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Saniflo partners with BC sales agency

July 15, 2019

Saniflo Canada has partnered with Pro-West Sales Ltd. to provide sales and service to its wholesale channel in British Columbia. The sales agency, based in Burnaby, focuses on offering customer service to builders, contractors, interior designers, facility managers and plumbing

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Demand for key trades apprentices to climb to 167,000 over next five years: report

July 3, 2019

Some 67,000 journeypersons will be required over the next five years to keep workforce certification levels afloat for key trades in the majority of Canadian provinces. To meet that demand, Canada’s 10 largest Red Seal trades — excluding Quebec and

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OS&B partners with Great Lakes Marketing in southwestern Ontario

June 28, 2019

Oakville Stamping & Bending (OS&B) has appointed Great Lakes Marketing as the manufacturers agency for its bronte showroom division in southwestern Ontario. Under the partnership, Kitchener, ON-based Great Lakes Marketing will assume responsibility for the bronte collection of products. Those

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Election of manufacturers’ agent to chairman a first for CIPH

June 18, 2019

Andrew Dyck, vice president of sales for Barclay Sales, has been elected as the 72nd chairman of CIPH

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Ontario plumbers, pipefitters return to work after week-long strike

June 13, 2019

Just a week after Ontario plumbers and steamfitters walked off the job over work hours and hiring practices, the two labour organizations involved in the dispute have struck a deal. The Ontario Pipe Trades Council said June 11 it has

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Gerber opens new warehouse in Western Canada

June 5, 2019

Gerber Plumbing Fixtures LLC has opened its Western Distribution Centre in the lower mainland of British Columbia. The facility is designed to support the company’s partners in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan, while easing the load of Gerber’s primary warehouse in

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Plumbers, pipefitters strike for first time in 30 years after negotiations reach an impasse

June 3, 2019

The walkout of several key construction trades could jeopardize work underway in the province

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Luxury plumbing sees wellness, sustainable technology and natural materials trend upward

May 27, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

The luxury plumbing market leaves no stone unturned. From the sink to the shower, manufacturers have taken a fresh approach to functionality and style in upscale environments. The trend towards wellness and sustainability has driven a demand for natural materials,

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B. A. Robinson changes name to unify branding

May 23, 2019

B. A. Robinson Co. Ltd. is rebranding its wholesale and showroom businesses to Robinson Supply. The company’s lighting and bath showrooms will be branded Robinson. Legally, the company continues to operate as B. A. Robinson Co. Ltd. The change is

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Software company Interplay Learning lands $5.5M in financing to develop 3D, virtual reality training platform for skilled trades

May 21, 2019

Texas-based software company Interplay Learning has secured $5.5 million in financing to develop its online training programs for the HVAC, plumbing and electrical trades. The firm offers interactive video courses and 3D troubleshooting simulations — including SkillMill, its 3D and

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Saniflo partners with Mississauga, ON-based Centon Sales Corp.

May 13, 2019

Saniflo Canada has entered a partnership with Centon Sales Corp. to provide sales and service to the company’s wholesale channel in Ontario. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Centon Sales as our wholesale sales agency for the Ontario region,

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Restrooms influence customer spending: study

April 26, 2019

Consumers may spend more money at businesses with clean, well-stocked restrooms, according to the 10th annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey by Bradley Corp. The survey of U.S. adults found that 52 per cent of respondents were more likely to spend

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CIPH Ontario region AGM attracts record attendance

April 11, 2019

Leadership proved to be a popular topic at the third CIPH Ontario Region Business Meeting and annual general meeting held today (April 11, 2019) with more than 150 in attendance. Keynote speaker Chris Cummins discussed the traits and actions of

Article Plumbing

Faucets and fixtures facilitate flexibility, individuality

March 28, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

For homeowners, customization is key. In the residential space, individual flare takes precedence over the latest trends. Whether it’s for the kitchen or the bathroom, brands are increasingly offering products that allow the end-user to create a tailored space. “Combining

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Westcom Plumbing owner takes home CCA’s Person of the Year Award

March 27, 2019

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has presented its 2018 awards in conjunction with its annual conference, currently being held in Bermuda. These awards recognize the important contributions of individuals, companies and associations that promote and enhance the Canadian construction industry.

