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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....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....More
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....More
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....More
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....More
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....More
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....More
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....More
Feb 01, 2013

Copper thieves

Just Google “copper theft” and you will find article after article about copper being stolen from construction sites, abandoned homes,....More
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....More
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....More
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....More
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....More
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....More
May 04, 2012

My identity was almost stolen

Identity theft is one of those things that you know happens, but usually you think it won’t happen to you. However, it can happen to you....More
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