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Danfoss marks anniversary of radiator thermostat invention

September 17, 2018

Danfoss is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the world’s first radiator thermostat, invented by its founder, Mads Clausen in 1943. “The first prototype…was tested in my father’s office,” said Jørgen Mads Clausen, chairman of the board at Danfoss. “The actual

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Product notification issued for wet/dry vacuums

September 17, 2018

Emerson Tool Company has recalled its Ridgid NXT HD06000 (6-gallon) and HD09000 (9-gallon) wet/dry vacuums due to a shock hazard. The on/off switch can be dislodged or pulled out from the vacuum motor cover. If the vacuum is plugged in,

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People on the move: REHAU, Lixil, Weil-McLain and WaterFurnace International

September 13, 2018

William Christensen, formerly chief marketing officer, has been appointed to the position of CEO at REHAU. The company also tapped Kurt Plattner to take over as chief financial officer. Plattner previously held the title of head of treasury, controlling and

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HGTV star Bryan Baeumler backs app that connects homeowners with contractors

September 13, 2018

HeyBryan, an app for Android and iPhone that connects home service providers to homeowners, has partnered with HGTV’s Bryan Baeumler. Set to launch in fall 2018, the app enables users to find vetted, qualified home service providers for general handyman

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Wolseley acquires Calgary pump and motor distributor

September 12, 2018

Wolseley Canada Inc. has acquired Calgary, AB-based sales and distribution company James Electric Motor Services Ltd. All 64 James Electric employees will join Wolseley, in addition to the company’s president, Rick James, who will continue in his current role. Specializing

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MCA Canada heads to Whistler

September 11, 2018

The Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) of Canada kicks off its 2018 conference next week in Whistler, BC. With the theme “Reach your peak performance,” attendees will head up the Sea to Sky highway and participate in presentations and networking opportunities

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Emerson completes $8M in upgrades to Indiana facility

September 10, 2018

Emerson has completed $8 million in upgrades to its Rushville, IN plant. The upgrades are part of an effort to enhance its Copeland compressor remanufacturing capabilities and OEM manufacturing operations. The company has invested $13 million in the plant since

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Viessmann charity motorcycle tour raises $25K for non-profit air ambulance organization

September 7, 2018

Viessmann Canada’s 2018 Ride for Comfort charity motorcycle ride raised over $25,000 in support of STARS air ambulance of Calgary, AB. STARS–the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society–is a non-profit helicopter air ambulance that provides emergency medical transport for the critically

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North American business training company reaches 20-year milestone

September 5, 2018

Business Development Resources (BDR) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The company is a provider of business coaching and training services for HVAC and plumbing contractors, distributors and manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada. BDR hosts more than 200 business training

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Direct Fired Water Heating Solutions

August 30, 2018 by Patterson-Kelley

Whether you take long, hot showers in the morning or use large amounts of hot water at your workplace, the need for a water heating system that is consistent and reliable is crucial. Water heating technology has made amazing breakthroughs,

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Industry joins CIPH for sky-high conference

August 27, 2018

Communication, Engagement and Connection” was the theme of this year’s Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) annual business conference. Inline with this message, the association emphasized communication as a key driver of progress. Allen Taylor, newly elected CIPH chairman

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First Zero Carbon building design certification goes to Cora Group

August 23, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The Cora Group in Waterloo, ON and Mohawk College in Hamilton, ON earned Canada’s first and second Zero Carbon Building Design certifications from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). The Cora Group was presented Canada’s first Zero Carbon Building Design

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Electrical transformers: More than meets the eye

August 22, 2018 by Curtis Bennett

I really hope that the title of this article is not lost on readers. When I say the word transformer two things come to mind. The first is Autobots and Decepticons because I grew up in the 80s and the

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CoolSys purchases New Jersey consulting engineering firm

August 7, 2018

CoolSys has acquired Princeton, NJ-based consulting engineering firm Energy Squared. Adam Coffey, president and CEO of CoolSys, said the acquisition expands the company’s engineering and technology capabilities. Energy Squared provides mechanical, electrical, plumbing and refrigeration engineering analysis and design for

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Johnson Controls relocates air handling systems business in Pennsylvania

August 3, 2018

Johnson Controls is moving its air handling systems and ducted DX businesses from its current location at 631 S. Richland Avenue, York, PA to a renovated facility just a few miles away at 100 JCI Way, also in York. The

