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People on the move: Moen, Caleffi, ThermaSol and Ecco Supply

April 17, 2019

Moen has tapped Nina Kshetry to take on the role of the company’s first water director. In this role, Kshetry will work to connect Moen with North American water organizations. She is a two-time MIT graduate and licensed professional engineer

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‘Innovation mindset’: Adoption of latest technologies key to contractor growth at MCAC Conference

April 17, 2019

As the construction industry grapples with complex projects and tight timelines, a massive worker shortage and some of the lowest productivity gains over the last few decades, the largely entrenched ways of doing business are undergoing a fundamental shift. At

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The Master Group opens new branch in B.C.

April 16, 2019

The Master Group is continuing to grow its presence in Western Canada with the opening of its 36th point of sale. Located just off the Trans Canada Highway, the company’s newly constructed Langley Branch is led by Mark Eastwood. The

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Noble announces move in East York

April 15, 2019

Noble is relocating its branch in East York, ON to a new location on April 29, 2019. The company announced its plans to move to 46 Hollinger Road from its current location at 100 Sunrise Avenue. Those interested in contacting

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Aquatherm unveils refreshed website

April 12, 2019

Aquatherm has upgraded its website to cater to contractors, engineers and building owners who are considering the company’s polypropylene piping systems. The company zeroed in on improved navigation, user-friendly search features and simplification in the update. “The new website is

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CIPH Ontario region AGM attracts record attendance

April 11, 2019

Leadership proved to be a popular topic at the third CIPH Ontario Region Business Meeting and annual general meeting held today (April 11, 2019) with more than 150 in attendance. Keynote speaker Chris Cummins discussed the traits and actions of

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Canadian Oil Heat Association finalizes rebranding, plots new scope

April 11, 2019

More than a year after announcing its plans to rebrand, the Ontario chapter of the Canadian Oil Heat Association has officially become the Ontario Petroleum Transporters and Technicians Association (OPPTA). It will take on “expanded scope and support services” to

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People on the move: Aquatherm, Franklin Electric and Mestek

April 8, 2019

Aquatherm has appointed Matt Denny to the position of regional sales manager for Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Larry Hope will serve as regional sales manager for Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia

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Manufacturers make it to final round of MCEE product competition

April 5, 2019

MCEE has unveiled the finalists for its New Product Competition ahead of the 2019 show. The plumbing, hydronic, HVAC/R, electrical and lighting products will be launched at the event, which is taking place on April 24 and 25 at Place

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Victaulic celebrates 100-year anniversary of first patent

April 4, 2019

Victaulic is marking a major milestone. On April 4, 2019, the company celebrated 100 years since its first patent for mechanical pipe joining solutions. Lieutenant Ernest Tribe filed the first patent for the Victory Joint–now known as the Victaulic coupling–a

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Nominations for two HRAI Contractors Division awards due July 1

April 1, 2019

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) Contractors Division has put out a call for nominations for two awards. The Craig McCarty Memorial Award is presented to members of the division who have volunteered to serve in leadership roles.

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Augmented reality, virtual reality: industry game changers

March 26, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

Despite being largely relegated to the classroom, augmented reality and virtual reality offer mechanical contractors a number of benefits in the field. Troubleshooting equipment with a smart phone and viewing the layout of a system on a construction site in

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Electric Eel marks 80-year milestone

March 25, 2019

 Electric Eel Mfg., based in Springfield, OH, is celebrating its 80th anniversary. The manufacturer of drain and sewer cleaning equipment is known for its Model C dual cable section drain cleaner. The company has grown its product line since it

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Ontario government decision puts an end to Heating and Cooling Incentive

March 22, 2019

The Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Institute of Canada announced today that Ontario’s Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Greg Rickford, has directed the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to discontinue the Conservation First Framework, including the  Heating and

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Nortek recognized for $10K donation to U.S., Canadian ASHRAE chapters

March 21, 2019

Nortek Air Solutions has been recognized by ASHRAE’s Research Promotion (RP) campaign for its 2018 Golden Circle level donation of $10,000. The donation marks the 19th consecutive year of RP donations by the company. Nortek divided its contribution among three

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Federal budget promises millions to promote skilled trades, outlines funding for job training programs

March 20, 2019

The federal government unveiled a series of new budgetary measures March 19 to encourage young people to enter the skilled trades. The Liberals plan to funnel $40 million over four years to Skills Canada under Budget 2019, with $10 million

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Thermostat Recovery Program

March 15, 2019 by H.R.A.I.

