Briefs: AHRI is born

The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) and the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association (GAMA) have merged as of January 1, 2008. The merged association has become the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). The AHRI Board of Directors has appointed Johnson Controls Vice President C. David Myers as chairman of the combined organization. "The merger will create a more efficient and influential organization to serve the needs of cooling, heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment manufacturers and their customers," said Myers. AHRI's 370 member companies account for more than 90% of the residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating, water heating and commercial refrigeration equipment manufactured and sold in North America.