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Dec. Construction Jobs Fall; Industrial, Office, Apartment Markets Worsen

Construction employment fell by 53,500 (-0.9 percent), accounting for more than 60 percent of total losses for December 2009, and by 934,000 (14 percent) for the year.
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Aug. 22, 2007 — Kohler Products In Dolphin Stadium’s Club-Level Restrooms

As part of Dolphin Stadium’s $300 million renovations, Kohler will introduce its bath products for the all-new Club Level restrooms.
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Aug. 16, 2007 — American Residential Services Buys Oregon Plumbing Firm

American Residential Services’ Rescue Rooter announced that it recently purchased Portland, Ore.-based Jack Howk Plumbing.
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Aug. 15, 2007 — Peerless Boilers Forms New R&D Department

PB Heat, LLC has created the new Department of Applied Technology, devoted to researching and developing new heating technology, as well as training.
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Aug. 15, 2007 — IAPMO Launches Online Career Center

This Friday, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials will launch its IAPMO Career Center, a new online resource for plumbing and mechanical job opportunities.
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Aug. 15, 2007 — Nation's Largest Biodiesel Plant Opens

Imperium Renewables, joined by The National Biodiesel Board, officially opened the company’s second biodiesel facility near Grays Harbor, Wash. It has an annual capacity of 100 million gallons, making it the largest biodiesel plant currently operating in the United States.
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Aug. 15, 2007 — IAPMO 2007 Report On Proposals Now Available

The 2007 Uniform Plumbing Code Report on Proposals and 2007 Uniform Mechanical Code Report on Proposals are available now from the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials.
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Aug. 14, 2007 — Professionals Call For End To Water Fluoridation

On Aug. 9, the Fluoride Action Network, a group of more than 600 professionals — physicians, dentists, scientists and environmentalists — urged Congress to stop fluoridation of the nation’s water supply until Congressional hearings are conducted.
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Aug. 10, 2007 — Bimco Corp.’s Howard Schambach Dies At 86


Aug. 9, 2007 — Labor Bureau Releases Occupational Fatalities Report

The construction industry accounted for the most job-related deaths last year, but the odds of such fatalities pale in comparison to other industries, according to an annual Department of Labor report released today.
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Aug. 9, 2007 — Home Depot May Cut Price Of HD Supply

Home Depot Inc. may have to mark down the price of HD Supply as broader market jitters over debt slow private equity’s ability to finance such buyouts.
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Aug. 8, 2007 — I=B=R Heating School Back In Session This Fall

Four new locations in the Northeast have been chosen to host the Fall 2007 I=B=R Heating School this October and November.
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Aug. 8, 2007 — FTC Announces New EnergyGuide Labels

The Federal Trade Commission said yesterday annual energy costs will be more prominently displayed on its well-known yellow EnergyGuide labels affixed to common household appliances.
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Aug. 8, 2007 — Key Decision: NLRB Rejects Project Labor Agreement

The National Labor Relations Board issued a long-awaited decision on whether it is lawful to secure labor agreements with owner/developers so that large construction projects would be built solely with union labor.
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Aug. 7, 2007 — Ferguson Acquires Fire Fab, Inc.

Ferguson has acquired the assets of Minneapolis-based Fire Fab Inc., a distributor and fabricator of fire safety and suppression systems.
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Aug. 7, 2007 —Tyco Post 3Q Loss, But Higher Earnings For Flow Controls

Tyco International Ltd. reported today a $3.55 billion loss for the third quarter as it pays for lawsuits and breakup costs tied to its former convicted chief executive officer.
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Aug. 7, 2007 — Service Roundtable Offers Healthcare Coverage For Members

Independent contractor alliance, the Service Roundtable, recently partnered with leading healthcare providers to provide Service Roundtable members basic coverage.
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Aug. 7, 2007 — HD Supply Opens New Florida Distribution Center

The electrical arm of wholesaler-distributor HD Supply opened a new distribution facility in Orlando, FL, on July 1.
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Aug. 7, 2007 — Tyco Post 3Q Loss, But Higher Earnings For Flow Controls

Tyco International Ltd. reported Aug. 7 a $3.55 billion loss for the third quarter as it pays for lawsuits and breakup costs tied to its former convicted chief executive officer.
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Aug. 6, 2007 — Former Home Depot Exec Named Chrysler Chief

The new owners of Chrysler named Robert Nardelli, former Home Depot chief executive officer, as CEO of the auto manufacturer.
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Aug. 2, 2007 — ASA Announces Frank Finkel as Recipient of the Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award

The ASA Executive Committee announced Frank Finkel, president of Davis & Warshow in Maspeth, NY, has been selected to receive the honor of the Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Aug. 2, 2007 - Radiant vs. Forced Air Heating — Robots Compare

Canada's Institute for Research in Construction is using robots to measure whether forced-air heating or hydronic radiant heating is more effective for making occupants comfortable.
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Aug. 2, 2007 — New Plumbing, Hydronics Symposium Announced at AHR Expo® 2008

“AHR Expo Plumbing and Hydronics Symposium—PM Live” is the name of an interesting and informative program on plumbing and hydronic heating that will be offered at AHR Expo for the first time, Jan. 22, 2008.
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Just Released - History of Plumbing Series on CD-ROM

History articles cover informative topics such as ancient plumbing, waterborne diseases,  early-American innovation, the history of hydronic heating, and more!
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Aug. 2, 2007 — WinWholesale Opens Three Locations in the South and East

WinWholesale Inc. is continuing its national expansion by opening three new locations in the South and East for a total of seven to date in 2007.
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Network '07 Show Brings Financial Education to Contractors

Organizers of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association's Network '07 125th Annual Convention and Channel Marketplace, said a pair of financial education seminars have been added to the slate of seminars on tap for attendees.
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July 27, 2007 — EMCOR Group Reports Increased YTD Revenues, Record 2Q Backlog

EMCOR Group reported 2007 year-to-date revenues of $2.72 billion, and record levels in its second-quarter contract backlog of $4.26 billion.
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July 27, 2007 — Invoicing Survey For Distributors, Contractors

A research study is currently being conducted to better understand the invoicing challenges faced by wholesale distributors and their contractor customers.
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July 26, 2007 — New-Home Sales Slide 6.6 Percent In June As Home Buyer Demand Remains Slack

Sales of new single-family homes slipped 6.6 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 834,000 units as home buyer demand continued to weaken, according to figures released by the U.S. Commerce Department.
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July 24, 2007 — LENOX Offers Chance To Win VIP Vacation Adventures

Tool manufacturer LENOX is offering professional trades people in the United States and Canada the opportunity to win a VIP vacation package, plus a private lunch with NASCAR driver Jeff Burton.
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