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2015 Book of Giants — Beware of double-edged swords
Viega LLC is the sponsor of this year's annual CONTRACTOR Book of Giants.
ISH shows a more connected future 
The AHR Expo this year in Chicago was a large and successful show with 61,000 attendees and 480,000-sq.ft. of exhibit space. By comparison, ISH drew 198,000 attendees to see exhibits spread out over nine buildings and 2.8 million square feet.
Top global plumbing, heating companies display latest products at ISH 2015
The biggest names in plumbing, heating and air conditioning are gathering in Frankfurt from March 10-14 for ISH 2015, the world’s largest show of its kind. Over 2,400 exhibitors from over 50 countries are taking part in The World’s Leading Trade Fair for The Bathroom Experience, Building Services, Energy, Air Conditioning Technology and Renewable Energies.
Innovative products galore at 2015 AHR Expo
This year’s AHR Expo claimed the title for the best-attended event ever held in Chicago. Preliminary attendance figures show that more than 61,000 total attendees, including 42,400 visitors, participated in the 2015 AHR Expo, with more than 2,100 companies exhibiting.
Kohler launched a variety of new products this year
KBIS, IBS showcase smart, sustainable products
LAS VEGAS — The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) wrapped up its 51st annual show at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Visitors Center, Jan. 22.
Many positives for 2015 hydronics market 
All of the economic indicators point to a positive hydronic heating market in 2015, although there are a couple of interesting anomalies.
You’re going to die! Then what happens to your contracting business?
You thought the restaurant business is shaky? Its failure rate is only number 4. Five years after the founding of a firm, the winner for the top failure rate goes to … plumbing, heating and air conditioning contractors.
Forget Ebola — plumbers face health threats daily 5
OSHA requires protective gear for a reason, Bev Potts told plumbing contractors at Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors – National Association’s CONNECT 2014 here.
Kenny Chapman attacks perfection, procrastination and paralysis
Matt Michel, CEO of the Service Round Table, decided to end the SRT’s portion of the Comfortech Show here with a bang — the very last seminar would be given by well-known plumbing contractor, author and speaker Kenny Chapman.
How do you make money in drain cleaning? 2
How does a plumbing contractor make money in the drain cleaning business? Hint: it’s not about cleaning drains.
We Tried to Destroy This Kyocera Phone And We Failed 3
Contractors are rough on their smartphones. We ran a test to see if we could destroy one type of Android phone. It took the punishment!
Can a shower valve become a future problem?  1
What’s behind the wall and can it get you in trouble? If it’s an old shower valve, it might. That was one of the many issues debated by members of the International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials Green Technical Committee meeting here in August.
Recruiting, education are the big issues, says PHCC’s Kevin Tindall  3
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.
Water reuse a necessary, rapidly developing field 3
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.
Explore the Salt Lake City Transit Authority (TRAX) Project
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).

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