Starting in January, NHRAW and ARWI members will be making their dues checks payable to a new organization.

By an overwhelming margin, members of the Northamerican Heating, Refrigeration & Airconditioning Wholesalers Association and the Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Wholesalers International have voted to merge their two groups and create HARDI, the Heating, Airconditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International.

The new group, combining the NHRAW's and ARWI's members, will become official in January.

"We are pleased and excited about the future of our industry," said NHRAW President Jim Truesdell. "HARDI will provide the needed voice to address the many issues we are facing. Our new association will be the focal point for hvacr distribution and provide an opportunity for the best ideas and strongest players to come together."