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    Our AHR Expo Preview; Linda Hudek, Owner-Operator of LH Plumbing is our Contractor of the Year; ABC's Backlog Indicator at Highest Level Since Q2 2019; CONTRACTOR's 2023 Econ Forecast: the Paradox of Optimism; NKBA Announces Board of Directors; and much more.
    NTI Boilers

    Weekly Product Gallery: NTI, Northern Tool, Ed Hennings, Magid, Equium, Princeton Tec

    Jan. 11, 2023
    This week's gallery highlights a gas boiler series with Wi-Fi capability, a heated work jacket, steel-toe work shoes, work wear that protects from fire and cold weather, an eco...
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    The Evolving Role of Intelligent Water Systems

    Jan. 10, 2023
    Smart buildings use a wide range of existing technologies to facilitate the efficient and economical use of resources.
    United Service Workers Union Joint Apprenticeship Training Fund
    Safety comes first at the United Service Workers Union’ Joint Apprenticeship Training Fund. Apprentices learn what they need to keep themselves and each other safe and healthy—including learning CPR.

    The Skilled Labor Battle: Trade School Vs. College

    Jan. 10, 2023
    The United Service Workers Union partners with plumbing and HVACR contractors to offer apprentices technical education and on-the-job learning.
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    ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Flat in December

    Jan. 10, 2023
    The backlog still remains at its highest level since Q2, 2019.
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    PHCC Announces Change in Staff Leadership

    Jan. 10, 2023
    Cindy Sheridan, CAE, has been named PHCC’s interim Chief Executive Officer.

    More content from January 2023

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    Thompson Pump Launches Partnership with Leading Distributor

    Jan. 9, 2023
    The company enters a new partnership with Kirby-Smith, the leading distributor of heavy construction equipment in the central US.
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    Scott Brothers to Appear at NKBA’s State of the Industry

    Jan. 9, 2023
    NKBA CEO Bill Darcy to Interview Drew and Jonathan Scott, Hosts of HGTV’s ‘Property Brothers: Forever Home’, at KBIS 2023.
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    You Don’t Make it Easy

    Jan. 9, 2023
    We are proud to name Linda Hudek, Master Plumber and owner-operator of LH Plumbing Services, LLC, our Contractor of the Year.
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    Construction Employment Up By 28,000 in December

    Jan. 6, 2023
    On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has risen by 231,000 jobs or 3.1%.
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    CONTRACTOR’s 2023 Econ Forecast: The Optimism Paradox

    Jan. 6, 2023
    Fears of recession, persistent inflation, an unforgiving job market—and yet most contractors are optimistic about business in 2023.
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    Carlson-Holohan Industry Award of Excellence Presentation at AHR Expo

    Jan. 5, 2023
    Caleffi North America is proud to host the formal award presentation and cocktail reception at Booth B3317.
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    RIDGID Celebrates 100th Anniversary

    Jan. 5, 2023
    The company's year-long celebration will honor the trades, reflect its commitment to the future of tool innovation.
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    7 Reasons Why You Need to Grow

    Jan. 5, 2023
    Whether you want to admit it or not, when you are coasting it means you are headed downhill.
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    UMC Announces the Retirement of Jerry Bush, CEO

    Jan. 4, 2023
    Bush joined UMC on May 16, 1989 and worked his way up through the ranks as a project manager, construction manager, and operations manager.
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    2027 UPC, UMC Development Timeline Now Available

    Jan. 4, 2023
    IAPMO urges its members and other interested parties to get involved in the process.
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    VMA Presents Valve Forum Conference and Exhibits

    Jan. 4, 2023
    The 2023 event will take place April 17-19 in San Antonio, Texas.
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    Ryvit to Accelerate and Expand Trimble's Connected Construction Workflows

    Jan. 4, 2023
    Ryvit will provide Trimble Construction One customers with additional integration, mapping and automation.
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    ABC: Construction Job Openings Flat in November

    Jan. 4, 2023
    Industry job openings declined by 2,000 last month but are up 22,000 from the same time last year.
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    Strikepoint Group Holdings Acquires Red Rooter Plumbing

    Jan. 4, 2023
    The acquisition will add to the company's growing South Florida footprint.

    Weekly Product Gallery: Ergodyne, Geberit, Festool, Handheld Group, Helly Hansen, Keen

    Jan. 4, 2023
    This week's gallery features hard shell, hinged knee pads; an in-wall installation system for wall-hung toilets; a seven-piece pliers set; a rugged, jobsite tablet; a water-resistant...
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    Nonresidential Construction Spending Increases 1% in November, Says ABC

    Jan. 3, 2023
    Spending was up on a monthly basis in nine of the 16 nonresidential subcategories.
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    Linda Hudek, 'The Brunette Plumber' -- Master Plumber and owner-operator of LH Plumbing Services LLC.

    Our Contractor of the Year: Linda Hudek - The ‘Can Do’ Kid

    Dec. 30, 2022
    From entering the trades at an early age, to owning her own business, to becoming the President of PHCC Ohio, there is nothing that this Contractor of the Year really can’t do...
    AHR Expo
    A floor shot from the 2022 Expo. More than 1,573 exhibitors from around the world made it to Las Vegas for the big show.

