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People on the Move: CoolSys, Stelpro and Roland Lajoie Enterprises

February 27, 2018

CoolSys Amy Freeman has joined CoolSys as chief operating officer (COO). Freeman previously held the position of vice president of global operations for PerkinElmer, in addition to roles at GE Healthcare and Masterplan. As COO, she will oversee M&A integration

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Virtual reality: A new frontier for HVAC training

February 23, 2018 by Robert Waters

When most people think of Virtual Reality (VR), they often think of video games and big, geeky looking goggles covering most of the user’s face. That perception is about to change. The world of VR is exploding with new applications

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Tax planning tool in CRA’s sights

February 23, 2018 by Hank Bulmash

In 1982, a businessman named Melville Neuman had a bright idea. He thought he had figured out a way to split income with his wife using a family holding company (holdco). Neuman had his wife incorporate a company. She took

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Traditional to digital marketing for HVAC, plumbing businesses

February 23, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

James Memije and Aaron Bond often pose a simple question to new clients: “How did you find out about us?” Typically, the answer is Google. Memije and Bond are co-owners of Toronto-based AccuServ Heating and Air Conditioning. But other businesses

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Bitzer order system allows for product modification

February 22, 2018

German manufacturer Bitzer has launched a new order system for its heat exchangers and pressure vessels (HEXPV). The system allows orders to be modified according to customer preference. Operators can decide whether to buy standard products or those tailored to

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Engie looks to expand in North American market with Quebec acquisition

February 21, 2018

Engie Services has acquired Quebec-based digital controls company Les Controles AC to expand its operations in North America. Engie has had a 50 per cent interest in the company for over 10 years. Les Controles AC’s entire management team will

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Centrotherm awards BC-based manufacturer reps for sales

February 21, 2018

JSA Sales, located in Coquitlam, BC, is the recipient of Centrotherm’s first annual Manufacturer’s Representative of the Year award. The award was presented to JSA Sales at the AHR Expo in Chicago, IL. Centrotherm, headquartered in Albany, NY, stated that

BuildForce Labour Survey
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Retirements drive nation-wide demand for skilled trades workers

February 20, 2018

Over 250,000 construction workers are expected to retire this decade, according to the latest labour market forecast from BuildForce Canada. Those workers account for 21 per cent of Canada’s construction workforce. To meet labour requirements, 277,000 construction workers will need

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Islandaire relocates to larger manufacturing facility

February 19, 2018

Islandaire has moved to a new manufacturing facility at 500 Middle Country Road, Saint James, NY. President of Islandaire, Robert Hansen, said the expansion allowed for a larger production area to support storage for raw material and finished products. The

Service Experts Make A Wish
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Service Experts sponsors Make-A-Wish, donates $150K

February 19, 2018

Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning is now a sponsor of the Make-A-Wish foundation, which grants wishes to children diagnosed with a critical illness. It will also make an initial donation of $150,000. “We are honoured to be able to

Alberta apprenticeship training
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Alberta policy supports apprenticeship training on public projects

February 16, 2018

Alberta has introduced a new bidding policy for contractors to utilize apprentices in construction-related trades on large-scale, public infrastructure projects. The policy requires apprentices in the 11 trades to participate on major public projects valued over $15 million, or those

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Taco presents Dan Holohan Lifetime Contribution to Comfort Award

February 16, 2018

Bruce Marshall, former lead trainer at Emerson Swan, was presented the Dan Holohan Lifetime Contribution to Comfort Award at Taco Comfort Solutions’ press conference at the AHR Expo in Chicago, IL. Marshall is the third recipient of the award, and

Ingrid Mattsson Carlson-Holohan Award
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Uponor brand director receives Carlson-Holohan Award

February 15, 2018

Ingrid Mattsson, Uponor director of brand and corporate social responsibility, was presented the Carlson-Holohan Award of Excellence at AHR Expo in Chicago, IL. Mattsson accepted the award over speakerphone during the Radiant Professionals Alliance’s Membership Reception. The award recognizes an

Danfoss EnVisioneer of the Year Award
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Danfoss invites submissions for EnVisioneer award competition

February 13, 2018

Danfoss is accepting entries for its ninth annual EnVisioneer of the Year award competition. The award recognizes North American original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), building owners, municipalities, contractors and end users. Entrants must have opened a new facility, or invested in

