Rheem Manufacturing Co. and Ruud Heating and Cooling announced its Top 10 producing contractors for each brand. The contractors are ranked based on their total Rheem and Ruud purchases during 2004, which are totaled from hundreds of contractors throughout the nationwide contractor network.

FORT SMITH, Ark. - Rheem Manufacturing Co. and Ruud Heating and Cooling announced its Top 10 producing contractors for each brand.

The contractors are ranked based on their total Rheem and Ruud purchases during 2004, which are totaled from hundreds of contractors throughout the nationwide contractor network.

For Rheem, this year's list includes a repeat No. 1 finisher and five other repeat contractors from last year. Coming in at No. 1 on the list was Weather Control A/C Inc. of Fort Myers, Fla.

"It's a tremendous honor to finish in the Top 10, among other Rheem team top contractors who are the best of the best," said Bill Servick, president of Weather Control. "I am extremely grateful for the high-quality products and strong business support I receive from Rheem and my distributor, Germaire Distributors. This valuable business partnership has enabled us to achieve a higher level of success and recognition."

Rounding out the Top 10 were: Florida Home Air Conditioning & Appliance in Jacksonville, Fla.; Hanna Heating & Air Conditioning in Wichita, Kan.; Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida Inc. in Navarre, Fla.; SEER Air Conditioning in Miami; Haught Heating & A/C in Waco, Texas; Houk Air Conditioning Inc. in Arlington, Texas; Kennedy Fuel Co. in White City, Ore.; Gustafson Heating & Air Conditioning in Englewood, Colo.; and Estes Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. in Theodore, Ala.

This year's Ruud Top 10 list actually includes 11 contractors due to a tie for 10th place, with eight returning from last year. Nesse-Jones Heating and A/C in Alpharetta, Ga., came in first place this year.

Other contractors to make the list included: Schell Heating & A/C in Covington, Ga.; Jimmy Weeks of Fayetteville, Ga.; Classey Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. in Marietta, Ga.; Bexar Air in San Antonio; Kendall County Air Inc. in Boerne, Texas; Wilson Heating and Air in Dallas; Wilson's Heating and A/C in Van Buren, Ark.; Ace & A Heating and A/C in Lawrenceville, Ga.; Middle Georgia Mechanical in East Dublin, Ga.; and D&W Airflow in Covington, Ga.

"We're honored to recognize these Ruud Reliable top contractors who have built successful companies by going the extra mile for their customers through outstanding sales and overall dedication and commitment," said Gary Wehunt, marketing programs manager for Ruud Heating & Cooling. "We and our independent distributor partners value their relationship and are committed to providing them with competitive products, attractive support programs and other services they need to continue their strong business success."