HARDI has announced that three trade associations representing distributors and contractors will join the organization in Washington, D.C., for a lobbying event on Capitol Hill.

The Heating, Airconditioning, Refrigeration Distributors International and its industry partners, the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors and the American Supply Association are coordinating efforts for a joint “Congressional Fly-In” April 30-May 1.

The lobbying days will be in conjunction with HARDI’s annual midyear business conference May 1-2 in Washington immediately following the fly-in.

HARDI and the ACCA decided early to schedule a joint lobbying event. The ASA and the PHCC then approached HARDI about widening the event, making this the first coordinated lobby day of four non-manufacturing HVAC trade associations.

HARDI and the three other associations have worked closely on a host of shared legislative and regulatory issues in the past two years. HARDI and the ACCA will jointly schedule meetings for their members with congressional offices to focus predominantly on HVACR issues, while the ASA and the PHCC will coordinate their meetings to focus on water conservation, energy efficiency and issues of importance to plumbing and heating and cooling contractors.

HARDI and the ACCA have also arranged for a luncheon on Capitol Hill during the joint action day that will feature an address from elected representatives. A banquet featuring keynote speaker Morton Kondracke of Fox News and the Capitol Hill publication Roll Call will be held the night before. On the same night, PHCC will host its annual political action committee dinner.

The four memberships will unite the following morning for a breakfast meeting featuring members of Congress invited by PHCC to address the group.

“I couldn’t be happier to see the industry’s distributors and contractors unite to engage our elected representatives at such a pivotal time in our industry’s legislative and regulatory history,” said HARDI Executive Vice President and COO Donald Frendberg.