Contractor Magazine http://contractormag.com/rss.xml en McKinstry, partners win grant to research and distribute safety innovations http://contractormag.com/best-practices/mckinstry-partners-win-grant-research-and-distribute-safety-innovations <div class="field-deck"> Grant team will break new ground for safety within mechanical contracting field. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">McKinstry is teaming up with university and industry partners to bring exemplary safety to one of America’s most dangerous industries.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/best-practices/mckinstry-partners-win-grant-research-and-distribute-safety-innovations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/best-practices/mckinstry-partners-win-grant-research-and-distribute-safety-innovations#comments Best Practices Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:58:00 +0000 425861 at http://contractormag.com DXV 3D printed faucets win silver in IDSA International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) 2016 http://contractormag.com/faucets/dxv-3d-printed-faucets-win-silver-idsa-international-design-excellence-awards-idea-2016 <div class="field-deck"> The 3D printed residential faucets are among more than 1,700 projects from 30-plus countries that competed in IDEA 2016. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The DXV by American Standard collection of 3D printed residential faucets have been named a Silver Winner in the 36th annual International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/faucets/dxv-3d-printed-faucets-win-silver-idsa-international-design-excellence-awards-idea-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/faucets/dxv-3d-printed-faucets-win-silver-idsa-international-design-excellence-awards-idea-2016#comments Faucets Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:28:00 +0000 425851 at http://contractormag.com <p>Product designers Gabriela Ravassa and Greg Reinecker from DXV by American Standard attended the August 17, 2016 IDSA International Design Excellence Awards and accept the Silver Award for their Company&rsquo;s 3D printed metal residential faucet collection.</p> Building materials: they comply with code, but are they safe? http://contractormag.com/codes/building-materials-they-comply-code-are-they-safe <div class="node-body article-body">Are building materials safe just because they meet code? An interesting concept —and most people believe that’s the case — but is it a fact? </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/codes/building-materials-they-comply-code-are-they-safe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/codes/building-materials-they-comply-code-are-they-safe#comments Best Practices Codes Registered User Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:06:00 +0000 425841 at http://contractormag.com iStock/Thinkstock The GPS Tracking Solution for Small Businesses http://contractormag.com/video/gps-tracking-solution-small-businesses <div class="field-byline"> Content Sponsored by GPS Insight </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><script type='text/javascript' id='vidyard_embed_code_HNbrVNm5HLmhpAvVSq4Vn1' src='//play.vidyard.com/HNbrVNm5HLmhpAvVSq4Vn1.js?v=3.1.1&type=lightbox'></script> <div class="outer_vidyard_wrapper"> <div class="vidyard_wrapper" onclick="fn_vidyard_HNbrVNm5HLmhpAvVSq4Vn1();"><img alt="GPS Insight Standard (Contractor Magazine)" src="//play.vidyard.com/HNbrVNm5HLmhpAvVSq4Vn1.jpg?" width="590" /> <div class="vidyard_play_button">&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p>If you are a small business looking for a simple, yet effective GPS tracking solution that will give you real-time fleet visibility an</p></div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/video/gps-tracking-solution-small-businesses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/video/gps-tracking-solution-small-businesses#comments Video Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:00:00 +0000 425601 at http://contractormag.com Testo announces “Measure of Excellence” campaign and promotional bag giveaway http://contractormag.com/marketing/testo-announces-measure-excellence-campaign-and-promotional-bag-giveaway <div class="node-body article-body">Testo, Inc. announces their Fall promotional campaign, “The Measure of Excellence”. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/marketing/testo-announces-measure-excellence-campaign-and-promotional-bag-giveaway" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/marketing/testo-announces-measure-excellence-campaign-and-promotional-bag-giveaway#comments Marketing Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:15:00 +0000 425831 at http://contractormag.com <p>Testo Combustion Analyzers.</p> Plant acquisition/relocation brings jobs back from Mexico http://contractormag.com/piping/plant-acquisitionrelocation-brings-jobs-back-mexico <div class="field-deck"> Sioux Chief now manufacturing brass fittings, vinyl tubing and brass tubular in Kansas City. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Sioux Chief is pleased to announce that the relocation of our Nogales, Mexico plant to Kansas City, Missouri, has been completed.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/piping/plant-acquisitionrelocation-brings-jobs-back-mexico" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/piping/plant-acquisitionrelocation-brings-jobs-back-mexico#comments Piping Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:53:00 +0000 425821 at http://contractormag.com Sign up for Goulds Water Technology Factory School classes http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/sign-goulds-water-technology-factory-school-classes <div class="node-body article-body">Distributors, dealers and engineers are invited to learn about product applications, markets, troubleshooting and system components at Goulds Water Technology (GWT) Factory School. