Contractor Magazine en Panasonic Building Automation Systems benefits by strong momentum in Smart Building market <div class="node-body article-body">Panasonic today introduced a powerful building automation system solution combining the company’s expertise as a manufacturer of reliable system components with Locbit Inc.’s cloud platform. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> IoT Technology Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:25:00 +0000 434701 at Panasonic App will tie homeowner to service contractor <div class="node-body article-body">A new software offering and app allows the homeowner to customize his service experience. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> IoT Technology Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:07:00 +0000 434691 at <p>Part of the jobi dashboard.</p> Claim your piece of the productivity puzzle <div class="field-byline"> Ken Sinclair, Editor/Owner/Founder, </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Our industry's wagons are circling the productivity puzzle and its lucrative paybacks as we explore how our new IoT presences will provide more than energy and operating savings for our clients.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> IoT Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:36:00 +0000 434681 at iStock/Thinkstock Work Truck Show 2017 focuses on efficiency and productivity <div class="node-body gallery-body">Automotive companies were touting how specific vehicles can increase efficiency and productivity, not only while driving to and from a jobsite, but also while at the jobsite. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trucks Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:20:00 +0000 434671 at Quality Products Made by Superior, Long-time Workers <div class="field-byline"> Sponsored Content by Ward Manufacturing </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>For 93 years, Ward Mfg. has provided quality jobs to American workers. Back in 1924, Joseph Ward founded the company in Blossburg, Pa., manufacturing a small line of cast-iron steam and drainage fittings, as well as plugs and bushings. The fledgling company&rsquo;s reputation as a quality manufacturer began to grow and soon began adding capabilities to make Class 150 malleable iron fittings (1928) and malleable iron pipe unions (1938).</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial Plumbing Pipefitting Residential Plumbing Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:21:00 +0000 434601 at ABC report: Safety best practices can make construction companies 770 percent safer <div class="node-body article-body">Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) recently released its 2017 Safety Performance Report to further the construction industry’s understanding of how to make jobsites safer.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:20:00 +0000 434651 at iStock/Thinkstock Weekly Product Gallery: Willoughby, Sonoma Forge, Taco, Gerber, Chicago Faucets and A.O. Smith <div class="node-body gallery-body">This week the gallery features a commercial lavatory system, a point-of-use kitchen faucet, a water heater shut-off, a new sink and pedestal combination, a series of low-flow, electronic faucets and more. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Faucets Media Galleries Lavs Hydronics Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:02:00 +0000 434641 at State-of-the-art hydronic system delivers in Caleffi Excellence Contest <div class="node-body article-body">The 2016 grand prize winner of the Caleffi Excellence contest was announced during a recent Coffee with Caleffi™ webinar. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hydronics Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:06:00 +0000 434631 at <p>Pete &quot;The Heat&quot; Evangelista (center) with a section of his award-winning system.</p> ICC and NOWRA partnership among industry efforts focused on wastewater and World Water Day <div class="field-deck"> Organizations seek opportunities for making safe, clean water a national priority </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Members of the ICC and NOWRA enlist their ongoing support for efforts and events that demonstrate this year’s World Water Day theme, ‘Why Waste Water?’</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Plumbing Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:45:00 +0000 434621 at Superior Boiler Works receives low emissions certification <div class="field-deck"> Two boiler models have met the requirements of California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Superior Boiler Works, Inc. was recently notified that two boiler models submitted for air quality emissions testing in California have been certified as meeting certain emissions requirements. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hydronics Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:27:00 +0000 434611 at bluefrog Plumbing + Drain launches first Louisiana franchise <div class="field-deck"> Strategic plumbing company franchise expands into greater New Orleans metropolitan area </div> <div class="node-body article-body">bluefrog Plumbing + Drain has opened its first Louisiana location in Belle Chasse.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Plumbing Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:25:00 +0000 434591 at 2017 Work Truck Show: The latest trucks and accessories on dispaly <div class="node-body gallery-body">The Work Truck Show, North America's largest work truck event, offers attendees the chance to see the latest vocational truck and equipment displays. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Galleries Trucks Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:45:00 +0000 434581 at F.E. Moran Fire Protection, Northern Illinois announces new President and Vice President <div class="node-body article-body">F.E. Moran Fire Protection has announced that Ken Klimasz will be taking on the role of the President of F.E. Moran Fire Protection, Northern Illinois (FPN).</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fire Sprinklers Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:15:00 +0000 434571 at ARS widens national reach by acquiring Comfort Heating & Air in Kentucky <div class="node-body article-body">ARS, a Memphis, Tenn. based, privately-held national provider of air conditioning, heating and plumbing services, has acquired the assets of HVAC of Lexington, dba Comfort Heating & Air. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:08:00 +0000 434551 at When there is a shift in technology, opportunity abounds <div class="field-byline"> By Mark Matteson </div> <div class="field-deck"> "All Things Must Pass" </div> <div class="node-body article-body">On a recent flight to Chicago I watched a documentary film by Colin Hanks (Tom’s son) entitled “All Things Must Pass.” It was a fascinating story of the rise and fall of Tower Records.