April 2016

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Milwaukee Tool

Milwaukee Tool introduces the addition of Close Quarters Tubing Cutters in ½-, ¾- and 1-inch sizes. The most compact cutters of their kind, they provide...more...

The Dwyer Group, Inc. has announced the return of franchise marketing veteran Lori Johnson as a vice president of brand management.

In her new...more...

Nearly 130 PHCC members took their message about the industry's "workforce time bomb" to Capitol Hill during the May 18-19 PHCC Legislative Conference.

Filled...more...

Liberty Pumps hosted hundreds of visitors for its 2016 Open House, April 27. The event was planned with two separate segments, one for family and...more...

McKinstry, based in Seattle, Wash., has introduced Robotic Total Station technology in constructing the 88,000 sq. ft. four-story Matilda Building in Spokane, Wash.

While...more...

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J.C. Whitlam Manufacturing

J.C. Whitlam Manufacturing has added TALON Drain Opener to its TALON branded products.

TALON Drain Opener is specifically formulated for use by professional plumbing...more...

InSinkErator has renewed its commitment to the plumbing profession by again making a significant cash contribution to the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Educational Foundation.

InSinkErator presented...more...

David P. Frame, owner of Bob Frame Plumbing Service Inc., a fourth generation, family-owned plumbing contractor business in South Bend, Ind., was recently elected to...more...

The Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition has released the Phase 2.1 supplemental report on the drainline transport of solid waste in building drains. The study builds...more...

The conference schedule for the upcoming Pump Summit Americas has been released with a complete timetable of plenary presentations, workshops, and speakers’ corner presentations for...more...

Watts Water Technologies, Inc. on April 20 held the grand opening of the Watts Works Learning Center, a state-of-the-art facility where customers, distributors, sales representatives,...more...

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Bosch Tools

The Bosch BLAZE GLM 20 laser measure is an easier, faster and more accurate way to measure. It delivers laser precision technology and real-time measurement...more...

Next step is House and Senate reconciliation of S. 2012 and H.R. 8

Plumbing Manufacturers International applauds the U.S. Senate’s passage of the...more...

DiversiTech Corp., has purchased Quick-Sling LLC., a manufacturer of mounting products for residential, commercial and industrial HVAC equipment

The acquisition, completed April 12, provides...more...

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Willoughby Industries

Willoughby Industries offers a full line of commercial grade stainless steel flush valve covers for those applications where exposed flush valves need to be covered...more...

Uponor North America is making it even easier for plumbing professionals to expand their business into the residential fire sprinkler market by providing online access...more...

EMCOR Group said April 15 that it has completed its acquisition of Ardent Services, LLC and Rabalais Constructors for a purchase price of $205 million...more...

In an effort to show how sustainable homebuilding solutions can inform new home building, or renovation efforts to existing homes, Taco Comfort Solutions is sponsoring...more...

Samuel A. Shuman of Speer Mechanical, Columbus, OH, and MCAA past president died at 89 on April 12. Shuman, a graduate of Penn State University,...more...

OSHA is fining a Middletown, Pa., company $41,000 for failing to protect employees during a trench collapse in September.

According to OSHA, the trench's...more...

Petri Plumbing and Heating, Inc., a plumbing and home service company serving Brooklyn and Manhattan since 1906, has earned a place on Angie's List Super...more...

The Dwyer Group, Inc. has hired Cody Pierce to the position of senior vice president of marketing.

Pierce will report to chief strategy and...more...

While the plumbing, heating, cooling and piping (PHCP) industry has come a long way in adapting and utilizing new technology, there are still a number...more...

At its recent Power Meeting 44 held March 17-19, members of Quality Service Contractors elected new officers and trustees.

Jeff Kuhn, S & K...more...

The Mechanical Contractors Association became the first local association to contribute $500,000 to the MCAA’s Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation. The foundation was founded...more...

Moen has launched a new line of seven garbage disposals models that feature Moen's VORTEX permanent magnet motor technology, which quickly and powerfully grinds food...more...

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Bell & Gossett

The newly released BPX 2-inch Double-Wall brazed plate heat exchanger is the latest addition to B&G’s comprehensive portfolio of highly efficient products. The patented double...more...

As we do each year, this spring PHC News reached out to contractors and contracting firms in order to convey to our readers the state...more...

According to recent population projections released by the U.S. Census Bureau, millennials – or Generation Y – have officially eclipsed the baby boomer generation as...more...

In January 2015, the Pew Research Center released survey results in its “Women and Leadership” trends update. In the update, it was reported that since...more...

From coast to coast, the state of water conservation is changing the way people go green. In this article, we share insights on how we...more...

CCI Mechanical, Inc. based in Salt Lake City, is a full-service design-build mechanical contractor that provides its own in-house design, engineering and construction as well...more...

It’s one-part comedy and two-parts tragedy. While California homeowners have had to cut their water use by 25 percent, nearly 100,000 people in Flint, Michigan...more...

“Rich are you still awake?” I whispered to my brother. “Yes, I’m still awake,” he replied. Back in my teenage years, my brother Rich and...more...

As I was contemplating the subject of this month’s article, the phone rang. I answered and on the other end of the phone was a...more...

About once a month, I hold Open Office Hours. This is how it works. We set up a GoToMeeting conference call, invite people on my...more...

I am many years removed from running daily service calls. But, I enjoyed the satisfaction of walking into a cold house, diagnosing the problem, fixing...more...

I have met many people who are in favor of solar energy, but are put-off by the way the collectors look, and some even think...more...

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Flomatic Corp.

Flomatic Corp. introduces the new Model 5400 Flo-E-Centric plug valves. The Flo-E-Centric plug valves are round-port eccentric plug valves designed in compliance with ANSI/AWWA C517-09....more...

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General Pipe Cleaners

The Typhoon trailer jet from General Pipe Cleaners blows away blockages in big lines and long runs. The Typhoon delivers 12 gallons a minute at...more...

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Shurtape

The AF 100 UL 181A-P/B-FX listed aluminum foil tape with EasyPEEL is an innovative split liner technology that delivers a smooth start for a fast...more...

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Caleffi

The NA570 Series HYDROFILL portable water treatment filing units remove scale forming “hard water” minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, from job-site water. Salts and...more...

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BAXI

The high-efficiency Luna Duo-Tec boiler with AHRI at 96 percent AFUE is now certified. The continuously self-calibrating, gas-adaptive wall-hung boiler has a 7:1 turndown ratio...more...

The 1973 hit song, which this column’s title references, walks listeners through a man’s internal debate about approaching a woman. He describes the lady as...more...

Deal allows HeatLink and PexCor to use Uponor technology under license and resolves litigation in U.S. and Canada

Uponor announced April 5 that...more...

Jay L. Smith II, president of Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co., passed away on April 3 at the age of 76.

Smith, a former...more...

Navien, Inc. has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Orange County to build multiple homes in Cypress, Calif., by donating six tankless water heaters for...more...

The largest annual Plumbing, Heating and Cooling trade show will greet contractors and students with a sold out venue.

The 41st Annual Flow Expo...more...

Weil-McLain has launched its 2016 School of Better Heating training program. The School of Better Heating is an annual series of seminars that now includes...more...

Watts launched its “Wild Ride” sweepstakes promotion open to enrolled licensed contractors of legal contracting age in the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec). This...more...

Uponor North America has a new (old) kid in town. The former director of operations Rusty Callier, who led the PEX manufacturer to award-winning status,...more...

Tony Radcliff, former vice president of marketing, offerings and engineering for Uponor North America, was recently promoted to vice president of group technology for Uponor...more...