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/sign-goulds-water-technology-factory-school-classes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/sign-goulds-water-technology-factory-school-classes#comments Training Opportunities Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:42:00 +0000 425811 at http://contractormag.com Weekly Product Gallery: Bosch Tool, BrassCraft, Mansfield, Weil-McLain, Taco and Moen http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-bosch-tool-brasscraft-mansfield-weil-mclain-taco-and-moen <div class="node-body gallery-body">This week the product gallery includes a hammer drill/driver, a one-piece supply line, a one-piece toilet, a condensing, cast-iron boiler, a high efficiency circulator and more. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-bosch-tool-brasscraft-mansfield-weil-mclain-taco-and-moen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-bosch-tool-brasscraft-mansfield-weil-mclain-taco-and-moen#comments Bath/Kitchen Media Galleries PVF Hydronics Plumbing Tools Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:53:00 +0000 425801 at http://contractormag.com Designing hydronic systems at Little Red Schoolhouse http://contractormag.com/hydronics-systems/designing-hydronic-systems-little-red-schoolhouse <div class="field-deck"> Bell & Gossett’s Little Red Schoolhouse offers many plumbing, hydronic courses </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Little Red Schoolhouse offers many seminars — from a service and maintenance of water based HVAC systems seminar to a plumbing systems design seminar — for industry professionals. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/hydronics-systems/designing-hydronic-systems-little-red-schoolhouse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/hydronics-systems/designing-hydronic-systems-little-red-schoolhouse#comments Hydronics Systems Training Opportunities Registered User Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:00:00 +0000 425791 at http://contractormag.com Comfortech 2016 app is now available for download http://contractormag.com/comfortech/comfortech-2016-app-now-available-download <div class="node-body article-body">The Comfortech 2016 app is now available for download from iTunes. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/comfortech/comfortech-2016-app-now-available-download" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/comfortech/comfortech-2016-app-now-available-download#comments Comfortech Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:33:00 +0000 425781 at http://contractormag.com Comfortech preview: 6 Ways to use employee rewards to inspire, build loyalty http://contractormag.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-6-ways-use-employee-rewards-inspire-build-loyalty <div class="node-body article-body">When you reward your employees beyond their regular paycheck, you heighten the value they place on their work. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-6-ways-use-employee-rewards-inspire-build-loyalty" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-6-ways-use-employee-rewards-inspire-build-loyalty#comments Best Practices Comfortech Registered User Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:14:00 +0000 425771 at http://contractormag.com ServiceTitan to present at Comfortech in Philadelphia http://contractormag.com/comfortech/servicetitan-present-comfortech-philadelphia <div class="field-deck"> Head of Sales and Revenue Growth for the home service industry software solutions provider to discuss technician recruitment and retention. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">ServiceTitan, the leading provider of cloud-based business management software for the home services industry, will attend and present at the annual Comfortech Conference. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/comfortech/servicetitan-present-comfortech-philadelphia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/comfortech/servicetitan-present-comfortech-philadelphia#comments Comfortech Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:41:00 +0000 425751 at http://contractormag.com Don’t get lost in the IoT landscape http://contractormag.com/iot/don-t-get-lost-iot-landscape <div class="node-body article-body">The Internet of Things is rapidly exerting its influence over the plumbing, mechanical and HVACR industry. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/iot/don-t-get-lost-iot-landscape" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/iot/don-t-get-lost-iot-landscape#comments IoT Registered User Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:12:00 +0000 425741 at http://contractormag.com FIRST Robotics Teams demonstrate teamwork at Bosch Thermotechnology Corp. http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/first-robotics-teams-demonstrate-teamwork-bosch-thermotechnology-corp <div class="node-body article-body">Two teams from FIRST demonstrated their home-built robots for associates of Bosch Thermotechnology Corporation in Londonderry, New Hampshire.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/first-robotics-teams-demonstrate-teamwork-bosch-thermotechnology-corp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/first-robotics-teams-demonstrate-teamwork-bosch-thermotechnology-corp#comments Training Opportunities Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:09:00 +0000 425731 at http://contractormag.com <p>Vitor Gregorio with the Crusaders Team.