MACS members experience the east coast earthquake

We checked in with several MACS members in Virginia and found that they had little or no effects from the east coast earthquake of August 23, 2011.

Dale Hawk of Auto Air of Virginia an 11-year MACS member said, “I was startled at first but it didn’t last long and caused no damage.” He compared the experience to a military helicopter flying overhead or a big truck driving by. Hawk’s mobile A/C service and repair business is located in Richmond, Virginia about 40 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake. He said the schools in Mineral, VA will be closed until after labor day as officials inspect the buildings for damage and repair downed ceiling tiles.

Jamie who answered our phone call at MACS member shop Thermo King of Roanoke, VA said, “I think only a couple of technicians even noticed it happened, I didn’t know until a friend from Massachusetts called to see if I was ok.”

MACS member John Kirk of 1-800 Radiator in Roanoke, Virginia is a California native and he did not notice the quake as we was driving. His staff did report parts shaking on the warehouse shelves for a few seconds.

So all in all, MACS members fared well in the 5.8 trembler, now MACS members from the Bahamas to Maine have to watch out for hurricane Irene!

When having your mobile A/C system professionally serviced, insist on proper repair procedures and quality replacement parts. Insist on recovery and recycling so that refrigerant can be reused and not released into the atmosphere.

If you’re a service professional and not a MACS member yet, you should be, click here for more information.

You can E-mail us at or visit to find a Mobile Air Conditioning Society member repair shop in your area. Visit to find out more about your car’s mobile A/C and engine cooling system.

The 32nd annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Convention and Trade Show will take place January 18-20, 2012 at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.


About macsworldwide

Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Founded in 1981, MACS is the leading non-profit trade association for the mobile air conditioning, heating and engine cooling system segment of the automotive aftermarket. Since 1991, MACS has assisted more than 600,000 technicians to comply with the 1990 U.S. EPA Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment. The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide’s mission is clear and focused--as the recognized global authority on mobile air conditioning and heat transfer industry issues.
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