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    House Reintroduces the PRO Act; The Harris Prefab Advantage; Work Truck Week Sets Record Attendance; Forum: Staying Ahead of the Curve with MCAA President Robert Beck; 3D Modeling; our Hydronics & Radiant section; and much more.
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    The Electrification Roadmap

    April 4, 2023
    Electrification is just one strategy being adopted in the fight against greenhouse gas emissions.
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    Franklin Electric Named to List of America’s Most Trustworthy Companies 2023

    April 3, 2023
    Newsweek selected and ranked America’s Most Trustworthy Companies based on three key performance pillars.

    Legacy Service Partners with John Henry's Plumbing, Heating & Air

    April 3, 2023
    Lincoln, Nebraska-based business will expand the company’s reach in the Midwest.
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    PHCC Releases Q1 2023 Contractor Confidence Index Report

    April 3, 2023
    Survey results cite cautious optimism, although challenges lie ahead.
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    Bradford White Earns 2023 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award

    April 3, 2023
    Leading manufacturer in water heating and storage earns fourth consecutive honor for energy-efficient products.

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    Nonresidential Construction Spending Continues to Increase in February

    April 3, 2023
    Private nonresidential spending was up 0.7%, while public nonresidential construction spending was down 0.2% in February.
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    Survey Reveals Key Training Challenges

    April 3, 2023
    New survey by Interplay Learning and Hanover Research indicate persistent training obstacles for plumbing and electrical companies.
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    ABC Member Testifies to Congress on Pitfalls of Infrastructure Law

    April 3, 2023
    Dreher said that construction materials prices are up 11% since the IIJA was signed into law.
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    ABC Receives Mental Health Visionary Award

    March 31, 2023
    ABC received the award from the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention and United Suicide Survivors International.
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    Design Envelope Pump Delivers Energy Upgrade for Toronto Hotel

    March 31, 2023
    The new Design Envelope pump from Armstrong reduced energy usage by 60%.
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    RESNET® Launches RESNET-Rated Home Label

    March 30, 2023
    One-page label provides information on the home’s ratings and certifications, including ENERGY STAR and WaterSense.
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    Weekly Product Gallery: RWC, Emerson, California Faucets, in2aqua, Magid, Guardian

    March 30, 2023
    This week's gallery spotlights push-to-connect fittings, a valve-integrated flushing ring, squeeze handles for kitchen faucets, a performance shower line, a flexible Level 3 impact...
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    ACEEE Holds 2023 Hot Water Forum

    March 29, 2023
    American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy held it's annual forum—and inaugural Hot Air Forum—in San Diego.
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    Rheem Earns Third Consecutive Energy Star Partner of the Year Honor

    March 29, 2023
    Award honors companies that demonstrate an unwavering commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment.
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    NIBS Consultative Council Issues Report on Decarbonization

    March 29, 2023
    Decarbonizing the building sector will require a massive, strategic, and coordinated effort by the public and private sectors.

    Ripley PR Celebrates 10 Years

    March 29, 2023
    The Maryville, TN-based public relations agency commemorates a decade serving the skilled trades industry.
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    10 Tips for Better Construction Videography

    March 28, 2023
    You don't necessarily have to be a videographer by trade to produce great videos for your company or clients.
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    A. O. Smith Honored with Fifth Consecutive ENERGY STAR® Award

    March 28, 2023
    This year will also mark the third time the company has been honored as a Sustained Excellence partner.
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    A large prefabricated piping assembly for the Minneapolis Bus Garage job. Note the worker in back for scale.

    The Harris Prefab Advantage

    March 28, 2023
    The Bellingham prefabrication shop is one of nine Harris manufacturing facilities across the United States.
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    Watts to Host ASPE-Accredited Webinar

    March 28, 2023
    The topic will be: Pressure Management for Water Loss Control in Public Water Systems.
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    ABI February 2023: Business Conditions Remain Soft at Architecture Firms

    March 28, 2023
    Architectural salaries saw strong gains in 2022, with more modest growth anticipated for 2023.
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    Uponor Announces New VP Role for Integrated Supply Chain

    March 28, 2023
    Since 2017, Sillerud has led North American Operations, a function that includes manufacturing, maintenance, quality, process engineering, real estate, security, and safety.
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    Do You Need a Business Coach?