The Thermostat Recovery Program (TRP) is a stewardship program focused on recovering and recycling thermostats that are no longer in use. We accept mercury-containing, electronic and mechanical thermostats and ensure that all the components, especially the mercury, are kept out

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Mastering the art and science behind ideal environments

March 8, 2019 by Robert Bean

This continues to shock many readers but as I have said repeatedly the construction industry does not exist to employing building professionals. The industry exists to create spaces for humans because without shelter for protection we would not be able

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“Pay for what you use” heat metering technology gains traction

March 7, 2019 by John Siegenthaler

Buildings such as apartments and condominiums are home to families with different comfort preferences or attitudes on energy use. Similarly, many commercial buildings are divided into spaces where tenants have different temperature requirements or usage schedules. In some buildings, the

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HRAI calls for nominations for three Achievement Awards

March 6, 2019

Nominations are now open for the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) Achievement Awards. The HRAI Merit Award is presented to an industry representation that has made an “outstanding contribution to the development and progress of HRAI and the

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Online exclusive: Retiree shares insights and advice for plumbing, HVAC industry

March 4, 2019

After a more than 50-year career, Don Carter has a few hats to hang. The industry veteran is set to retire on a career marked by a steady rise in the ranks, and some lessons learned, in Western Canada. Now,

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Emerson opens up Ridgid trade trip contest to Canadians

February 28, 2019

For the first time, Canadian contractors can enter to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Ridgid world headquarters in St. Louis, MO, as part of the company’s third annual “Trade Trip of a Lifetime” contest. A total of six winners will

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People on the move: Fortune Brands, Duravit, Uponor, Friedrich and Prier

February 22, 2019

Fortune Brands Global Plumbing Group (GPG) has announced the retirement of Mike Dennis, president of the Canadian and Latin subsidiaries. Cheri Phyfer, current president of Moen U.S., will take on an expanded role as president of the GPG Americas. Her

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MCAC to host Innovation Conference in downtown Toronto

February 21, 2019

The 2019 Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) Innovation Conference is set to kick off April 15 to 16 at the Beanfield Centre in Toronto, ON. Themed “The Innovation Mindset: Converting Opportunities into Realities,” the conference includes a number of

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Alberta adopts new building, fire Codes

February 20, 2019

New codes have come into effect in Alberta. The province has adopted the National Building Code–2019 Alberta Edition and National Energy Code for Buildings–2018 Edition to its Building Code Regulation. The Fire Code Regulation has adopted the National Fire Code–2019

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Measurement Canada to approve thermal energy meters within the year

February 18, 2019 by Kerry Turner

Thermal energy meters, also known as Btu meters and heat meters, are moving from the realm of simple measurement into use as billing devices, which raises some regulatory questions on the municipal, provincial and federal levels. The issue is analogous

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CIPH president, general manager named chair of NAW council

February 15, 2019

The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW), headquartered in Washington, DC, has tapped CIPH President and General Manager Ralph Suppa to take over as chair of its Association Executive Council (AEC). “I am thrilled and honoured to be standing here as

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Wolseley One Tradeshow to kick off in Vaughan, ON in March

February 14, 2019

Wolseley has opened registration for its third annual One Tradeshow in Ontario, to be held March 27, 2019 at the Universal Eventspace in Vaughan, ON. The company expects the show to attract upwards of 1,200 customers and 70 exhibitors showcasing

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General’s New Gen-Eye X-POD® Inspection Results in a Flash

February 13, 2019

Gen-Eye X-POD® from General Pipe Cleaners features a powerful Command Module with USB port to record video inspections on flash drives. Combines camera, reel, and monitor into one compact package. Includes 7” color monitor, 4X digital zoom, and 3 ft.

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Testo 310 Residential Combustion Analyzer – Right the first, and every time

February 13, 2019

The testo 310 residential combustion analyzer provides exceptional value and expanded capabilities in combustion testing. The 310 sets the standard in economical combustion tuning with its rugged housing, simple design, easy-to-read backlit display, fast start-up (30 sec), and advanced sensor