In Brief

Mr. Rooter has made Franchise Times magazine's Top 200, according to a listing in its October issue. Ranks are based on sales and the number of franchise units. The magazine ranked Mr. Rooter No. 180 with $250 million in worldwide sales among its 317 total franchise units. Helping to develop the market for reused water, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton was to moderate the town of

  • Mr. Rooter has made Franchise Times magazine's Top 200, according

    to a listing in its October issue. Ranks are based on sales and the number

    of franchise units. The magazine ranked Mr. Rooter No. 180 with $250 million

    in worldwide sales among its 317 total franchise units.

  • Helping to develop the market for reused water, former U.S. Secretary of

    the Interior Gale Norton was to moderate the town of Prescott Valley's

    Effluent Water Auction Nov. 1-3 in the Prescott Valley (Ariz.) Town Chambers.

    The auction for 2,724 acre ft. of effluent water was the first large-scale

    sale of effluent water in the United States. Effluent is wastewater treated

    to regulatory and purity standards that the town recharges into the aquifer

    to offset additional groundwater pumping elsewhere in the aquifer.

  • New England Mechanical Contractors Association recently made two

    pledges to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation

    — one to maintain its sustaining member status and another to extend

    its original pledge of $100,000 with $10,000 more to be paid in 2007. NEMCA's

    latest pledge brings its total MCERF contributions to $111,000. For more information

    about MCERF, contact Dennis Langley at [email protected].

  • BE&K Building Group awarded Coastal Mechanical Services the HVAC

    and plumbing contract for the new Conservatory Clubhouse at the Hammock Beach

    Resort complex in Palm Coast, Fla. The project, a 38,000-sq.-ft. golf course

    clubhouse, consists of more than 54,000 lb. of sheet metal ductwork and is

    cooled by 220 tons of DX rooftop units. For dehumidification and comfort within

    the shower and locker room areas, three 100% outside air units will be installed.

    Nearly 70 premium plumbing fixtures also will be installed.

  • Wrightsoft Corp. is celebrating its 20th year in business. The company

    had its start placing the Air Conditioning Contractors of America Manual

    J form on a screen and having it calculate and display based on varying input

    numbers. The firm continues to offer automated design and sales programs for

    both residential and commercial markets in the plumbing and HVAC trades.

  • New research suggests that the British love their homes more than their

    partners. British homeowners spend an average of £34 a week —

    £1,768 a year — on interior and exterior home improvements compared

    with £19 a week on improving their relationship. About 38% women and

    32% of men say that they would be more upset if the foundations of their house

    fell down rather than the foundations of their relationship. About 21% of

    homeowners say a good relationship with tradesmen is more important than a

    good relationship with a partner.