</p> Weekly Product Gallery: DeWalt, Flomatic, Bonami, U.S. Boiler, Xylem and Chicago Faucets http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-dewalt-flomatic-bonami-us-boiler-xylem-and-chicago-faucets <div class="node-body gallery-body">This week the gallery includes a handheld LED light, a plug valve with mechanical joint connections, a three-way ball valve, a new condensing boiler, a pump controller and more. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-dewalt-flomatic-bonami-us-boiler-xylem-and-chicago-faucets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-dewalt-flomatic-bonami-us-boiler-xylem-and-chicago-faucets#comments Bath/Kitchen Media Galleries Hydronics Plumbing Tools Tue, 16 Aug 2016 16:26:00 +0000 425711 at http://contractormag.com Noritz introduces online training for CB Combination Boiler http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/noritz-introduces-online-training-cb-combination-boiler <div class="field-deck"> The new online course from Noritz offers plumbing and heating contractors competitive knowledge in a growing residential boiler marketplace. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Noritz America has launched a free online training course for the new CB Combination Boiler, targeting professional plumbing, heating and HVAC contractors.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/noritz-introduces-online-training-cb-combination-boiler" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/noritz-introduces-online-training-cb-combination-boiler#comments Training Opportunities Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:09:00 +0000 425701 at http://contractormag.com ABC, AIA and NAHB economists predict industry growth through 2017 http://contractormag.com/management/abc-aia-and-nahb-economists-predict-industry-growth-through-2017 <div class="node-body article-body">ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker and NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz predicted continued growth for the construction industry in 2017 during a joint economic forecast today. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/management/abc-aia-and-nahb-economists-predict-industry-growth-through-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/management/abc-aia-and-nahb-economists-predict-industry-growth-through-2017#comments Management Mon, 15 Aug 2016 20:59:00 +0000 425691 at http://contractormag.com iStock/Thinkstock A. O. Smith supports Habitat for Humanity’s 2016 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project http://contractormag.com/management/o-smith-supports-habitat-humanity-s-2016-jimmy-rosalynn-carter-work-project <div class="node-body article-body">A. O. Smith, a water heater manufacturer and top employer in Middle Tennessee, is supporting Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Memphis, Tenn.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/management/o-smith-supports-habitat-humanity-s-2016-jimmy-rosalynn-carter-work-project" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/management/o-smith-supports-habitat-humanity-s-2016-jimmy-rosalynn-carter-work-project#comments Management Mon, 15 Aug 2016 18:19:00 +0000 425681 at http://contractormag.com A. O. Smith. Houzz 2016 Bathroom Study: What do customers want? http://contractormag.com/bathkitchen/houzz-2016-bathroom-study-what-do-customers-want <div class="node-body article-body">This extensive study from Houzz shows what upgrades homeowners most want when renovating their master bathrooms. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/bathkitchen/houzz-2016-bathroom-study-what-do-customers-want" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/bathkitchen/houzz-2016-bathroom-study-what-do-customers-want#comments Bath/Kitchen Mon, 15 Aug 2016 16:30:00 +0000 425671 at http://contractormag.com Brigham Dickinson on the power of the name http://contractormag.com/video/brigham-dickinson-power-name <div class="node-body video-body">In this video from Power Selling Pros, Brigham Dickinson talks about the power of the name to forge an instant connection. </div> <div class="field-byline"> Brigham Dickinson </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/video/brigham-dickinson-power-name" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/video/brigham-dickinson-power-name#comments Video Fri, 12 Aug 2016 20:49:00 +0000 425661 at http://contractormag.com Comfortech preview: How the Golden Rule can keep your customers happy http://contractormag.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-how-golden-rule-can-keep-your-customers-happy <div class="node-body article-body">The Golden Rule of treating others as you would like to be treated yourself is a guiding principle for many, but in the world of customer service, there can be occasions where it can be difficult to remember the idea. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-how-golden-rule-can-keep-your-customers-happy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-how-golden-rule-can-keep-your-customers-happy#comments Best Practices Comfortech Registered User Fri, 12 Aug 2016 20:40:00 +0000 425651 at http://contractormag.com iStock/Thinkstock Integrated Facility Services acquires Wally’s Refrigeration at Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. http://contractormag.com/around-web/integrated-facility-services-acquires-wally-s-refrigeration-lake-ozarks-mo <div class="node-body article-body">Integrated Facility Services (IFS), a full-service mechanical contractor with offices in St. Louis and Columbia, has acquired Wally&rsquo;s Refrigeration at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/around-web/integrated-facility-services-acquires-wally-s-refrigeration-lake-ozarks-mo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/around-web/integrated-facility-services-acquires-wally-s-refrigeration-lake-ozarks-mo#comments Around the Web Fri, 12 Aug 2016 14:17:00 +0000 425621 at http://contractormag.com Contractor of the Month: Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/contractor-month-yes-air-conditioning-plumbing <div class="node-body article-body">Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing, Las Vegas, is CONTRACTOR's Contractor of the Month for August. Find out why we at CONTRACTOR magazine believe Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing is a top-notch contractor.