In Brief

Ferguson Enterprises will make a $10,000 matching contribution to support the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Educational Foundation's "Invest In Your Future" Annual Giving Campaign. New contributions made to the 2005 fund-raiser will be matched by one-third using the Ferguson gift. Proceeds of the fund-raiser benefit the Foundation and the PHCC National Auxiliary Scholarship Program. Ferguson's

  • Ferguson Enterprises will make a $10,000 matching contribution to

    support the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Educational Foundation's

    "Invest In Your Future" Annual Giving Campaign. New contributions made

    to the 2005 fund-raiser will be matched by one-third using the Ferguson gift.

    Proceeds of the fund-raiser benefit the Foundation and the PHCC National

    Auxiliary Scholarship Program. Ferguson's matching gift complements a

    matching program from In-Sink-Erator. Contribution forms are available

    from the Foundation at 800/533-7694.

  • The 2005 United Association/ Mechanical Contractors Association of America

    Labor Relations Conference will take place Oct. 20-22 at the Westin Diplomat

    Resort in Hollywood, Fla. The program examines the challenges facing the mechanical

    contracting industry and the strategies that have been put in place to address

    them. Register online at www.mcaa.org/ education. For more information,

    contact Sean McGuire at [email protected]

  • Effective Sept. 1, Chicago Faucets' facility in Des Plaines, Ill.,

    ceased manufacturing operations. Some operations will be moved to company

    facilities in Milwaukee and Michigan City, Ind.; others will be outsourced

    to third parties. The company said it reached its decision after negotiations

    for a new collective bargaining agreement with the International Association

    of Machinists and Aerospace Workers were unsuccessful.

  • The American and Canadian national standards for gas equipment in

    commercial kitchens have been updated. The new versions of the product standard

    and installation codes will enhance safety and sanitation by requiring that

    "commercial-grade" moveable gas connectors (based on ANSI Z21.69/CSA 6.16)

    be used for all equipment that is moved on a regular basis for cleaning or

    maintenance. Many restaurants had used residential-grade connectors.

  • AHR Expo 2006, Jan. 23-25 in Chicago, will include a focus on Green

    Buildings featuring "green" exhibitors and conference sessions by the U.S

    Green Building Council.

  • Elkay has successfully implemented its first vendor managed inventory

    program for water cooler and fountain products, which the company says will

    further optimize supply chain performance. The pilot program was initiated

    with Central Supply of Indiana.