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U.S. manufacturer approves low GWP for Honeywell refrigerant

November 16, 2018

Michigan-based Tecumseh Products Company has approved Honeywell’s Solstice N40 refrigerant with a lower global warming potential following “extensive testing.” The refrigerant was approved for use in the reciprocating compressors used in Tecumseh’s global commercial refrigerant systems. Solstice N40 aims to

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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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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

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Engineering firm awarded 2018 ENERGY STAR certification for Quebec headquarters

November 14, 2018

The Quebec headquarters of engineering firm Ambioner has received the 2018 ENERGY STAR certification with a score of 93. Strategies used to achieve high energy performance for the 11,000 square foot building–constructed in 2014–include: solar wall, heat pump, natural ventilation,

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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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World Toilet Day encourages globe to listen to the call of nature

November 12, 2018

The theme of this year’s World Toilet Day, “When Nature Calls,” stresses the importance of toilets and sanitation systems that work in harmony with the environment. Held annually on November 19, 2018, World Toilet Day aims to bring awareness to

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Sunny optimism prevails at HRAI annual meeting

November 7, 2018

It was fitting that the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute celebrated its 50th annual meeting and conference at a tropical location. Attendees enjoyed an invigorating program, along with the amenities and warm temperatures at the Paradisus resort in Playa

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Funding available for energy efficiency projects

November 6, 2018

NRCan provides financial assistance to support energy efficiency projects in Canada’s buildings sector to meet commitments under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The following programs are currently accepting proposals. Benchmarking, labelling and disclosure initiatives NRCan provides

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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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Viega introduces plumbing and hydronics education program

November 1, 2018

Viega has rolled out its trades education program, a supplement to school curriculum on the design, installation and function of plumbing and hydronic systems. The Viega Trades Education Network (VTEN) program offers complete tooling packages, access to LoopCAD radiant heating

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Flushing systems, boiler controllers recalled

October 31, 2018

Flushmate and Hydrolevel have issued product notifications for Canada. Flushmate has recalled the Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing systems due to impact and laceration hazards. About 17,300 were sold in Canada. The system can burst at or near the vessel

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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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Peel school board launches 2019 skilled trades education program

October 24, 2018

The Peel District School Board has launched its Regional Skilled Trades Program, which aims to prepare students to enter the skilled trades. “We’re excited to expand the number of Regional Learning Choices Programs offered and try to help meet the

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Industry associations respond to OCOT wind down

October 24, 2018

The provincial government will “wind down” the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) as part of a bill to reform labour laws put in place by the former Liberal government. If passed, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act–or Bill 47,

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Grundfos unveils new facility in Kansas

October 23, 2018

Grundfos opened the doors to its new office in Lenexa, KS at a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 10, 2018, two years after the project broke ground. The building includes a Grundfos Engineered System pump house, which maintains water level

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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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Fluke invites entries for 70th anniversary $6K prize package

October 19, 2018

Fluke Corporation is celebrating its 70th anniversary with sweepstakes for trades professionals. The company is giving away a prize package valued at $6,000. To see the list of prizes and learn how to enter the sweepstakes, visit www.content.fluke.com/70th-anniversary/en/en-us.html. Entries must

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ASHRAE announces call for papers for student competition

October 18, 2018

ASHRAE student members have until November 30, 2018 to enter the 2019 HVAC/R Student Paper Competition. The competition is open to those pursuing a bachelor (BS) or master’s (MS) degree. The winning entry will represent ASHRAE at the 2019 HVAC

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Canada’s first net-zero supermarket receives $1.4M in federal funding

October 17, 2018

A project to construct Canada’s first net-zero supermarket is underway in Stouffville, ON. The federal government provided $1.44 million to build the 40,000 square foot Longos Brothers Fruit Markets Inc. store, which aims to produce 65 per cent of its

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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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Tips for attending the 2019 AHR Expo

October 12, 2018

The AHR Expo hosts thousands of HVAC/R professionals and more than 2,100 exhibiting companies each year. The 2019 show will return to Atlanta for the first time since 2001, from January 14-16. The exposition will spread across two halls at

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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