The Heating, Airconditioning, and Refrigeration Distributors International will travel to Washington, D.C., next year for its congressional “fly-in.”

The May 18-19 event will be HARDI’s third such lobbying effort in partnership with the Air Conditioning Contractors of America and will be held in conjunction with its Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regional meeting May 17-18.

“The decision to hold our third fly-in was an easy one, given the growth in participation and interest we saw in this year’s fly-in, and the unprecedented number of issues affecting our members these days,” said HARDI Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Donald Frendberg.

The 2009 event included 120 meetings with House and Senate members and featured Congresswoman Melissa Bean’s (D-Ill.) announcement of a bill that would reduce the depreciation period for HVACR commercial equipment.

2010’s fly-in in partnership with ACCA will again promote the interests of HVACR wholesale distributors and contractors on Capitol Hill. HARDI says it is encouraging its supplier and service vendor members to participate.