- The Hydronics Industry Alliance has announced the launching of its new website, www.myhomeheating.com, which provides accurate, reliable, and current information on all types of hydronic home heating (heating with hot water). For quick accessibility, the new website has individualized sections for builders and remodelers, architects and engineers, heating contractors, and homeowners. The website details the benefits and applications of hydronic heating and answers frequently asked questions. Currently, only the section for homeowners is active. The other sections are now under construction. The Hydronics Industry Alliance is a coalition of members of the Hydronics Institute Division of the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
- Grainger recently awarded three remaining 2006 scholarships to technical education students in Illinois, Ohio and Maryland, completing the first year of the company's Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program. The program provides funding for students at select community colleges to finish their second year in a technical career program. Earlier this year, Grainger and the American Association of Community Colleges partnered to launch this program, designed to help students in technical education who have demonstrated drive, commitment and leadership realize their educational goals. The pilot program awarded outstanding students at seven institutions across the country with a scholarship for their second year of college and a specialized tool package upon successful completion of the program. The final 2006 scholarships were awarded to Fernando Gomez of Waukegan, Ill., in automotive technology; Brandon Bogle of Milford, Ohio, in electrical engineering; and Troy Hastings of Baltimore in construction management.
- State Industries, Inc. and Morgan-McClure Motorsports recently announced a deal to sponsor the #4 Chevy Monte Carlo. The announcement was made complete with the signing of Ward Burton as the driver for the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. Burton will debut the State Water Heaters #4 Chevy at the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18, 2007. Burton, winner of the Daytona 500 in 2002, competed in three races in 2006 for Morgan-McClure but prior to that he was away from NASCAR racing for two years. Morgan-McClure Motorsports is located in Abingdon, VA. and is a member of an elite group of NASCAR Nextel Cup teams to win consecutive races in NASCAR’s season-opening Daytona 500.