Contractor Magazine en NKBA Study: Millennials outspend others on kitchen and bath remodels <div class="field-deck"> New NKBA study finds millennials invest 42% more remodeling their bathrooms; 17% more transforming their kitchens compared to other age groups </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Millennials outspend other age groups when remodeling their kitchens and bathrooms, according to new research from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bath/Kitchen Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:47:00 +0000 424331 at iStock/Thinkstock Lochinvar celebrates 30th anniversary of industry-changing Power-Fin commercial product line <div class="node-body article-body">Tennessee-based Lochinvar, LLC is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its industry-changing Power-Fin product line this July.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hydronics Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:25:00 +0000 424321 at Danfoss appoints new head of Danfoss Drives for the Americas region <div class="node-body article-body">Danfoss has appointed Santiago Martin as head of Danfoss Drives — Americas</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:21:00 +0000 424311 at <p>Santiago Martin, Head of Danfoss Drives &mdash; Americas.</p> Possible THC contamination of town's water supply <div class="node-body article-body">As reported on the CNN website, the water in a small Colorado town has tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Plumbing Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:34:00 +0000 424221 at iStock/Thinkstock COMFORTECH PREVIEW: Weldon Long's Journey from Prison to Prosperity <div class="field-byline"> by Terry McIver, content director </div> <div class="node-body article-body">"The moment I slid out of my truck with the gun in my hand, I knew I was in way over my head. Not just a little over my head. So far over my head that my life would never be the same." </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Around the Web Comfortech Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:44:00 +0000 424231 at iStock/Thinkstock COMFORTECH PREVIEW: Secrets to Anger Aversion <div class="node-body article-body"><div><p>As a service professional, you might speak with scores of customers on a typical work day. Most are pleasant and a few can be difficult, but you tolerate it. A single demanding customer does not push you over the edge; however, each event is cumulative, like a drop of water. They become annoying and bothersome. Nothing you can't handle, just aggravation. One customer blames you for damage resulting from a rough freight carrier. Another is frustrated about your service policy. Still another customer keeps reciting the same complaint over and over again.</p></div></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Around the Web Management Registered User Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:27:00 +0000 422151 at Above-average gains in home renovation and repair spending expected to continue <div class="node-body article-body">Over the coming year, homeowner remodeling activity is projected to accelerate, keeping the rate of growth above its long-term trend.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Residential Plumbing Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:48:00 +0000 424211 at Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University AERCO International announces appointment of James F. Dagley as President <div class="node-body article-body">AERCO International is pleased to announce that James F. Dagley has been appointed as the company’s new President. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:04:00 +0000 424201 at <p>James F. Dagley.</p> Widespread industry confidence continues; number of projects from Gen Xers on the rise Houzz study finds <div class="field-deck"> Q2 2016 Houzz Renovation Barometer finds renovating homeowners purchasing more high-end products and more likely to take on multiple projects in 2016 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Q2 2016 Houzz Renovation Barometer, which tracks confidence in the home renovation market among industry professionals. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Development Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:15:00 +0000 424191 at North America's Building Trades Unions and American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy tout benefits of energy efficiency programs and career training in skilled trades <div class="node-body article-body">NABTU and ACEEE today unveiled a collaborative effort that describes the potential to create significant career training opportunities via investments in energy efficiency programs.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Training Opportunities Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:59:00 +0000 424181 at Comfortech preview: Your brand tells your customers whether they should hire you <div class="node-body article-body">When a customer needs work completed on their home or business, they’ll look for a contractor and decide who to hire. Will they hire you? </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Comfortech Marketing Registered User Tue, 19 Jul 2016 19:32:00 +0000 424171 at Weekly Product Gallery: Viega, Matco-Norca, A.O. Smith, Bosch Tool, J.C. Whitlam and XOEye <div class="node-body gallery-body">This week the gallery includes a no-stop coupling for use with pressing systems, lead-free brass fittings, upgrades to a hybrid electric heat pump, a reciprocating saw, a plastic pipe cutter and more. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Galleries Hydronics Plumbing Tools Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:03:00 +0000 424151 at New initiatives help McBee employees earn A. O. Smith safety award <div class="node-body article-body">The employees of the A. O. Smith plant in McBee, S.C. were rewarded for their efforts today by earning the Lloyd B. Smith President’s Safety Award for 2015.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:45:00 +0000 424141 at <p>The McBee President&#39;s Safety Award group.</p> US Chiller Services and the BP Group form new joint venture company in New York <div class="node-body article-body">US Chiller Services has entered into a joint venture agreement with New York-based HVAC specialist, The BP Group.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Around the Web Mon, 18 Jul 2016 14:43:00 +0000 424071 at <p>York International centrifugal chiller.