Articles by Joseph Ursitti

ARS Plummets On Wall Street

It’s official: American Residential Services (ARS) has hit the bottom of the barrel.
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ServiceMaster Buys ARS

The plumbing industry was rocked March 23 when ServiceMaster announced it’s acquiring American Residential Services for approximately $92 million in cash and $180 million in assumed debt.
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ARS Acquires Maio's Contracting and Marketing Businesses

Maurice Maio, a PM columnist since 1994, sold his two companies to American Residential Services (ARS) earlier this month.
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The Fall And Rise Of Village Plumbing

This 37-year-old woman took Houston-based Village Plumbing from the verge of shutting its doors in 1992 to a $2.5 million operation this year.
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ARS Plummets On Wall Street

ARS’ stock plummeted more than $25 per share to just under $3 in late September on news the company was not performing up to expectations.
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Contractors Still Tap Into Faucet Market

Despite growth from do-it-yourself stores, contractors still have a big say when it comes to installing faucets.
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Vivendi Buys U.S.Filter

U.S. Filter’s goal to own the world’s water came one step closer to reality when French-based Vivendi SA announced March 22 it is acquiring U.S. Filter for $6.2 billion.
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Comfort Systems To A Utility?

Comfort Systems USA is a prime target for a large utility to buy, Business Week reported April 5.
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F.H. Furr: Waving In Virginia

If your neighbor calls at 2 a.m. to tell you some guy is breaking into the back of your truck, what would you do? Floyd Furr laughs.
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Man Shoots Flushing Toilet

A man with a semi-automatic handgun allegedly shot a slow flushing toilet when it didn’t flush fast enough, according to The Times in Northwest Indiana.
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