The recent decision by Carrier Corp. to close its Indiana facilities and move production to Mexico made the HVAC industry part of this year’s presidential debate, at least temporarily.

Real estate mogul turned potential GOP candidate Donald Trump mentioned it in several speeches, and it was roundly criticized by Democratic candidates as well.
Whether it continues to be an issue into the fall campaign season is uncertain, but it demonstrates that what happens with the HVAC market does not escape notice anymore. That should have been made clear a few years ago with the drawn-out wrangling over regional equipment efficiency standards in federal courts. 

I’ve written several times about why business owners should keep tabs on what’s happening in Washington, D.C., as well as their local communities. It’s why industry organizations such as the Air Conditioning Contractors of America; the Sheet Metal and Air-Conditioning Contractors’ National Association; and the Heating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International employ lobbyists to make the concerns of members known to lawmakers.

Regulations that can affect your business have a way of creeping up, especially if you’re not following what happens in your city or state, which in general can have a far bigger impact on how you run your company. 

While issues like health care reform may dominate the national headlines, a city council’s decision on property tax abatements or zoning is more likely to have a direct impact on how your run your company or where you decide to operate. 

And unless your local media is committed to covering community government — sadly, a rarity in today’s world of downsized and defunct newspapers — it’s up to you to monitor their activities. And as many lobbyists will tell you, it’s far easier to stop, slow down or change a bill before it becomes law than after. 

So as you’re following this summer’s political conventions and the fall presidential campaigns, don’t forget to check on what’s happening at city hall or your state capitol. You might be glad you did.

Letter:
Thanks for coverage
Thanks for the great story (“Lost and found,” April 2016 Snips) and on the cover no less! I am not sure if the picture of our old machine will get more attention than the picture of a young David Daw, but I am certain that both will spur conversation around the industry. 
We sincerely appreciate your diligence in pursuing this story and I look forward thanking you in person the next time our paths cross.

David Ashton
President
Gripnail Corp.
East Providence, Rhode Island