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    PGA Player to Support Local Memorial Golf Tournament

    Ashland City, TN (Friday, 19 September 2008)

    A. O. Smith Water Products has scheduled PGA player Tommy Gainey to help raise money at APCOM’s Mike Grace Memorial Golf Tournament, Monday, Sept. 22.

    Founded in 1969, APCOM has manufacturing facilities in Williamson and Putman counties and produces almost 40 percent of all water heater thermostats used in the United States, as well as 50 percent of the heating elements used in electric water heaters in the U.S.

    Now in its 26th year, the tournament is held to memorialize APCOM’s founder, Mike Grace. Held each year at Forrest Crossing Golf Course in Franklin, Tenn., all proceeds from each tournament go toward a scholarship fund set up in Grace’s honor.

    “Mike was an advocate for the recognition of high achievement in the vocational and technical fields of education,” said Eddie Goodwin, president of APCOM. “Because of this, a scholarship fund was established in his honor to give graduating seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in the vocational or technical fields a chance at future success.” Last year, APCOM awarded $20,000 worth of scholarships to ten students from Williamson and Putnam counties.

    At this year’s tournament, each player will have the opportunity to meet Gainey, as well as to donate $20 and have him hit a drive that the team can use for that hole.

    Gainey, a self-taught golfer from small-town Bishopville, S.C., is a former employee at A.O. Smith’s McBee, S.C. water heater plant. He first stole America’s heart as the winner of Golf Channel’s reality series Big Break VII; The Reunion at Reunion, where he walked away with the winner’s trophy and later entered PGA’s Q-School to earn his tour card. A. O. Smith is sponsoring Gainey, who is in his first year on the PGA tour. In 2008 alone, Gainey has played in 18 PGA Tournaments, six Nationwide Tournaments and featured in some of the top golf publications.

    “We are very proud of Tommy for all of his recent accomplishments and are honored to be sponsoring him on this year’s tour,” said Ajita Rajendra, president, A. O. Smith Water Products. “As a long-standing customer of APCOM, we felt it was only fitting to bring Tommy on board to help with such a worthy cause and to honor the memory of Mike Grace.”

    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. For more information, visit

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