high-efficiency, gas water heater.

    “When we received details of the products being installed in the home that would use hot water we made the decision to donate the new high-efficiency Vertex because of its ability to offer continuous hot water,” said David Chisolm, brand manager, A. O. Smith Water Products Company.

    The new home received several Kenmore appliances for the kitchen and the bathrooms were equipped with high-end body spray systems by Kohler.

    “When multiple high-use items are installed in a home, particularly body spray systems or garden tubs, we suggest installing a water heater that will provide hot water in the rare event all appliances will be used at the same time.” said Chisolm. “The Koepke family has been through so much, and we are proud to be a part of giving them a nice place to call home.”

    The Koepke’s recently lost their father, Matthew Koepke, to metastatic melanoma. Koepke was well known throughout Dundee for his commitment to the community, and his achievements can be seen in every corner of the town. He helped lead the restoration of the historic Dundee Mill into a museum for his community and helped build both the Sportsman’s Lodge and local baseball diamond.

    In April, Matt was diagnosed with a metastic melanoma. By the time of diagnosis, the cancer had already spread from under his left arm to his brain. Suddenly, it became clear that his dream of a safe home for his family might only be that - a dream.

    He immediately went to work around the house, trying to make the home safe for his family, while battling the overwhelming fatigue that accompanied his chemotherapy treatments. Matt Koepke passed away on August 21, 2006, at the age of 41, leaving behind his wife, Christine, and his four children: Derek, 22; Jayna, 20; Mitchell, 17; and Johanna, 15.

    The family had always focused on taking care of their community and not their home which had fallen into disrepair. The home, which was built by Matt’s great-grandfather, had exposed electrical wires and insulation, a leaking roof, broken windows and an attic infested with bats. Matt always figured that when the mill was complete, there would be plenty of time to work on his own home.

    About the Vertex:

    The name Vertex means “the highest point,” a standard of excellence A. O. Smith has achieved once again. Today’s homes demand more hot water than ever before, and the 90 percent efficient Vertex power-vent gas water heater offers unprecedented levels of performance when compared to atmospheric gas water heaters. In fact, the fully condensing Vertex design is so advanced, it can deliver “endless hot water for showers”...a continuous flow of over three gallons per minute.

    Vertex Highlights:

    • 76,000 BTU power-vent gas water heater
    • 90 percent thermal efficiency
    • Power-Vent
    • 127 gallon first-hour delivery
    • 92 gallon recovery @90۫ rise
    • Endless hot water to always deliver “one more hot shower”
    • Recirculating side taps for combination systems

    About A. O. Smith Water Products:

    Headquartered in Ashland City, Tenn., A. O. Smith Water Products Company is a leading manufacturer and marketer of residential and commercial water heaters and hydronic boilers. A. O. Smith offers contractors an additional competitive advantage in that the company designs, builds, distributes and field supports the world’s broadest and deepest line of residential and commercial water heaters, as well as commercial boilers. This single-source concept simplifies ordering, installation and service and is backed by almost 70 years of research and innovation. For more information, visit

    About ABC-TVs Extreme Makeover:

    Home Edition "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," which has won back-to-back Emmy Awards as Best Reality Program (non-competitive), will enter its 4th season on ABC. The program is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. Denise Cramsey is the executive producer; and David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA.

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