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Residential and Commercial Water Heating Institute "Graduates" 1,000th Student.


Rheem Water Heating recently saw its 1,000th student complete its Water Heating Institute educational program. The entire student group of 16 Rheem or Ruud distributors and independent sales agents who attended classes from April 27-29 was recognized for the honor. Each attendee received an embroidered golf shirt, windbreaker jacket, and a certificate to commemorate the event.

The milestone comes only 12 years after the original Rheem Commercial Water Heating Institute opened. It recently evolved into the newly named Water Heater Institute when residential tank-type products became a part of the curriculum. Currently featured within the residential portion of the program are the Power Direct Vent line, electronic controls, and Rheem’s new lineup of Heat Pump Water Heaters with an Energy Factor of 2.0 — or more than twice the efficiency of standard electric water heaters.

“We invite all of our reps and distributors to attend the new Water Heater Institute to gain a better understanding of the entire line of Rheem and Ruud water heaters,” says Tommy Olsen, senior product manager for Rheem Water Heating. “Even if a distributor or rep has been to the Commercial Institute, we hope they will check out our enhanced program, as it continues to be updated with new products and ideas.” 

Wanted: Distributors and reps looking to train their workforces

The two-and-a-half-day Rheem Water Heating Institute is intended to help enhance the product knowledge and sales capabilities of the company’s own sales team, as well as branch managers, counter salespeople, inside/outside salespeople and specification specialists working for Rheem or Ruud distributors. The program is designed to teach Rheem-Ruud customers how to grow their businesses. Classes cover not only the fundamentals of water heating and both residential and commercial tank-type products, but also touch on more technical issues, such as engineering design requirements, venting and piping water heaters, and commercial sizing with Rheem-Ruud’s latest computerized sizing guide, CertiSpec3.2. Alternative water heating technologies, including tankless and solar thermal, are also reviewed.

For more information on the Water Heating Institute and to find out how to sign up, wholesalers can contact their Rheem-Ruud rep agency or Don Wolf at (334) 450-2065 or

For more information on the entire line of Rheem and Ruud residential and commercial water heating products and their applications, please visit

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Rheem Manufacturing Company ( is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta. In its 83rd year of operation, the company manufactures a full-line of high-quality residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar, and heat pump water heaters; swimming pool heaters 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 Kevin Harvick, Inc. and is the primary sponsor of NASCAR’s Nationwide Series “Driver of the Decade,” Kevin Harvick and his #33 car.

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