Contractor Magazine http://contractormag.com/rss.xml en Ralph Adams of Sykesville named President of the National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals http://contractormag.com/management/ralph-adams-sykesville-named-president-national-association-oil-and-energy-service-profes <div class="node-body article-body">Ralph Adams of Sykesville has been elected President of the National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals (OESP).</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/management/ralph-adams-sykesville-named-president-national-association-oil-and-energy-service-profes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/management/ralph-adams-sykesville-named-president-national-association-oil-and-energy-service-profes#comments Management Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:18:00 +0000 422751 at http://contractormag.com <p>Ralph Adams.</p> PHCC Educational Foundation supports plumbing, HVACR contests at SkillsUSA Competition http://contractormag.com/plumbing/phcc-educational-foundation-supports-plumbing-hvacr-contests-skillsusa-competition <div class="node-body article-body">Twelve top plumbing and HVACR students have received honors in the plumbing and HVACR competitions of the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Contest.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/plumbing/phcc-educational-foundation-supports-plumbing-hvacr-contests-skillsusa-competition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/plumbing/phcc-educational-foundation-supports-plumbing-hvacr-contests-skillsusa-competition#comments Training Opportunities Plumbing Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:17:00 +0000 422741 at http://contractormag.com <p>A competitor cuts a section of iron pipe during the SkillsUSA Competition.</p> SkillsUSA The Wrench Group appoints industry veteran Ken Haines as Chief Executive Officer http://contractormag.com/management/wrench-group-appoints-industry-veteran-ken-haines-chief-executive-officer <div class="node-body article-body">The Wrench Group (“Wrench” or the “Company”) today announced that Ken Haines has been selected to lead the Company.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/management/wrench-group-appoints-industry-veteran-ken-haines-chief-executive-officer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/management/wrench-group-appoints-industry-veteran-ken-haines-chief-executive-officer#comments Management Plumbing Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:46:00 +0000 422721 at http://contractormag.com The Whalen Company investing in affordable home ownership http://contractormag.com/management/whalen-company-investing-affordable-home-ownership <div class="node-body article-body">The Whalen Company is investing in affordable home ownership in Talbot County through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity Choptank.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/management/whalen-company-investing-affordable-home-ownership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/management/whalen-company-investing-affordable-home-ownership#comments Management Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:03:00 +0000 422661 at http://contractormag.com <p>The Whalen Company is investing in affordable housing with a lead contribution to Habitat Choptank&rsquo;s corporate giving program. Front row from left to right: Craig Wanner, chief operating officer, Emily Lynn, development officer Habitat Choptank, Chuck Mangold, Habitat volunteer and also a corporate sponsor, J.C. Correa, vice president of manufacturing. Back row: Tony Landers, vice president of sales and marketing, Chris Murphy, chief financial officer, and Katie Levitan, human resources administrator.</p> 2016 Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator survey reveals planned investment at all-time high http://contractormag.com/green/2016-johnson-controls-energy-efficiency-indicator-survey-reveals-planned-investment-all-time-h <div class="field-deck"> 72 percent of respondents to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy investments </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The 2016 Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey shows interest and investment in energy efficiency are at an all-time high.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/green/2016-johnson-controls-energy-efficiency-indicator-survey-reveals-planned-investment-all-time-h" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/green/2016-johnson-controls-energy-efficiency-indicator-survey-reveals-planned-investment-all-time-h#comments Green Thu, 23 Jun 2016 20:29:00 +0000 422641 at http://contractormag.com U.S. hourly compensation rates in construction trades http://contractormag.com/management/us-hourly-compensation-rates-construction-trades <div class="field-byline"> by Alex Carrick </div> <div class="node-body article-body">This article sets the scene for what is already a simmering topic and is sure to heat up further in the months ahead - mounting pressure on wage rates in construction. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/management/us-hourly-compensation-rates-construction-trades" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/management/us-hourly-compensation-rates-construction-trades#comments Management Plumbing Thu, 23 Jun 2016 20:01:00 +0000 422611 at http://contractormag.com Nest introduces 'Time of Savings' program http://contractormag.com/around-web/nest-introduces-time-savings-program <div class="node-body article-body">Nest Labs, Inc. today announced the addition of Time of Savings to its energy services offerings which currently include Seasonal Savings and Rush Hour Rewards.