From the Mechanical Underground http://contractormag.com/blog/14311/feed John Mesenbrink brings you his thoughts on the mechanical underground. en 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 World Plumbing Council: Bringing sanitation into the 21st century http://contractormag.com/blog/world-plumbing-council-bringing-sanitation-21st-century <div class="node-body blog-body">This is a country that has a full arsenal of nuclear weapons yet they don’t have proper sanitation. Every nation should have proper sanitation! And the WPC is taking the lead to make sure that in parts of the world this becomes a reality.</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/world-plumbing-council-bringing-sanitation-21st-century" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/world-plumbing-council-bringing-sanitation-21st-century#comments Plumbing Contractor From the Mechanical Underground Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:58:00 +0000 28371 at http://contractormag.com Five reasons to attend Comfortech in Philly http://contractormag.com/blog/five-reasons-attend-comfortech-philly <div class="node-body blog-body">The Comfortech Show hits Philadelphia September 18-20, and if you haven’t penciled it in on your calendar, you should. The entire Comfortech event, from start to finish, is put together like a delicious cheesesteak sandwich (I couldn’t resist). </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/five-reasons-attend-comfortech-philly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/five-reasons-attend-comfortech-philly#comments From the Mechanical Underground Thu, 05 Sep 2013 17:51:00 +0000 26691 at http://contractormag.com Let's get nostalgic about plumbing http://contractormag.com/blog/lets-get-nostalgic-about-plumbing-0 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p> I can&#39;t help it. Every time I visit a commercial or residential restroom, or a commerical or residential mechanical room, I want to know what is installed to make everything &quot;tick.&quot; That&#39;s just how I roll these days, I guess. But you know what really blows my mind? My visits to the Plumbing Museum in Watertown, Mass. To compare what you see in today&#39;s plumbing installations compared to the days of yesteryear, it really is quite amazing.</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/lets-get-nostalgic-about-plumbing-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/lets-get-nostalgic-about-plumbing-0#comments From the Mechanical Underground Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:25:00 +0000 24701 at http://contractormag.com Let's get nostalgic about plumbing http://contractormag.com/blog/lets-get-nostalgic-about-plumbing <div class="node-body blog-body">But you know what really blows my mind? My visits to the Plumbing Museum in Watertown, Mass. To compare what you see in today's plumbing installations compared to the days of yesteryear, it really is quite amazing. While the Museum itself is a non-profit organization of its own, it is proud to share the space with its clients and industry colleagues. If you live in the Northeast or are in or around Boston visiting, you should really make this one of your stops. You'll be glad you did.</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/lets-get-nostalgic-about-plumbing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/lets-get-nostalgic-about-plumbing#comments From the Mechanical Underground Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:15:00 +0000 24691 at http://contractormag.com Getting pumped: manufacturers invest in America, infrastructure http://contractormag.com/blog/getting-pumped-manufacturers-invest-america-infrastructure <div class="node-body blog-body">Some of the major players in the pumping industry are investing in the U.S., and its deteriorating infrastructure. Stemming from my visits starting from the last year, I have seen Grundfos, Taco and Wilo USA and Xylem taking giant steps in the future of America. Each company sees an opportunity to grow by concentrating efforts here in the States and with the American contractor. A lot of great industry buzz is coming out of these camps. </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/getting-pumped-manufacturers-invest-america-infrastructure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/getting-pumped-manufacturers-invest-america-infrastructure#comments From the Mechanical Underground Tue, 14 May 2013 16:41:00 +0000 23381 at http://contractormag.com