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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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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” colour 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

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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