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/contractor-month-yes-air-conditioning-plumbing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/contractor-month-yes-air-conditioning-plumbing#comments Plumbing Contractor Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:52:00 +0000 425611 at http://contractormag.com Dan Heichelbech named President of TCM Corp. http://contractormag.com/management/dan-heichelbech-named-president-tcm-corp <div class="node-body article-body">TCM Corp., a leading mechanical contractor in the Pacific Northwest, announced today the appointment of Dan Heichelbech as the company’s President.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/management/dan-heichelbech-named-president-tcm-corp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/management/dan-heichelbech-named-president-tcm-corp#comments Management Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:52:00 +0000 425591 at http://contractormag.com <p>Dan Heichelbech.</p> The powerful impact of mentoring http://contractormag.com/management/powerful-impact-mentoring <div class="field-byline"> by Rob Falke </div> <div class="node-body article-body">As I prepared to write this article over the last few weeks, I recognized the culture of constant mentoring was alive and well in each successful company I spoke with.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/management/powerful-impact-mentoring" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/management/powerful-impact-mentoring#comments Management Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:37:00 +0000 425431 at http://contractormag.com iStock/Thinkstock PMI advocates restoration of U.S. underground water infrastructure http://contractormag.com/plumbing/pmi-advocates-restoration-us-underground-water-infrastructure <div class="field-deck"> Investment required to reduce risks to drinking water and promote water efficiency </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) today introduced a position statement and infographic advocating for the restoration of the United States’ underground water infrastructure.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/plumbing/pmi-advocates-restoration-us-underground-water-infrastructure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/plumbing/pmi-advocates-restoration-us-underground-water-infrastructure#comments Plumbing Wed, 10 Aug 2016 20:49:00 +0000 425131 at http://contractormag.com Comfortech preview:Service management & conflict resolution http://contractormag.com/comfortech/comfortech-previewservice-management-conflict-resolution <div class="node-body article-body">Everyone, regardless of their background, education and life experiences encounters conflicts. The difference is in whether a manager knows how to be constructive when resolving them.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/comfortech/comfortech-previewservice-management-conflict-resolution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/comfortech/comfortech-previewservice-management-conflict-resolution#comments Best Practices Comfortech Registered User Wed, 10 Aug 2016 19:31:00 +0000 425121 at http://contractormag.com Viega 2016 Radiant Training Seminars scheduled for Boston and Anaheim http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/viega-2016-radiant-training-seminars-scheduled-boston-and-anaheim <div class="field-deck"> Leading manufacturer offers industry learning experiences </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Viega, in collaboration with the Center for the Built Environment (CBE) is holding the one-day training courses, titled, “Energy and Comfort Performance of Radiant Slab Systems.”</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/viega-2016-radiant-training-seminars-scheduled-boston-and-anaheim" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/viega-2016-radiant-training-seminars-scheduled-boston-and-anaheim#comments Training Opportunities Radiant Wed, 10 Aug 2016 19:04:00 +0000 425111 at http://contractormag.com MrPEX Systems unveils new website http://contractormag.com/technology/mrpex-systems-unveils-new-website <div class="node-body article-body">MrPEX Systems are pleased to reveal the company's newly designed website.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/technology/mrpex-systems-unveils-new-website" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/technology/mrpex-systems-unveils-new-website#comments Technology Wed, 10 Aug 2016 16:38:00 +0000 425101 at http://contractormag.com <p>The new Mr. Pex Systems website.</p> Grundfos names new Executive Vice President for U.S. Water Utility business http://contractormag.com/management/grundfos-names-new-executive-vice-president-us-water-utility-business <div class="node-body article-body">Grundfos has named Thomas Morrison Executive Vice President of the company’s U.S. Water Utility business.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/management/grundfos-names-new-executive-vice-president-us-water-utility-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/management/grundfos-names-new-executive-vice-president-us-water-utility-business#comments Management Wed, 10 Aug 2016 15:45:00 +0000 425091 at http://contractormag.com <p>Thomas Morrison.</p>