Robert P. Mader

Robert P.
Mader
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2017 Book of Giants: Contractors as manufacturers
This year I asked major mechanicals a question that is different from what I usually ask the Giants: What is their and the industry’s biggest problem and what is the big solution?
Fabricating through the workforce crisis 
Now that the industry is short by thousands of workers, contractors can work through the problem by fabricating complicated assemblies in their shops and delivering them to jobsites ready to install.
Get off of Craigslist 
I’m sure there are plenty of contractors who advertise for help on Craigslist. There are also plenty of “plumbers” who advertise their services on Craigslist too. Google “Craigslist robberies.” That makes for interesting reading.
It’s all about water at ISH
Plumbing and hydronic heating contractors know how important water is -- for drinking, showering and heating. Editor-in-Chief Robert Mader made the trek to Germany to find out the hottest new trends in plumbing and hydronics systems that will come to the States eventually or, at the very least, new concepts that will get you thinking.
App will tie homeowner to service contractor
A new software offering and app allows the homeowner to customize his service experience.
Tour the Aquatherm HQ campus in Attendorn, Germany
The Aquatherm headquarters campus in Attendorn, Germany, has expanded continuously to keep up with the firm’s growth.
AHR Expo shows its wet side
So many innovative products for the HVACR and plumbing industries were showcased this year at the AHR Expo, and these products are more intelligent and more versatile than ever.
WWETT Show displays many ways to grind, scope, pump 
The annual Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show here mostly attracts the muni crowd interested in big truck-mounted jetters, pumps and sewer relining.
You’re hurting your recruiting results 
What you know about recruiting and hiring new employees is wrong, Mike Agugliaro told a packed house of contractors attending the Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show.
Generations: different values, communications styles  1
When the boss says, “Jump,” you say … ? That means one thing to Baby Boomers, but a Millennial would ask, “Why am I jumping?” or “Can I see you jump first?”
Making smart controls useful 
The recent AHR Expo in Las Vegas was a terrific show. I hope you were able to follow our daily coverage of the show online.
Useful plumbing, mechanical and HVACR products abound at AHR Expo
This year’s AHR Expo started strong and finished strong, showing a variety of interesting plumbing, mechanical and HVACR products.
AHR Expo shows its wet side
AHR Expo included plenty of new products for plumbing, mechanical and hydronic heating contractors.
Connected and communicating controls play increasing role
Products displayed at this year’s AHR Expo here are getting more intelligent and more versatile.
Becoming a great contractor 
There’s a difference between good chief executives and great ones.

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