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Development Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:15:00 +0000 434531 at Weekly Product Gallery: Hilti, Quantech, Matco-Norca, Milwaukee Tool, Malco and Lochinvar <div class="node-body gallery-body">This week the product gallery features a new 22 V. battery for use with cordless tools, a water-cooled scroll chiller, a line of cold expansion PEX fittings, a locking bit holder, a reversible magnetic hex chuck driver and more. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Galleries PVF Hydronics Tools Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:20:00 +0000 434521 at Tour the Aquatherm HQ campus in Attendorn, Germany <div class="node-body gallery-body">The Aquatherm headquarters campus in Attendorn, Germany, has expanded continuously to keep up with the firm’s growth. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industry Event News Media Galleries Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:02:00 +0000 434511 at <p>The new production facility at the Aquatherm headquarters campus in Attendorn, Germany.</p> The New Flat Rate to host Major League for a Day seminar in Atlanta April 12 <div class="field-deck"> Seminar designed to help HVAC, plumbing and electrical service company owners run a profitable, debt-free business </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The New Flat Rate, a leading provider of menu pricing for residential home service companies, is hosting a seminar at the Hilton Garden Inn, Atlanta Airport, on Wednesday, April 12, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Mon, 13 Mar 2017 20:07:00 +0000 434501 at Infographic: The facts on leaks <div class="node-body article-body">Mark your calendars for EPA's 9th annual Fix a Leak Week which will take place March 20 through 26, 2017.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Plumbing Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:33:00 +0000 434491 at AHR Expo shows its wet side <div class="node-body gallery-body">So many innovative products for the HVACR and plumbing industries were showcased this year at the AHR Expo, and these products are more intelligent and more versatile than ever.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AHR Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:47:00 +0000 434481 at <p>A shot of the expo entrance during AHR 2017.</p> CEO Warrior Founder Mike Agugliaro to present at IE3 Show in Nashville <div class="field-deck"> Business mentor and home services industry expert to share strategies to sell existing customers cross-market service agreements </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Mike Agugliaro, founder of CEO Warrior, a business mentoring and coaching for service business owners, will attend and present at ACCA’s 2017 conference and IE3 Expo, the Indoor Environment & Energy Expo.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:54:00 +0000 434471 at CEO Warrior Founder Mike Agugliaro releases new book <div class="field-deck"> Founder of progressive consulting and mentoring firm shares secrets for success in new book, Why Your Business Sucks </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Mike Agugliaro, founder of CEO Warrior, a business mentoring and coaching service for service business owners, has launched his fifth book, Why Your Business Sucks.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:25:00 +0000 434461 at Residential Radiant: Snow-melted driveway takes on Old Man Winter <div class="field-deck"> Among neighbors: scorn, envy and intrigue </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Building a substantially larger French-style home with smart, energy efficient technology takes time. The home was under construction for two years, but the masterpiece is now complete. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Snowmelt Silver Fri, 10 Mar 2017 21:50:00 +0000 434451 at 11 Free marketing tactics <div class="node-body article-body">Marketing costs money or takes time. If you have more time than money, here are 11 ways to market your plumbing company that do not cost a dime.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Michel Silver Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:15:00 +0000 434441 at iStock/Thinkstock Finding good people <div class="node-body article-body">Reading through CONTRACTOR’s January issue, a general “theme” presented itself. Most of the columns dealing with the current and future state of the trades concerned itself with manpower. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Schwartz Silver Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:14:00 +0000 434431 at Why so many family business owners fear succession planning <div class="node-body article-body">Some things are downright scary. Try taxes — especially estate taxes. Can you guess what area in estate tax planning causes the most anguish? Hands down it’s business succession.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blackman Taxes Silver Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:19:00 +0000 434421 at iStock/Thinkstock You’re hiring all wrong <div class="node-body article-body">I’m sure that either you or another contractor you know in town has said that there’s no good help available.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Training Opportunities Silver Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:12:00 +0000 434411 at iStock/Thinkstock Are you overlooking this game-changing business relationship? <div class="field-deck"> Vendor relationships </div> <div class="node-body article-body">There’s a third relationship that often gets overlooked, yet it can create game-changing opportunities in your business — from more profit to more customers to business growth. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Best Practices Silver Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:29:00 +0000 434401 at Radiant solutions and the beginning of a new age… <div class="node-body article-body">Imagine what the thermal efficiency of a flat plate collector would be if it was looking at a huge block of ice as its target for its produced energy? </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Eatherton Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:24:00 +0000 434391 at Emcor Group ranked #2 among Fortune's "World's Most Admired" in engineering and construction <div class="field-deck"> The company's 9th consecutive year in the top 5 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">EMCOR Group, a Fortune 500® leader in mechanical and electrical construction, industrial and energy infrastructure, and building services, has been ranked #2 among the “World’s Most Admired Companies” in the engineering and construction industry by Fortune®.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:17:00 +0000 434381 at