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CRAFT CHAMP: Royalton native wins national HVAC competition


balmerthree4 29 15WEBPress And Journal photo by Eric Wise -- Ty Balmer, left, helps build a heating and air conditioning system at a construction site.

Ty Balmer knew it would be a grueling six hours, and he remembered the years of training that prepared him for that day in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

He was ready to use the skills he had learned and practiced, but this time he had to do it under the watchful eyes of judges who looked for the right mix of knowledge, finesse and form – all while staring down a clock.

The savvy Royalton native showed that skills and a quality performance mattered more than speed when he took the gold medal as the HVAC national champion at the National Craft Championships, a trade industry competition.

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