Hill York Helps

Extends Comfort And Care To Team Members And Their Families

family-graphic-blog-imageThe old saying “charity begins at home” rang especially true for Hill York in 2016. While Hill Yorkers participated in a diverse range of community service activities and met the Hill York Helps campaign goal for volunteer hours, their internal support of each other was equally impressive.

“We have a genuine close-knit family dynamic here,” said HR Director Monique Estevez. “It really comes out in all the different ways we show our compassion and support for each other through the year.”

Examples of Hill York and its employees stepping up for each other in 2016 are many, including:

  • An on-site Wellness Day arranged by Hill York for employees to get key health and risk  factors checked by licensed medical personnel.
  • A group of 20 turning out for the first annual Florida Brain Aneurysm Foundation Walk in  Fort Myers in honor of Hill Yorker Robert’s wife.
  • Hill Yorkers from two offices joining forces in Davie to rally each other for a team-building  experience at Sheridan House’s Goliath Gauntlet Race.
  • Groups of Hill York volunteers mobilizing to put up shutters and plywood for co-workers  unable to prepare for the threat of Hurricane Matthew.
  • Quarterly care packages sent to Hill York family members serving in the military.
  • Care packages for several Hill Yorkers welcoming newborns, with practical provisions like  a 6-month supply of diapers.
  • A generous gift card for a first-time homeowner to help get up and running.
  • Financial aid from the Employee Relief Program, the Hill Yorker funded initiative providing  emergency relief to co-workers in need.
  • The announcement of a Biggest Loser Challenge for 2017 to encourage Hill Yorkers to  engage in a friendly competition to lose weight and lead healthier lives.

“We constantly strive to make life more comfortable for our customers and those in need in the community,” observed Estevez. “In 2016, we were reminded that embracing opportunities to do more for each other is equally important and rewarding.”


Strong Strides For #SafetyCHAMP As Awareness And Training Expand In 2016

safetychamp-blog-imageAt work, home and on the road, Hill Yorkers continued mastering a safety first mindset in 2016. That enlightened outlook was on display in October when open communication via Hill York’s intranet and text message platform helped everyone prepare and pull together during the Hurricane Matthew threat.

Statistically, safety highlights for the year included a reduction in workers’ comp reported injuries and a dramatic drop in at-fault vehicle accidents from 12 in 2015 to only three. But the big 2016 #SafetyCHAMP trend was an expanded focus on promoting safe practices in all areas of life.

“The level of awareness that makes safety a way of life isn’t something to be turned on and off like a faucet,” observed Hill York Safety Director Luis Moreno. “Our goal is to keep safety at the forefront of Hill Yorkers’ thoughts so that their choices throughout each day avoid risks and save lives.”

To strengthen safety attitudes and skill sets at all levels, Hill York ramped up its investment in a wide variety of training programs. Over the summer, 26 members of the construction management team completed OSHA 30, a comprehensive certification program for safety and managerial personal. An accident procedures class is planned for early 2017 to educate Hill Yorkers on how to handle everything from paper cuts to heart attacks.

In 2017, the emphasis on training for risk reduction and medical emergency procedures continues with mandatory CPR training for field personnel and CPR/infant CPR training available for all employees. Also on tap in the months ahead is a rigging and signaling safety course for service technicians, and companywide personal protective equipment (PPE) and automated external defibrillator (AED) classes.

“Whether you’re working in the field, warehouse or office, or you’re at home with your family, our ultimate #SafetyCHAMP goal is always the same,” observed Luis Moreno. “We want all Hill Yorkers to be ready and able to do what’s necessary to protect the health and wellbeing of themselves and others.”

It’s safe to say, a smarter, stronger, safer Hill York will continue to emerge in 2017 and beyond.


Hill York Professionals Earn OSHA 30 Certification

osha-certifiedHill York continued its rise as a jobsite safety leader by recently completing training to obtain the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration’s 30-hour certification for construction management professionals. The online course was taken by 26 members of the Hill York team, including foremen, project and service managers, superintendents, owners, and vice presidents.

“By going through this training, Hill York has fortified its commitment to maintaining safe work environments,” said Luis Moreno, Hill York Safety Director. “OSHA 30 certification is another tool that helps us field an educated staff that’s proactive in its approach to putting on-the-job safety first.”

The OSHA 30-hour course is a comprehensive program designed for safety and managerial personnel in the general industry and construction trade. The program recognizes companies that correct hazards, develop and implement effective programs, and become self-sufficient in managing occupational safety and health. Course topics include scaffolding, cranes and rigging, and excavation.

“From a culture standpoint, this is another tangible reflection of who we are and how we go about our work,” Moreno pointed out. “Hill York’s #SafetyCHAMP program has achieved exceptional results in preventing accidents and injuries. Having an OSHA-educated team makes us even stronger in our daily mission to get everyone home safe.”

