Sears Commercial Selects New Distributor

Hoffman Estates, IL, June 18, 2009 --( Sears Commercial and Hot Water Products, LLC, a division of JED Mechanical Contractors, Inc., have entered into a distributorship agreement for Kenmore® water heaters and water treatment products. This marks Sears Commercial’s and Kenmore’s entry into the wholesale marketplace.

Roughly one out of every two U.S. households has a Kenmore appliance. As such, this agreement responds to the requests of commercial customers including plumbing contractors, who desire Kenmore products for their customers.

Through Hot Water Products’ distribution network, water heaters and water treatment products will be made available for sale to commercial customers such as property managers and municipalities, plumbing contractors and building trades. These distribution segments will help grow the sale of Kenmore water heaters and treatment products to the American consumer.

“Hot Water Products was chosen by Sears Commercial as a Kenmore distributor based on the company’s well-respected position in the Washington D.C. area. They are well known for having a wide customer base, high standards of business integrity and superior levels of customer service,” said Betsy Owens, vice president of the Kenmore brand.

Robert J. DiPalma, JED Mechanical owner, said “We are honored to represent the Kenmore brand and look forward to supplying Kenmore products that so many of our customers have asked for. We are excited about this new venture and look forward to a long and successful relationship with the Sears Commercial and Kenmore teams.”

Jed Mechanical, which is headquartered in Sterling Virginia, has been in the plumbing and gas business since 1949, serving the Washington, DC metropolitan area. DiPalma purchased JED Mechanical in 1986 and formed Hot Water Products, LLC specifically for this distribution enterprise. DiPalma is a master plumber and gas fitter.

As the commercial marketing arm for Sears Holdings, Sears Commercial is a complete appliance and lifestyle product resource designed specifically to meet the needs of today’s commercial customer. The business unit offers unparalleled service and support to help assure customer’s success and specializes in serving the industry needs of builders, real estate, realtors, property management companies and corporations.

Sears Commercial
Cathy Hill