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Dec 11, 2013
Plumbing contractors: What is your favorite tool?
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....
Nov 20, 2013
Tool manufacturer DeWalt builds in America
Continuing its commitment to build America, DEWalt is proud to expand its product offerings built in the USA using global materials to include more....
Nov 06, 2013
Bradford White: Made-in-America, Made-in-Michigan
Those words – Made-in-America and Made-in-Michigan — are of utmost importance to Michiganders. I know since I was born and raised in....
Oct 15, 2013
Plumbing, HVAC contractors ‘go big’ at PHCC 2013 Connect
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....
Sep 06, 2013
Craft beer and the Green Exchange
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....
Aug 02, 2013
Truck spotting: I need your help!
In this photo gallery, Truck Spotting, you will find photos of service trucks I have spotted while walking to and from work in Chicago. I will....
Jul 17, 2013
Rothenberger’s Tool Academy offers a customized approach to training
Recently I attended Rothenberger’s Tool Academy in its new training center located in Loves Park, Ill. The Tool Academy provides hands-on....
Jun 14, 2013
PHCC’s 2013 Legislative Conference: Get back to the fundamentals
This is the third year that I have covered the PHCC’s Legislative Conference. It’s one of my favorite events to cover for CONTRACTOR....
Apr 15, 2013
‘You have got to have a sense of humor!'
Last month I was in San Diego, Calif., for the QSC Power Meeting XXXVIII. While flying back to Chicago, I realized how much knowledge I gained by....
Feb 01, 2013
Just Google “copper theft” and you will find article after article about copper being stolen from construction sites, abandoned homes,....
Dec 05, 2012
Education is a two-way street
Wow — It’s already December. It’s hard to believe that the year is coming to a close already. Looking back, there have been many....
Oct 17, 2012
“The Upside of Fear”
Last month I had the pleasure of meeting Weldon Long. He was the keynote speaker at the Radiant Professionals Alliance’s first annual meeting....
Sep 10, 2012
Every drop counts
Researching rainwater harvesting systems last month was close to overwhelming, to say the least, but in a good way. It’s a very interesting....
Jul 24, 2012
A career in plumbing can lead to many paths
In the past few weeks, I’ve crossed paths with a variety of individuals involved in the plumbing industry. About a month ago, I had a....
Jun 06, 2012
Students benefit via hands-on learning
Last month I was reminded of the importance of education. I’ve always believed education plays a pivotal role in shaping an individual....
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