COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 21, 2015— HARDI recently named Connor Lokar as its new Senior Economist through its partnership with ITR Economics.   Lokar began regularly contributing to HARDI’s economic forecasting and trend analysis projects since beginning with ITR Economics in 2013 and has already been involved with one-on-one consulting with HARDI members.   “After working on HARDI’s reports and forecasts behind the scenes for a while, I’m excited to fully immerse myself in HARDI data…

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 17, 2015– This week, HARDI opened registration for its Annual Conference, which will be held this December 5-8 in Orlando, Fla.   The conference theme is FORWARD 15: Action Before Reaction and will emphasize the importance for companies in HVACR distribution to take action and be the catalysts for change and innovation instead of reacting to changes implemented by other businesses. Reinforcing this theme is a new feature new to the HARDI Annual Conference: session…

Modern Distribution Magazine recently named HARDI member Plumbers Supply Co. of Louisville, Ky. as one of its 2015 Market Movers, which recognizes “distributors that are innovative in their approach to their markets.” According to the article, Plumbers Supply Co. “was selected as an MDM Market Mover for introducing a training program and app to help its contractor customers address a looming labor shortage, which is providing a complete channel lift for its partners.” Their plan…

Connections formed at Congressional Fly-In   LANDOVER, Md., July 7, 2015– HARDI member H.M. Sweeny Company of Landover, Md. hosted U.S. Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards at its facility on June 30. H.M. Sweeny employees Tom Backus and Steve Ratsch met with the congresswoman as part of HARDI’s Congressional Fly-In this past May.   “We know the importance of developing a relationship with our representatives,” said Tom Backus of H.M. Sweeny Company. “We are thrilled that…

HARDI is a member of the Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC), which provided an analysis of President Obama’s recent overtime proposal.   From the SBLC:   The Small Business Legislative Council Report July 1, 2015, Volume XVII, Issue 10   With Congress adjourned for the Fourth of July recess, we turn our attention today to the Department of Labor. Yesterday, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a Proposed Rule and Request for Comment addressing some…

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