Articles by Katie Rotella

Truck Accessories

How long has it been since you reorganized your vehicle? Is it efficiently stocked? What about upgrades to make jobs go more smoothly? Today's manufacturers are ready when you are to up-fit one truck at a time or an entire flee
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PM April 2006 Truck Of The Month Thomas Curley Plumbing & Heating Co., Great Neck, N.Y.

John Curley and his father Thomas strive for one thing in their 34-year-old plumbing business: exceeding their customer's expectations for dependability and service. With the help of their fleet of Thomas Curley Plumbing & Heating trucks, the father-son team does just that.
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Plumbing Trends: Sensor Faucets

New residential electronic faucets are hands-free, hands-on and so much more.
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2006 AHR Expo Has Record-Breaking Year

The 2006 AHR Expo broke records in exhibitions and attendees this January at its Chicago show. Now the largest event in the show's 75-year history, more than 1,900 companies exhibited (400 international) covering over 411,000 sq. ft. of space at McCormick Place on Lake Michigan. Total number of attendees at the show was 58,031, with 39 countries represented.
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PM March 2006 Truck Of The Month
Heffner and Associates, Indianapolis

David Heffner has been a service plumber for most of his 15 years in the industry. When he struck out on his own to establish Heffner and Associates in 2001, he brought to his new business all of his field experience, but also a dedication and commitment to his customers.
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C.J.Erickson Plumbing Co. Turning 100 Years In The Big City

Let's get right to the point: C.J. Erickson Plumbing Co. is unique in this business.

Not only has it survived - and thrived - to reach its 100th anniversary, it has done so serving a city that is known for its “windy” politics and projects. Add to those accomplishments the fact that the company hasn't diverted its focus to HVAC, piping or fire protection, but continues to be a union plumbing shop, just as Carl Joseph “Joe” Erickson intended back in 1906. Topping off its uniqueness, the company has reached year 100 with an Erickson at the helm each year, and is now into its fourth generation.

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X-clusive Survey Results - PM Installation Survey: Radiant Subfloors

Eight out of 10 radiant contractors agree: Significant growth in radiant subfloor installations will occur over the next five years.

This information was taken from a recent PM installation survey of radiant readers on the “channeled modular board systems market," aka radiant subfloors.

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Winner of PM's Truck Of The Month Drain Savers Inc., Thornton, Colo

Robert Browning, owner of Drain Savers Inc. near Denver, believes the days of plumbers showing up in dirty overalls and a bucket of tools are over. His full-service drain cleaning, plumbing and pipe relining company realizes the importance of having a professional and clean image, and simultaneously having the right tools and highly qualified employees for the jobs contracted.
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PM's Truck Of The Month: City Plumbing & Electric Inc., Hot springs, Ark.

When you love what you do and where you do it, deciding how to wrap and logo your service vehicles doesn't take much effort. The employee-owned and -operated company of City Plumbing & Electric Inc. settled on the picturesque landscape that is its home town: Hot Springs National Park, Ark.
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PM Plumbing Trends: Easy Tub & Shower Valves

When it comes to shower and tub valves, there hasn't been much new under the sun. But manufacturers today are in tune with their installer customers, and are relentless in their search to streamline parts and valves to make installation jobs go smoother and more trouble-free.
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2014 Truck of the Month

PM has featured so many great plumbing service trucks! See plenty of them here in our Truck Of The Month Archives page. Are you proud of your truck? Go to our Truck of the Month page to find out how your service truck could be chosen!

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The January issue of PM features cover story: 2015 Plumbing Contractor of the Year: Jim Steinle and Atomic Plumbing.

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Truck of the Month

Truck of the month

Are you proud of how your service truck looks? Do the graphics give people whiplash as they drive by? Have your calls increased because people remember your truck — and your company name? If so, we’d like to see it, too! Click here to find out how your service truck could be chosen as PM's Truck of the Month.