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Entries open for Danfoss EnVisioneer of the Year competition

February 8, 2019

Danfoss is once again accepting entries for its EnVisioneer of the Year award competition. Now in its 10th year, the annual competition aims to recognize those in the industry that have used Danfoss products to “realize significant energy and environmental

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Evict Radon researchers select Radonova as laboratory

February 4, 2019

Alberta-based Evict Radon, a confederation of researchers, has selected Radonova as its testing laboratory. Evict Radon encourages homeowners in Western Canada to test their homes for radon gas in the winter. The results from tests, which measure radon levels over

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Caleffi awards Quebec representative

January 31, 2019

Caleffi North America, Inc presented its Pinnacle Award to Quebec-based representative Dave Vallieres & Associates for “exceptional 2018 performance.” The company held its annual Manufacturers’ Representative Meeting in conjunction with the 2019 AHR Expo in Atlanta, GA. “Our reps delivered a

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Boiler manufacturer issues product notification

January 31, 2019

Navien, Inc. has recalled the propane conversion kit for two of its condensing tankless water heater models (NPE-180A and NPE-180S) and the NCB-180E condensing combination boiler. The company identified a non-conforming specification in the natural gas to propane gas conversion

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Concern heightened among Canadian manufacturers over U.S. protectionism

January 30, 2019

Outlook 2019 study shows they are expecting business to be good, but confidence has tumbled since last year. By Joe Terrett, PLANT Magazine Canadian manufacturers are optimistic about their prospects in 2019, but significantly less confident than last year as

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Honeywell, Johnson Controls and Acuity among ControlTrends award winners

January 29, 2019

The 2018 ControlTrends award winners were once again unveiled at a ceremony held during the AHR Expo in Atlanta, GA. In the Fox Theatre, a number of awards were presented to companies and professionals in the HVAC and building automation

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Equipco contest to send two winners to Hockey Night in Ottawa

January 25, 2019

Equipco Ontario is offering its clients an opportunity to win two tickets to see the Toronto Maple Leafs play the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa, ON on March 16, 2019. To enter, e-mail a copy or picture of an invoice for

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Honeywell spin-off company Resideo unveils new product, contractor loyalty program

January 24, 2019

Resideo Technologies, Inc.–a Honeywell spin-off company–unveiled its new smart home thermostat and upgraded contractor loyalty program at AHR Expo in Atlanta, GA. The refreshed Contractor Pro loyalty program includes a new website, which will offer program details, a performance dashboard,

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CIPH councils tour soon-to-be expanded Enwave deep lake water-cooling system

January 23, 2019

By Jillian Morgan On the bed of Lake Ontario, high-density polyethylene pipes collect near-freezing water used to cool a cohort of buildings in downtown Toronto. The deep lake water cooling system (DLWC), operated by Enwave Energy Corporation, is about to

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HRAI sets goals for 2019

January 18, 2019

Its a new chapter for the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI). The association’s newly appointed president and CEO, Sandy MacLeod, said HRAI is focusing on adding new members, building member satisfaction and aligning advocacy efforts with “member priorities”

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Cut your Estimating Time in Half

January 18, 2019

Increase your estimating speed and accuracy today, with FastPIPE®, FastDUCT®, and FastWRAP mechanical estimating software. Join the thousands of plumbing, mechanical HVAC and insulation contractors across North America who are bidding jobs faster and growing their companies with FastEST, Inc’s

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Fireplaces recalled for hazard

January 17, 2019

Miles Industries Ltd. has recalled its natural gas and propane H5 series fireplace models 1100 and 1150 installed with certain three- and four-sided fireplace trim. Convective heat was found to escape from behind the fireplace trim and overheat on model

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People on the move: A.O. Smith, Fujitsu, Nortek and Frico

January 16, 2019

Nortek Air Management has named Hervé Mallet senior vice-president of operations and Kevin Facinelli senior vice-president of engineering and product management. Mallet is the former executive vice president, North America, at Dynacast Inc. Facinelli is the former executive vice president

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North American Pipe Corporation, Royal Pipe and Fittings rebrand

January 14, 2019

North American Pipe Corporation and Royal Pipe and Fittings will now operate under a single brand: Napco. “We are better positioned to solve our customers’ business challenges with systems solutions that encompass a broad range of piping and fittings,” said

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Noritz acquires Peerless Boiler, plans to operate separately

January 11, 2019

Noritz Corporation has acquired PB Heat, LLC, a provider of stainless steel boilers based in Bally, PA. Both companies will operate separately and independently as subsidiaries of Noritz. Doug Shuff, president and CEO of PB Heat, will continue to lead

