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Bradford White Water Heaters has been named the tank-type water heater brand most purchased by contractors and the brand most recommended by contractors in a 2012 independent water heater study conducted by Clear Seas Research, a BNP Media company. The study revealed that product quality was the most important factor to contractors when selecting a brand of tank-type water heater.

The annual report conducted by Clear Seas Research Studies provides an in-depth analysis of the water heater industry including trends in product, installation, replacement and servicing, brand selection factors, brands most often purchased and product information resources. Ease of installation, American made, technical support and the fact that Bradford White is not sold in retail stores were other reasons cited by contractors for their brand preference.

“We remain committed to building the best residential and commercial water heater products in the industry for the best customers in the industry,” said Bradford White’s Bruce Carnevale, senior vice president — sales and marketing. “And this commitment is underscored by our continued investments in our American-made, American-owned and wholesale-only philosophy, as we undergo our largest plant expansion in the history of the company.”

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