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  • Aug 12, 2014
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    Promote the plumbing trade: recruiting high school students 2

    A handful of the most recent issues in the industry, affecting all contractors, are education and training, residential fire sprinklers, green building, and lead free piping. All these issues warrant further investigation (we have done intensive articles on all these topics throughout the years). However, the one topic that intrigues me going forward is recruiting....More
  • What can we do to recruit people into the plumbing and HVAC trades? 5

    So much has been written by CONTRACTOR columnists and editors regarding recruiting the younger generations into the trades. Everyone in the industry knows what we are up against – an educational system that refuses to promote the trades to students, people that still stereotype the trades as a career that is undesirable, etc.  What do we need to do to change this mindset and get the word out? ...More
  • What do you want to read more about in CONTRACTOR magazine? 8

    Contractors – We are starting to plan our editorial coverage for 2015, and we want your input. What topics do you want to read more about: green building, water conservation, water heater standards, legislative issues? Or, is there an issue that we haven’t covered yet? We want to make sure we are writing about the issues and concerns that affect your businesses.  Don’t be shy… Let us know what you want to read more about, and help us plan future editorial coverage. ...More
  • Jul 16, 2014
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    Uponor presents at Techweek Chicago 3

    A few weeks ago, I attended Techweek in Chicago. This week-long expo is for startups and Fortune 500 companies to showcase their newest products, insights, ideas and plans for the future. There are also a variety of sessions to attend to learn about the latest in technology, from increasing a company’s website presence to contextual marketing and building agile software solutions....More

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