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    A. O. Smith Puts Two Industry Tradesmen in the “Winners Circle”

    Ashland City, Tenn. (Thursday, 02 September 2010)

     Adrian Villarreal of Ott Plumbing in San Antonio, Texas, and Jason Bailey of Morrison Supply in New Braunfels, Texas, received 2010 Chevy Camaros this week as the winners of the A. O. Smith 2010 “Heat Up Your Ride” sweepstakes.
    The contest was open from December 15, 2009, through April 30, 2010, and all current wholesalers and plumbing contractors of A. O. Smith Water Products Company nationwide were eligible to participate.

    “We structured the sweepstakes so it would be a win for the plumbing contractor and a win for the wholesaler,” said Jeff Storie, national manager of contractor marketing for A. O. Smith Water Products Company. “Both parties are crucial in our success in the wholesale distribution channel.”

    When a plumbing contractor entered the contest, the entry form also required the name of the wholesaler sales associate that helped with the water heater transaction. This way, the winning plumbing contractor and the wholesale sales associate would both be awarded a new Chevy Camaro.

    “Every time I purchased an A. O. Smith water heater at Morrison Supply, I would enter the sweepstakes,” Villarreal said. “I knew, just knew, I was going to win that car!”

    “I encouraged all of our plumbing contractors that came into our location to enter into the sweepstakes and told them, ‘It could be you!’” said Bailey, who was Villarreal’s sales associate. “And here we are today! Adrian and I are now proud owners of hot new Chevy Camaros!”

    “It was such a surprise to hear that one of our 80-plus branch locations was part of the sweepstakes success,” said Jennifer Williams, marketing and events coordinator for Morrison Supply. “A. O. Smith is one of our best partners and always helps us deliver great products to our customers. With this promotion, they’ve helped us deliver some added excitement as well.”

    “Our intention with this promotion was to create excitement for both wholesalers and contractors at the counter level,” said Storie. “With more than 36,000 entries nationwide, this successful contest did just that.”

    About A. O. Smith:
    Headquartered in Ashland City, Tenn., A. O. Smith 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. For more information, visit

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