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/around-web/nest-introduces-time-savings-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/around-web/nest-introduces-time-savings-program#comments Around the Web Thu, 23 Jun 2016 19:08:00 +0000 422621 at http://contractormag.com The battle over fire sprinklers in South Carolina http://contractormag.com/fire-sprinklers/battle-over-fire-sprinklers-south-carolina <div class="node-body article-body">This article from the Huffington Post discusses the effort to suppress codes and regulations that would require fire sprinklers in new homes. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/fire-sprinklers/battle-over-fire-sprinklers-south-carolina" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/fire-sprinklers/battle-over-fire-sprinklers-south-carolina#comments Fire Sprinklers Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:07:00 +0000 422601 at http://contractormag.com <p><span>WASHINGTON, DC, April 28th: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (L) and Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) talk to reporters after she testified before the House Homeland Security Committee&#39;s Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee. </span></p> Chip Somodevilla /Staff/Getty Images News American Standard, DXV, and Grohe launch the "Beauty in Motion" Mobile Experience http://contractormag.com/bathkitchen/american-standard-dxv-and-grohe-launch-beauty-motion-mobile-experience <div class="field-deck"> Innovative, high-style kitchen and bath solutions from LIXIL Water Technology highlighted in traveling showrooms visiting select U.S. cities </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The kitchen and bath brands that comprise LIXIL Water Technology Americas have teamed up to create the “Beauty in Motion” mobile experience. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/bathkitchen/american-standard-dxv-and-grohe-launch-beauty-motion-mobile-experience" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/bathkitchen/american-standard-dxv-and-grohe-launch-beauty-motion-mobile-experience#comments Bath/Kitchen Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:03:00 +0000 422591 at http://contractormag.com <p>Exterior of the Beauty in Motion mobile showroom.</p> Samsung HVAC Roadshow Stops in Akron, Ohio http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/samsung-hvac-roadshow-stops-akron-ohio <div class="field-byline"> by Scott Arnold </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Samsung HVAC’s first-ever U.S. roadshow rolled into Akron, Ohio, today, giving area contractors an opportunity to experience the company's newest products firsthand.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/samsung-hvac-roadshow-stops-akron-ohio" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/samsung-hvac-roadshow-stops-akron-ohio#comments Media Galleries Registered User Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:00:00 +0000 422291 at http://contractormag.com How to triumph over bad online reviews http://contractormag.com/management/how-triumph-over-bad-online-reviews <div class="field-byline"> by Joe Dysart </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In this article from Contracting Business, Joe Dysart discusses strategies for dealing with negative online reviews. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/management/how-triumph-over-bad-online-reviews" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/management/how-triumph-over-bad-online-reviews#comments Management Tue, 21 Jun 2016 21:27:00 +0000 422281 at http://contractormag.com Weekly Product Gallery: Greenlee, Uponor, Goulds, Little Giant, Viega and Seek Thermal http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-greenlee-uponor-goulds-little-giant-viega-and-seek-thermal <div class="node-body gallery-body">This week the gallery includes a cordless inline pressing tool, a thermostat designed for radiant heating applications, an advanced pump controller, a condensate removal pump, new tees for use with a popular pressing system and more. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-greenlee-uponor-goulds-little-giant-viega-and-seek-thermal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-greenlee-uponor-goulds-little-giant-viega-and-seek-thermal#comments Cordless Tools IR Cameras Media Galleries Plumbing Radiant Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:11:00 +0000 421971 at http://contractormag.com Construction employers seek plank in party platforms http://contractormag.com/management/construction-employers-seek-plank-party-platforms <div class="field-deck"> Letters to DNC, RNC outline key construction industry policy issues </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Construction Employers of America asked the Chairs of the Democratic and Republican Platform Committees to include in their parties’ official platforms strong policies that honor the vital role of union building trade shops. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/management/construction-employers-seek-plank-party-platforms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/management/construction-employers-seek-plank-party-platforms#comments Management Tue, 21 Jun 2016 16:01:00 +0000 421961 at http://contractormag.com W. Vernon Whitely retrofits a Cape Cod house with a Navien NPE tankless water heater http://contractormag.com/video/w-vernon-whitely-retrofits-cape-cod-house-navien-npe-tankless-water-heater <div class="node-body video-body">In this video, W. Vernon Whitely, Inc., retrofits a Cape Cod house with a Navien NPE 240a tankless water heater. