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California Lead Bill Passes House, But Confusion Reigns

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California Assembly Bill 1953, which calls for the reduction of lead content in plumbing pipes, fittings and fixtures to no more than 0.25 percent, passed the state House by one vote on May 31. The current law allows up to 8 percent lead for pipes and fittings and 4 percent for plumbing fittings and fixtures. If passed, the bill would take effect in 2010.
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Labor's Tiresome Crusade<br>Jim Olsztynski

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It's time to get serious about residential training rather than obstruct nonunion efforts to do so.
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California Lead Bill Passes House, But Confusion Reigns

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California Assembly Bill 1953, which calls for the reduction of lead content in plumbing pipes, fittings and fixtures to no more than 0.25 percent, passed the state House by one vote on May 31. The current law allows up to 8 percent lead for pipes and fittings and 4 percent for plumbing fittings and fixtures. If passed, the bill would take effect in 2010.
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The Future Of Plumbing Contractors - Part II<br>Jim Olsztynski

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What's behind the entry into installation services by a prominent distributor?
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The Future Of Plumbing Contractors<br>Jim Olsztynski

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A PMI meeting speaker points to a marketplace dominated by very large and very small firms.
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ISH China-Sanitation & Heating Where Sorely Needed

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When it comes to plumbing and heating, China has big problems. A quickening pace of urbanization has left China with 661 cities that are home to about 42 percent of its 1.3 billion people.
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Let's Sing About Our Unsung Heroes

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Service techs routinely endure discomfort and indignities to keep people healthy, cozy and safe. It's time to spread the word.
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Backward Thinking

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Do you prefer to recreate the past, or live in the future?
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Home Depot Supply - Don't Be Scared

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The plumbing industry's second largest national supply house chain, Hughes Supply, is now owned by Home Depot - or soon will be, depending on when they wrap up all the legalities of the takeover. This was Home Depot's largest acquisition ever, costing around $3.5 billion. Hughes operates some 500 branches in 40 states with $4.4 billion in annual sales. Hughes is now part of Home Depot Supply, whose revenues are projected to shoot past $12 billion this year.
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Innovative Thinking In Hiring, Training & Retention

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Is there anyone reading this who doesn't rank hiring, retention and training as among the thorniest business issues?
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