A. O. Smith Sponsors First Place Winner in PHCC Apprentice Contest


When 20 of the nation’s top plumbing apprentices competed for the title of “The Nation’s Best” during PHCC’s annual Plumbing & HVAC Apprentice Contests, the contestants, each sponsored by an industry manufacturer, were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. Leading water heater manufacturer A. O.Smith sponsored the first place winner, James Peterson, an apprentice with John J. Maurer, Inc.,of Cataumet, Mass.

“I’ve been in this industry for over 40 years and …

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A. O. Smith Xpert™ App Recommends Right Water Heater


A. O. Smith has taken its design and industry expertise and applied it to a mobile app that will revolutionize the process of selecting the right residential water heater.

Available at Hotwater.com/Xpert or on the A. O. Smith App for iOS and Android, the Xpert™Water Heater Selection Tool is designed to help contractors lead their customers through the process of choosing a water heater by asking eight easy-to-answer questions about hot water usage, available space …

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A. O. Smith Veldhoven Plant Earns Company Sustainability Award

People, Technology

The employees of the A. O. Smith water heater plant in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, were recognized today as the recipients of the A. O.Smith Chairman’s Green Star Award for resource conservation.

A multiple-year program to upgrade the efficiency of lighting and central heating throughout the facility was instrumental in helping the plant earn the award. Veldhoven is the first plant outside the U.S. to receive the award.

A. O. Smith Chairman and Chief Executive Officer …

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A. O. Smith Launches Consumer Financing Program

Partnerships, People

Water heater manufacturer A. O. Smith and its family of brands will introduce consumer financing designed to give plumbing contractors a competitive advantage.

A. O. Smith’s consumer financing program, through a partnership with the GreenSky® Program, will enable contractors to offer more payment options to their customers. The program will be available to contractors working with the A. O. Smith family of brands in 2016, according to David Chisolm, vice president of marketing for A. …

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A. O. Smith, PHCC Educational Foundation Award Scholarships


A. O. Smith (www.hotwater.com) has announced the winners of two $2,500 scholarships for students pursuing plumbing-heating-cooling related studies.

The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC) Educational Foundation administers the scholarship program and is responsible for selecting the award winners. The scholarship program is designed to attract the new talent essential to the future of the plumbing and HVACR industry.

The 2015 scholarship recipients are apprentices Kristopher Heine and Jorge Martinez.

Kristopher Heine of Newton, N.J., is working for …

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Increase Savings with A. O. Smith’s Next Generation Voltex

Water Heaters

Water heater manufacturer A. O. Smith (hotwater.com) is launching the next generation of its Voltex® Hybrid Electric Heat Pump water heaters—units that could save consumers $437 a year or more compared with standard electric water heaters. The improved line includes 50-, 66- and 80-gallon versions of the increasingly popular Voltex residential heat pump water heater.

“The A. O. Smith Voltex line quickly established an impressive reputation in the industry because of its almost …

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A. O. Smith Plant in Florence Earns Company Safety Recognition

Case Studies, People

A. O. Smith Corporation today presented the employees of the Protective Coatings Division in Florence, Ky., with the Lloyd B. Smith President’s Safety Award for 2014.

The award, named after a former chief executive officer of the Milwaukee-based company, is given annually to the A. O. Smith facility that achieves the best overall performance in workplace safety. A total of 18 manufacturing plants worldwide were evaluated based on statistical measures as well as evidence of

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A.O. Smith Water Heater Installed in Nashville Build for Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters

Case Studies, Water Heaters

A product from leading water heater manufacturer, A. O. Smith (www.hotwater.com) provided a Nashville “home in the sky” with hot water on demand through the installation of a brand new A.O. Smith water heater in a recent episode of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters.

The episode, “Country Superstar Speakeasy,” originally aired on Aug. 15 and featured the construction of a tree top oasis for Brian Kelley,one half of superstar music duo Florida Georgia …

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A. O. Smith Announces 2014 Scholarship Recipients


A. O. Smith Corporation today announced a total of 21 students from the United States, Mexico, Canada, and China who are recipients of the 2014 company-sponsored merit scholarships.

The recipients are sons or daughters of A. O. Smith Corporation employees and were selected based on their academic record, participation in school and community activities, work experience, and honors.

The 2014 recipients are:

  • Justin Bates of Milton, Ga., the son of John and Lisa Bates. Bates
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A. O. Smith Plant in Bangalore Earns Company’s Highest Safety Honor


The employees of the A. O. Smith water heater plant in Bangalore, India, were recently recognized in a special ceremony as the 2013 recipients of the Lloyd B. Smith President’s Safety Award.

The President’s Safety Award is presented to the A. O. Smith facility that demonstrates the most improvement over a one-year period in the area of workplace safety as well as offering a comprehensive, sustainable safety program focused on the goal of accident prevention. …

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