    CONTRACTOR’s AHR Expo 2023 Preview

    Dec. 29, 2022
    Make the most of your time at the big show in Atlanta.
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    Weekly Product Gallery: HoldRite, California Faucets, Duravit, Watermark, Durasein, Allied Air

    Dec. 28, 2022
    This week the gallery includes a line of pipe support brackets, an elegant bath faucet, a freestanding tub, a solid brass faucet, a solid surface bathroom sink, and a 22 SEER ...
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    Ron the Sewer Rat Implements Fleet Tech to Improve Operations

    Dec. 28, 2022
    Ron the Sewer Rat is transitioning their fleet maintenance management from their traditional paper forms and checklists to a modern fleet management software.
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    Digital Tools - a Contractor’s Best Hedge Against Economic Uncertainty

    Dec. 28, 2022
    Innovative, simple-to-use preconstruction technology can enhance control and productivity.
    Hiller Plumbing
    Jimmy Hiller and the Hiller family with a truckful of toys to donate after shopping spree.

    Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical Donates Over $12,000 to Toys for Tots

    Dec. 23, 2022
    Company's Christmas promotion enters its fourth year.
    Applewood Plumbing, Heating & Electric
    Giving Machines volunteers and representatives from Habitat for Humanity, Doctors Care and A Precious Child join Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric to receive donation to Denver’s Giving Machines.

    Applewood Plumbing Caring Community Giveaway Spreads the Wealth this Holiday

    Dec. 23, 2022
    Applewood has donated more than $250,000 to Denver-metro area nonprofits through their Caring Community Giveaway over the past 16 years.
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    Rheem Receives Two Good Design Awards

    Dec. 22, 2022
    Commercial Heat Pump Water Heater Split Systems and Commercial Renaissance™ HVAC Line both recognized in 2022 awards.
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    Generate Leads, Manage Operations

    Dec. 22, 2022
    Reviews of the Modernize home services lead generator, ServiceBox workflow management software and the Sentrien field service management solution.
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    Trouble No More

    Dec. 21, 2022
    You know that kind of job that eats up your time, frustrates your efforts, and makes you sing the blues?
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    NCCER Celebrates Major Curriculum Updates in 2022

    Dec. 21, 2022
    The updates continue NCCER’s commitment to enhancing its products and services to meet the needs of a digital-first age.
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    Ethics and Trust

    Dec. 21, 2022
    The history of construction subcontractors is littered with the carcasses of the many shops who have fallen victim to unethical behavior.
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    SupplyHouse.com Provides $75,000 to Support Skilled Trades

    Dec. 21, 2022
    SupplyHouse.com pledged to donate $2 for every engagement on their Trade Tuesday social media posts in November.
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    Schaumburg, IL, Contractor Again Found Exposing Workers to Deadly Trench Cave-In Hazards

    Dec. 21, 2022
    In the first six months of 2022, OSHA reports 22 workers suffered fatal injuries in trenching and excavation work.
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    Red Tag! How did I nearly get my boiler condemned?

    Dec. 20, 2022
    I’ve been teaching troubleshooting classes for years, wrote a book about it, and was a heating tech in Antarctica not that long ago. How did I nearly get my boiler condemned
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    Weekly Product Gallery: AHR Expo 2023 Preview

    Dec. 20, 2022
    This week the gallery features a small slection of the many new products on display at AHR Expo 2023 in Atlanta this February 6-8.
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    Burnham Holdings Announces Changes in Leadership

    Dec. 20, 2022
    Christopher R. Drew, currently President and Chief Operating Officer, will become Chief Executive Officer.
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    8 Seasonal Opportunities for Contractors

    Dec. 19, 2022
    Contractors can survive and thrive during the typical off-season if they know what to look for.
    Bradford White
    Bradford White reflects on it's 30-year commitment to the plumbing & heating professional.

    For Bradford White, Innovation Remains Critical

    Dec. 19, 2022
    As the year comes to a close, Jim McGoldrick, Senior Vice President, Sales for Bradford White shares the company's vision for the future.
    New England Total Energy
    A few New England Total Energy team members. 'We’re always looking for ways to grow and diversify,” said Yolanda Cortese, center.

    All in the Family: New England Total Energy is a Multigenerational Package Deal

    Dec. 19, 2022
    Since its founding in 1939 by Vincenzo Cortese, the family and its 60+ employees have served the needs of customers in Fairfield County, CT and Westchester, NY areas.
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    John Biggers Named President Charlotte Pipe and Foundry

    Dec. 16, 2022
    Current President and CEO Hooper Hardison will remain in the role of CEO.
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    Ingrao Represents PHCC–NA at Contractor Association Executive Director Input Meeting

    Dec. 15, 2022
    Six PHCC chapter executives also participated, providing input from their geographic areas.
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    ABC: Florida and Arizona are the Best States for Construction

    Dec. 15, 2022
    Florida claimed the top spot in Associated Builders and Contractors’ eighth annual Merit Shop Scorecard.
    Emerson Electric

