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Articles by Kelly Faloon

Develop talent to shape new leaders

Offer careers, not jobs.
December 19, 2013

When I first began writing about the plumbing and heating industry in 1998, succession planning was an issue because many owners of contracting businesses weren’t looking ahead to retirement, especially those who owned smaller shops.


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Nexstar: Recruit next gen leaders, evaluate and finance acquisitions

Nexstar’s 2013 Super Meeting, Oct. 3-5 in Indianapolis, opened with a keynote address by football great Emmitt Smith.
November 18, 2013

Nexstar's 2013 Super Meeting, Oct. 3-5 in Indianapolis, opened with a keynote address by football great Emmitt Smith. He explained that much of the advice his coaches and mentors gave him over the years transferred into the business realm after he retired from football.


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Veterans Day in the plumbing industry

How you can support our military veterans.
November 18, 2013

I grew up in Cadillac, Mich. And no, it’s not near Detroit. My parents still live there, and I like to go back and visit — especially when the high-speed pace of Chicago gets to me.


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Recruiting veterans for the trades in the PHC industry

With the ongoing labor shortage for skilled workers, the PHC industry is looking to military veterans to fill the gap.
November 18, 2013

Business owners in the plumbing and mechanical trades are having difficulties finding the skilled, professional workers they need. Yet this is nothing new for the construction industry. It was a problem before the Great Recession and is escalating as Baby Boomers in the industry retire and no one is waiting in the wings to pick up the pipewrench.


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PM’s Supply House of the Year: The Granite Group

Creating value through innovation
October 18, 2013

Best-in-class service keeps this New England wholesaler top-of-mind for its contractor customers.


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The Affordable Care Act conundrum

Plumbing and heating contractors are concerned about how the law defines a small business.
October 17, 2013

Earlier this month, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act went into effect, requiring nearly all Americans to have minimum health-insurance coverage. Employers were required to give all their employees a notice of coverage options by Oct. 1, which also is the date when the individual and small-business health insurance exchanges opened for enrollment.  


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Nexstar’s 2013 Super Meeting – Day 2

Emmitt Smith, next generation of leaders, women in the trades
October 8, 2013

Emmitt Smith, next generation of leaders, women in the trades


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Nexstar’s 2013 Super Meeting - Day 1

Contractors learn about acquisitions, recruiting at Nexstar’s Super Meeting.
October 4, 2013

Contractors learn about acquisitions, recruiting at Nexstar’s Super Meeting.


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Boston’s Fraunhofer CSE demonstrates how energy-efficient technologies can be adapted for existing buildings

The science of heating and cooling.
September 25, 2013
Part of Boston’s 1,000-acre Innovation District, the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems’ Building Technology Showcase is a renovated six-story, three-bay loft structure originally built in 1913 for wholesale leather merchant W. Herbert Abbot.  

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Gilbert Plumbing uses its extensive knowledge and skills to educate customers about local water issues

Treating Phoenix’s aggressive water.
September 20, 2013

Phoenix has some of the worst water in the country. The aggressive water coming from the Colorado River and other sources is heavily mineralized and loaded with calcium carbonates — so much so that the water becomes conductive.


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BNP Media’s Plumbing Group, comprised of the Plumbing & Mechanical, Supply House Times, PM Engineer (pme) and Reeves Journal brands, recently visited Grundfos’ new North American headquarters building in the western Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Ill.

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