    March 28, 2023
    You can always improve and unless you continue to work on your game, your game will suffer. It is true is sports and it is true in business.
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    IAPMO Publishes Manual of Recommended Practice for Toilet Room Design

    March 27, 2023
    Manual addresses toilet room design, specifically when it comes to all-gender accessibility and privacy concerns.
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    UA Releases Statement on Right to Work Repeal

    March 27, 2023
    Democrats in Michigan have repealed the state’s Right-to-Work law and reinstated prevailing wage.
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    Staying Ahead of the Curve

    March 27, 2023
    From boiler room to board room, MCAA president Robert Beck says working together in today’s changing landscape is key to moving the industry forward.
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    Lendlease Secures Grants for New York’s Largest Geothermal Residential Building

    March 27, 2023
    Funding will support geoexchange system at 1 Java Street, an all-electric residential development located along Brooklyn’s Greenpoint waterfront.
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    Watts Launches Sustainability-Focused, 6-Week eLearning Campaign

    March 24, 2023
    The campaign will run from March 22 (World Water Day) to April 30.
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    Safe Piping Matters Offers Educational Webinar

    March 24, 2023
    Course covers “Material Considerations for Plumbing Systems,” approved by AIA.
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    Essential Risk Management Guidelines

    March 24, 2023
    Protecting your business and your livelihood should be at the forefront of everything you do.
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    Global Commitment Announced to Eliminate Lead from Drinking Water Supply by 2040

    March 23, 2023
    Inaugural convening event held at United Nations 2023 Water Conference.

    Home Service Category Outperforms Broader Economy

    March 23, 2023
    New apprenticeships continue to spike following record levels in 2022—technical and trade school enrollments see significant growth.
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    Technical Foul: Simple Steps for Smoother Repairs and Installations

    March 23, 2023
    Contractors should not overlook some important steps in the installation, repair and maintenance of equipment.
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    Supply & Demand Chain Executive Honors Rheem’s Chris Haynes

    March 23, 2023
    The award recognizes executives whose accomplishments offer a roadmap for other leaders looking to leverage their supply chain for competitive advantage.
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    Last Chance

    March 23, 2023
    After the homeowner signed the contract and the energy saving boiler was installed, the problem started...
    Wavin at the Water Conference. From left to right: Freek Crum VP Global New Business Development; Courtney Fretz Obregon, Vice President North America Building Business; Michelle Lange, Marketing Director North America; Jacqueline Tran, Project Sales Manager, Urban Climate Resilience (UCR); Brian Schmidt, Global Account Manager, Urban Climate Resilience (UCR); Karina Cabreja, Marketing Manager, North America; and Friso Klapwijk, Director, Global Key Client, Urban Climate Resilience (UCR).

    Wavin at UN 2023 Water Conference

    March 22, 2023
    Water technology company is an accredited delegate to the United Nations Water Conference kicking off on World Water Day.
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    3D Modeling: Save Money, Reduce Risk, Increase Productivity

    March 22, 2023
    Two of the biggest adoption barriers are the skills required to do the modeling work and the upfront time required to get it done. The industry can help with that.
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    Weekly Product Gallery: Lincoln Electric, Laars, Safe Fleet, Grohe, Matco-Norca, Keen

    March 22, 2023
    This week's gallery spotlights a multifunction engine drive, a residential floor-standing combi boiler, fold-up shelving for cargo vans and box trucks, a shower pressure-balance...
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    Angie Simon was presented with the inaugural 'Industry Advocate Award' at the 2023 MEP Innovation Conference for her efforts with the Heavy Metal Summer Experience.

    Mechanical Contractors Teach Students Construction Basics in Growing Program

    March 22, 2023
    In this expanding program, students gain exposure to all aspects of construction, from BIM through fabrication and installation.
    At the 2023 Eagle Awards, National Chair of the ABC Board of Directors Milton Graugnard (center) presents an award to Kyle McMullen of Brasfield and Gorrie while ABC Business Development Committee Chair Michael Barker (left) looks on.

    ABC Honors Contractor of the Year

    March 22, 2023
    At the 33rd Excellence in Construction Gala, organization also bestows awards for individual projects, safety, and diversity.
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    E-commerce, Field Service, and Load Calc

    March 21, 2023
    Reviews of Click To Buy Services, Kickserv and a bundle of load calculating apps.
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    Getting Paid

    March 21, 2023
    The age-old problem of timely payment has been drawn into even sharper focus as projects become scarcer and funding difficult to obtain.
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    Ferguson Extends Commmunity Partnership with IAPMO

    March 21, 2023
    The two organizations urge people to think more carefully about their interactions with water to better appreciate its value.
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    Bemis Toilet Seats Visualize Support for Cancer Fight Event in DC

    March 21, 2023
    Partnership supports initiatives against the second-most deadly cancer in the United States.
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    4 Planning Considerations for a Turbulent Market

    March 20, 2023
    We’re entering “A Year of Inflections”–– for inflation, rates, and growth. Navigating these inflections will be key to business success in the year ahead.
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    IAPMO Seeks Technical Correlating Committee Members

    March 17, 2023
    The TCC is the body responsible for resolving conflicts, achieving correlation among the recommendations of the technical committees, and correcting errors and omissions.
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    ABC Bestows Awards at 2023 Convention

    March 17, 2023
    Associated Builders and Contractors announces it's Craft Professional, Craft Instructor and Young Professional of the Year.
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    Ford Pro Works with Ernst & Young to Educate on EV Tax Credits

    March 16, 2023
    Ford Pro is working with professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP to help give electric vehicle customers no-cost information to learn about IRA tax credits for which they...
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    KNAACK Sponsors the SBD World’s Strongest Man Competition

    March 16, 2023
    Custom event features KNAACK products that showcase strength and durability.
    A verified 14,885 industry professionals gathered at Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis March 7–10 for Work Truck Week 2023.

