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    Brothers Bertolino are PHCC-NA's Contractors of the Year; When Heat Exchangers Fail; Kevin Tindall Receives the Col. George D. Scott Award; Contractors Giving Back; Feature: The Problem of Clean, Accessible Water; Products of the Year; Best and Worst of 2023, and more.
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    The Best and Worst of 2023

    Dec. 6, 2023
    I think the best thing I’ve seen this year has been the willingness of people in this industry to give back.
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    Rugged Mobile Technology Empowers Construction Technicians

    Dec. 1, 2023
    Rugged mobile technology gives construction crews the computing power they need without leaving the construction site.
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    Nonresidential Construction Spending Inches Higher in October, Up 20% Over the Past Year

    Dec. 1, 2023
    Private nonresidential spending increased 0.1% in October, while public nonresidential construction spending was up 0.2%.

    SFA Saniflo USA Makes Donation to Toys for Tots

    Dec. 1, 2023
    Donation to the US Marine Corps Reserve-founded nonprofit will help bring hope and happiness this holiday season.
    A. O. Smith

    Jayden Daniels wins the 2023 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

    Nov. 30, 2023
    The California native tops the statistical charts across the country for total yards thrown, deep throws and notable runs.

    More content from December 2023

    Elite Trades Championship

    National Search for America's Top Plumber Concludes

    Nov. 30, 2023
    CBS Sports broadcast highlights skilled trades as the nation's top electricians, plumbers, HVAC and auto techs compete for their share of over $300,000 in awards.
    Rooter Hero

    Rooter Hero Gives Back Year-Round Through Hero Helps Program

    Nov. 30, 2023
    The franchise chain partners to donate services and materials to charitable causes.
    High 5 Plumbing

    High 5 Plumbing Makes $3,000 Donation to Hope House of Colorado

    Nov. 30, 2023
    The donation is part of the company’s High 5 Cares program.

    Plastics Pipe Institute Announces Education Committee Chair Appointment

    Nov. 29, 2023
    Jason McKinnon has more than twenty years of engineering and training experience developing new curriculum and training modules.
    MAC Faucets

    MAC Faucets Commits to Sustainable Faucet Manufacturing

    Nov. 29, 2023
    Eco-friendly practices in manufacturing, energy use and product design reduce environmental impact.

    Wrench Group Expands to Oklahoma City

    Nov. 28, 2023
    The group continues its “greenfield” growth strategy of launching new businesses in top markets across the country.

    Noritz America Names Eric Ashley to Newly Created Product-Management Post

    Nov. 28, 2023
    Ashley will oversee Noritz’s continuing efforts to develop new tankless technologies and products.
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    How Solid Tax Planning Can Ensure Continued Success for Your Business

    Nov. 28, 2023
    The primary reason for tax planning is to minimize a company’s tax liability.
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    Water Treatment System Market to Reach $ 128.23 Billion by 2033

    Nov. 27, 2023
    Market is expected to be driven by an average CAGR of 6.2% according to analysis from Future Market Insights.
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    When Heat Exchangers Fail

    Nov. 22, 2023
    E.M. Duggan and Duggan Mechanical Services used Laars Magnatherm boilers to repair a luxury condo building’s hydronic heating system.

    Solutions for Your Daily Business Pain Points

    Nov. 21, 2023
    Reviews of the Design Master drafting program, the Dartbid proposal solution, Boxcore safety software, Duct Pro scannable solution and HomeBuddy lead-gen software.
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    Customer Relations: Put Yourself in the Customer’s Shoes

    Nov. 21, 2023
    Human contact and interaction is at the heart of our business.

    Bradford White Donates $10,000 to Help Mel Trotter Ministries Fight Hunger

    Nov. 21, 2023
    Trusted manufacturer is also donating to the Hope Village affordable housing project and volunteer hours to prepare and serve Thanksgiving meals.
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    Changes in the Auto Industry Could Mean Challenges for Your Fleet

    Nov. 21, 2023
    Being knowledgeable of the state of the auto and work truck industry will help you make the right decisions managing your fleet.