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/video/w-vernon-whitely-retrofits-cape-cod-house-navien-npe-tankless-water-heater" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/video/w-vernon-whitely-retrofits-cape-cod-house-navien-npe-tankless-water-heater#comments Video Hydronics Tue, 21 Jun 2016 15:34:00 +0000 421951 at http://contractormag.com Women key to 21st century mechanical contracting industry http://contractormag.com/best-practices/women-key-21st-century-mechanical-contracting-industry <div class="field-byline"> Carol Peters </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The objective of the day: Develop a storyboard that explains what your team does and how it will impact the business over the next year.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/best-practices/women-key-21st-century-mechanical-contracting-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/best-practices/women-key-21st-century-mechanical-contracting-industry#comments Best Practices Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:54:00 +0000 421931 at http://contractormag.com The man in charge http://contractormag.com/yates/man-charge <div class="node-body article-body">Sandra Ramos recently invited me to attend the Women Builds Nations Conference held at the Crowne Plaza O'Hare Hotel and Conference Center in Rosemont, Ill.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/yates/man-charge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/yates/man-charge#comments Yates Plumbing Registered User Mon, 20 Jun 2016 20:56:00 +0000 421921 at http://contractormag.com iStock/Thinkstock Cash flow and business cycles http://contractormag.com/schwartz/cash-flow-and-business-cycles <div class="node-body article-body">If you are in business or are thinking about going into business, the one thing which you must master is cash flow. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/cash-flow-and-business-cycles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/cash-flow-and-business-cycles#comments Schwartz Registered User Mon, 20 Jun 2016 20:44:00 +0000 421911 at http://contractormag.com Software solutions for field service management http://contractormag.com/feldmans/software-solutions-field-service-management <div class="node-body article-body">LoopCAD 2016 MJ8 Edition is stand-alone CAD software for creating professional quality circuit layout drawings for radiant heating and snowmelt systems.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/feldmans/software-solutions-field-service-management" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/feldmans/software-solutions-field-service-management#comments Feldmans Technology Registered User Mon, 20 Jun 2016 20:32:00 +0000 421901 at http://contractormag.com The Robots Are Coming! http://contractormag.com/technology/robots-are-coming <div class="field-byline"> Lawrence (Larry) Clark </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In the 2016 Economic Report of the President, released in February, the chapter “Technology and Innovation” contains some interesting findings on robotics.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/technology/robots-are-coming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/technology/robots-are-coming#comments Around the Web Technology Registered User Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:43:00 +0000 422341 at http://contractormag.com iStock/Thinkstock Vapor barriers in radiant slabs http://contractormag.com/eatherton/vapor-barriers-radiant-slabs <div class="node-body article-body">The National Wood Flooring Association recently invited me to attend its annual educational meeting. My topic was how to apply wood flooring over radiant floors.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/eatherton/vapor-barriers-radiant-slabs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/eatherton/vapor-barriers-radiant-slabs#comments Eatherton Radiant Registered User Mon, 20 Jun 2016 16:03:00 +0000 421891 at http://contractormag.com iStock/Thinkstock To condense or not condense, that is the question http://contractormag.com/hydronics/condense-or-not-condense-question <div class="node-body article-body">In today’s market, there are two main types of natural-gas boilers. They are called “condensing boilers” and “non-condensing boilers.” </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/hydronics/condense-or-not-condense-question" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/hydronics/condense-or-not-condense-question#comments Hydronics Registered User Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:47:00 +0000 421881 at http://contractormag.com <p>Condensing boilers from Weil-McLain.</p> Pulte chooses Rinnai tankless water heater for zero net energy home prototype http://contractormag.com/green/pulte-chooses-rinnai-tankless-water-heater-zero-net-energy-home-prototype <div class="field-deck"> Rinnai to provide Ultra Series Tankless RUR model with new wireless connectivity for project </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When PulteGroup set out to build a zero net energy (ZNE) home prototype in Northern California, it chose to leverage only the latest in sustainable products.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/green/pulte-chooses-rinnai-tankless-water-heater-zero-net-energy-home-prototype" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/green/pulte-chooses-rinnai-tankless-water-heater-zero-net-energy-home-prototype#comments Green Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:54:00 +0000 421871 at http://contractormag.com <p>The Pulte net zero energy home exterior.</p> Service business leaders converge for “Warrior Circle” event http://contractormag.com/management/service-business-leaders-converge-warrior-circle-event <div class="field-deck"> CEO Warrior founder, author and business mentor, Mike Agugliaro, hosts 50 service business owners from 18 states and two countries for a sold-out event at company headquarters </div> <div class="node-body article-body">More than 50 service business owners from 18 states and two countries gathered in New Jersey for a sold-out, four-day leadership event hosted by Mike Agugliaro.