    Work Truck Week Sets Record Attendance

    March 16, 2023
    Largest event in the work truck industry returns to pre-pandemic levels with 14,885 attendees, sold out Green Truck Summit and exhibit hall.
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    The Smart Construction Site

    March 15, 2023
    How digital transformation is revolutionizing safety and productivity.
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    Construction Materials Prices Up 0.4% in February

    March 15, 2023
    Overall construction input prices are 2.6% higher than a year ago, while nonresidential construction input prices are 2.8% higher.
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    Sixth Annual RIDGID® Experience Now Accepting Entries

    March 14, 2023
    Six grand prize winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip, as well as memorable experiences including a factory tour.
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    ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator and Contractor Confidence Index Rise in February

    March 14, 2023
    Backlog rebounded in February and for the past four months has hovered around highs not seen since the start of the pandemic.

    NCCER Announces New Appointments

    March 14, 2023
    The educational foundation announces its 2023 board of trustees executive committee and new board members.
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    4 Digital Trends Driving Technician-First Field Service

    March 13, 2023
    Tech-first solutions that enhance productivity in the field can be a powerful step toward beating the labor shortage and establishing a competitive advantage.
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    WernerCo North America Announces Executive Promotions

    March 13, 2023
    Both new roles will lead their individual business units, which will include setting the operational and strategic priorities across the North America region.
    Twin Cities Business (TCB) magazine recently honored Cherne Industries with a 2023 Manufacturing Excellence Award for growth and innovation.

    Twin Cities Business Honors Cherne Industries

    March 13, 2023
    Industry-leading manufacturer receives 2023 Manufacturing Excellence Award for growth and innovation.

    Weekly Product Gallery: Stellar, Bell & Gossett, General Pipe Cleaners, Weil-McLain, Niagara, Weather Guard

    March 10, 2023
    This week the product gallery features an aluminum truck body, a high-efficiency smart pump, a kinetic water ram, a high-efficiency cast-iron boiler, modern sinks, and an aluminum...
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    Construction Adds 24,000 Jobs in February

    March 10, 2023
    On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has risen by 249,000 jobs, an increase of 3.2%.
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    $20 Million Agreement to Advance Registered Apprenticeships

    March 10, 2023
    Agreement between the Department of Labor and the TradesFutures non-profit will advance equitable opportunities in construction.
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    Fynn Raises $36 Million to Combat Skilled Labor Shortage

    March 9, 2023
    Fynn's student loans enable students of all backgrounds to pursue a degree from trade or technical schools.
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    David Scheitlin to Serve as 59th NTEA Board Chair

    March 9, 2023
    He accepted the position from immediate past Board chair Tina Albright, vice president of human relations & safety at TBEI.
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    A. O. Smith Uni. Continues Virtual Training, Reintroduces In-Person Classes

    March 8, 2023
    The schedule offers sessions on various topics, including residential and commercial gas and electric offerings, tankless and heat pump water heaters.
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    Construction Job Openings Fall by 240,000 in January

    March 8, 2023
    Almost one-half of all construction job openings disappeared in a single month.
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    Sloan Announces Dr. Paul Sambanis as VP of Sustainability

    March 8, 2023
    Sambanis joins Sloan after six years at Henkel Corporation as its North America sustainability and environment manager.
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    NTEA Releases Spring 2023 US Commercial Vehicle Market Report

    March 8, 2023
    Semi-annual market report is a collaboration with Commercial Truck Trader and S&P Global Mobility.
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    2023: The Year of Growth and Technology in Construction

    March 7, 2023
    Construction professionals are beginning realize the opportunities effective preconstruction solutions can provide their business.
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    Should Your Next Work Van be Electric? 8 Considerations

    March 7, 2023
    Electric vehicles (EVs) are quickly taking over the consumer automotive sector and are moving into the commercial space, too.
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    ABC Announces Fifth Annual List of Top-Performing US Construction Contractors

    March 7, 2023
    This year’s Top Performers include women-owned businesses, service-disabled and veteran-owned businesses, as well as minority-owned businesses large and small.
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    EcoWater Enters Exclusive Partnership with Phyn

    March 6, 2023
    As an industry-first partnership, EcoWater and Phyn help solve many of the water challenges facing homeowners.
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    Carhartt Awards $225,000 in Grants to Advance Women in the Skilled Trades

    March 6, 2023
    Carhartt’s For the Love of Labor grant program was founded to support community-based organizations that educate, train and place workers into skilled trade jobs.

