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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,

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Industry Training Authority appoints interim COO, CEO

September 21, 2018

Industry Training Authority (ITA), a provincial government skilled trades training agency in British Columbia, has tapped Shelley Gray, its chief operating officer (COO), to take over as interim CEO following the departure of Gary Herman. In its search for a

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Registration open for CAF-FCA pre-apprenticeship panel

September 18, 2018

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) will host a fall regional roundtable on pre-apprenticeship in Canada on October 18, 2018. The roundtable will share results from a CAF-FCA survey of over 500 current and former pre-apprentices. Attendees can learn about pre-apprenticeship

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CAF-FCA hires new executive director

September 14, 2018

France Daviault will take over as executive director of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum. She is replacing CAF-FCA’s former executive director, Sarah Watts-Rynard, who was with the association for eight years. Daviault most recently served as vice president of the Automotive

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Ontario ministry warns builders against phishing e-mails

September 14, 2018

The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued a cautionary note on incidents of phishing for BCIN holders. A number of individuals within the building industry have received phishing e-mails that use Ministry personnel as the contact but are

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Bradford White partners with business expert Ellen Rohr to deliver video series

September 12, 2018

Ellen Rohr, president of Zoom Drain and Sewer, LLC, will host an exclusive business development video series on Bradford White’s For the Pro website. Titled Ellen’s Corner, the video series will cover topics such as developing a business plan and

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Growth of 20 per cent by 2025 predicted by propane industry study

August 29, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Canada’s propane industry is expected to grow by over 20 per cent between 2017 and 2025, according to a study commissioned by the Canadian Propane Association (CPA). Results of the study, conducted by the Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) –

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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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People on the move: Taco, Fujitsu General America, Saniflo, Crosswater London

August 27, 2018

Taco Comfort Solutions has appointed Jeffrey Bredeson to president of its Tennessee-based subsidiary, Hydroflo Pumps. Prior to this position, he served as vice-president of sales for Taco’s wholesale and commercial HVAC solutions.       Fujitsu General America, Inc. has

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What is the value of business growth networks for contractors

August 27, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Mechanical contractors remedy complex and critical problems in the field. The skills to run a small- to medium-sized business, however, may not come as easily. A contracting business can become stagnant without the acumen to handle operations tasks, such as

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Noble acquires Orangeville supplier, announces new Brantford branch

August 24, 2018

Noble has purchased the assets of Orangeville, ON-based Brampton Plumbing, Heating and Industrial Supplies Ltd. The transaction is expected to close on September 24, 2018, at which point Brampton Plumbing, Heating and Industrial Supplies will operate under the Noble banner.

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Former Taco CEO back at the helm after VandeWiel moves on

August 23, 2018

John White, Jr., former Taco Comfort Solutions CEO, will resume his role at the company following the departure of Wil VandeWiel. VandeWiel took over as CEO in January 2017 with the mandate to expand Taco’s presence in Europe. He joined

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DiversiTech completes acquisition of Hilmor

August 23, 2018

DiversiTech Corp. has completed its acquisition of HVAC/R tools supplier hilmor nearly two years after the brand, along with Irwin and Lennox, was purchased by Stanley Black & Decker for $1.95 billion. The acquisition is one of 10 undertaken by

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Sons of Napoleon founders take the reins as co-CEOs

August 20, 2018

Christopher and Stephen Schroeter will take over the family business at Napoleon as co-CEOs. The newly-appointed duo are the sons of Napoleon co-founders Wolfgang Schroeter, CEO, and Ingrid Schroeter, CFO. Christopher and Stephen have worked at the company for 18

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CIPH hires new program manager for councils, membership committee

August 10, 2018

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) has hired Natalie Petra as program manager. Petra will be responsible for overseeing activities of the institute’s Pipe, Valves and Fittings Council, Education and Training Council, membership committee and Canadian Water Systems

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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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Danfoss acquires stake in California heat exchanger technology start-up

July 30, 2018

Danfoss has purchased minority shares in California-based start-up Nelumbo. The company develops surface treatment technology that aims to improve heat exchanger performance and prevent corrosion. Three engineers from the University of California, Berkeley, formed Nelumbo in 2015. The company currently

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G.S Equpico to take over Atlantic Canada sales for Pfister, Fortis brands

July 27, 2018

G.S Equipco Ltd. will assume sales for the Pfister and Fortis brands, under Spectrum Brands, in Atlantic Canada. Spectrum and Equipco have partnered to cover Western Canada since 2016. The arrangement was expanded in March 2018 to include Ontario. www.spectrumbrands.com

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Technical Safety BC releases Investigation Report into 2017 fatal incident at Fernie Memorial Arena

July 25, 2018

Technical Safety BC has released its investigation report into the ammonia release at Fernie Memorial Arena on October 17, 2017, which resulted in three fatalities, as well as the evacuation of 95 residents from 55 nearby homes. The report provides

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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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Mestek acquires some of Barcol-Air to grow business, expand product line

June 29, 2018

Radiant Advantage Designs, a subsidiary of Mestek, has purchased radiant ceiling products and certain physical assets of Barcol-Air USA, located in Connecticut. The company has also exclusively licensed certain radiant designs and intellectual property of Barcol-Air Group, headquartered in Schwerzenbach,

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E Instruments International acquired by Sauermann Group

June 26, 2018

France-based Sauermann Group has acquired E Instruments International, headquartered in Langhorne, PA. The purchase aims to boost the group’s research and development, manufacturing service and warehousing capabilities in the U.S. E Instruments International is an industrial designer and manufacturer of

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Noble scores with 25th celebration under sunny skies

June 22, 2018

Noble held its 25th Anniversary customer appreciation BBQ and tradeshow June 22 at its head office on Jane Street in Toronto, ON. The event attracted about 1000 contractors and other Noble customers. Jim Anderson, Noble’s general manager, along with local

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Master Group continues western expansion with new Manitoba branch

June 22, 2018

Less than two weeks after the acquisition of three branches in Saskatchewan and Alberta, Master Group has opened a 16,000 square foot branch in Winnipeg, MB. The branch is located at 2065 Logan Avenue, Unit 7 and can be reached