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/management/service-business-leaders-converge-warrior-circle-event" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/management/service-business-leaders-converge-warrior-circle-event#comments Management Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:48:00 +0000 421861 at http://contractormag.com <p>The more than 50 Warrior Circle attendees participated in a wide range of interactive sessions and exercises specifically designed to challenge limiting beliefs, shift mindsets and unleash confidence.</p> CABA to offer Intelligent Buildings, Connected Home Pavilion at Greenbuild 2016 http://contractormag.com/green/caba-offer-intelligent-buildings-connected-home-pavilion-greenbuild-2016 <div class="node-body article-body">CABA has entered into an agreement with Informa Exhibitions to organize the first ever Intelligent Buildings and Connected Home Pavilion at Greenbuild 2016.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/green/caba-offer-intelligent-buildings-connected-home-pavilion-greenbuild-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/green/caba-offer-intelligent-buildings-connected-home-pavilion-greenbuild-2016#comments IoT Green Fri, 17 Jun 2016 19:26:00 +0000 421841 at http://contractormag.com Your estate plan is a family matter http://contractormag.com/blackman/your-estate-plan-family-matter <div class="node-body article-body">Do you have a family? A wife? Kids? Grandkids? Then this article is for you. Also, do you own all or part of a business? Then you are the exact target of this article.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blackman/your-estate-plan-family-matter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blackman/your-estate-plan-family-matter#comments Blackman Taxes Registered User Fri, 17 Jun 2016 19:10:00 +0000 421831 at http://contractormag.com DigitalVision/Thinkstock A plumber’s life in the South Pole http://contractormag.com/fey/plumber-s-life-south-pole <div class="field-byline"> with Tom Soltis </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a plumber at South Pole, Antarctica? Now you can find out!</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/fey/plumber-s-life-south-pole" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/fey/plumber-s-life-south-pole#comments Fey Plumbing Registered User Fri, 17 Jun 2016 18:34:00 +0000 421821 at http://contractormag.com <p>Master Plumber Tom Soltis on a sunny day at the South Pole.</p> OESP selects new Executive Director to build on momentum http://contractormag.com/management/oesp-selects-new-executive-director-build-momentum <div class="field-deck"> Executive Director Judy Garber to retire August 1 after 16 years of service to association </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The membership of OESP has unanimously voted to hire Jaffe Communications of Newark, NJ to serve as the next executive director.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/management/oesp-selects-new-executive-director-build-momentum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/management/oesp-selects-new-executive-director-build-momentum#comments Management Fri, 17 Jun 2016 18:26:00 +0000 421811 at http://contractormag.com Women in the plumbing & HVACR trades share their success stories http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/women-plumbing-hvacr-trades-share-their-success-stories <div class="field-deck"> Influential Women </div> <div class="node-body article-body">I interviewed three talented and personable ladies in the plumbing and HVACR trades to find out what lead them to having a career in the field, what they enjoy about their jobs, etc., etc.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/women-plumbing-hvacr-trades-share-their-success-stories" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/women-plumbing-hvacr-trades-share-their-success-stories#comments Plumbing Contractor Registered User Fri, 17 Jun 2016 17:32:00 +0000 421801 at http://contractormag.com Distillery dream becomes reality with hydronics experience http://contractormag.com/hydronics/distillery-dream-becomes-reality-hydronics-experience <div class="node-body article-body">Amy and Steve Bohner — husband and wife entrepreneurs living in Northern California — started Alchemy Construction in 1998 with a focus on sustainable building practices. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/hydronics/distillery-dream-becomes-reality-hydronics-experience" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/hydronics/distillery-dream-becomes-reality-hydronics-experience#comments Hydronics Registered User Fri, 17 Jun 2016 16:18:00 +0000 421791 at http://contractormag.com <p>Amy and Steve Bohner of Alchemy Construction.</p> Behind the Shower Curtain: New research from American Standard reveals consumer bathing habits http://contractormag.com/bathkitchen/behind-shower-curtain-new-research-american-standard-reveals-consumer-bathing-habits <div class="field-deck"> From bath selfies to cleaning the tub in the nude, consumers reveal various rituals and habits involved in their bath and shower experiences </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Think about the last time you needed more shower time. Was this extra time taken to rinse the shampoo out of your hair or to make sure you got the perfect selfie?</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/bathkitchen/behind-shower-curtain-new-research-american-standard-reveals-consumer-bathing-habits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/bathkitchen/behind-shower-curtain-new-research-american-standard-reveals-consumer-bathing-habits#comments Bath/Kitchen Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:55:00 +0000 421781 at http://contractormag.com