Since its start up in 2014, the #SafetyCHAMP program has driven steady improvement in reducing the number of injuries and time lost by Hill York employees. Earlier this year, the company was recognized by the Associated General Contractors of America’s East Coast Chapter with a Safety Award of Excellence.

A full-service commercial air conditioning company, Hill York provides energy efficient solutions for the installation, maintenance, and repair of a wide range of heating, cooling and ventilation systems. Founded in 1936, the company serves the state of Florida. For more information, visit www.hillyork.com.


Hill York’s HYStat Monitoring Helps Small Businesses Put A/C On Cruise Control.


Responding to a growing need among small and medium business owners to save on operating expenses, Hill York has launched HYStat – a 24/7 remote monitoring and fast-response A/C service.

Previously reserved for Florida’s largest facilities, the new program brings Hill York’s leading air conditioning expertise and service to facilities as small as neighborhood insurance offices, churches, barbershops, and more.

To help smaller businesses save time and money, Hill York installs HYStat smart technology thermostats to monitor cooling systems and catch problems before they become expensive and create uncomfortable conditions. For just $10 a month per piece of equipment after an initial setup fee, the program provides continuous performance analysis and an immediate response to any notification of system trouble.

“HYStat is truly changing the way HVAC maintenance is done as we harness technology that raises our industry’s service standards,” explained Hill York HYStat Manager Bob Lafferty. “Our remote diagnostic capabilities give our technicians detailed data before they even enter a building, which leads to shorter, less expensive maintenance and repair times.”

Because Hill York’s team of engineers and data analysts monitor performance on an ongoing basis from their network operations center, they’re able to make recommendations to building management that generate cost reductions and efficiency gains over the long haul. Energy savings can range from 10 to 40% for HYStat-monitored facilities. Hill York also provides its HYStat customers with an annual Unit Report Card that summarizes key data. A rating system based on equipment performance, runtime, age and physical condition allows the user to set realistic expectations for their equipment.

From any location, HYStat users are able to manage their indoor environment more effectively with an app that enables remote connectivity through smartphone, tablet or web. Feature-rich functionality includes the ability to easily view and change settings, set schedules, lock units to limit local control, and see multiple facilities all at once.

Since starting the program less than a year ago, Hill York has brought hundreds of HYStats on-line, with orders ranging from 100 for a group of buildings under one management company, to single stat installations for individual small businesses.

According to Lafferty: “The old school thinking was that you needed to invest big bucks in a maintenance contract for your cooling system with service at scheduled intervals. But maintenance contracts don’t fix day-to-day issues and the tenants pay the price. Using advanced technology backed by our experienced team, we’ve created a more cost-effective way to get service when it’s needed – not just when a maintenance contract calls for it.”

Early HYStat adopters include:

A Community Church. A 75-year-old church had a cooling system that ran at full capacity all the time and had recurring breakdowns. After two HYStat thermostats were installed in the sanctuary, they’ve been able to identify and resolve any A/C issues ahead of their Sunday services each week as well as schedule temperature setbacks to efficiently manage cooling for special events like weddings and community gatherings.

A Retail Location. Owners of an outdoor gear retail store wanted more efficiency from their cooling system. The installation of two HYStat thermostats in one of their three stores enabled them to stabilize performance, optimize energy management, and limit access to system adjustments to select personnel. They’ve since decided to make similar changes at all their Florida stores.

An Insurance Office. With locations throughout Florida, a small business insurance company wanted to monitor all of their offices from a single hub while giving managers access to control their own buildings. The HYStat solution allowed the group to put the savings from their old, out-of-date contract into a pool for service and better plan large capital decisions with the unit data provided.

A Construction Company. A general contractor was required by their landlord to have a maintenance contract on their South Florida headquarters. They elected to install six HYStat thermostats under a monitoring contract saving them on unnecessary maintenance. The monitoring and service upgrade has provided more reliable system upkeep while affordably meeting their maintenance coverage requirements under a simpler agreement.

A Country Club. A members-only golf club was having unit and humidity issues that their old A/C contractor couldn’t fix. Enter HYStat. Installed on the troubled equipment, the HYStat thermostats and sensors fed live data 24/7 to Hill York’s team of analysts. The data revealed the problem that was passed on to a Hill York technician to fix the units. After experiencing the analytical power of the smart technology, the golf club installed ten more HYStats throughout their clubhouse.

For a growing number of building owners and facility managers, putting cool air and energy savings on cruise control with Hill York’s HYStat isn’t just about smart technology. It’s a smart business decision with a year-round return on investment.

A full-service commercial air conditioning company, Hill York provides energy efficient solutions for the installation, maintenance, and repair of a wide range of heating, cooling and ventilation systems. Founded in 1936, the company serves the state of Florida. For more information, visit www.hillyork.com.