    Weekly Product Gallery: Emerson, General Pipe Cleaners, Oatey, Esco Tool, RectorSeal, Glentronics

    Dec. 14, 2022
    This week's gallery highlights a PRV balanced diaphragm, a pipe-thawing machine, a linear sink drain, an inner diameter pipe beveler, a plenum-rated condensate switch, and a combo...
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    Uponor North America Announces New VP Appointments for HR and Sales

    Dec. 13, 2022
    Erica Amévo has been named Vice President of Human Resources and Matt Bahr Vice President of Sales.
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    A. O. Smith Corporation Publishes 2022 ESG Report

    Dec. 13, 2022
    The report details water stewardship efforts, greenhouse gas emissions reduction progress and more.
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    UMC Adds Several New Employees to Its Ranks

    Dec. 13, 2022
    The Pacific Northwest mechanical contractor has added to its Major Projects Group, Special Projects Group, Building Automation Group and more.
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    ABC’s Backlog Indicator at Highest Level Since Q2 2019

    Dec. 13, 2022
    Much of the improvement in backlog driven by commercial, institutional, and health care-related construction.
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    NKBA Announces 2023 Board of Directors

    Dec. 13, 2022
    Jan Heck, President & CEO of Miele USA, elected Board Chair.
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    A collage of High 5 team members during some of their High 5 Cares events.

    High 5 Plumbing Showcases Christmas Spirit Year-Round With High 5 Cares

    Dec. 12, 2022
    Denver plumbing company gives back to community by raising awareness for local nonprofits.
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    4 Key Drivers That Enhance the Value of Your Business

    Dec. 12, 2022
    There are key characteristics exhibited by quality MEP sellers that result in favorable M&A outcomes.
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    Weekly Product Gallery: Bemis, Sloan, Pfister, Mikrofill, Bobrick, ThermaSol

    Dec. 9, 2022
    This week's product gallery focuses on the bathroom: bidet seats and attachments, wall-mounted and deck-mounted commercial faucets, a shower column, a urinal conversion system...
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    Construction Materials Prices Down 1% in November

    Dec. 9, 2022
    Materials prices are, however, still up 40% since February 2020.
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    Racing legend Richard Petty speaks to students from Randleman High School.

    Northern Tool + Equipment and Richard Petty Partner to Donate Tools to School

    Dec. 9, 2022
    The donation from Petty and Northern Tool + Equipment’s Tools for the Trades™ program will help hundreds of students at Randleman High School.
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    DPHA Emeritus Executive Director Jim Babbitt (L.) inducts Steven Weinberg (R.) into the DPHA Council of Fellows.

    Steven Weinberg Inducted Into DPHA’s Council of Fellows

    Dec. 8, 2022
    California Faucets Vice President of Sales recognized for his outstanding achievements and dedication to the plumbing industry.
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    A. O. Smith Receives WAVE Water Stewardship Verification

    Dec. 8, 2022
    Program promotes corporate action and commitment to develop strategies, actions and goals across the enterprise.
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    The crowds at AHR Expo 2022 in Las Vegas, NV.

    The Reinvention Convention — AHR Expo Atlanta

    Dec. 8, 2022
    As the event comes closer my words are haunting me: what will a reinvention convention look like?
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    Digital Workflows Help Design and Construction Companies Manage Their Projects and Companies Better

    Dec. 8, 2022
    New research provides in-depth findings that demonstrate the shared benefits for adoption of digital workflows across the project team.
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    The seven-member crew from Harts Services' innovative in-house apprenticeship program.

    Harts Services Supports Habitat for Humanity Renovation Project

    Dec. 8, 2022
    Apprentice team from leading Pacific Northwest plumbing service provider installs complete home water and sewer pipe system as part of holiday home upgrade.
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    Trane, American Standard, Announce National Launch of Link

    Dec. 7, 2022
    The award-winning communication technology is designed to simplify installation, commissioning, and remote monitoring of variable speed HVAC systems.
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    The Service Unlimited, Inc. team with their Making the Difference Award.

    The Unified Group Announces Service Unlimited, Inc. as Recipient of 2022 Making the Difference Award

    Dec. 7, 2022
    The Service Unlimited, Inc. team showcases a variety of outstanding qualities daily, including their genuine care and passion for the members of the group.
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    Goettl Expands With Two New Acquisitions

    Dec. 7, 2022
    Both are a part of Goettl’s “Goettlize the Nation” strategy.
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    WWETT Show to Bring Wastewater and Environmental Service Professionals Together in February

    Dec. 6, 2022
    Annual trade show unveils its conference program.
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    Goulds Water Technology to Exhibit at NGWA Groundwater Week 2022

    Dec. 6, 2022
    Visitors can experience interactive learning opportunities, highlighting product applications that solve modern residential and agriculture water challenges.
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    Bradford White Enhances Protection With Exclusive Partnership

    Dec. 6, 2022
    Leading water heating and storage manufacturer’s Vitraglas® tank lining is now infused with Microban® antimicrobial technology.
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    Max Duggan Wins the 2022 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award®

    Dec. 6, 2022
    Duggan’s achievements will be honored on Wednesday, December 7, in Baltimore, MD by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc., and A. O. Smith.