The Heating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International signed an agreement making Trade Service Corp. the exclusive and official pricing service provider for members.

According to HARDI, the partnership will provide members with an association-backed service that helps distributors more efficiently maintain the pricing and product information within their computer systems, and enable more effective merchandising of all items they sell.

"For some time, HARDI has had an interest in partnering with a proven third-party resource with the experience and know-how to provide HARDI members with a timely and accurate way to receive their manufacturers' product and pricing information," said Don Frendberg, HARDI's executive vice president and chief operating officer. "We believe that Trade Service offers the most reliable and comprehensive solution for HARDI members."

Trade Service has been providing printed and computerized pricing services to the HVACR industry since 1968.

"We are very pleased to have been chosen by HARDI as its exclusive provider," said Tod Moore, vice president of sales and marketing for Trade Service. "We will do everything within our power to exceed HARDI members' expectations. Working closely with HARDI and the industry's manufacturers, we will further enhance our database and continue to deliver the information HARDI members need to generate on-time invoices, produce accurate inventory reporting, and develop on-the-fly pricing models when needed for non-stock sales."