From the Mechanical Underground


LEED Platinum Grainger distribution center: success in sustainability, logistics, automation

July 22, 2014
Why Minooka, Illinois, I thought, as I prepared to take a tour of the Grainger Distribution Center last week. Having moved from its Niles, Ill, location, there were good reasons...
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A Father’s Influence, Support and Mentorship

June 19, 2014
When he passed in the fall of 2000, there was a huge void in my life. My mentor was gone. No more talks on the back deck, both of us enjoying a nice stogie on a crisp summer night...

Collision at the Green Crossroads: The efficiency/health nexus

May 16, 2014
In late April, leaders from the plumbing industry gathered in Washington, D.C., for the Plumbing Industry Leaders Coalition (PILC). Every year the group gets together to chart...

Arm yourself with knowledge: Attend the International Emerging Technology Symposium

April 9, 2014
The fourth International Emerging Technology Symposium, which takes place every other year, will be held this April 23-24 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. If ...

NTEA Work Truck Show: Business as usual

March 14, 2014
Sandwiched between the NFL Combine and the Men and Women’s NCAA Big Ten Tourney, Indianapolis played host to the NTEA Work Truck Show — the largest work truck event in North America...
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And the Carlson-Holohan award goes to…?

Feb. 6, 2014
As I waited for the Carlson-Holohan award presentation to begin — an award passed down every two years — I thought to myself, “I feel like I am in the midst of the ex-presidents...

Five reasons to attend Comfortech in Philly

Sept. 5, 2013
The Comfortech Show hits Philadelphia September 18-20, and if you haven’t penciled it in on your calendar, you should. The entire Comfortech event, from start to finish, is put...

Let's get nostalgic about plumbing

July 1, 2013
I can't help it. Every time I visit a commercial or residential restroom, or a commerical or residential mechanical room, I want to know what is installed to make everything...

Let's get nostalgic about plumbing

July 1, 2013
But you know what really blows my mind? My visits to the Plumbing Museum in Watertown, Mass. To compare what you see in today's plumbing installations compared to the days of ...

Getting pumped: manufacturers invest in America, infrastructure

May 14, 2013
Some of the major players in the pumping industry are investing in the U.S., and its deteriorating infrastructure. Stemming from my visits starting from the last year, I have ...