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The Master Group to become exclusive distributor of York product lines

February 14, 2019

The Master Group will become the exclusive distributor for Johnson Controls’ York brand residential ducted systems and commercial rooftop products this spring. The two companies will enter a multi-year contractual agreement May 13, 2019, which will grant The Master Group

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People on the move: Ecco Supply, Caleffi, Aquatherm, Ontor Limited

February 11, 2019

Bill Davis has taken over as director of sales branch operations at Ecco Supply. The company also appointed Bobby Yu to the position of sales manager, succeeding now-retired Norm Grusnick. Kevin Locke has been tapped as director of procurement at

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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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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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Zurn appoints North American sales VP, general manager for Canadian arm

January 4, 2019

Zurn Industries, LLC has appointed Richard Bledsoe to the position of vice president of sales and marketing in North America. Barry Moulsdale assumed the position of general manager of Zurn Canada. Moulsdale will be responsible for managing the company’s business

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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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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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People on the move: Wolseley, Taco and RectorSeal

December 17, 2018

Wolseley Canada Inc. has appointed Kim Forgues to the position of vice president, human resources. Forgues was most recently the partner and head of HR practice at Odgers Berndston. Prior to that, she held HR leadership roles with D+ H

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Study shows virtual reality motion sickness can be predicted, counteracted

December 13, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Motion sickness is poised to throw a wrench into the seemingly unstoppable rise of virtual reality, including its use among mechanical contractors. A team of researchers at the University of Waterloo have a solution. Cyber sickness, or virtual reality motion

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Baxi expands North American operations, appoints sales director

December 11, 2018

Baxi S.p.A is extending its operations in Canada. The Italian company announced plans to transfer all North American business and support to its North American factory operations. Baxi North America, headquartered in Utica, NY, will now be exclusively distributed through

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Noritz adds new distributor for western, eastern Canada

November 22, 2018

 Nortiz has partnered with distributor Reliable Parts to stock and distribute its warranty and replacement service parts throughout Canada. Reliable Parts has distribution centres in Mississauga, ON and Calgary, AB. The Mississauga centre will service Eastern Canada with next-day deliver

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English Boiler to operate under the Superior Boiler brand

November 15, 2018

Superior Holding, Inc. has integrated its Richmond, VA-based English Boiler, LLC subsidiary into the Hutchinson-based Superior Boiler. Both arms of the company will now operate under the Superior Boiler name. “This integration represents the completion of the next phase in

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People on the move: Stelpro, Salus and T&S

November 14, 2018

Stelpro has appointed Simon Fitzgeorge as Prairies territory sales manager. Fitzgeorge has more than 30 years of sales and marketing experience, 20 of these in sales management in various industries, including the electrical industry. His mandate will be to pursue

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Bartle & Gibson acquires Triangle Supply, enters Red Deer, AB market

November 13, 2018

Western Canada distributor Bartle & Gibson Co Ltd. is expanding in Red Deer, AB with the acquisition of Triangle Supply Ltd. The purchase, announced November 13, will see all 14 Triangle Supply employees join Bartle & Gibson, headquartered in Edmonton,

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Stelpro invests $24M to upgrade Quebec plant

November 13, 2018

Stelpro has announced a $24-million investment at its Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC plant. The funds will see the addition of 65,000 square feet of space at the facility, devoted to increasing production and distribution capacity. Innovation and product development facilities will also

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Cannabis legalization presents challenges new and old for employers

November 8, 2018 by Diane Laranja

Effective October 17, 2018, recreational cannabis became legal in Canada. It is not surprising many employers fear the cognitive and psychomotor effects its use will present in the workplace. Cannabis is a generally impairing substance. Its effects can include diminished

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HRAI talks Ontario College of Trades, climate change and more with MPPs at Queen’s Park

November 2, 2018

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) capped off a day of meetings on pressing industry issues at Queen’s Park with a reception in downtown Toronto. Members of provincial parliament and HRAI representatives gathered at the InterContinental Toronto Yorkville

