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    A. O. Smith's Cyclone XI Awarded The Silver EID by Appliance Design Magazine

    Ashland City, TN (Wednesday, 07 May 2008)

    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.

    The innovative design takes the Cyclone's performance to a higher level with up to 96 percent thermal efficiency. The Cyclone Xi provides significantly higher hot water output, with dramatic savings on operating costs compared to conventional commercial water heaters with standard 80 percent efficiency. The high efficiency Cyclone Xi is engineered to deliver conventional power-vent or sealed combustion power direct-vent versatility and low NOx emissions in a space-saving design. Another enhancement to the Cyclone Xi line is the new Intelligent Control System which provides precise temperature control and advanced operating information that can be communicated to the user via the large LCD display.

    “The purpose of Appliance DESIGN’s annual design competition is to honor those designers who have excelled in meeting the modern challenge of harmoniously melding technology and industrial design,” said Richard Babyak, editor.

    An independent panel of three industrial design experts judged the entries. Evaluation of the entries was based on four criteria: appearance, human factors, innovation and technical merits. Judges noted that companies behind the honored entries demonstrated they are serious about industrial design. Another common element found among recognized products was the ability to make technology more accessible to the user.

    Photos and descriptions of winners will appear in the June 2008 issue of Appliance DESIGN magazine, in the print, digital and online versions at Appliance DESIGN is a publication of BNP Media, Troy, Mich.

    About A. O. Smith:

    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 more than 70 years of research and innovation.

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