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Business coaching company for contractors celebrates anniversary

January 10, 2019

Business Development Resources (BDR), a business training service provider for HVAC and plumbing contractors, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. The company was founded in Seattle, WA in 1998. It currently has 1500 clients, offering more than 30 classes in Canada

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AHR Expo unveils 2019 product innovation award winners

January 8, 2019

AHR Expo has once again recognized manufacturers for product innovation. The winners, which were announced in the fall, were formally recognized at the 2019 Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Exposition, held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA from January

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REHAU acquires Swiss distributor, appoints new leadership

January 3, 2019

REHAU Verwaltungszentrale AG, the holding company of REHAU Group, has acquired MB Barter and Trading AG (MBT), a Swiss distributor of commodity polymers. The new independent company will focus on logistics, trading and distribution. “The successful completion of this transaction

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Ruskin invests $2.2M to expand Missouri R&D lab

January 2, 2019

Ruskin has doubled the size of its Grandview, MO research and development lab in a $2.2 million expansion. More than 100,000 square feet was added to the space. The expansion focused on new product innovation, testing standards and cost-saving improvements

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Tulsar projects job creation at Brantford, ON facility

December 31, 2018

Control system manufacturer Tulsar Canada has attributed “unprecedented growth” in 2018 to the company’s relocation to Brantford, ON. “It has unquestionably been a good time for Tulsar since moving to the Brant County,” George Micevski, president of the company, said.

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Wilo to consolidate Georgia facilities

December 28, 2018

Wilo will consolidate its Thomasville, GA facilities into existing Cedarburg, WI locations. The company said in a statement that the decision was based on “current market conditions” and bolstering efficiencies. Jeff Plaster, CEO and managing director of Wilo USA LLC,

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Feds announce apprenticeship grant program for women

December 21, 2018

 The federal government has launched a grant program for women in the trades. Registered apprentices in eligible Red Seal trades who have successful completed their first or second year/level can receive $3,000 per year or level, up to a maximum

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Haier Ductless adds manufacturers reps for Western Canada, Ontario, Atlantic Canada

December 20, 2018

Haier Ductless has partnered with three manufacturers representatives across Canada. The representatives include: Martech, headquartered in Edmonton, AB, for Western Canada; Tiny, ON-based MET Sales; and Fredericton, NB-based Thomas Industrial Sales Ltd. for Atlantic Canada. www.haierductless.com

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MCEE 2019 to showcase new products, draw big crowd

December 18, 2018

The plumbing, HVAC/R, hydronics, electricity and lighting industries are set to converge in Montreal this spring. MCEE returns to Place Bonaventure in Montreal, QC from April 24 to 25 for it’s 2019 show. The trade show is expected to feature

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What to consider when specifying linear drains

December 17, 2018 by Elena Doxey and Christie Bacchioni

Linear drains have become top-of-mind, no matter what trade you are in (architecture, design, remodeling, general contracting, or plumbing). With linear drains, it is all about trying to achieve a sleek, open look for a client’s bathroom. Luckily, the process

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United Technologies to spin off Carrier in company split

December 10, 2018

United Technologies Corp. on November 26 announced the completion of its Rockwell Collins acquisition and plans to separate into three independent companies. Otis, a manufacturer of elevators, escalators and moving walkways, is to become the second independent business after UTC’s

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Electrical Safety Authority releases bulletin

December 7, 2018

Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority has issued a bulletin on electrical equipment near combustible gas equipment. The bulletin provides clarification on equipment covered by Rule 2-324, which states the clearance between arc-producing electrical equipment and a combustible gas relief device or

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Delegates embrace learning opportunities at CIPHEX West

December 6, 2018

By Kerry Turner and Jillian Morgan CIPHEX West two-day trade show ran November 7 and 8 and drew almost 3,000 visitors who checked out more than 200 manufacturer’s offerings. In addition, delegates were able to sit in on seminars addressing

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Watts begins production of BLÜCHER brand at Texas facility

December 5, 2018

Watts Water Technologies, Inc. has expanded manufacturing capabilities for its BLÜCHER brand in North America and Europe. The company will produce the brand’s stainless steel trench drains at its facility in Fort Worth, TX. Watts has also invested in new

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Beedie launches grant program for students entering trade school

December 4, 2018

BC-based Real estate developer Beedie will hand out grants to a cohort of 50 students in the province’s Lower Mainland in May 2019 as part of its recently-launched $50 million social-profit enterprise. Beedie Luminaries aims to help students facing financial