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Cloud of uncertainty lifted says BMO economist

October 30, 2018

Douglas Porter, CFA, chief economist with BMO Financial Group, painted a reasonably positive economic picture at CIPH Ontario region’s first business meeting at the Mississauga Convention Centre. With the signing of the tariff agreements Porter noted that a big risk

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MCAC elects new president and board chairman at 2018 conference

October 30, 2018

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) elected Jack Bavis, project manager at the Cahill Group, as its president and board chairman for 2018/2019. The association tapped Bavis at its 2018 national conference, held in Whistler, BC from September 19

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Johnson Controls acquires Lux Products Corporation to expand retail channel, thermostat offering

October 29, 2018

Johnson Controls has acquired the assets of Lux Products Corporation, a manufacturer of residential thermostats and smart home products. The purchase aims to strengthen Johnson Controls’ portfolio in the consumer retail channel and thermostat offering, according to the company. This

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Adey announces new sales reps for Atlantic Canada, Prairies and west coast

October 26, 2018

Adey has expanded its Canadian coverage with three new manufacturer representatives in New Brunswick, Ontario and Alberta. Thomas Industry Sales, based in Fredericton, NB, will cover Atlantic Canada, including New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

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CFIB offers webinar, other tools on cannabis legalization for businesses

October 25, 2018

The Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) has developed a series of educational and workplace tools aimed at helping employers manage the legalization of recreational cannabis. A webinar titled “Prepare your business for legalization” is free and open to the

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The Master Group kicks off construction of Vaughan, ON distribution centre

October 22, 2018

The Master Group recently held a ground breaking ceremony with employees and senior management to officially launch the start of construction on its new distribution centre in Vaughan, ON. At 193,500 square feet, the building will bring together all the

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Asahi/America completes purchase of Performance Plastics

October 16, 2018

Asahi/America, Inc.–a Lawrence, MA-based thermoplastic valve and pipe manufacturer–has acquired Louisiana-based fabrication shop Performance Plastics, Inc. The purchase aims to allow Asahi/America to expand its existing fabrication capabilities and broaden its engineered plastic products and services offering. Jason Roussel, president

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Watsco acquires Ontario-based tech company, releases smart HVAC sensor

October 15, 2018

Watsco, Inc. has completed the acquisition of Kitchener, ON-based technology company Alert Labs Inc. The companies also released Sentree, a jointly-developed IoT smart sensor. The technology attaches to an existing HVAC system and remotely measures, collects and analyzes performance analytics

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Beedie rebrands, unveils new ethos

October 11, 2018

B.C.-based Beedie Development Group has rebranded its company under a single name: Beedie. The company, launched more than 60 years ago, is a private industrial developer and residential developer in Western Canada. It also has a private investment arm. “Bringing

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Acquisition affirms Johnson Controls’ commitment to thermostat portfolio

October 10, 2018

 Johnson Controls recently announced it has acquired the assets of Lux Products Corporation (LUX), a manufacturer of residential thermostats and smart home products. LUX markets several residential and commercial lines ranging from timers to smart home thermostats, including Kono and

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2018 Doug Crawford Memorial Award Goes to Dan Milroy

October 4, 2018

The 2018 recipient of the Doug Crawford Memorial Award is Dan Milroy, director of sales and marketing, Bradford White, Canada. The Doug Crawford Memorial Award recognizes an individual, individuals or company who has made a significant contribution to MCA Canada

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Saniflo partners with sales agency to support Quebec market

September 27, 2018

Saniflo Canada has partnered with Quebec-based sales agency Les Agences Lambert & Bégin Inc. to support its wholesale sales channel in the province. “Quebec is a growing market for us and there is significant demand for above-floor plumbing technology in

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ONCAP acquires Walter Surface Technologies

September 26, 2018

ONCAP, a private equity platform of Onex, has purchased a majority stake in Walter Surface Technologies. Its parent company, the Walter Group, will retain a minority interest in the company. Walter Surface Technologies is a provider of metal working solutions,