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Mechanical system stands the test of time

March 24, 2019 by Robert Waters

Twenty-two years ago, my wife and I built a house in the north end of Guelph, ON. At the time we had been married for almost five years, had one child with another soon to arrive and we wanted to

Article Plumbing

Heat pump water heater potential remains unrealized

March 21, 2019 by Steve Goldie

I first wrote about heat pump water heaters (HPWH) almost a decade ago. At the time I was looking to highlight newer, innovative technologies and the HPWH seemed to qualify. After researching and writing that article I was impressed with

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Stelpro earns Good Design awards in electronics, household categories

February 25, 2019

Stelpro smart thermostats and fan heaters have been recognized in the Good Design Awards, an annual design competition. The company’s Maestro smart thermostat range was awarded in the electronics category, while the Orléans and Oasis fan heaters were recognized in

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Industry reacts to NRCan proposed equipment efficiency regulations

February 22, 2019 by HPAC Magazine

In October 2018 Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) published new proposed energy efficiency regulations for heating equipment in the Canada Gazette Part 1. These proposed regulations are part of Amendment 15 to the Energy Efficiency Act and introduce new or increased

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Elementary schools invited to participate in CIPH plumbing day initiative

February 19, 2019

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) is taking a new approach for this year’s World Plumbing Day, to be held on March 11.The association is calling on elementary school students to ask themselves “what water means to them.”

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Non-residential faucet and fixture market opens the tap on innovation

February 18, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

It has to start somewhere. Pressure to meet evolving regulations and sustainability-focused targets on industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) projects has paved the way for innovative products that address the unique needs of hotels, healthcare facilities, schools and restaurants. ICI

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SFA Group aims to grow German presence with acquisition

February 13, 2019

SFA Group, parent company of Saniflo Canada, has acquired German pump manufacturer Zehnder Pumpen GmbH. According to SFA Group, the acquisition allows the company to strengthen its position in the sanitary technology market. “The acquisition provides an excellent opportunity for

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Bélanger UPT holds open house at new showroom

February 7, 2019

On January 31st, 2019, faucet manufacturer Bélanger-UPT decided to break the winter’s cold by opening its doors for the unveiling of a new grand showroom. Throughout the day guests from the industry visited the offices in the Montreal borough of

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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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Step-by-step prep: Preparing condensing boilers for winter

December 12, 2018 by Rob Waters

Every year the impending winter season prompts Canadians to prepare for winter. Safely storing summer gear, closing the pool or cottage, putting snow tires on our vehicles are things we know we have do before old man winter arrives with

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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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Built Green Canada, Green Builder Coalition release water rating program

November 30, 2018

A new water-rating program is coming to Canada. Built Green Canada has partnered with the Green Builder Coalition to launch the Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS), which it said will be “Canadianized in the coming months” WERS uses a scoring

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NRC calls for public review of 2020 national plumbing, building code changes

November 28, 2018

The National Research Council of Canada has launched a public consultation on proposed changes to the national construction codes. Public consultation will inform the 2020 revisions to the National Building Code of Canada, National Fire Code of Canada and National

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Toronto Mr. Rooter franchise owners awarded by company

November 27, 2018

A Greater Toronto Area Mr. Rooter Plumbing franchise has been presented the corporation’s Franchisee of the Year Award. Owners Derek and Pam Moreland accepted the award at the Mr. Rooter annual convention. It is presented to franchisee owners that have

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HRAI reports NRCan has published federal energy efficiency regulations

November 14, 2018

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute recently reported that Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has published Amendment 14 regulations in the Canada Gazette Part II. HVAC/R products covered in this amendment include the following: Walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers Commercial