SAN JOSE, Calif. - Mechanical Air Service Inc. is the 2003 recipient of the Hank Tedesco Small Business Excellence Award, given by San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The company was selected from a large group of Chamber businesses based on its total commitment to exceeding its customers' expectations, its commitment to its employees and its outstanding community support, chamber officials said.

Mechanical Air Service Inc. is a family owned, second-generation HVAC contracting business that began in 1977. The management team consists of founder Russ Donnici, Robert Jackson, vice president of operations, Matt Donnici, vice president of construction, Scott Larson, vice president of service and Danielle Larson, vice president of finance.

In addition, Mechanical Air Service provides support to Outreach Heating and Cooling, a nonprofit tax-exempt organization that provides free and low-cost heating and air-conditioning services to low-income individuals in Santa Clara County.