Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 3, 2022
A. O. Smith Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware 1-475 39-0619790
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
File Number)
 (IRS Employer
Identification No.)

11270 West Park Place, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53224
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(414) 359-4000
(Registrant’s telephone number)
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Common Stock (par value $1.00 per share)AOSNew York Stock Exchange
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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Principal Officers.

Bruce M. Smith, who is currently a member of the Board of Directors of A. O. Smith Corporation (“the Company”), advised the Company that he will retire as a member of the Board upon the conclusion of his current term on April 12, 2022. Mr. Smith is retiring this year as he has reached our director retirement age of 72. Although he had reached retirement age at the time he stood for election last year, the Board asked him to stay on for an additional year as the Board welcomed two new directors in 2021. Mr. Smith will remain as one of three trustees of the Smith Family Voting Trust, which holds a controlling position in the stock of our Company.

Our Company and the Board would like to thank Mr. Smith for his vision, long service and many contributions to our Company. His service as a representative of the Smith family has left an indelible mark on our Company, both in his commitment to our Guiding Principles as a cornerstone of our business and in the Smith family's commitment to a long-term strategy that has served as the foundation for our sustained growth. Our Company and stockholders are forever indebted to him.

Item 9.01     Financial Statements and Exhibits
The following exhibit is being filed herewith:
104    Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded with the Inline XBRL document)


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date: March 3, 2022
By:/s/James F. Stern
James F. Stern
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary