General Tools & Instruments Honored with Three 2012 Dealer Design Awards

One Product Takes Gold; Two Take Silver

New York, NY - Three new products from General Tools & Instruments (General®) have received 2012 Dealer Design Awards for excellence in HVACR product design. An independent panel of 29 contractors served as judges for the contest, sponsored by The Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News (The NEWS) and now in its ninth year. General's products were selected for the prestigious awards from among 81 entries based on: ease of installation/use, maintenance, application/repair and competitive difference.

"These awards give us a unique opportunity to recognize the outstanding research and development efforts that go into many of the products serving the HVACR industry, and the awards issue gives our readers an opportunity to read about innovative installation and service solutions," said The NEWS Publisher Mike Murphy.

General's Data Logging Hot Wire Anemometer/IR Thermometer (CIH20DL) received the Gold Award in the Testing & Monitoring Products category. The company's Energy Audit IR Thermometer/Scanner with Star Burst Laser Targeting (IRTC50) and USB Humidity-Temperature Data Logger with LCD and IR Thermometer (HT50) received Silver Awards in the Tools and Indoor Air Quality categories respectively.

"Our 90th year at General is proving to be one of our most successful ever in terms of industry and marketplace recognition for our product innovation," says General's VP of Strategic Marketing Peter Harper. "It's always our goal to introduce new products that make the job easier for contractors, professionals and DIYers alike, so we're extremely proud of winning three Dealer Design Awards since they signify we're reaching that goal."

General's products and the other award winners were featured in the July 9, 2012 issue of The NEWS, which is distributed nationally to more than 33,000 HVACR contractors, wholesalers and other industry professionals. See the digital edition at The NEWS is the leading trade magazine in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration industries.

About General Tools & Instruments

Celebrating 90 years of product innovation from its New York City headquarters, General Tools & Instruments remains the market leader in precision specialty hand tools. Recent product advancements and corporate acquisitions have expanded General's line to include over 1,500 precision tools and hand-held instruments. This vast array of products is widely used by contractors, professionals, technicians, DIYers and hobbyists in a broad range of industries. To learn more about General Tools & Instruments and its products, visit or call Customer Support at 1-800-697-8665.


For additional product information and photographs, contact Sue Minichiello, Senior PR Associate, SpaceAge Media Consultants, 617-783-2700, or Peter Harper, VP Strategic Marketing, General Tools & Instruments, 212-431-6100 x267,

Please send all sales leads to Peter Harper, VP Strategic Marketing, General Tools & Instruments - 80 White Street - New York, NY 10013-3567 - USA; Phone: 212-431-6100 x267; Fax: 212-431-6499; Email:

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