Sustainably Speaking http://contractormag.com/blog/7610/feed en WaterFurnace’s 2014 sales meeting empowers, educates contractors http://contractormag.com/blog/waterfurnace-s-2014-sales-meeting-empowers-educates-contractors <div class="node-body blog-body">At WaterFurnace’s 2014 sales meeting today, water always wins is the theme of the two-day meeting. The annual sale’s meeting began with an impressive video of what water is. Water </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/sustainably-speaking">Sustainably Speaking</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/waterfurnace-s-2014-sales-meeting-empowers-educates-contractors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/waterfurnace-s-2014-sales-meeting-empowers-educates-contractors#comments Geothermal Sustainably Speaking Tue, 08 Apr 2014 01:27:00 +0000 32561 at http://contractormag.com The Power of Consistency by Weldon Long: Get your mind right http://contractormag.com/blog/power-consistency-weldon-long-get-your-mind-right <div class="node-body blog-body">I just finished reading Weldon’s book “The Power of Consistency.” And again, this book is something anyone owning a business or wanting to improve their life needs to read. The basis of the book is on how to train your mind and master the “Prosperity Mindset,” which helps overcome many of the curve balls that life can throw your way. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/sustainably-speaking">Sustainably Speaking</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/power-consistency-weldon-long-get-your-mind-right" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/power-consistency-weldon-long-get-your-mind-right#comments Business Coach Sustainably Speaking Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:14:00 +0000 31891 at http://contractormag.com Tattoos and the plumbing, service industry http://contractormag.com/blog/tattoos-and-plumbing-service-industry <div class="node-body blog-body">This leads me to the question: If you own a residential plumbing company or plumbing service company, would a tattoo keep you from hiring a skilled plumber or service technician? Why or why not? As with any topic or situation, I realize there are two sides of a coin, so I’m very interested in hearing what you have to say about hiring employees with tattoos. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/sustainably-speaking">Sustainably Speaking</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/tattoos-and-plumbing-service-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/tattoos-and-plumbing-service-industry#comments Best Practices Sustainably Speaking Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:49:00 +0000 30961 at http://contractormag.com Favorite stylish Kitchen & Bath/Builder's products http://contractormag.com/blog/favorite-stylish-kitchen-bathbuilders-products <div class="node-body blog-body">The Kitchen & Bath/Builder's Show was a huge hit last week in Las Vegas. Manufacturers were talking about the packed aisles during all hours of the show, and attendees were talking about the new, innovative and stylist products showcased. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/sustainably-speaking">Sustainably Speaking</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/favorite-stylish-kitchen-bathbuilders-products" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/favorite-stylish-kitchen-bathbuilders-products#comments Faucets Kitchen & Bath Industry Show Fixtures Remodeling Sustainably Speaking Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:10:00 +0000 30571 at http://contractormag.com Kohler, Moen highlights from Kitchen & Bath/Builder's Show opening day http://contractormag.com/blog/kohler-moen-highlights-kitchen-bathbuilders-show-opening-day <div class="node-body blog-body">From the looks of the packed aisles today, the Kitchen & Bath/Builder's Show is a success. Attendance numbers for the first day have not come out yet, but word has it that there are 80,000 to 100,000 attendees at the show. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/sustainably-speaking">Sustainably Speaking</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/kohler-moen-highlights-kitchen-bathbuilders-show-opening-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/kohler-moen-highlights-kitchen-bathbuilders-show-opening-day#comments Kitchen & Bath Industry Show Sustainably Speaking Wed, 05 Feb 2014 06:26:00 +0000 30201 at http://contractormag.com 'Start spreading the news:' AHR Expo 2014 in NYC is a ‘top of the list’ show http://contractormag.com/blog/start-spreading-news-ahr-expo-2014-nyc-top-list-show <div class="node-body blog-body">Ever since leaving New York City yesterday, Mr. Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York song has been on repeat in my head. This being my first NYC AHR Expo, I can’t help but think that this was the biggest and best AHR Expo that I have been to. I haven’t seen final attendee numbers yet, but I’m betting that the snow and frigid weather didn’t keep people away from attending the show. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/sustainably-speaking">Sustainably Speaking</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/start-spreading-news-ahr-expo-2014-nyc-top-list-show" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/start-spreading-news-ahr-expo-2014-nyc-top-list-show#comments Best Practices Hydronics Systems Sustainably Speaking Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:00:00 +0000 30001 at http://contractormag.com Plumbing, hydronic contractors talk training at Mechanical Town Hall during AHR Expo http://contractormag.com/blog/plumbing-hydronic-contractors-talk-training-mechanical-town-hall-during-ahr-expo <div class="node-body blog-body">At The Mechanical Town Hall today, during the AHR Expo, in New York City, attendees asked panelists Eric Aune, Bob 'Hot Rod' Rohr, John Barba, Dave Yates and Brian Nelson about a variety of issues affecting the plumbing, hydronics and HVAC industries. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/sustainably-speaking">Sustainably Speaking</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/plumbing-hydronic-contractors-talk-training-mechanical-town-hall-during-ahr-expo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/plumbing-hydronic-contractors-talk-training-mechanical-town-hall-during-ahr-expo#comments Best Practices Sustainably Speaking Wed, 22 Jan 2014 02:29:00 +0000 29901 at http://contractormag.com Education, training and the plumbing industry http://contractormag.com/blog/education-training-and-plumbing-industry <div class="node-body blog-body">Welcome to the winter issue of Green Mechanical Contractor, <a href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/20b070e3#/20b070e3/1" title="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/20b070e3#/20b070e3/1">http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/20b070e3#/20b070e3/1</a>. In this issue you will find an Education Section featuring articles about training and education written by known industry experts Merry Beth Hall, director of apprentice, journeyman training for PHCC Educational Foundation; Doug Kirk, IAPMO’s director of Green Plumbing Curriculum; and Keith Mercurio, training manager at Nexstar Network</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/sustainably-speaking">Sustainably Speaking</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/education-training-and-plumbing-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/education-training-and-plumbing-industry#comments Training Opportunities Sustainably Speaking Thu, 09 Jan 2014 19:20:00 +0000 29561 at http://contractormag.com Plumbing contractors: What is your favorite tool? http://contractormag.com/blog/plumbing-contractors-what-your-favorite-tool <div class="node-body blog-body">To be included in this photo gallery, please send me a picture of yourself with your favorite tool, and a few sentences explaining why it is your favorite tool. Please e-mail me the photo and description to <a href="mailto:candace.roulo@penton.com">candace.roulo@penton.com</a>. I will then upload it to the website.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/sustainably-speaking">Sustainably Speaking</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/plumbing-contractors-what-your-favorite-tool" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/plumbing-contractors-what-your-favorite-tool#comments Cordless Tools Hand Tools Sustainably Speaking Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:10:00 +0000 28931 at http://contractormag.com Tool manufacturer DeWalt builds in America http://contractormag.com/blog/tool-manufacturer-dewalt-builds-america <div class="node-body blog-body">Continuing its commitment to build America, DEWalt is proud to expand its product offerings built in the USA using global materials to include more than 600 different cordless power tools, hand tools and accessories.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/sustainably-speaking">Sustainably Speaking</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/tool-manufacturer-dewalt-builds-america" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/tool-manufacturer-dewalt-builds-america#comments Cordless Tools Hand Tools Sustainably Speaking Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:59:00 +0000 28451 at http://contractormag.com Bradford White: Made-in-America, Made-in-Michigan http://contractormag.com/blog/bradford-white-made-america-made-michigan <div class="node-body blog-body"><p> Those words &ndash; Made-in-America and Made-in-Michigan &mdash; are of utmost importance to Michiganders. I know since I was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area. The past years in Michigan have been very tough economic wise. And even though many people assume most manufacturing has been sent