FORM 3
        
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
INITIAL STATEMENT OF BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES

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Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
                      
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person * Qiu Jack 2. Date of Event Requiring Statement (MM/DD/YYYY)
10/12/2020 

3. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol SMITH A O CORP [AOS]
(Last)       (First)       (Middle)
A. O. SMITH (CHINA) WATER HEATER CO., 336 YAOXIN AVENUE
4. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer (Check all applicable)_____ Director                          _____ 10% Owner
___X___ Officer (give title below)        _____ Other (specify below)
SVP - Pres. A. O. Smith China /
(Street)
NANJING, F4 210038      
(City)             (State)             (Zip)
5. If Amendment, Date Original Filed(MM/DD/YYYY)
 

6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing(Check Applicable Line)_X_ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person

Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned
(Instr. 4)
3. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
4. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)

Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned (e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivate Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date
(MM/DD/YYYY)
3. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 4)
4. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 5. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
6. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)
Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Restricted Stock Units   (1)  (1) Common Stock  4500   (2) D   

Explanation of Responses:
(1)  Restricted stock units were granted under the A. O. Smith Combined Incentive Compensation Plan, a transaction exempt under Rule 16b-3: 730 Restricted stock units were granted on 02/12/2018. The restricted stock units become payable in cash on the vesting date. The vesting date is 02/12/2021, which is three years after the grant date. 910 Restricted stock units were granted on 02/11/2019. The restricted stock units become payable in cash on the vesting date. The vesting date is 02/11/2022, which is three years after the grant date. 1,060 Restricted stock units were granted on 02/10/2020. The restricted stock units become payable in cash on the vesting date. The vesting date is 02/10/2023, which is three years after the grant date. 1,800 Restricted stock units were granted on 10/08/2020. The restricted stock units become payaable in cash on the vesting date. The vesting date is 10/08/2023, which is three years after the grant date.
(2)  Each restricted stock unit is the economic equivalent of one share of A. O. Smith Corporation Common Stock.

Reporting Owners
Reporting Owner Name / Address
Relationships
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
Qiu Jack
A. O. SMITH (CHINA) WATER HEATER CO.
336 YAOXIN AVENUE
NANJING, F4 210038


SVP - Pres. A. O. Smith China

Signatures
James F. Stern, Attorney-in-Fact for Jack Qiu 10/19/2020
**Signature of Reporting Person Date
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