- San Antonio, TX

For Immediate Release (October 02, 2007) San Antonio, Texas — San Antonio Water System (SAWS) which serves over one million people in the ninth largest US city, has again awarded Friedrich Air Conditioning Company its top environmental distinction - the Environmental Excellence Award. Friedrich is classified by SAWS as a "Significant Industrial User", using 5.5 million gallons of water annually. Environmental Excellence Award recipients must demonstrate best management, water conservation, and pollution prevention practices as well as innovative educational initiatives.

Friedrich Air Conditioning was selected for this honor because of recent changes it has made to its large paint processing system. Many air conditioning parts and components receive a commercial-grade paint job to help prevent rust and to increase durability. The new paint process Friedrich has implemented is an ecologically more friendly powder coat process which virtually eliminates waste, decreases water treatment requirements and uses less water than the previous system. Additional improvements to the paint pretreatment process will further reduce water usage, eliminate natural gas heating and make even further reductions in the need for wastewater treatment. Friedrich does not use any hazardous chemicals during its manufacturing process.

According to Vice President Manufacturing Bob Desplinter, "Friedrich has a long history of manufacturing high efficiency, commercial grade room air conditioners and specialty air conditioning solutions. We are honored to be recognized by SAWS for our environmental contributions because we realize that we have a responsibility to our community to help protect our most valuable natural resource."

Founded 1883 in San Antonio, Texas, the Friedrich Air Conditioning Co. product line includes commercial grade room air conditioners, single package vertical air conditioners, packaged terminal air conditioners, thru-the-wall air conditioners, ductless split systems, portable air conditioners and electronic air cleaners. For additional information or to locate the authorized Friedrich dealer/distributor nearest you, visit the Friedrich website at www.friedrich.com