Industry Capitol Hill Event Features HVACR & Hot Water Equipment Cake

Last night ACCA, along with our partners AHRI, HARDI, NATE, and PHCC, hosted a reception in the Rayburn House Office Building to introduce members of Congress and staff to our industry and its products.

The featured attraction was a 250 pound cake depicting heating, ventilation, air condition, refrigeration, and hot water equipment from Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey, from the TLC television show “Cake Boss.” The cake was constructed to look like a residential home and a commercial building with one wall exposed. Throughout and on top of the buildings you could see the products manufactured, distributed and installed by the host organizations. And all of it was edible.

Residential and Commercial buildings cake featuring the products of the HVACR and hot water industries.

The bakers fabricated  little fondant hot water heaters, radiators, air handlers, a refrigerated cooler, condensing units, rooftop units, a pool heater, and chiller. There was even a contractor and a box truck.

The cake displayed edible condensing units and mini-split systems.

The purpose of the reception was to highlight our industry’s contribution to the overall economy. Not many on Capitol Hill realize that the HVACR and hot water industries employ more than 1 million workers from the manufacturers to the distributors to the contractors.  In all, more than 350 members and staff came by to see the cake and learn about the work our organization’s members perform to help homeowners and building owners lower their energy bills with highly efficient equipment and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels, all  creating healthy indoor environments.

Industry association leaders prepare to cut the cake. From left: Paul Stalknecht, ACCA president & CEO; Talbot Gee, HARDI Executive Vice President; Steve Heidler, PHCC board member; Steve Yurek, AHRI president & CEO; and Peter Schwartz, NATE president & CEO.

Charlie McCrudden

Charlie McCrudden is ACCA's Senior Vice President for Government Relations.
Aaron York, Sr.

Good morning Charlie,

Such is just what our industry needs to get the attention, and the memory, of our industry before our politicians. They WON’T forget who we are, what we do and where to get their info.


Aaron York

Love it! Edible condensing units, haha how cool. Wish I was there. Did it taste any good?