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.
BALTIMORE — The picturesque inner harbor area of this old seaport town hosted a healthy turnout of 170 for the mid-July Quality Service Contractors’ Power Meeting 39, including 125 contractor members. Attendees heard how to amp up performance of their teams, growing a successful service team that makes sales, and legal strategies for protecting assets and getting paid.
We’re celebrating the Made in America movement by U.S. manufacturers. Products that might have been made abroad a decade ago are now being manufactured here. In a feature entitled “Made In The USA,” Time magazine stated, “the U.S. has seen its manufacturing growth outpace that of other advanced nations, with some 500,000 jobs created in the last three years.” EMCOR Group CEO Anthony Guzzi has said that it’s as economical to manufacture in the Southeast United States as it is in Asia.
FRANKFURT, GERMANY — ISH — International Sanitär Heizung Klima — continues to maintain its position as the preeminent plumbing-heating-cooling show in the world. The 2013 edition, the 27th biennial show, drew 190,000 people to Frankfurt’s gigantic 11 building fairgrounds.
LAS VEGAS — The International Builders Show, it appears, is back. Not back to the pre-recession levels of 100,000 attendees, but the aisles were full at the show here in late January. Show organizers expected about 50,000 people, better than attendance the last couple of years when representatives of CONTRACTOR could talk to any exhibitor at any time because customers were scarce.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. & SAN FRANCISCO — The biennial American Society of Plumbing Engineers Engineered Plumbing Exposition and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild are not big venues for new plumbing, mechanical and HVAC product introductions. Those are typically reserved for events such as the AHR Expo. A number of industry manufacturers, nevertheless, displayed some interesting products.