In Brief

The Association of Women Contractors is accepting applications for its Annual Scholarship Awards. The AWC plans to award a number of $1,000 scholarships to female students pursuing careers in the construction industry. Qualifications include: female student; resident of or attending a program in Minnesota; GED or high school graduate on or by July 2009; and construction major. Applications are available

  • The Association of Women Contractors is accepting applications for its Annual Scholarship Awards. The AWC plans to award a number of $1,000 scholarships to female students pursuing careers in the construction industry. Qualifications include: female student; resident of or attending a program in Minnesota; GED or high school graduate on or by July 2009; and construction major. Applications are available upon request at [email protected], or by calling 651/489-2221. Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2009.

  • REHAU announced today, in conjunction with Sioux Chief Mfg. Co., the purchase of its North American fittings business for PEX plumbing systems by Sioux Chief. Prior to the sale, which takes effect this April, Sioux Chief had been a supplier to REHAU for plumbing accessories and fittings. Completion of the sale will thereafter provide Sioux Chief with full manufacturing, distribution and marketing capabilities for the plumbing fittings line throughout North America.

  • More than 35 contractors will be developing a better understanding of green building practices and principles at The Unified Group's LEED for new construction accreditation exam training March 25-26, in Chicago. The prep course will be taught by Dave Hubka, sustainable project manager at Total Mechanical Inc., Pewaukee, Wis., and will cover the LEED process and the prerequisites/credits. It will also include sample test questions and a Q&A session. For information, please contact Allison Rodgers at 708/774-0858 or at [email protected].

  • Due to a recent reintroduction of the residential tax credits for energy-efficient improvements, a number of high efficiency water heaters are now eligible for a $300 tax credit. “By encouraging the installation of high efficiency water heaters, the government is addressing a long-term energy conservation challenge,” said David Chisolm, water heater brand manager for A. O. Smith. To qualify, units must be placed into service between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2009.

  • InSinkErator has announced its continued support of the PHCC Educational Foundation's Invest in Your Future giving campaign. Fundraiser proceeds benefit the PHCC Educational Foundation and the PHCC National Auxiliary Scholarship Program. Contributors seeking to support the industry will have an InSinkErator matching gift applied to their donation. Tax deductible gifts can be made by contacting the foundation office directly by calling 800/533-7694 or by visiting http://www.foundation.phccweb.org/Invest.

  • Kohler Co. recently launched SaveWaterAmerica.com — a viral online campaign dedicated to teach homeowners how easy it is to save water. Visitors are asked to participate in a three-question quiz, and for every completed quiz, Kohler will donate $1 worth of product to Habitat for Humanity, which will be tracked in real time on the Web site. Additional information is available at: http://savewateramerica.com/home.