overseas, manufacturing water heaters at the <a href="http://www.bradfordwhite.com/" target="_blank">Bradford White&rsquo;s </a>Middleville, Michigan plant is going strong. I just visited the plant and learned that well over 7,000 water heaters come off the assembly line every day. &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/sustainably-speaking">Sustainably Speaking</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/bradford-white-made-america-made-michigan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/bradford-white-made-america-made-michigan#comments Plumbing Contractor Sustainably Speaking Wed, 06 Nov 2013 15:35:00 +0000 28111 at http://contractormag.com Plumbing, HVAC contractors ‘go big’ at PHCC 2013 Connect http://contractormag.com/blog/plumbing-hvac-contractors-go-big-phcc-2013-connect <div class="node-body blog-body">From looking at the schedule, it seems the conference is jammed packed with great sessions as it usually is, but this year is a little different. This year PHCC designed the event based on what plumbers and HVAC professionals asked for, which includes sessions on new regulations, customer service, online marketing, water conservation issues, etc. etc. And of course, there will be plenty of opportunity to network with industry peers and find out what are the latest and greatest cutting edge products and technologies. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/sustainably-speaking">Sustainably Speaking</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/plumbing-hvac-contractors-go-big-phcc-2013-connect" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/plumbing-hvac-contractors-go-big-phcc-2013-connect#comments Best Practices Business Devlopment Sustainably Speaking Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:16:00 +0000 27541 at http://contractormag.com Craft beer and the Green Exchange http://contractormag.com/blog/craft-beer-and-green-exchange <div class="node-body blog-body"><p> This summer, I volunteered at a Craft Beer Festival in Chicago. Before the event took place, I Googled it to see what beer companies would be there. I needed to do my research to know what I was getting myself into! I happened to come across Ale Syndicate, which happens to be the craft beer company my neighbor owns.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/sustainably-speaking">Sustainably Speaking</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/craft-beer-and-green-exchange" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/craft-beer-and-green-exchange#comments Business Devlopment Sustainably Speaking Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:52:00 +0000 26711 at http://contractormag.com Truck spotting: I need your help! http://contractormag.com/blog/truck-spotting-i-need-your-help <div class="node-body blog-body"><p> In this photo gallery, <a href="http://contractormag.com/trucks/fleet-management" target="_blank">Truck Spotting</a>, you will find photos of service trucks I have spotted while walking to and from work in Chicago. I will continue to add more photos of trucks that I spot. However, I don&rsquo;t want this to be specific to only Chicago. So if you want to be a part of our Truck Spotting photo gallery, please take a photo of your truck at a jobsite or service call and e-mail it to me at <a href="mailto:candace.roulo@penton.com">candace.roulo@penton.com</a>.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/sustainably-speaking">Sustainably Speaking</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/truck-spotting-i-need-your-help" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/truck-spotting-i-need-your-help#comments Fleet Management Sustainably Speaking Fri, 02 Aug 2013 16:32:00 +0000 25581 at http://contractormag.com Rothenberger’s Tool Academy offers a customized approach to training http://contractormag.com/blog/rothenberger-s-tool-academy-offers-customized-approach-training <div class="node-body blog-body"><p> Recently I attended Rothenberger&rsquo;s Tool Academy in its new training center located in Loves Park, Ill. The Tool Academy provides hands-on training for Rothenberger and Greenlee products. The first event of the <img alt="" src="/site-files/contractormag.com/files/uploads/2013/07/photo%20%2837%29.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px; float: left;" title="A tool and die maker at work in Rothenberger’s facility. " />day was a tour of Rothenberger&rsquo;s new 50,000-sq.ft. facility.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/sustainably-speaking">Sustainably Speaking</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/rothenberger-s-tool-academy-offers-customized-approach-training" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/rothenberger-s-tool-academy-offers-customized-approach-training#comments Hand Tools Sustainably Speaking Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:32:00 +0000 25221 at http://contractormag.com