In December 2012, CONTRACTOR named Kevin and Kathy Tindall, Tindall & Ranson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Princeton, N.J., as the CONTRACTOR magazine Contractor of the Year. A big reason was for how much the two have given back to the industry and their community, and they are still going full blast.
DES PLAINES, ILL. — Water reuse will become increasingly necessary. It’s necessary now, such as in Orange County, Calif., where they are using reclaimed water to recharge the aquifer to prevent Pacific Ocean salt water from leaching into the drinking water supply.
Hidden Peak Electric worked on the signalized traffic intersections for the trains and the street/station lighting, while Mass Electric Construction Co. handled the systems work, installation of fiber-optic cabling, and train control, including the overhead catenary systems (OCS).
Manufacturers of hydronic heating and cooling equipment for the commercial market see a usurper taking market share away from them and they have decided to fight back. Their opponents are manufacturers of variable refrigerant flow air conditioning and heat pumps who, the hydronic manufacturers contend, are appealing directly to building owners by glossing over some important facts.
CRYSTAL CITY, VA. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to issue a draft WaterSense standard for flushometer valves and commercial water closets some time this summer, said WaterSense Lead Engineer Stephanie Tanner and EPA contractor Robert Pickering, environmental engineer, Eastern Research Group Inc. Tanner and Pickering provided a WaterSense program update at the International Emerging Technology Symposium here in late April.
HOUSTON — Chuck Fell, the president of CFI Mechanical here, takes over as president of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America at the close of the association’s annual convention in Scottsdale, Ariz. in mid-March.
CHICAGO — Just in time for Christmas, Time magazine’s business section gave us an early present when it ran the story, “Why The Home Building Industry is About To Take Off” (http://ti.me/1cTTnWD). The article noted that seasonally adjusted housing starts in November 2013 topped a million units and quoted a Goldman Sachs analyst who said housing construction could add 300,000 to 500,000 jobs in 2014.
A week before Christmas Bill Howe Plumbing was throwing a customer appreciation lunch where every customer who showed up with a new toy for the Toys For Tots campaign would get lunch courtesy of Mastiff Sausage Co.
LAS VEGAS — Buying plumbing and heating equipment from you may not be as memorable as their wedding day, but customers must be left remembering the happy details. “People want to feel good about the experience,” trainer Frank Besednjak told members of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors – National Association at the group’s CONNECT 2013 event here.
A couple years ago, when CONTRACTOR named John Smith our Contractor of the Year for remaking himself as the Arizona Green Plumber, we did it because he made a bold change for the good of the business in the face of a deep recession.
Fuel prices are expected to hold steady in 2014, but the need for businesses to stay competitive while keeping operating costs down remains strong. Since fuel is the largest fleet operating expense, efficient fuel utilization is essential....More