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    Frost & Sullivan Recognizes A. O. Smith for Its Commitment to Innovation

    Ashland City, TN (Monday, 09 March 2009)

    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.

    The Cyclone brand was the first commercial water heater to achieve efficiencies up to 96 percent, while the Vertex water heater, designed for the residential market, provides 100,000 BTU and 96 percent efficiency to its customers. Both units feature intelligent controls to offer enhanced features to the end user.

    A. O. Smith also successfully co-sponsored an ENERGY STAR® program to bring higher efficiency to the water heater industry and make the technology cost-effective for residential customers. The alliance between the ENERGY STAR program and A. O. Smith will help educate and influence consumers, retailers, architects and contractors that the implementation of certified high-efficiency products will significantly reduce life-time operating costs, energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

    From manufacturing to installation, A. O. Smith is dedicated to bringing innovative products and services to the market. The company’s vision and understanding of the industry have enabled it to introduce new products that are more efficient, less costly to produce, and offer original design features.

    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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