Cary Pinkalla (left), president of fabric duct manufacturer DuctSox Corp., presents the2010 DuctSox Rep of the Year Award to Jim Sinclair, president of Air CommoditiesInc. in Seattle.


DuctSox named Seattle-based Air Commodities Inc. as its 2010 manufacturer’s representative of the year. An award was presented Feb. 1 during the AHR Expo in Las Vegas.

According to DuctSox, the 25-year-old manufacturer’s representative firm landed several large projects in its territory of western Washington and Oregon that used fabric duct. One major project Air Commodities landed for DuctSox was Seattle University’s Lemieux Library and the McGoldrick Learning Commons addition. Consulting engineer firm, CGi Engineers of Lynnwood, Wash., specified UnderFloorSox, a fabric air-dispersion system designed to distribute and disperse conditioned air to perimeter and high-heat load locations in under-floor air-distribution systems.

UnderFloorSox helped eliminate the six-story, $55 million building’s shaft size and made more of the 125,000-square-foot floor space available for library collections, said Jim Sinclair, president of Air Commodities, who accepted the award from DuctSox President Cary Pinkalla.

Sinclair also attributes the outstanding sales year to other DuctSox projects such as the Haselwood Family YMCA in Silverdale, Wash., and two WinCo Foods grocery stores in Lacey and Vancouver, Wash.

“Air Commodities exceeded our qualifications criteria for this award by consistently producing orders every month out of both the Seattle and Portland, Ore., branches and surpassing quotas during a recessionary year,” said John Coakley, national sales manager for DuctSox.

Other manufacturer’s representatives honored were Tom Barrow Co. of Atlanta; Hoffman & Hoffman of Greensboro, N.C.; Enerconcept Inc. of Magog, Quebec; Buckley Associates of Hanover, Mass.; and MJ Air Products of Dallas.