American Artisan was a technical publication directed to the sheet-metal contractor and air-conditioning dealer. Originally a scientific journal published out of New York, the journal moved to Chicago and became application-focused, evolving from tin and hardware into a metals, heating and air-conditioning publication.
Residential design manuals now published by the Air-Conditioning Contractors of America originated from articles first appearing in the magazine written by Professor "Bud" Konzo. Konzo was a researcher at the University of Illinois and later became an ASHRAE fellow.
The bound volumes came into the possession of the group in the early 1970s and were often used as student resources for the association's Home Study Institute.
Students interested in researching this particular segment of the HVAC industry now have access to contemporary industry news, dealer business issues of the 1930s and 1940s as well as technological developments.
HARDI's interest in attracting young people to the industry includes its guest educator program, where HVAC academic instructors are guests at the association's annual conference, scholarships to Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., as well as scholarships and grants to supply chain technology students.
HARDI represents 415 wholesaler-distributor companies with 3,500 locations in the United States and Canada.