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Ecco Supply opens up shop in Prince George, BC

June 3, 2019

Ecco Supply has expanded into Prince George, BC with the opening of its 15th sales branch. Farren Edmunds will head up the location as branch manager. Edmunds previously owned MRT Control Systems Ltd. “Prince George is undergoing a significant transformation

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Feds commit $1.45 billion through carbon tax proceeds for businesses making energy-efficient upgrades

May 31, 2019

Proceeds from the fuel charge imposed on Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan will unlock rebates and incentives. Still, for some, the incentive falls short

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Financeit partners with Carrier Enterprises Canada

May 31, 2019

Carrier Enterprises Canada, Canadian distributor of HVAC provider Carrier, will now offer Financeit’s sales technology. The partnership includes the integration of financing for Carrier and Bryant dealers using Centah, the technology company’s lead and workflow management platform. The platform aims

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Anvil International, Smith-Cooper International finalize merger

May 30, 2019

Anvil International and Smith-Cooper International have joined forces. While the companies are now under the same corporate ownership, Anvil and SCI sales, customer service, and fulfillment will continue to operate separately. The combined company, which will be majority owned by

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NRCan funding to aid in ISO Energy Management Systems Standard implementation

May 30, 2019

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is providing financial assistance to help industrial, commercial and institutional facilities implement the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standard. The funding covers up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs, up to a maximum of

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12,000 Ontario plumbers, steamfitters on standby to strike

May 29, 2019

Ontario plumbers and steamfitters are prepared to hit the picket lines May 30 in what would be the sector’s first work stoppage in more than three decades. The imminent strike of 12,000 trades workers could threaten to shake up ongoing

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Supporting Women in Trades conference heads to Vancouver

May 29, 2019

The 2019 Supporting Women in Trades conference is set to kick off in Vancouver, BC from June 17 to 18. Launched in November 2018 by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, the inaugural show attracted a sold-out crowd to the Marriott Harbourfront

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Northern Quebec community to switch from diesel to hydroelectricity with construction of $125M generating station

May 28, 2019

Partners of the Innavik project inked an agreement May 27 to build a $125 million hydroelectric generation station in one of Quebec’s northernmost, diesel-fueled communities. Hydro-Québec, Pituvik Landholding Corporation and Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. say the 7.5-megawatt station on the

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Ontario homeowners neglect testing, servicing of air conditioners: poll

May 28, 2019

Ontario homeowners rely on air conditioners to keep cool during hot weather, but many fail to have the systems serviced or tested before summer, according to an Ipsos poll, conducted on behalf of Enercare Inc. The survey of more than

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NEBB plans seminar on building systems commissioning

May 27, 2019

NEBB will host a Building Systems Commissioning seminar November 4 to 7, 2019. The event, to be held at the NEBB Training and Education Centre in Gaithersburg, MD, will cover the basic commissioning process and the specific requirements for mechanical

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Canadian municipalities receive $9.7M in funding for green projects

May 24, 2019

The federal government and Federation of Canadian Municipalities have committed $9.7 million to fund green projects in communities across the country. Infrastructure minister François-Philippe Champagne made the announcement May 16 alongside Vicki-May Hamm, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

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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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People on the move: Fujitsu, dahl Valve, OS&B, Desco, InSinkErator

May 22, 2019

Fujitsu General America has announced the promotion of Dennis Stinson, who now assumes the role and responsibilities of director of national accounts.  Stinson will be focused on supporting key national accounts, working in concert with the sales team.      

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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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Halton invests $8M in new Kentucky plant

May 20, 2019

Halton Group is expanding its U.S. operations with the opening of a USD $8 million plant in Kentucky. The 40,000 square foot facility will manufacture air-handling units, make-up air units and exhaust air pollution control systems for commercial kitchens. It

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Montreal to phase out oil heating over next decade, earmarks $4M to replace systems in municipal buildings by 2021

May 17, 2019

The city’s plan to phase out the century-old energy source is part of a long-term project to hit ambitious zero-carbon goals

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Johnstone Supply – B&B opens doors to renovated Etobicoke branch

May 16, 2019

After nearly a year of upgrades, Johnstone Supply – B&B Trade Distribution Centre commemorated the re-opening of its Etobicoke branch May 15 alongside customers and manufacturers representatives. B&B Trade Distribution Centre President and CEO Tom Boutette gave a speech to

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British Columbia bolsters rebates for energy-efficient home, business renovations

May 16, 2019

The expansion of incentives includes an added $1,000 for those making the switch to high-efficiency electric heat pumps

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2019 ENERGY STAR Canada Participant Award winners named

May 15, 2019

The winners of the 2019 ENERGY STAR Canada Participant Awards were announced today. The ENERGY STAR Canada Participant Awards — now in its 16th year — recognize organizations that have demonstrated excellence in promoting the most energy-efficient products and new

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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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TSSA Safety Awards Program nominations due June 1

May 10, 2019

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) put out a call for nominations for its 2019 Safety Awards Program. The program aims to acknowledge individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to public safety in Ontario. Industries included are:

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Sinopé Technologies to unveil smart home technology

May 9, 2019

  Sinopé Technologies announced plans to offer a smart home ecosystem this fall. Products include a new management app and range of smart home devices. The company will offer thermostats for a variety of heating systems, lighting and specialized control

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CIPH, HRAI forecast ‘record attendance’ for CMPX 2020

May 8, 2019

Organizers behind the Canadian Mechanical and Plumbing Exposition (CMPX) are expecting a “sold-out show and record attendance” for the 2020 event. More than 500 exhibitors  in over 850 booths are expected to be present at the show, which will be

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Ontario amends 2012 Building Code to align with 2015 national Code

May 6, 2019

Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing released amendments to the 2012 Building Code May 2. Regulation 88/19 aligns the province’s Building Code with the 2015 National Construction Code. Amendments will come into effect January 1, 2020. Amendments include structural

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Symposium addresses the transition to a low carbon economy

May 2, 2019

Industry partners met on April 23 to address the issue at the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute symposium

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Refrigerative Supply to distribute Allied Air in Western Canada

April 30, 2019

Western Canada wholesaler Refrigerative Suppy Limited has entered a partnership with Allied Air Enterprises. Refrigerative Supply will now offer several Allied Air brands, included AirEase, Ducane and Allied Commercial. Ray Newstead, the company’s CEO, announced early April that Refrigerative Supply

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The Unico System launches customer service programs for contractors

April 29, 2019

The Unico System has unveiled two programs, UniConcierge and Text-A-Tech. Staffed by three customer relations professionals, the UniConcierge Customer Care Centre is designed to “provide installing contractors with a team of experienced, live people” to help with Unico’s products. Through

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Manufacturer recalls boilers for carbon monoxide hazard

April 26, 2019

Viessmann Manufacturing Company Inc. has recalled several boiler models after the units were reported to pose a risk of increased carbon monoxide levels. The recall involves Vitodens 200-W (models B2HB 19, B2Hb 26 ad B2HB 35) and Vitdodens 222-F (models

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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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PM Springfest draws big crowd for 2019 show

April 25, 2019

Nearly 2,000 industry professionals gathered at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre March 27 for PM Springfest 2019. The show, which catered to property managers and related fields, included educational sessions and 200 exhibitors, including Amre Supply, Emerson, Grundfos, Victaulic and