Robert P. Mader

Robert P.
Mader
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Hydronics manufacturers decide to fight back  1
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.
2014 Book of Giants — This is Going to be Good 1
Viega LLC is the sponsor of this year's annual CONTRACTOR Book of Giants.
WaterSense flushometer, commercial bowl certification
WaterSense chief details progress of flushometer, commercial bowl certification 
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.
Field crews need mobile information
Your employees are connected to the Internet most of the time, so why should they not be when they’re at work?
MCAA’s Chuck Fell talks about workforce issues 
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.
Will 2014 be the year for the hydronics market? 
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.
At Contractor of the Year Bill Howe Plumbing, They Know Howe 2
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.
Product Gallery from the Greenbuild Expo 1
Product Gallery from the Greenbuild Expo
New toilets, lavs, water heating products seen at Greenbuild

PHILADELPHIA — The Greenbuild Expo still had its share of oddball items, but CONTRACTOR saw plenty of practical items for plumbing and mechanical contractors.

PHCC Connect 2013: Make it a once-in-a-lifetime experience
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.
Air.Water.Energy — go big or go home
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.
Not just referrals — a referral ‘engine’
All contractors love to get good referrals. Many contractors say that the majority of their business comes from referrals.
Survey shows strong preference for American-made products
A survey of contractors by Wheatland Tube Co. here showed a strong preference for American-made products.
Made in America 6
We’re celebrating the Made In America movement by U.S. manufacturers.
Contractors amp it up at QSC’s Power Meeting 22

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.

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