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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

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Efficiency Manitoba officially in operation

April 24, 2019

Manitoba’s newly minted Crown Corporation has officially launched. Efficiency Manitoba, focused on energy efficiency and conservation, replaces Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart brand, which had a 30-year run in the province. The province appointed Colleen Kuruluk, previously the manager of Power

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$57.5M for Manitoba school infrastructure projects, including HVAC systems

April 23, 2019

The Manitoba government is spending $57.5 million to overhaul aging school infrastructure across the province. Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen unveiled the 59 planned projects April 18, 2019, which include renovations and new construction for kindergarten to Grade 12 schools. The

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Johnson Controls opens doors to Oklahoma facility

April 22, 2019

Johnson Controls has unveiled its HVAC rooftop unit manufacturing and testing facility in Norman, OK. The expanded facility houses 900,000-square-feet of renovated space, including a two-storey, 52-foot-high test lab. It will be dedicated to manufacturing HVAC rooftop units, including the

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CIPH, MCAC talk prompt payment, code harmonization in Ottawa

April 19, 2019

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) and the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) once again joined forces in Ottawa. The two associations held the annual Parliamentary Day of Awareness on April 1 and 2, 2019. Executives from

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TSSA seeks feedback on new regulatory framework

April 18, 2019

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) is seeking feedback on a risk-based regulatory framework in Ontario by May 5, 2019. The provincial government has made changes to the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000 to allow for the creation

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People on the move: Moen, Caleffi, ThermaSol and Ecco Supply

April 17, 2019

Moen has tapped Nina Kshetry to take on the role of the company’s first water director. In this role, Kshetry will work to connect Moen with North American water organizations. She is a two-time MIT graduate and licensed professional engineer

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‘Innovation mindset’: Adoption of latest technologies key to contractor growth at MCAC Conference

April 17, 2019

As the construction industry grapples with complex projects and tight timelines, a massive worker shortage and some of the lowest productivity gains over the last few decades, the largely entrenched ways of doing business are undergoing a fundamental shift. At

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The Master Group opens new branch in B.C.

April 16, 2019

The Master Group is continuing to grow its presence in Western Canada with the opening of its 36th point of sale. Located just off the Trans Canada Highway, the company’s newly constructed Langley Branch is led by Mark Eastwood. The

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Noble announces move in East York

April 15, 2019

Noble is relocating its branch in East York, ON to a new location on April 29, 2019. The company announced its plans to move to 46 Hollinger Road from its current location at 100 Sunrise Avenue. Those interested in contacting

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Aquatherm unveils refreshed website

April 12, 2019

Aquatherm has upgraded its website to cater to contractors, engineers and building owners who are considering the company’s polypropylene piping systems. The company zeroed in on improved navigation, user-friendly search features and simplification in the update. “The new website is

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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