Rheem appoints Eberlein

FORT SMITH, Ark. – November 4, 2008 – Rheem Heating & Cooling today announced the appointment of Mike Eberlein to the position of engineering manager for heating products. In his new position, Eberlein will be responsible for the design, construction and quality-assurance of the Company’s heating products.

“Eberlein will manage the product development team’s efforts to develop leading-edge heating products and ensure reliability and quality in every product offering,” said Alan Kessler, corporate vice president of research and development. “He will play an integral role in assessing current market trends and homeowner needs in order to develop advanced products that deliver dependable comfort and maximum efficiency through smart design.”

Eberlein, a veteran of the furnace industry, will be invaluable to Rheem as the company grows its award-winning furnace line. In this position, Eberlein will report directly to Kessler and direct his engineering team in producing furnaces, from concept to completion, for use throughout North America. He takes great satisfaction in knowing that he is keeping people warm and comfortable.

Known for his innovation, Eberlein developed the first line of 95 percent energy-efficient furnaces for Amana, and has been involved in the design of furnaces for Carrier/ International Comfort Products and York International.

Eberlein holds a BSME, MSME and MS Manufacturing Engineering Systems from the University of Wisconsin. He is currently a member of the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute, formerly GAMA. Eberlein acted as chairman of the GAMA Furnace Engineering Committee from 1996-2007. He is currently on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z21/83 Committee for Gas Burning Appliances and has also participated in the ANSI Z21.47/64 Committee for Furnace Standards.