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    Our 2023 Book of Giants; ABC Announces 2023 National Craft Championships; PHCC Releases Q1 Contractor Confidence Report; The Evolving Regulation Environment; 6 Reasons Why Plumbing is a Noble Profession; and much more.
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    Strange Days

    May 2, 2023
    The more you think about the current economic climate the weirder it gets.
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    ABC Releases 2023 Guide to Construction Safety Best Practices

    April 28, 2023
    The annual guide is also a comprehensive study of the impact of the STEP Safety Management System.
    A Haberberger technician welds a section of cast iron pipe at the company's new piping facility.

    Tale of Two Giants

    April 28, 2023
    The two large mechanical contractors profiled for our 2023 Book of Giants have, from similar beginnings, followed different paths to success.
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    The new Central Records Complex (CRC) located in Winchester, Virginia.

    Giants in the News 2023

    April 27, 2023
    The latest news and happenings from some of the largest mechanical contractors in the nation.
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    IAPMO Seeks UPC Adult Changing Station Task Group Members

    April 27, 2023
    Applicants are not required to be members of the UPC Technical Committee.

    More content from May 2023

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    General Liability Insurance: Protecting Subcontractors

    April 26, 2023
    Thoroughly reading contracts and carrying the right coverage can help save MEP contractors from lawsuits and damaged reputations.
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    Replacing Command and Control Management with Head-Coach Management Style

    April 26, 2023
    Today's managers cannot have all the answers. To deal with this new reality, companies are moving away from traditional command-and-control practices.
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    OSHA, Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association Sign Training Alliance

    April 26, 2023
    The new alliance hopes to educate employers and workers on the hazards of trenching and excavation.
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    The near-complete solar-powered home from the Ball State team.

    DOE Announces 21st Annual Solar Decathlon Winners

    April 25, 2023
    Ball State University, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and The Cooper Union Named 2023 Build and Design Challenge Winners.

    Malco Debuts New Product Idea Contest

    April 25, 2023
    Top prize includes VIP trip to industry event, chance to work with product design team.
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    Weekly Product Gallery: LG, Rheem, Lochinvar, Weil-McLain, QED Systems, Thermal Solutions

    April 24, 2023
    This week's gallery features an inverter heat pump water heater, a high-efficiency gas water heater, a floor-mount combi boiler, a commercial cast-iron boiler, a high-capacity...
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    Pat Linhardt's favorite steam gauge from his personal collection. Ounces to the right of zero, inches of water column of vacuum to the left of zero.

    Lowest Possible Pressure

    April 24, 2023
    Banging pipes—what we call water hammer—was disturbing a family’s rest.
    A group shot of all competitors in the 2023 National Craft Championships.

    ABC Announces the 2023 National Craft Champions

    April 24, 2023
    The 34th annual competition showcased the skills and expertise of nearly 200 of the nation’s top-performing craft professionals.
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    How Service Networks Drive Growth for Residential Maintenance Contractors

    April 21, 2023
    Service networks are not just an added source of work—they also come with incredible benefits for both the contractor and the customer.
    From left to right are Sam Haberberger, Treasurer and Project Estimator; Steve Haberberger, Jr., President and CEO; Joe Haberberger, Service Manager; Ben Haberberger, Vice President and Project Manager, and Jeff Haberberger, Vice President and Project Manager.

    Haberberger Celebrates 75 Years of Growth

    April 21, 2023
    Haberberger has seen tremendous growth over the years to become an industry leader.
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    Extending Life of Buildings (and the Planet) with Retro-Commissioning

    April 21, 2023
    There are strategies that are cost effective, quick to implement, and result in an immediate reduction in a building’s impact on climate change.
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    Jerry Winslet, A. O. Smith senior technical trainer (left) and Ronnie Sanders of Sanders Plumbing (right).

    Scale Prevention Technology Stars in Former NFL Quarterback’s Home

    April 20, 2023
    Chris Redman, Super Bowl-winning quarterback, replaces four 50-gallon tank water heaters in his home’s basement.
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    IAPMO Hires Cambria McLeod as VP of Industry Relations and Business Development

    April 19, 2023
    McLeod is an industry expert in product compliance, with 17 years’ experience in the plumbing industry.
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    Weekly Product Gallery: Bradford White, Nibco, REHAU, Native Trails, Stiebel Eltron, EnerSavings

    April 19, 2023
    This week's gallery highlights a line of commercial electric water heaters, an alternative to traditional boiler drains, polymer multi-port tees, precious metals finishes, instant...
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    EGIA Contractor University Announces Major Expansion Plans

    April 19, 2023
    Association plans to significantly expand training resources as well as in-person training events.
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    Market Report: Subcontractors Bear the Brunt of Rising Materials, Labor Costs

    April 19, 2023
    Survey of nearly 900 commercial construction professionals reveals $97 billion in unplanned expenses.
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    Matt Stem Joins Oatey Co. as Vice President, Distribution and Global Logistics

    April 19, 2023
    Stem comes to Oatey from Spray Products Corporation, where he served as Vice President, Operations.
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    6 Reasons Why Plumbing is a Noble Profession

    April 19, 2023
    Take pride in your profession. Take pride in plumbing.
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    Department of Labor Announces Launch of ‘Beat the Heat’ Contest

    April 19, 2023
    OSHA seeking new tools to increase awareness of heat hazards at work.

    BDR Celebrates 25 Years of Empowering Home Service Pros

    April 18, 2023
    Training and coaching provider for HVAC, plumbing, and electrical contractors and distributors will mark its 25th anniversary throughout 2023.
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    Peterman Cares Program Provides New Water Heater for Disabled Vet and His Family

    April 18, 2023
    Peterman Brothers donated and installed a new water heater for a family facing unexpected financial challenges.
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    The Service Fusion payment screen.

