COVID-19 Response

CARES ACT TAX BENEFITS NOW AVAILABLE

May 13th, 2020

The CARES Act contains a number of tax savings for businesses, to upgrade or replace older commercial systems with tax savings opportunities. Download the attached documents for more information from Bryant.

CARES Act  CARES Act Tax Benefits

 

COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES POSTER

May 8th, 2020

Download a copy of Behler-Young's COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures poster, for use in your workplace. Reach out to marketing@behler-young.com if you are interested in ordering a larger poster size.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures

 

RESIDEO PANEL ON BEST PRACTICES FOR ESSENTIAL SERVICES DURING COVID-19

April 29, 2020

Watch this panel of experts from the security, residential services, and HVAC/R industries discuss how to navigate during the COVID-19 crisis. 

 

ACT NOW! Limited Funds Available from COVID-19 Relief Package

April 24, 2020

On Thursday, April 23, the House voted to pass legislation providing roughly $484 billion in coronavirus relief for small businesses, hospitals and expanded medical testing.

With additional funds available, it is very important that the HVAC/R industry contact your banks about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and submit your applications to receive this funding. According to the Consumer Bankers Association, with the current backlog of applications the funding could be gone in 48-72 hours.

The PPP, established through the CARES Act, provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.
 
In addition, on March 18, 2020 the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) passed and requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Tax credits are also available to employers for wages paid under FFCRA. 
 
Our goal is keep you updated with current programs and information. After you review these programs, we encourage you to seek guidance from your professional network, i.e. your bank (SBA loans/PPP program), CPA (tax credits), or attorney (labor laws).

 

RESOURCES:

U.S. Department of the Treasury CARES Act
https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/top-priorities/cares-act/assistance-for-small-businesses

Small Business Association Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp
 
US Department of Labor Families First Coronavirus Response Act
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave
 
In addition to these resources, the HARDI (Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International) organization has compiled a resource guide to help serve HVAC/R distributors and contractors during the outbreak. These links include videos that answer important questions specific to the HVAC/R industry.
 
COVID-19 Resources
https://hardinet.org/covid-19-resources

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
https://hardinet.org/ffcra 

Small Business Association Loans
https://hardinet.org/sba-loans

 

A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM DOUG YOUNG

April 9, 2020

Watch this Message from Doug Young addressing the actions Behler-Young is taking during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM B-Y

April 7, 2020

Learn more about the actions B-Y is taking during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Placing Orders
  • Picking Up Orders
  • Deliveries
  • People
  • Payments
  • Warranties & Returns
  • Training & Events

Read more

NAVIGATING LEGISLATION REGARDING SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE & RESPONSIBILITIES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

April 3, 2020

In an effort to keep our customers informed of their legal responsibilities regarding time off for their employees and potential financial relief options for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have gathered information to provide HVAC/R contractors the resources they need to navigate the programs available to them.

Beginning today, April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through the CARES Act. This program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.

On March 18, 2020 the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) passed and requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Tax credits are also available to employers for wages paid under FFCRA. 

Our goal is keep you updated with current programs and information. After you review these programs, we encourage you to seek guidance from your professional network, i.e. your bank (SBA loans/PPP program), CPA (tax credits), or attorney (labor laws).

U.S. Department of the Treasury CARES Act
https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/top-priorities/cares-act/assistance-for-small-businesses

Small Business Association Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp

US Department of Labor Families First Coronavirus Response Act
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave

In addition to these resources, the HARDI (Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International) organization has compiled a resource guide to help serve HVAC/R distributors and contractors during the outbreak. These links include videos that answer important questions specific to the HVAC/R industry.

COVID-19 Resources
https://hardinet.org/covid-19-resources

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
https://hardinet.org/ffcra 

Small Business Association Loans
https://hardinet.org/sba-loans

 

HVAC/R INDUSTRY IS CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL IN MICHIGAN AND OHIO

March 27, 2020

We care about your health and well-being and we know there are many questions regarding COVID-19 and whether or not the HVAC/R industry is considered “essential.”

MICHIGAN HVAC/R CONTRACTORS:

Governor Whitmer's executive order for citizens to “Stay Home, Stay Safe” recognizes the importance of the services provided by HVAC/R contractors that provide heating, cooling, ventilation and refrigeration to homeowners and essential commercial businesses.

In regard to Executive Order No. 2020-21, Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services frequently asked questions includes the following statement in which HVAC/R contractors and distributors are included:

Q: Are people who repair homes considered critical infrastructure employees for the purposes of Executive Order 2020-21?

In general, yes. Under the order, critical infrastructure workers include workers “who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.” To the extent your workers perform jobs that are necessary to the safety, sanitation, and operation of homes, they may be designated as critical infrastructure workers.

Reference: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_98455-522631--,00.html

If you have questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 888.535.6136, 7 days a week, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM or email covid19@michigan.gov.

OHIO HVAC/R CONTRACTORS:

Governor DeWine released a stay-at-home order from the Ohio Department of Health closing all non-essential businesses and asking residents to stay-at-home March 23 - April 6. The Ohio Department of Health’s Director’s Stay at Home Order declares that the HVAC/R industry including contractors and distributors as essential work.