    Bradford White Supports Philabundance in Fight Against Hunger with $10,000 Donation

    Nov. 21, 2023
    Leading manufacturer continues partnership with local community organization and its ongoing efforts to eradicate food insecurity

    A #GivingTuesday Goal: IWSH Raising Donations to Support Life-Changing Plumbing Projects

    Nov. 20, 2023
    Donations to IWSH support its mission to use skilled professionals to provide plumbing repairs and upgrades for underserved communities.
    Pat Linhardt

    Modern Hydronic Distribution - Circa 1962!

    Nov. 20, 2023
    One of the reasons I still work is my curiosity for finding something different, and on this job I was not disappointed.

    CONTRACTOR'S Products of the Year 2023

    Nov. 20, 2023
    CONTRACTOR'S Products of the Year are chosen by our readers, based on pageviews of our Weekly Product Galleries.

    Rural America and the Problem of Clean, Accessible Water

    Nov. 20, 2023
    There are 2.2 million people in the US without running water inside their homes—no sinks, bathtubs, or toilets.

    Weekly Product Gallery: Panasonic, Taco, Peerless, Navien, Emerson, Watson-Marlow

    Nov. 17, 2023
    This week's gallery focuses on a rugged laptop, a flow-through expansion tank, a five-setting showerhead, a hydro-furnace, a digital process controller, and a fluid transfer pump...
    PHCC National Association

    Kevin Tindall of New Jersey Receives the Col. George D. Scott Award

    Nov. 17, 2023
    PHCC presented its highest honor to Tindall during its annual awards ceremony, held at PHCCCONNECT2023.
    PHCC National Association

    Brothers Rob and Tony Bertolino of Virginia Honored as PHCC’s Plumbing Contractors of the Year

    Nov. 17, 2023
    Sponsored by Delta Faucet, the award was presented Oct. 27 at PHCCCONNECT2023 in Cleveland, Ohio.

    ABC Announces 2024 National Chair, Executive Committee

    Nov. 16, 2023
    Buddy Henley, president, Henley Construction Co. Inc., was elected the 2024 ABC national chair.

    ASCE Celebrates Anniversary of Infrastructure Law Passage, Inaugural National Stormwater Day

    Nov. 16, 2023
    Stormwater Day marks an initiative to draw awareness to stormwater pollution.
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    Construction Input Prices Decrease 1.2% in October

    Nov. 15, 2023
    The decrease was driven by lower prices for lumber, steel and energy.
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    5 Key Phases to Build a Winning Service Team

    Nov. 15, 2023
    Focusing on these five components to create a well-oiled machine capable of tackling any project that comes its way.
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    Continuous Improvement for Plumbing and Heating Contractors

    Nov. 14, 2023
    Continuous improvement is key for any plumbing and heating contractors looking to gain a competitive edge over other businesses.
    Center Line Heating

    Center Line Heating and Cooling: Manpower and Know-How

    Nov. 14, 2023
    The design-build project was to include three patio levels—each snowmelted—a heated pool, spa, bathrooms and a solarium.
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    ABC's Construction Backlog Indicator Falls Sharply for Small Contractors, Increases for Large Contractors in October

    Nov. 14, 2023
    Backlog now stands at its lowest level since the first quarter of 2022.

    GF Piping to Close Uponor Transaction

    Nov. 13, 2023
    Strong focus on value creation and attractive end markets with new piping systems setup.
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    Trimble Announces 2023 Construction Management Award Winners

    Nov. 10, 2023
    This year’s judges included several construction award winners from year's past years who are invited to be on the panel annually.
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    Oatey Co. Appoints Logan Weiland Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

    Nov. 10, 2023
    Weiland comes to Oatey with more than a decade of experience in public accounting at Ernst & Young.
    Germain in the United Arab Emirates, 2020: Germain's military experience instilled in him qualities such as innovative thinking, resilience and teamwork.

