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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For plumbers in Flint, Mich., “it’s been a heck of a year,” said Harold T. Harrington, a master plumber and pipefitter working as the business manager for Flint’s United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 370. Read more stories in 2017 March Issue.