The following is an excerpt from this order which can be read in full here:

https://htv-prod-media.s3.amazonaws.com/files/stayathomeorder-1584906494.pdf

12. Essential Businesses and Operations. For the purposes of this Order, Essential Businesses and Operations means Healthcare and Public Health Operations, Human Services Operations, Essential Governmental Functions and Essential Infrastructure, and the following:

j. Hardware and supply stores. Hardware stores and businesses that sell electrical, plumbing and heating material;

k. Critical trades. Building and Construction Tradesmen and Tradeswomen, and other trades including but not limited to plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, an Essential Businesses and Operations.

q. Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations. Businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply other Essential Businesses and Operations with the support or materials necessary to operate, including computers, audio and video electronics, household appliances; IT and telecommunication equipment; hardware, paint, flat glass, electrical, plumbing and heating material; sanitary equipment; personal hygiene products; food, food additives, ingredients and components; medical and orthopedic equipment; optics and photography equipment; diagnostics, food and beverages, chemicals, soaps and detergent; and firearm and ammunition suppliers and retailers for purposes of safety and security;

All Behler-Young branches remain open to support you during this unprecedented time and we’re taking extra precautions to keep our customers and associates safe. We’ll continue to provide any updates to you by email, on our social channels and our website at behler-young.com/covid19.

 

  

WE'RE OPEN AND HERE TO HELP

March 25, 2020

As we continue to deal with the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, we encourage you to take advantage of B-Y's technology solutions by contacting our e-commerce team to establish an account and to learn how to search and shop our products online, view inventory, create lists, download and pay invoices and much more. 

Schedule a 60-minute training session utilizing our online calendar and our team will contact you with virtual meeting details - we're here to help!

Placing Orders
In addition to ordering online, you can place your order by phone, email, text and fax - go to b-y.com/locations and click your branch for details. 
 
Picking up Orders
Pick up your orders at your local branch during our new hours of operation, Monday – Friday between 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Call or text in advance and we’ll have your products waiting for you. Our branch associates will also be available to assist with loading larger products, while taking precautionary measures to maintain a safe distance from your team.
 
Delivery
Take advantage of delivery to your business or job site. Simply place your order and let us do the rest. Our drivers will take precautionary measures to maintain a safe distance from your team while unloading your order.
 
Payments
We currently are only accepting credit cards, checks or charging your account (no cash transactions will be accepted at this time for health reasons).

Returns
With the recent development of the Stay at Home Order, many of our team members are working remotely to serve you. In the spirit of exercising safe social distancing for you and those associates that are working in our facilities, we are suspending warranty processing and returns effective immediately.

We are continuously monitoring this situation and will continue to share what we’re doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and how we're providing a safe and healthy environment for our customers and associates.

We truly appreciate your continued business.

 

HVAC/R IS CONSIDERED “ESSENTIAL” FOR RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL SAFETY AND INFRASTRUCTURE  

March 23, 2020

By providing heating equipment and related products, Behler-Young is considered an “essential business” for our customers, HVAC/R contractors, that provide heating, cooling, ventilation and refrigeration to homeowners and essential commercial businesses.

We know from already released guidance from various shelter-in-place orders that other state governments are supporting HVAC/R as essential.  

Our branches and our distribution centers REMAIN OPEN. Please refer to this page to learn what we're doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to keep our customers and associates healthy and safe.

 

UPDATED HOURS & PICK-UP PROCESS

March 19, 2020

 

To ensure the health and safety of our customers and associates, we have made a difficult decision to temporarily close our retail showrooms, however, we are still OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

Placing Orders

We offer several options to place orders – online, phone, email, text and fax.  Visit our website at b-y.com to place your order or b-y.com/locations to find your local branch’s contact information.

Picking up Orders

Pick up your orders at your local branch during our NEW hours of operation, Monday – Friday between 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Call or text in advance and we’ll have your products waiting for you. Our branch associates will also be available to assist with loading larger products, while taking precautionary measures to maintain a safe distance from your team.

Delivery

Take advantage of delivery to your business or jobsite. Simply place your order and let us do the rest. Our drivers will take precautionary measures to maintain a safe distance from your team while unloading your order.

Payments

Please note that we currently are only accepting credit cards, check or charging your account (no cash transactions will be accepted at this time for health reasons).

Rest assured, we are continuously monitoring this situation and will continue to communicate any additional steps we are taking to provide a safe and healthy environment for our customers and associates.

 

COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT

March 16, 2020

 

Over the past few days, it has become apparent that the world is facing a difficult challenge dealing with COVID-19. We have concerns regarding keeping our customers and associates and their families healthy and safe during this uncertain time. Currently, we are not aware of anyone at Behler-Young or our customer base that has contracted the virus.
 
While the situation changes rapidly, we have implemented some preliminary steps in an effort to keep our customers and associates safe. Effective immediately, we are canceling all trainings and events through April 30, to be rescheduled at a later date. We will update you as the situation progresses.
 
Also, effectively immediately, we have asked our team to avoid in-person meetings with customers. These meetings will be temporarily replaced with phone calls or Zoom meetings. We apologize in advance for any business impact that this may cause you.
 
Our branches and distribution centers will remain open and we will take steps to ensure that we continue to keep all of our locations safe and clean. You and your team also have the ability to utilize our technology solutions including online ordering, viewing inventory, downloading and paying invoices and texting your branch. You can also take advantage of our delivery services and will call (where applicable) to better meet your needs. 

We are continuously monitoring this unprecedented situation and will do our best to communicate any additional steps we are taking. This is a challenging time and we are committed to the safety of our customers and associates.