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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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Nortek Air Solutions unveils a cool solution for Facebook data centre in Singapore

September 25, 2018

StatePoint liquid cooling technology will be used to maintain temperature levels for Facebook’s first data centre engineered in Asia. Since 2015, Nortek has worked with the Facebook engineering team to develop a cooling solution that could handle Singapore’s high humidity

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J.K Seidner distinction goes to Ipex codes and standards manager

September 24, 2018

Larry Gill, manager of codes and standards at Ipex Inc, is the eighteenth recipient of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) Joseph K. Seidner Award. In recognition of his contributions to Canadian plumbing codes and standards, Gill was

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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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Nova Scotia Education Department partners with Skills Canada for 2019 competition

September 20, 2018

Nova Scotia has partnered with Skills Canada to encourage students to attend the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC), to be held in at the Halifax Exhibition Centre from May 27 to 30. The province’s Department of Education and Early

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Edmonton hotel fails health inspection after pigeons contaminate HVAC units

September 19, 2018

A hotel in downtown Edmonton is dealing with unwanted guests of a different species. The Hyatt Place Hotel at 9576 Jasper Avenue West failed an Environmental Public Health inspection in August–just two years after opening–when inspectors found pigeon feces and

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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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Danfoss marks anniversary of radiator thermostat invention

September 17, 2018

Danfoss is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the world’s first radiator thermostat, invented by its founder, Mads Clausen in 1943. “The first prototype…was tested in my father’s office,” said Jørgen Mads Clausen, chairman of the board at Danfoss. “The actual

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Product notification issued for wet/dry vacuums

September 17, 2018

Emerson Tool Company has recalled its Ridgid NXT HD06000 (6-gallon) and HD09000 (9-gallon) wet/dry vacuums due to a shock hazard. The on/off switch can be dislodged or pulled out from the vacuum motor cover. If the vacuum is plugged in,

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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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People on the move: REHAU, Lixil, Weil-McLain and WaterFurnace International

September 13, 2018

William Christensen, formerly chief marketing officer, has been appointed to the position of CEO at REHAU. The company also tapped Kurt Plattner to take over as chief financial officer. Plattner previously held the title of head of treasury, controlling and

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HGTV star Bryan Baeumler backs app that connects homeowners with contractors

September 13, 2018

HeyBryan, an app for Android and iPhone that connects home service providers to homeowners, has partnered with HGTV’s Bryan Baeumler. Set to launch in fall 2018, the app enables users to find vetted, qualified home service providers for general handyman

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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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Wolseley acquires Calgary pump and motor distributor

September 12, 2018

Wolseley Canada Inc. has acquired Calgary, AB-based sales and distribution company James Electric Motor Services Ltd. All 64 James Electric employees will join Wolseley, in addition to the company’s president, Rick James, who will continue in his current role. Specializing

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Consulting engineering firms invited to submit project entries for awards program

September 11, 2018

Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) has invited member firms to submit project entries for its 17th annual Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards (OCEA) program. The call for entries opens September 19, 2019, and member firms may submit a maximum of five

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MCA Canada heads to Whistler

September 11, 2018

The Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) of Canada kicks off its 2018 conference next week in Whistler, BC. With the theme “Reach your peak performance,” attendees will head up the Sea to Sky highway and participate in presentations and networking opportunities

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Testo offers video borescope with combustion analyzer purchase as part of fall promotion

September 11, 2018

As part of its fall promotional campaign, Testo, Inc. is offering customers the opportunity to receive a free video borescope with the purchase of a 320 or 330 series combustion analyzer. The offer is valid for purchases from September 1,

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Emerson completes $8M in upgrades to Indiana facility

September 10, 2018

Emerson has completed $8 million in upgrades to its Rushville, IN plant. The upgrades are part of an effort to enhance its Copeland compressor remanufacturing capabilities and OEM manufacturing operations. The company has invested $13 million in the plant since

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Viessmann charity motorcycle tour raises $25K for non-profit air ambulance organization

September 7, 2018

Viessmann Canada’s 2018 Ride for Comfort charity motorcycle ride raised over $25,000 in support of STARS air ambulance of Calgary, AB. STARS–the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society–is a non-profit helicopter air ambulance that provides emergency medical transport for the critically

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Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver sign global agreement to reach net zero by 2050

September 6, 2018

Mayors of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver have signed on to a global agreement comprising 19 cities to meet net-zero carbon standards by 2050. Led by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration requires cities to:

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North American business training company reaches 20-year milestone

September 5, 2018

Business Development Resources (BDR) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The company is a provider of business coaching and training services for HVAC and plumbing contractors, distributors and manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada. BDR hosts more than 200 business training

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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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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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Share your knowledge of high-impact technologies

August 21, 2018

ASHRAE has issued call for abstracts for the 2019 Buildings XIV International Conference, to be held in Clearwater Beach, FL from December 9 to 12. Papers should focus on the development of high impact technologies and processes that are lifecycle

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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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PPI launches webinar on design, installation of hydronic snow and ice melting systems

August 17, 2018

The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) is hosting a webinar on hydronic snow and ice melting systems, intended for mechanical engineers, designers, contractors, building owners, facility managers and architects. Held in conjunction with its education partner RedVector, the first webinar