Contractor Magazine en NIBS Consultative Council issues 2016 Moving Forward Report <div class="field-deck"> IAPMO-supported legislation to create NIST Plumbing Research Lab reintroduced </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The National Institute of Building Sciences' Consultative Council released its 2016 report, Moving Forward: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council, at its annual conference in Washington, D.C.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Codes Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:59:00 +0000 432981 at GPS Insight donates to 60 charities, totaling over $200,000 in 2016 <div class="node-body article-body">GPS Insight announced today that it donated $200,496.75 in 2016 to 60 local and national charities.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:47:00 +0000 432971 at <p>GPS Insight&#39;s 2016 Company Photo.</p> Americans love their kitchens and baths: NKBA research pegs industry value at $134 billion <div class="field-deck"> Americans remodel about 24 million kitchens or baths a year </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Kitchens and baths are the heart and soul of our homes, representing a $134 billion industry, according to research released today by NKBA. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bath/Kitchen Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:33:00 +0000 432961 at Weekly Product Gallery: Johnson Controls, Hydronics Manufacturing, Webstone, SaniFlo, Valvin and Galeton <div class="node-body gallery-body">This week the gallery includes a hybrid cooling system, panels for radiant wall and ceiling applications, new valves for use with pressing systems, a condensate neutralization kit and more. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apparel Media Galleries Toilets Green Plumbing Radiant Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:31:00 +0000 432951 at Orange County moves forward with energy infrastructure upgrades <div class="node-body article-body">Years of financial constraints have led Orange County to issues with its HVAC systems and facilities. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Plumbing Contractor Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:18:00 +0000 432941 at <p>The Way Companies corporate HQ.</p> ARS/Rescue Rooter is hosting National Hoopfest in Tampa <div class="node-body article-body">On January 20th and 21st, the ARS/Rescue Rooter National Hoopfest will be hosted at Berkeley Preparatory High School. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:16:00 +0000 432931 at The KBIS 2017 wrap-up <div class="node-body gallery-body">Yet another KBIS is in the books! Here's a final gallery of award-winners, special events and innovative products from the show, and from the co-located International Builders Show. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AHR Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:10:00 +0000 432921 at tekmar to appear at AHR Expo in Las Vegas <div class="node-body article-body">tekmar Control Solutions will be attending the AHR Expo in Las Vegas, NV.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AHR Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:57:00 +0000 432911 at Nexstar Member Network welcomes new coaches Scott Brinkley and Shane Rau <div class="field-deck"> Angel Braaten hired as staff accountant </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Nexstar Network is pleased to announce the hiring of two new coaches and a staff accountant. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:41:00 +0000 432901 at <p>Left to right, Scott Brinkley, Shane Rau and Angel Braaten.</p> Viega promotes Scott Rea to Regional Sales Manager for Pacific Northwest <div class="field-deck"> Viega expands sales strategy to increase presence in key industries </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Viega LLC announces the promotion of Scott Rea to regional sales manager, responsible for the Pacific Northwest region.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:16:00 +0000 432891 at The pros of batting cleanup <div class="node-body article-body">You’ve been there too, and the call asking for your help is a Siren’s song too hard to resist. You know you want to see what corners the bums cut to undercut your bids. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Yates Plumbing Radiant Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:30:00 +0000 432861 at iStock/Thinkstock Preparing for the Trump economy <div class="node-body article-body">For good or bad, Donald Trump is the new president. What does that mean for you and your plumbing business? </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Michel Registered User Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:02:00 +0000 432851 at <p><span>Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives two thumbs up to the crowd during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. </span></p> Chip Somodevilla / Staff / Getty Images News Continuing coverage from KBIS 2017 <div class="node-body gallery-body">The Kitchen and Bath industry show is in full swing in sunny Orlando, and the CONTRACTOR staff is on the floor...</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kitchen & Bath Industry Show Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:53:00 +0000 432841 at Skilled Labor Fund launches at Design and Construction Week <div class="field-deck"> Fund seeks $5 million to fund trade school scholarships, alleviate industry labor shortage, and build a stronger future for the housing industry </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Skilled Labor Fund announced its formation at a press conference held today at Design and Construction Week, along with a request for funds to support its goal.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Training Opportunities Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:43:00 +0000 432831 at <p>Tony Mancini, group director-principal of SGC Horizon, speaks at Design and Construction Week.</p> EGIA announces launch of Contractor University <div class="node-body article-body">The Electric & Gas Industries Association has launched a new educational program for contracting businesses called EGIA Contractor University. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Training Opportunities Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:20:00 +0000 432821 at Buyers willing to trade square footage for amenities, survey results show <div class="node-body article-body">The average size of newly built homes decreased in 2016 - a sign that the home building industry is preparing for the coming wave of first-time buyers.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Plumbing Contractor Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:52:00 +0000 432811 at Fujitsu General America names Andrew Armstrong Vice President of Sales and Marketing <div class="node-body article-body">Fujitsu General America, Inc., based in Fairfield, NJ, has announced the hiring of Andrew (Andy) Armstrong as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:48:00 +0000 432801 at <p>Andrew (Andy) Armstrong.</p> Keeping an eye on everything in the field <div class="node-body article-body">Now playing on eyewear near you: wearable computing (smart glass) technology for field service industries.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Feldmans Technology Registered User Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:05:00 +0000 432791 at Inadvertent code violation <div class="node-body article-body">For many years, there has been a practice in the field of hydronics of taking a code-compliant, dual-use, tank-style water heater and using it for both domestic hot water (DHW) and space heating...</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Codes Eatherton Hydronics Registered User Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:23:00 +0000 432781 at <p>Legionella bacterium.</p> iStock/Thinkstock How business owners can avoid the life insurance tax trap <div class="node-body article-body">The easiest way for a successful business owner to create tax-free wealth is by the proper use of life insurance. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blackman Taxes Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:58:00 +0000 432771 at iStock/Thinkstock Becoming a great contractor <div class="node-body article-body">There’s a difference between good chief executives and great ones. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Registered User Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:33:00 +0000 432761 at <p>Mike Agugliaro at the beginning of his contracting career.</p> Dramatic design dominates KBIS 2017 <div class="node-body gallery-body">The CONTRACTOR team is on the floor at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show to see the latest and greatest innovations the industry has to offer</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kitchen & Bath Industry Show Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:34:00 +0000 432751 at <p>A view of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show being held this year at the Orlando Convention Center.</p> Bluewater celebrates 12 months of offering tens of thousands of gallons of lead-free tap water to citizens in Flint, Michigan <div class="node-body article-body">Two Bluewater water purifiers donated twelve months ago to Flint, Michigan, continue to deliver hundreds of gallons of contaminant-free tap water every day to local citizens. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Plumbing Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:54:00 +0000 432741 at <p><span>City of Flint, Michigan workers prepare to replace a lead water service line pipe at the site of the first Flint home with high lead levels to have its lead service line replaced under the Mayor&#39;s Fast Start program, on March 4, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. </span></p> Going to KBIS 2017? Things to do in Orlando (that aren’t Disney)! <div class="node-body gallery-body">Let’s face it, you can’t spend all your time at the show. Here’s a short gallery of a few things to do in Orlando – besides Disney World! – during your free time. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kitchen & Bath Industry Show Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:59:00 +0000 432731 at Weekly Product Gallery: Flir, Uponor, Bosch, Milwaukee Tool, Ridgid and Just Manufacturing <div class="node-body gallery-body">This week the product gallery features a drone camera, a wireless control for radiant systems, a condensing tankless water heater, a compact tape measure, a battery-operated PEX tool and more. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bath/Kitchen Geothermal Media Galleries Piping Tools Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:55:00 +0000 432721 at Contractor of the Month:Gold Medal Service <div class="node-body article-body">It’s only fitting that Gold Medal Service is CONTRACTOR's Contractor of the Month for January. Gold Medal Service is our Contractor of the Year too! Find out why we at CONTRACTOR magazine believe Gold Medal Service is a top-notch contractor!</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Plumbing Contractor Mon, 09 Jan 2017 23:05:00 +0000 432701 at The Millennials are coming, the Millennials are coming! <div class="node-body article-body">In the case of the Millennials, 80 million of them are coming. 80 million! It’s the largest single generational block of human beings to ever hit the United States of America. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Best Practices Registered User Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:54:00 +0000 432691 at Tax auditor is your friend <div class="node-body article-body">“Surprise – I’m from the IRS and I’m taking you to jail,” he says as handcuffs jingle from his belt. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fey Registered User Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:46:00 +0000 432681 at The challenge of today’s labor market <div class="node-body article-body">A large, and some say growing, segment of the 18- to 24-year-old age group are simply not interested in the trades or many other jobs which require physical labor. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Schwartz Registered User Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:36:00 +0000 432671 at Secret 'mind control' strategy to get more repeat business <div class="node-body article-body">Repeat business is the golden ticket in contracting businesses — it’s more profitable and takes far less effort than selling to new prospects. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Best Practices Registered User Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:27:00 +0000 432661 at