    Saluting Veterans: Ferguson Leading the Charge to Bridge the Skilled Trades Gap

    Nov. 10, 2023
    Keith Germain's journey from the military to the skilled trades sheds light on veterans' contributions.
    General Pipe Cleaners

    Weekly Product Gallery: General Pipe Cleaners, Infinity Drain, GE Appliances, T&S Brass, Wilo, EcoWater

    Nov. 9, 2023
    This week's product gallery spotlights pipe-thawing machines, a bath drain maintenance kit, a two-way energy management thermostat, designer commercial sensor faucets, a wet-rotor...
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    AI in Construction Market Projected to Top $13.5B by 2030

    Nov. 9, 2023
    Analysis from Adroit Market Research highlights the many advantages that should work to drive adoption.
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    Plumbing Technology Trends for 2024

    Nov. 9, 2023
    What are the top trends in plumbing technology businesses should be prepared to encounter in 2024 and beyond?
    Steve Malm, Ashely Martin and Rex Martin.

    NIBCO Announces Executive Leadership Appointments

    Nov. 9, 2023
    These new appointments are effective immediately and reflect the company’s commitment to its long-term growth strategy.
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    Peterman Brothers

    Peterman Brothers Named Winner of BBB Torch Awards for Ethics

    Nov. 8, 2023
    A leading area residential services company honored for its dedication to integrity and ethical business practices in Indiana.
    Bradford White
    Javier Ramos was a participant in ECA’s contractor heat pump training this year.

    Bradford White Supports Innovative ECA Heat Pump Internship Opportunities

    Nov. 8, 2023
    $50,000 donation through the Industry Forward program will extend its partnership with PA agency committed to sustainable energy and skilled trades training.
    The 2023 PHCC Plumbing Apprentice Contest winners.

    PHCC Educational Foundation Congratulates 2023 National Apprentice Contest Winners

    Nov. 8, 2023
    The contests were held October 25th & 26th in Cleveland, Ohio on the tradeshow floor during the PHCC—National Association’s CONNECT 2023 event.
    Harts Services
    A plumbing trainee learning the trade.

    Harts Services Supports the Future of the Skilled Trades with Innovative Training Program

    Nov. 8, 2023
    Tacoma plumbing service provider advocates transformational thinking about trades with immersive Harts Academy initiative.
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    New Corporate Name, New US HQ for Ariston Thermo

    Nov. 8, 2023
    Ariston designs, manufactures, and sells products under the brand names of HTP, Ariston and American Standard Water Heaters.
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    Weil-McLain Launches ‘The Road to Success’ Contractor Promotion

    Nov. 8, 2023
    Contractors can compete to win an ECO® Tec Series 2 High-Efficiency 199-C Combi Boiler and a Weil-McLain-branded Chevy Impala collectible.
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    Post-Accident Workforce Drug Positivity for Marijuana Reached 25-Year High in 2022

    Nov. 7, 2023
    Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index analysis finds marijuana, cocaine and amphetamines showed widespread increases across industry sectors.
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    NIOSH Offers Information to Protect Workers From Lead Exposure When Replacing Lead Pipes

    Nov. 7, 2023
    Working in excavated pits, cutting or handling lead pipes, or digging with heavy equipment or a shovel may expose workers to lead.
    Graig Childress holds his two first place trophies.

    Boston Plumber’s Pipe Dream Comes True at Inaugural Plumbing National Championship

    Nov. 7, 2023
    The Elite Trades Championship Series is on a mission to elevate the profile of plumbing by framing pipework as a competitive sport.
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    BLANCO Becomes Plumbing Manufacturers International’s Newest Manufacturing Member

    Nov. 7, 2023
    Founded in Oberderdingen, Germany, in 1925, the company has marketed its granite composite and stainless steel sinks, faucets and other products in the US for the past 35 years...
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    New Technical Document: Applying Spray Foam Insulation in and Around Plastic Pipes

    Nov. 6, 2023
    New document from the Plastic Pipe Institute details the proper steps for use.