    Messaging, AI and Proposals

    April 18, 2023
    Reviews of ServiceCall.ai messaging software, the Mobile Monkey and Chatfuel chatbot platforms, and QuoteWerks quote and proposal software.
    Left to right: Aquacycl founder Orianna Bretschger and Karina Pena, co-founder and CEO of Field Factors, winners of the Audience Choice Award.

    Wavin Invests $50,000 in Aquacycl High Strength Wastewater Treatment

    April 18, 2023
    Four additional water technology company founders pitched their solutions to a panel of judges.
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    Quality Control - Callbacks

    April 17, 2023
    Whether you are a large company or a one-man shop, callbacks are one of the largest drains on profitability you can have.
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    Members of the Williams Comfort Air and the Mr. Plumber team pose alongside members of the Indianapolis Fire Department.

    Williams Comfort Air and Mr. Plumber Donate CO Detectors to Indy Fire Department

    April 17, 2023
    IFD reports increased need for these devices in the wake of increased residential fire fatalities.
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    Vancouver Makes Use of IAPMO’s Water Demand Calculator™ Optional for Potable Water Systems

    April 17, 2023
    Contained within Appendix M of the 2021 Uniform Plumbing Code the WDC v2.1 addresses water quality issues attributed to lower flows in oversized premise plumbing.
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    Weekly Product Gallery: Bryan Boilers, Niles Steel Tank, RIDGID, General Pipe Cleaners, Empava, Brass Knuckle

    April 17, 2023
    This week's gallery focuses on an electric boiler series, glass tank linings with Microban, a digital mini drain camera, a line of jetters, a rectangular whirlpool tub, and cut...
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    Rosie the Riveter, an American media icon associated with female defense workers during World War II.

    What the US Construction Industry Needs: More Rosie the Riveters

    April 14, 2023
    Women can help fill construction labor shortages, while moving into well-paid jobs with a future.
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    FMI Report Projects Continued Design-Build Growth Despite Challenges

    April 14, 2023
    Design-build expected to account for nearly half of all construction spending by 2026.
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    IWSH Improving Access to Hygiene Facilities

    April 14, 2023
    IWSH team, with support from volunteers, constructed a laundry facility for the students living on campus at Bacone College.
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    ASSP Launches Online Education Series on Standards

    April 14, 2023
    Attendees will receive all standards in the Z359 fall protection code and be better equipped to help their organizations prevent fall-related hazards.
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    March Construction Input Prices Down Year-Over-Year for First Time Since August 2020

    April 13, 2023
    ABC's analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that prices still remain 39% higher than February of 2020.
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    Goulds Factory School Introduces First Female-Only Class

    April 12, 2023
    Inaugural class bolsters support, provides a pipeline for women in the trades.
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    USGBC and IWBI Release Streamlined Certification Pathway for LEED and WELL

    April 11, 2023
    New process simplifies documentation requirements while maintaining the high standards required to achieve each certification.
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    ABC’s March Construction Backlog Indicator Down to Lowest Level Since August 2022

    April 11, 2023
    Backlog is down on a monthly basis in every region except for the South.
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    United Flow Technologies Acquires Kodru-Mooney and Macaulay Controls

    April 10, 2023
    UFT adds two leading equipment solution providers in highly strategic Texas and Midwest regions.
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    Bosch Thermotechnology Rebrands as Bosch Home Comfort Group

    April 10, 2023
    The move reflects the company's innovative product portfolio, commitment to electrification.
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    Construction Employment Decreases by 9,000 in March

    April 7, 2023
    Nonresidential construction employment fell by 1,800 positions on net, with declines in 2 of the 3 subcategories.
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    Weathering the Storm: Quality Construction with Cutting-Edge Tech

    April 6, 2023
    Against the backdrop of a volatile market, the industry will need to make room for digital technologies to stay competitive.
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    Wrench Group Expands to Memphis with Comfort Dynamics

    April 6, 2023
    Memphis is Wrench Group’s second market in Tennessee after adding Nashville in late 2022.
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    Rebuilding American Infrastructure—and its Skilled Construction Workforce

    April 6, 2023
    The surest way to meet the industry’s workforce supply need is to scale up the union model of training.
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    How to Incentivize the Gen Z Workforce in 2023

    April 5, 2023
    Six attributes that make a company attractive to Gen Z workers.
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    PMI’s Inspiring Leaders Program to Take Off at Seattle's Museum of Flight

    April 5, 2023
    The PMI Inspiring Leaders Program fosters leadership, teamwork, creativity and innovation.
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    Weekly Product Gallery: Infinity Drain, Uponor, Intellihot, Viega, Peerless, Resideo

    April 5, 2023
    This week's product gallery features a universal clamping ring for decorative drains, kitting services for repeatable commercial rooms, a point-of-use tankless water heater, press...
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    Robotic Total Stations: Thriving in a BIM-Enabled World

    April 5, 2023
    Robotic solutions can minimize errors and reduce rework by ensuring layout and measurement within tolerances.
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    EGIA Contractor University & OPTIMUS Financing Officially Announce the Date & Location for EPIC2024

    April 4, 2023
    The 2024 conference will take place March 11-12, 2024, at the Disneyland Hotel Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.
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    Construction Job Openings Jump By 129,000 in February

    April 4, 2023
    Analysis by ABC shows sharp contrast to January's steep decline.
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    IAPMO WE•Stand Monograph Now Available

    April 4, 2023
    Individuals anticipating an active role in the development of the WE•Stand at the technical committee meetings, May 17-18 will want to download these documents
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    IAPMO USHGC, USPSHTC Code Change Monographs Now Available

    April 4, 2023
    Individuals anticipating an active role at the technical committee meetings May 15-16 will want to download these documents.