Robert P. Mader

Articles by Robert P. Mader
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” ( 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
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 4
We’re celebrating the Made In America movement by U.S. manufacturers.
Contractors amp it up at QSC’s Power Meeting 14

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.

Watts Water Technologies cuts ribbon on N.H. Foundry 11
NORTH ANDOVER, MASS. — Watts Water Technologies Inc. cut the ribbon in late June on a multimillion dollar, 30,000-sq.ft. foundry that will be dedicated to making low-lead brass plumbing products
Made in America 14

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.

2013 Book of Giants: More of the same 44

HOW ARE ECONOMIC conditions in 2013 for the nation’s major mechanical contractors? It’s difficult to say because it depends on the specific market in which a contractor is working.

Holy cow! ISH Show continues to amaze 6

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.

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