    NCCER Asks Women: What’s It Like to Work in Construction and What Needs To Change?

    March 6, 2023
    NCCER analyzed 770 responses to a survey directed to women in the industry.
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    Young Plumbers to Showcase Skills for a Sustainable Future at ISH 2023

    March 2, 2023
    Early career plumbers from seven countries will demonstrate skill sets needed to help meet contemporary energy-efficient building targets.
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    House Reintroduces the PRO Act

    March 2, 2023
    The sweeping package of labor reforms is met with both praise and condemnation from different ends of the labor relations spectrum.

    Bradford White’s Eric Truskoski to Address Evolving Regulatory Landscape at MCAA23

    March 2, 2023
    In “The New Normal for the Political Environment,” Truskoski will help industry professionals understand the impact of increasing local, state and federal legislation.
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    Propane Reducing Emissions Through Recharging Infrastructure

    March 2, 2023
    Dual-purpose standalone system allows fleets to refuel with propane autogas or to recharge using a propane-powered microgrid.
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    Hamid Sarshar Named President of TESCO Controls

    March 2, 2023
    Seasoned leader to drive TESCO’s next phase of strategic growth.

    Third-Annual Jobber Grants to Award $150,000 to 25 Home Service Businesses

    March 2, 2023
    First-of-its-kind grant program has helped launch, grow, and strengthen 55 home service businesses to date.
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    Members of Franklin Electric's new ERG, the Franklin Women’s Network (FWN).

    Franklin Electric Launches Franklin Women’s Network

    March 2, 2023
    The new employee resource group had a kick-off event on Feb. 22nd that unveiled plans for the group and its engagement activities throughout the year.
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    Bridging the Gap Between Wellness and Productivity

    March 2, 2023
    Savvy business leaders have come to recognize the connection between their employees’ lives outside of the company and their productivity and performance in it.
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    Anatomy of a Kitchen Remodel Permit

    March 2, 2023
    There are a few key aspects of a kitchen remodel that will determine the complexity of the permitting process ahead.

    NCCER’S Complete Sprinkler Fitting Fourth Edition Now Available

    March 1, 2023
    The fully updated four-level program is designed to provide comprehensive and relevant sprinkler fitter training.
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    IAPMO Group Launches March4Water Month

    March 1, 2023
    The observance will help recognize plumbing systems’ vital role in building community resilience and protecting public health.
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    WaterSense-listed Chicago Faucet and Geberit NA products.

    Chicago Faucets, Geberit North America Mark 15 Years Partnership with WaterSense

    March 1, 2023
    Chicago Faucets and Geberit North American both offer a wide selection of independently certified WaterSense listed products.
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    Wolseley Canada Donates to Support Clean Water Initiatives in Canada

    March 1, 2023
    A portion of all sales from PROFLO products will be donated to address water challenges through education and training.
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    'Skilled' Docuseries from 3M Showcases Need for Meaningful Trade Careers

    March 1, 2023
    3M commits to advocacy and education to expand the talent pipeline.

    Weekly Product Gallery: in2aqua, Ridgid, Toto, METUS, GF Piping, Thermal Solutions

    March 1, 2023
    This week's gallery highlights a kitchen faucet collection, a drain-cleaning machine that accomplishes two tasks simultaneously, a shower body spray, a hybrid VRF zoning system...
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    EGIA Foundation Announces 2022 Class of 19 HVAC HERO Scholarship Recipients

    Feb. 28, 2023
    New class of scholarship recipients takes EGIA Foundation’s total HVAC scholarship contributions to over $225,000 in five years.
    A well building team used a truck-mounted drill rig made by Atlas Corp.

    German Faucet Manufacturer Pledges 10% of Net Profit to Bring Water to Drought Areas

    Feb. 28, 2023
    in2aqua has made bringing water resources to drought-ridden areas one of its company goals.
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    Xylem Appoints Earl Ellis to Board of Directors

    Feb. 28, 2023
    Ellis currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ABM Industries Incorporated.
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    North America Dominates Global Industrial Construction Project Pipeline

    Feb. 28, 2023
    The US dominates the project pipeline in North America with the total value of projects amounting to $876.2 billion.
    HC Blake is using Trimble VDC Pro+ to streamline detailing and prefab workflows.

    HC Blake Streamlines Office-to-Field Collaboration

    Feb. 27, 2023
    Contractor saves time, improves field efficiency by sharing BIM models with visual 3D modelng and collaboration solution