In Brief

GHC Mechanical Inc., a full-service design build HVAC contractor for the Chicago market, has joined the international group, Linc Service Network. GHC Mechanical, which has been in business since 1969, will begin incorporating the Linc System immediately. New federal data released in mid-December showed sharp increases in the prices of key construction materials like diesel, copper and brass mill

  • GHC Mechanical Inc., a full-service design build HVAC contractor for the Chicago market, has joined the international group, Linc Service Network. GHC Mechanical, which has been in business since 1969, will begin incorporating the Linc System immediately.
  • New federal data released in mid-December showed sharp increases in the prices of key construction materials like diesel, copper and brass mill shapes, the Associated General Contractors of America said. There have been significant one- and three-month increases in the price indices for diesel fuel (up 6.3% over one month and 6.4% over three months), copper and brass mill shapes (+4.6% and +11.3%), steel mill products (-1.6% and +4.1%), and insulation materials (+0.3% and +0.6%). Major steel mills have announced January price increases for construction products.
  • Mr. Waterheater has awarded its eighth franchise to DL Cleek Plumbing in North Little Rock, Ark. The Cleeks attended franchise training at Mr. Waterheater headquarters in Pittsburgh in December. Cleek's franchise launch begins in 2010 with a marketing plan developed by Beyond Spots & Dots Advertising Agency.
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, in accordance with the G.I. Bill, has agreed to reimburse Veterans, eligible dependents and reservists for the cost of any of the LEED Professional Exams administered by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Individuals planning to take a LEED Professional Exam must apply directly to the VA for reimbursement. The VA will cover up to $2,000 per exam. Anyone who took a LEED Professional Exam after Dec. 3, 2008, is eligible for reimbursement. Visit http://tinyurl.com/gibillVA to learn more.
  • Last month's Readers' Choice Awards (pg. 46 of the December issue) has a description of General Pipe Cleaner's Snake Oil Lubricant and Protector that included a limited-time offer of a free 4-oz. sample. That offer had expired before printing. CONTRACTOR regrets the error and apologizes to any readers who may have been inconvenienced.