In Brief

Mr. Rooter recently was named as one of the 2005 "Bond's Top 100 Franchises," a list created by an independent organization that evaluates more than 2,300 franchise systems without the influence of paid advertising. This is the second consecutive year Mr. Rooter has made the list. The criteria for choosing the top franchises consist of historical performance, brand identification, market dynamics,

  • Mr. Rooter recently was named as one of the 2005 "Bond's Top 100

    Franchises," a list created by an independent organization that evaluates

    more than 2,300 franchise systems without the influence of paid advertising.

    This is the second consecutive year Mr. Rooter has made the list. The criteria

    for choosing the top franchises consist of historical performance, brand identification,

    market dynamics, franchisee satisfaction, the level of franchise training

    and ongoing support, financial stability and other key factors.

  • The Service Roundtable has introduced an "intelligent email summary

    digest," making it simpler for members to manage large volumes of discussion

    list e-mail. When members select digest mode, they receive a single e-mail

    containing all the previous day's contractor roundtable postings. Postings

    are sorted by subject, and a hypertext index appears at the top. Contractors

    click on the subjects of interest, while ignoring the rest.

  • The National Fire Sprinkler Association has formed the Hurricane

    Katrina Relief Fund. As a result of members' donations, NFSA will make a lump-sum

    donation of $20,000 to the American Red Cross.

  • Dennis Broderick, senior vice president/sales for In-Sink-Erator,

    presented $25,000 to Jim Driscoll, chairman of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling

    Contractors Educational Foundation, at the company's luncheon held Sept.

    8 during the 2005 PHCC Convention.

  • The Piping Industry Progress and Education Trust Fund, has formed

    a community partnership with the Phoenix Coyotes, which will allow 200 young

    people to attend a game. The partnership is part of the Coyotes' "Tickets

    for Kids" program, designed to help fulfill a child's dream of going to a

    National Hockey League game.

  • Clarification: The outer cover wrap that appeared on the October

    issue of CONTRACTOR was a paid advertisement and should have been labeled

    clearly as such. We regret any confusion that this might have caused.