ASHRAE 90.1 online portal
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ASHRAE introduces online portal for 90.1 energy standard

February 8, 2018

ASHRAE has released an online portal for the suite of resources related to its Standard 90.1: Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. The portal includes a multi-publication online tool that enables users to view each publication side by

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MCAC rebrands, introduces new logo

February 2, 2018

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) has launched a new logo as part of its rebrand. The association also introduced updates to its website, newsletters, publications, social media and all marketing and promotional materials. Up-to-date elements, a simplified layout,

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Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning sponsors Continental Cup

February 1, 2018

Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning, among other companies, sponsored the 2018 World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curling. “We love supporting Curling Canada, and were thrilled with the storybook ending for the event, which resulted in victory for North

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Partnership strengthens SRP UK sales

January 31, 2018

  Superior Radiant Products (SRP), which is headquartered in Stoney Creek, ON, has formed a partnership with U.K. heating and ventilation products manufacturer Powrmatic. Under the agreement, Powrmatic will have exclusive rights to sell SRPs EUA and EUAV radiant tube

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Viega MegaPress XL® – Advanced Press for Larger Pipes

January 26, 2018

Only press fitting system for 2 ½” to 4″ diameter pipe for use with Schedule 10 to Schedule 40 carbon steel pipe. Viega MegaPress XL PressBooster makes connections, on average, in 25 seconds. Saves up to 60% on installation costs

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Symposium focuses on emerging heat pump marketplace, new refrigerants

January 22, 2018

Opportunities and challenges for heat pumps and alternative refrigerants are the focus of this year’s Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) Symposium. Hosted by HRAI’s manufacturers division, the members-only symposium will take place on February 27, 2018, at the

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Skills Ontario appoints new CEO

January 19, 2018

Ian Howcroft has been named CEO of Skills Ontario, replacing Gail Smyth, who retired in August 2017. Ray Lavender, president of the board of directors for Skills Ontario, announced the decision. Howcroft served on the board from 1999 to 2015,

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American Standard products win award for design excellence

January 18, 2018

American Standard has won a 2017 Good Design award for its Spectra showerheads and ActiClean toilet. The award was presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and

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WSI call for abstracts for Las Vegas conference and exposition

January 12, 2018

Experts in the field of urban water efficiency are invited to submit abstracts for the 11th annual WaterSmart Innovations (WSI) conference and exposition. Abstracts may be for an oral presentation, panel or workshop. The conference will take place October 3

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Digital refreshes: updates for Bitzer, Geberit

January 11, 2018

Bitzer updates online spare parts software Bitzer has redesigned EPARTS, its online spare parts software with additional services and added functions. New features include regularly updated integrated data, which aims to provide users with up-to-date information. “With the clear identification

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EMC calls for Energy Summit 2018 speakers

December 22, 2017

The Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) has put out a call for speakers for its 2018 Energy Summit, a conference on industrial energy efficiency. Speakers should be energy efficiency experts, energy service providers or industry decision markers, including: plant and

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Event to host largest ever education program

December 20, 2017 by HPAC Magazine

The 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference takes place January 20-24 at the Palmer House Chicago with the co-sponsored AHR Expo being held January 22-24 at McCormick Place. The AHR Expo seminar program features over 120 sessions, including over 70 free one-

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Ford issues four recalls on Transit and F-150 models

December 20, 2017

Ford Motor Company has recalled Transit and F-150 vehicles throughout North America. In Canada, 13,564 vehicles were recalled due to increased risk of fire, accident/injury or crash. The recall impacts a total of 8,365 2015-17 Ford Transit vehicles in Canada.

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Let’s Talk Stink

December 19, 2017 by Robert Bean

Out of all the senses, the olfactory sense is one of the strongest for creating lasting impressions.i Odour memories also influence the way new smells are perceived. As a survival tool it serves as an early warning signal that something

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New hires for Water-Right, Goodway and Waterline & Lyncar

December 11, 2017

Water-Right Vicki Andersen has been hired as associate brand manager for water treatment OEM, Water-Right. Andersen will assist in marketing efforts to uphold the company’s brand, and develop a long-term strategy for Water-Right wholesale product lines, including Sanitizer and Impression

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New hire, role changes at Viega

December 8, 2017

Viega has hired Craig Cullen as its director of sales operations. In this position, Cullen is responsible for sales support as it relates to reporting, analysis and demand for forecasting and pricing analysis. He has more than 25 years of