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SNYDERGENERAL TO HALT CFC-BASED PRODUCT SALES; CHALLENGES BUSH ADMINISTRATION TO MOVE FASTER

 SNYDERGENERAL TO HALT CFC-BASED PRODUCT SALES;
 CHALLENGES BUSH ADMINISTRATION TO MOVE FASTER
 SEATTLE, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Effective immediately, SnyderGeneral Corporation will stop marketing chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)- based air conditioning equipment throughout the industrialized world, the company announced today.
 Richard W. Snyder, chairman and chief executive officer, made the announcement at the 85th annual Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Convention in Seattle.
 As one of the nation's largest manufacturers of commercial air conditioning equipment, SnyderGeneral is the first to announce immediate action regarding the phaseout of ozone-depleting CFC-based products.
 "As of today, we consider ourselves out of the business of selling CFC-based air conditioners," Snyder said. "Although we plan to honor pre-existing commitments, under no circumstances will orders for CFC- based equipment be accepted after December 31, 1992."
 SnyderGeneral will begin an aggressive advertising and public relations campaign this week to notify customers, sales representatives, legislators and others of "our environmentally responsible decision," Snyder said.
 The company, with annual revenues of $800 million, manufactures McQuay centrifugal chiller air conditioning units, in addition to a broad range of commercial, industrial and institutional air conditioning and air filtration equipment.
 Refrigeration and air conditioning for commercial, industrial, institutional and vehicular applications represent the largest segment of global CFC usage, 40 percent of the total. Of this amount, production for commercial and industrial use represents 60 percent.
 A large high-rise building with multiple air conditioning systems could use as much as 20,000 pounds of refrigerant, exceeding the amount needed for 8,000 automobiles.
 After the Dec. 31, 1992, deadline, all new McQuay centrifugal chillers sold in industrialized nations will be produced to run exclusively on hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-134a, a zero-ozone-depleting refrigerant that offers the best combination of safety, environmental and performance benefits, Snyder said.
 Until approximately 18 months ago, when testing with HFC-134a was completed, McQuay centrifugal chillers had been designed to use only CFC refrigerants. No other SnyderGeneral products utilize CFCs.
 As part of the accelerated phaseout announcement, Snyder called on the Bush administration and air conditioning industry leaders to move faster in their efforts to stop producing equipment which operates on destructive refrigerants.
 "I challenge anyone in our industry to give me one good reason why any air conditioning manufacturer should still be selling CFC-based products in the industrialized world," Snyder said. "From an economic, environmental and performance standpoint, better alternatives are here today, so why should we wait?"
 On Feb. 11, 1992, the Bush administration called for an accelerated phaseout of CFCs by year-end 1995, four years ahead of the international Montreal Protocol agreement.
 SnyderGeneral brands include McQuay, AAF and Wesper commercial HVAC equipment; BarryBlower and JennFan commercial and industrial fans; AAF air filtration and pollution control products; and McQuayService, SnyderGeneral's service arm to the industry.
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 /CONTACT: William A. Mudge of SnyderGeneral, 214-754-0500/ CO: SnyderGeneral Corporation ST: Washington IN: CHM SU:


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