    Weekly Product Gallery: Sloan, A. O. Smith, Bradford White, Bell & Gossett, Toto, MAC Faucets

    Nov. 3, 2023
    This week, we highlight molded bathroom sinks, a smart hybrid electric heat pump water heater, a series of commercial medium-duty electric water heaters, a packaged booster system...
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    Limbach Holdings, Inc. Acquires Specialty Mechanical Contractor Industrial Air, LLC

    Nov. 3, 2023
    NC-based Industrial Air serves industrial customers throughout the Southeast United States and along the Eastern Seaboard.
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    Nonresidential Construction Employment Increased in October

    Nov. 3, 2023
    Industry wage growth outpaces the economy-wide average, says analysis from ABC.
    Goulds Water Technology
    James, Alex and Cazden Christensen are just three of this year’s GPDA scholarship program recipients. Their family-run business, Christensen Well & Irrigation, specializes in water well drilling services.

    Goulds Water Technology Empowers the Next Generation of Water Technology Talent with 2023 GPDA Scholarship

    Nov. 2, 2023
    High school students of GPDA members receive $24,000 in scholarships to fund higher education.
    Sloan's 2023 ESG Report.

    Sloan Publishes Inaugural ESG Report

    Nov. 2, 2023
    Report highlights key objectives, demonstrates continued commitment to sustainability.
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    Bradford White Announces Support for Explore The Trades Through Industry Forward® Grant

    Nov. 2, 2023
    Manufacturer gives $8,000 to further national nonprofit’s mission and raise awareness of skilled trades career opportunities.
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    15 Ways To Increase Boiler Efficiency

    15 Ways to Increase Boiler Efficiency

    Nov. 2, 2023
    Here are 15 easy tips to help make a boiler system more efficient and help facilities save money on their monthly bills.
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    Plumbing Supply Co. Pays $3.2M to Escrow for More Than 700 Employees

    Nov. 2, 2023
    DOL filed suit against F.W. Webb Co. in 2020, claiming that the employer exempted employees from federal overtime protections improperly and seeking the back wages owed to the...
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    All State Construction Unemployment Rates Remain Under 10% in September

    Nov. 2, 2023
    States with the lowest estimated NSA construction unemployment rates were led by Maryland at 0.4%.
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    Plumbing Manufacturers International Expresses Support for Actions to Convert Commercial Buildings to Residential Use

    Nov. 2, 2023
    The actions will prioritize the creation of much-needed residential housing that is affordable, energy-efficient, greenhouse gas-reducing, and near transit and good jobs.
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    Attendees at the 2023 Safety Directors’ Forum.

    The Impact of a Safety Culture on Physical, Mental Wellbeing

    Nov. 1, 2023
    The Unified Group discusses safety resources during 2023 Safety Directors’ Forum.
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    Principles at Direct Service, Construction & Design gather at the groundbreaking of their new DFW facility.

    Direct Service, Construction & Design Expands Presence in Texas

    Nov. 1, 2023
    Commercial MEP company expansion provides best in class HVAC, electrical and plumbing services and adds trade jobs in North Texas.
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    Building Meaningful Relationships Between Designers and Contractors

    Nov. 1, 2023
    An open mindset and willingness to work together is the simplest but most effective practice from both the design and construction sides.
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    Construction Job Openings Increased by 56,000 in September

    Nov. 1, 2023
    Industry job openings increased by 56,000 last month but are down by 35,000 from the same time last year.
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    Nonresidential Construction Spending Increases For the 16th Straight Month in September

    Nov. 1, 2023
    On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, nonresidential spending totaled $1.1 trillion.
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    Transparency and Trust: Navigating Delicate Topics with Clients

    Oct. 31, 2023
    Learn how to navigate sensitive topics with clients with ease to make the best of each challenging situation.
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    NCCER Announces New Approach to Construction Superintendent Development and Certification

    Oct. 30, 2023
    The self-paced, online program features highly relevant insights from experienced superintendents and seasoned industry experts.