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CoolSys awarded for its role in natural refrigerant adoption

August 2, 2018

CoolSys is the recipient of an Accelerate America Award for its role in bringing climate-friendly solutions to the HVAC/R sector in North America. The company received the best contractor award in the food and retail sector for the innovative adoption

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Amal Clooney to kick off 2018 Greenbuild Conference and Expo

August 1, 2018

Human rights lawyer and humanitarian Amal Clooney will deliver opening keynote remarks at this year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The expo will be held at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL from November 14 to 16, 2018. This

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Saniflo opens new location in Ontario

July 27, 2018

Saniflo Canada has expanded its operations and moved to a new location in Cambridge, ON. The 9,500 square foot facility aims to allow the company to meet “growing demand.” “Our new Cambridge location extends Saniflo’s heritage of redefining the plumbing

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T&S expands global footprint with acquisition of Italian manufacturer

July 26, 2018

T&S Brass and Bronze Works acquired Klarco SRL, an Italian manufacturer of faucets, pre-rinse units and hose reels for the foodservice industry. The deal allows T&S to continue its global expansion, and will offer Klarco support to grow its product

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U.S. facility management company partners with IFMA Foundation to fund Global Workforce Initiative

July 24, 2018

Facility management company ABM has contributed to the IFMA Foundation Global Workforce Initiative, which aims to close the workforce gap in facilities services. “There is a serious labour shortage on the horizon within the facility management industry,” said IFMA Foundation

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ASHRAE president focused on energy efficiency, innovative technologies for 2018-19

July 23, 2018

Sheila Hayter kicked off her term as ASHRAE president for 2018-19 at the association’s annual conference, held at the George R. Brown Convention Centre in Houston, TX from June 23-27. Hayter’s theme for the upcoming year, “Building Our New Energy

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Luxaire one-year warranty to include residential equipment

July 23, 2018

Johnson Controls’ Luxaire brand has extended its one-year Labor Limited Warranty to include all residential equipment. Parts and labour costs for repairs are covered under the new warranty. Extended labour warranties are also available on qualified residential packaged units, gas

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Lixil ramps up marketing with star power

July 16, 2018

Lixil has launched new marketing campaigns for its American Standard and Grohe brands to showcase new innovations and technology. American Standard’s “Welcome to the Big Leagues” campaign is part of its multi-year partnership with the Toronto Blue Jays. The company

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AKWA water leak technology to be available in Ontario

July 13, 2018

HydroSolution has announced its AKWA water leak prevention and detection technology will soon be available in Ontario. The device, recently launched in Quebec, includes smart probes with bi-directional communications. It is designed to close the main water valve before any

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Reliance acquires John Guest to grow market presence in Europe

July 12, 2018

Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC) has completed its acquisition of John Guest Holdings Ltd. John Guest, headquartered in England, operates three manufacturing facilities in the U.K. RWC hopes the acquisition will allow it to expand its product portfolio and market presence

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Viega product specifications now available through MasterSpec

July 12, 2018

Viega has partnered with Avitru – formerly Arcom – to include its products in the MasterSpec guide specification system. Developed by Avitru, the system allows architects, engineers and contractors to access a list of building product manufacturers. Users can then

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AHR Expo returns to Atlanta in 2019

July 11, 2018

The 2019 AHR Expo will return to Atlanta, GA for the first time in nearly two decades, to be held at the Georgia World Congress Center from January 14 to 16. Clay Stevens, show manager, said HVAC/R is a key

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Alberta issues Standata on section 9.36, 14.5 SEER requirements

July 11, 2018

Alberta Municipal Affairs has issued a Standata that allows for the installation of split-system air conditioners in existing houses without having met section 9.36, 14.5 SEER requirements. Installation can be completed for building permits issued before November 1, 2016, as

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Passive House Canada heads to Vancouver for 2018 conference

July 10, 2018

The Passive House Canada conference returns to the Vancouver convention centre November 7 to 8, 2018 with the theme “Partnering for Transformation.” Passive House Canada is collaborating with the UN Economic Commission for Europe Committee (UNECE) on Forests and the

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Uponor opens new $6.5M Minnesota manufacturing plant

July 9, 2018

Uponor has completed renovations on its $6.35 million manufacturing facility in Hutchinson, MN. The 237,000-square-foot facility was completed six months ahead of its projected finish date. Production of PEX pipe is underway. Uponor North America said it purchased the facility