Ruud Unveils Elite List of Ruud Reliable Top Contractors from 2010


Lindsey Ford

FORT SMITH, Ark., June 13, 2011—Ruud, part of the Rheem family of quality brands, is pleased to announce its annual list of Ruud Reliable Top Contractors for 2010. These 11 companies surpassed hundreds of other contractors across the country in sales, customer support and overall performance with local homeowners. Taking the top spot for the fourth year in a row is Bell Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning, based in Elk Grove, Calif.

“The 11 contractors on the 2010 list of Ruud Reliable Top Contractors are exceptional companies that have gone above and beyond to serve their customers,” said Gary Wehunt, channel marketing manager. “We’re so pleased to honor these companies and hope to collaborate more with them in years to come.”

The 2010 Ruud Reliable Top Contractors are:

  • Bell Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning of Elk Grove, Calif.
  • East Coast Mechanical of Boynton Beach, Fla.
  • Donelson Air Conditioning Service Experts of Nashville, Tenn.
  • Bob Hamilton Plumbing, Heating & A/C, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Hiller Plumbing, Heating and Cooling of Nashville, Tenn.
  • Ray O. Cook of Roseville, Calif.
  • Cummings Plumbing Inc. of Tucson, Ariz.
  • Jimmy Weeks Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. of Fayetteville, Ga.
  • Arizona Cold Air of Mesa, Ariz.
  • JW Heating And Air of Los Angeles
  • American Weathermakers Inc. of Northbrook, Ill.

“We’ve always had a customer-first mindset and have been able to better serve our customers through forging strong partnerships with Ruud as well as our distributor partner, Global HVAC Distributors,” said Kenny Bell, of Bell Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning. “We’re thrilled to be recognized by Ruud for the second year in a row and hope to be recognized on the Ruud Reliable Top Contractors list in future years.”

Ruud Reliable Top Contractors are a North American network of elite heating, ventilating and air conditioning contractors committed to high business standards and outstanding customer service. Ruud Reliable Top Contractors recommend Ruud products to their customers, but may service all heating and cooling brands. Qualifying Ruud Reliable Top Contractors can select from a customizable menu of business-building advantages such as, DesignStar, a Web-based consumer lead generation programs, and other valuable products, programs and services all designed to keep them competitive in local markets. Other benefits include industry-leading training and educational resources.

Ruud (, part of the Rheem family of quality brands, provides heating, cooling and water heating products for residential and light commercial use. Founded more than 100 years ago by Edwin Ruud, Rheem acquired Ruud in 1960. Today, Rheem continues developing Ruud products in its tradition of quality, reliability and durability.

Rheem Manufacturing Company ( is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta. In its 86th year of operation, the company manufactures a full-line of eco-friendly, technologically advanced residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar and hybrid heat pump water heaters; whole-home standby generators, controls, swimming pool and spa heaters; indoor air-purification products; and commercial boilers throughout North America and world markets. The company’s premium brands, including Raypak, Ruud and Rheem, have been recognized with countless industry and consumer awards for reliability, innovative design and high quality. Rheem is the official heating, cooling and water-heating supplier to Richard Childress Racing (RCR), Kevin Harvick, Inc. (KHI) and is a primary sponsor of RCR’s No. 29 Sprint Cup Series car and KHI’s No. 33 Nationwide Series car and Camping World Truck Series No. 2 truck. Harvick was named Nationwide Series “Driver of the Decade” in 2010.