From the Mechanical Underground http://contractormag.com/blog/14311/feed John Mesenbrink brings you his thoughts on the mechanical underground. en Path to the Trades Starts in the Living Room http://contractormag.com/blog/path-trades-starts-living-room <div class="node-body blog-body">Coming from a large family—sixth of seven—the blueprint for my education was pretty much drawn up. In my family, when high school was over, you went to college. That’s just what you did. Not that my parents were ever adamant about that direction, but it was the pattern I knew. Graduate and pick a college. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/mechanical-underground">From the Mechanical Underground</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/path-trades-starts-living-room" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/path-trades-starts-living-room#comments From the Mechanical Underground Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:52:00 +0000 37651 at http://contractormag.com Comfortech 2014: You’re among friends http://contractormag.com/blog/comfortech-2014-you-re-among-friends <div class="node-body blog-body">If you haven’t made plans to be at the Comfortech Show (September 9-11) at the Nashville Convention Center, it’s not too late to get your butt down to Nashville. Yes, Nashville! Great restaurants, dining, and BBQ, Nashville was recently rated as the most “American U.S. city” — based on its demographics that closely mirror the U.S. average as a whole — according to the personal finance website, WalletHub.com. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/mechanical-underground">From the Mechanical Underground</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/comfortech-2014-you-re-among-friends" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/comfortech-2014-you-re-among-friends#comments Comfortech From the Mechanical Underground Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:23:00 +0000 36231 at http://contractormag.com LEED Platinum Grainger distribution center: success in sustainability, logistics, automation http://contractormag.com/blog/leed-platinum-grainger-distribution-center-success-sustainability-logistics-automation <div class="node-body blog-body">Why Minooka, Illinois, I thought, as I prepared to take a tour of the Grainger Distribution Center last week. Having moved from its Niles, Ill, location, there were good reasons. “Well for one, truck drivers are thankful that the distribution facility is located in a more rural area and easily accessible to major roadways and interstate highways,” said Rob Favaro, Sr. Director ILDC, Supply Chain – Distribution Ops, and tour guide for the day.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/mechanical-underground">From the Mechanical Underground</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/leed-platinum-grainger-distribution-center-success-sustainability-logistics-automation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/leed-platinum-grainger-distribution-center-success-sustainability-logistics-automation#comments From the Mechanical Underground Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 35321 at http://contractormag.com A Father’s Influence, Support and Mentorship http://contractormag.com/blog/father-s-influence-support-and-mentorship <div class="node-body blog-body">When he passed in the fall of 2000, there was a huge void in my life. My mentor was gone. No more talks on the back deck, both of us enjoying a nice stogie on a crisp summer night. No more being with him. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/mechanical-underground">From the Mechanical Underground</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/father-s-influence-support-and-mentorship" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/father-s-influence-support-and-mentorship#comments From the Mechanical Underground Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:08:00 +0000 34571 at http://contractormag.com Collision at the Green Crossroads: The efficiency/health nexus http://contractormag.com/blog/collision-green-crossroads-efficiencyhealth-nexus-0 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><span style="font-size: 13px;">In late April, leaders from the plumbing industry gathered in Washington, D.C., for the Plumbing Industry Leaders Coalition (PILC). Every year the group gets together to chart progressive action for the industry: Legionella standards, skilled worker shortage, dry drains research, U.S. water strategy, etc. The plumbing industry think tank gathers every year to seek collaboration on industry initiatives.</span></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/mechanical-underground">From the Mechanical Underground</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/collision-green-crossroads-efficiencyhealth-nexus-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/collision-green-crossroads-efficiencyhealth-nexus-0#comments From the Mechanical Underground Fri, 16 May 2014 18:51:00 +0000 33631 at http://contractormag.com Arm yourself with knowledge: Attend the International Emerging Technology Symposium http://contractormag.com/blog/arm-yourself-knowledge-attend-international-emerging-technology-symposium <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><span style="font-size: 13px;">The fourth International Emerging Technology Symposium, which takes place every other year, will be held this April 23-24 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. If you haven&rsquo;t attended in the past, now is your chance to meet and network with well-known experts in the water and energy efficiency industry. It is well worth the trip!</span></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/mechanical-underground">From the Mechanical Underground</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/arm-yourself-knowledge-attend-international-emerging-technology-symposium" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/arm-yourself-knowledge-attend-international-emerging-technology-symposium#comments From the Mechanical Underground Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:56:00 +0000 32691 at http://contractormag.com NTEA Work Truck Show: Business as usual http://contractormag.com/blog/ntea-work-truck-show-business-usual <div class="node-body blog-body">Sandwiched between the NFL Combine and the Men and Women’s NCAA Big Ten Tourney, Indianapolis played host to the NTEA Work Truck Show — the largest work truck event in North America that attracted more than 10,000 fleet managers, distributors, manufacturers and services providers. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/mechanical-underground">From the Mechanical Underground</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/ntea-work-truck-show-business-usual" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/ntea-work-truck-show-business-usual#comments From the Mechanical Underground Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:54:00 +0000 31841 at http://contractormag.com And the Carlson-Holohan award goes to…? http://contractormag.com/blog/and-carlson-holohan-award-goes <div class="node-body blog-body"><p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;">As I waited for the Carlson-Holohan award presentation to begin &mdash; an award passed down every two years &mdash; I thought to myself, &ldquo;I feel like I am in the midst of the ex-presidents.&rdquo; Dignitaries from the hydronics industry assembled in the Caleffi booth at this year&rsquo;s AHR Show in New York, and I was honored to be a witness. These guys are that big &mdash; for the contributions they have given to our industry.</span></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/mechanical-underground">From the Mechanical Underground</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/and-carlson-holohan-award-goes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/and-carlson-holohan-award-goes#comments From the Mechanical Underground Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:28:00 +0000 30281 at http://contractormag.com Unconventional naming convention: Plumbing industry needs a PR makeover http://contractormag.com/blog/unconventional-naming-convention-plumbing-industry-needs-pr-makeover <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><span style="font-size: 13px;">With names like Polar Vortex, Saskatchewan Screamer and Hercules, I&rsquo;ve often wondered if the National Weather Service has a separate PR department that&rsquo;s sole purpose is to come up with these names. Usually reserved for the Northeast, these names represent and take on a larger-than-life, havoc-wreaking personality. But here in the Midwest, we call them Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday&hellip; I guess any day that it happens to rain, snow, etc. But I digress.</span></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/mechanical-underground">From the Mechanical Underground</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/unconventional-naming-convention-plumbing-industry-needs-pr-makeover" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/unconventional-naming-convention-plumbing-industry-needs-pr-makeover#comments Business Devlopment From the Mechanical Underground Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:50:00 +0000 29741 at http://contractormag.com Not going to AHR? You’re crazy http://contractormag.com/blog/not-going-ahr-you-re-crazy <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><span style="font-size: 13px;">AHR hits NYC and the Javits Center January 21-23 2014, and you should make plans to be there. You owe it to yourself and to the future success of your business. Why, you ask? First, the AHR Show is expected to break attendance records in relation to previous shows held in the Northeast. The last show in New York back in 2008 was HUGE, but this one will be better! For more information, </span><a href="http://www.ahrexpo.org" style="font-size: 13px;">www.ahrexpo.org</a><span style="font-size: 13px;">.</span></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/mechanical-underground">From the Mechanical Underground</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/not-going-ahr-you-re-crazy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/not-going-ahr-you-re-crazy#comments Best Practices From the Mechanical Underground Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:42:00 +0000 29111 at http://contractormag.com