</p> Wikimedia Commons IAPMO seeks UPC Standards Task Group members <div class="node-body article-body">IAPMO is seeking and accepting applications for technical experts to participate on a Standards Task Group toward the development of the 2018 Uniform Plumbing Code.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Codes Fri, 15 Jul 2016 18:33:00 +0000 424051 at Is PR & local news really beneficial to contractors? <div class="node-body article-body">One of the most consistent challenges contractors face is marketing. Where to put the budget, how to track the budget and who should be in charge of spending the budget?</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Registered User Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:29:00 +0000 424041 at iStock/Thinkstock Energy hog at country club is dumb as a box of rocks <div class="node-body article-body">Two years later, I received a phone call from a gentleman interested in purchasing the entire country club complex. The Florida owner was embroiled in lawsuits and owed hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Yates Registered User Thu, 14 Jul 2016 19:38:00 +0000 424011 at Nest reinvents the outdoor camera <div class="field-deck"> New Nest Cam Outdoor, redesigned Nest App and person alerts bring security outside the home </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Nest Labs, Inc. today announced sweeping changes to its security camera portfolio with the introduction of Nest Cam Outdoor.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Technology Thu, 14 Jul 2016 19:30:00 +0000 424001 at Job costing: taking hold of reins of your company <div class="node-body article-body">This method of job costing is woefully inadequate for long term success and for understanding just exactly how much you are making from each job. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Schwartz Registered User Thu, 14 Jul 2016 19:17:00 +0000 423991 at ServiceTitan partners with the Joseph Groh Foundation <div class="node-body article-body">ServiceTitan today announced the results of a fundraising partnership with the Joseph Groh Foundation. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Around the Web Thu, 14 Jul 2016 18:22:00 +0000 423721 at How A.R.E. builds a truck cap <div class="node-body article-body">You've probably seen HVAC or plumbing service vehicles with caps carrying the A.R.E. brand. You might even use A.R.E. truck caps in your fleet.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Around the Web Trucks Thu, 14 Jul 2016 18:02:00 +0000 423731 at Misty Guard joins International Code Council’s PMG team <div class="field-deck"> Will lead cross-functional efforts to help align organization’s PMG strategy in the marketplace </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Misty Guard has joined the International Code Council (ICC) as Vice President of Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, and Swimming Pool (PMG) Programs.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Codes Thu, 14 Jul 2016 18:01:00 +0000 423711 at IAPMO selected to attend U.S. government water infrastructure business development mission to Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines <div class="node-body article-body">IAPMO will participate in the Water Infrastructure Business Development Mission to Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Codes Plumbing Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17:40:00 +0000 423701 at <p>National flags of the member countries of the ASEAN economic community.</p> iStock/Thinkstock World's first 1,000 HP low NOx mobile boiler room ready for service <div class="field-deck"> Nationwide Boiler Inc. and Superior Boiler Works complete production of one-of-a-kind mobile boiler room </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Nationwide Boiler Inc. and Superior Boiler Works have completed production of the world’s first 1,000 hp mobile boiler room.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hydronics Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17:23:00 +0000 423691 at Plumbing franchising: Work the system & win <div class="field-deck"> Two proven franchise system – Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and Mr. Rooter – provide solid business foundations for success minded entrepreneurs. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The key benefit to many franchise businesses, not only to those in the plumbing industry, is the often-heard word: system. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Plumbing Contractor Registered User Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17:19:00 +0000 423681 at PMI Issues RFP to determine If low flow rates in plumbing systems yield opportunistic waterborne pathogens <div class="field-deck"> PMI seeks to understand if lower flow rates may impact public health </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Little scientific research exists on the relationship between low flow rates and opportunistic waterborne pathogens in plumbing systems.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Codes Plumbing Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17:11:00 +0000 423671 at iStock/Thinkstock Milwaukee Tools — delivering smarter tools <div class="node-body article-body">Disruptive innovation is what drives Milwaukee Tools, creating end-user solutions for the core trades. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cordless Tools Registered User Thu, 14 Jul 2016 15:46:00 +0000 423661 at Weil-McLain at 135: Proud history, future vision <div class="node-body article-body">So how does a company maintain its success from the tail end of the 19th century all the way to the 21st? Weil-McLain has five company values that ground all employees.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Best Practices Registered User Thu, 14 Jul 2016 15:23:00 +0000 423651 at Design & Construction Week to feature CEDIA Smart Home Pavilion <div class="node-body article-body">The NAHB International Builders' Show (IBS) and the NKBA Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) today announced a new strategic partnership with CEDIA.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kitchen & Bath Industry Show Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:34:00 +0000 423641 at 10 Ways to win the estate tax game <div class="node-body article-body">While speaking at a recent seminar “Tax Secrets of the Wealthy” one of the business owners jokingly asked me, “Irv, do you have a Top 10 list?” </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blackman Taxes Registered User Wed, 13 Jul 2016 19:27:00 +0000 423631 at iStock/Thinkstock