Articles by Kelly Faloon

Protecting plumbing

This North Carolina-based Benjamin Franklin Plumbing franchise finds profitability with water treatment services.
March 17, 2014

The Charlotte, North Carolina area has .75 to 1.5 parts per million of chlorine in its water and outlying areas have up to 3.5 ppm of chloramine, a derivitive of ammonia. It’s almost like drinking pool water, says Paul Stefano, general manager of the Charlotte Benjamin Franklin Plumbing franchise.


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Innovation at NYC’s Javits Center

Pace Plumbing engineered a pipe-hanging system for the convention center’s 6.75-acre green roof.
February 20, 2014

The Jacob J. Javits Convention Center in New York City recently completed a four-year, $465 million renovation and expansion. Designed by I. M. Pei architects as a space frame structure, the center was built between 1980 and 1986 as a replacement of the New York Coliseum.


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‘Clean water is not a luxury’

World Plumbing Day is March 11.
February 20, 2014

The World Health Organization reports that 2.6 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation. The United Nations says more than 1 billion people are living with a shortage of fresh water.


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PM’s 2013 Best Contractor To Work For: CK Mechanical, Plumbing & Heating, Mills, Wyo.

Encouragement, recognition and respect are how this Wyoming contracting firm honors its employees.
January 23, 2014

Kevin Maston, president and CEO of CK Mechanical Plumbing & Heating, started his company in 2004 out of his garage. His mission: To help people and provide top-notch service.


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Greening the heating industry

Geothermal and solar thermal installs continue to rise.
January 23, 2014
Interest in geothermal heating and cooling systems has increased in the last five years. “With firms more cost-conscious, green initiatives receiving more media attention and tighter market conditions, business leaders have sought ways to decrease operating expenses across the board and some of them are turning to geothermal solutions for their climate control,” writes Pramod Dibble in the November 2013 issue of sister publication PM Engineer.
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Home energy audits

Determine how your customers’ homes are losing energy — and provide solutions.
December 19, 2013

With so much focus on energy efficiency these days, home-owners may be confused about how much energy is consumed in their homes and what appliances or equipment need to be monitored.


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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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In the June issue of Plumbing & Mechanical, read about the Burke Agency and find out why they are the 2014 Plumbing & Mechanical Rep of the Year. Read about the latest method for renewable fuel, what to take into account when installing indoor climate systems and learn to be a trusted advisor with the 2015 water heater regulations. Find out who is this month's Truck of the Month, read this month's Tool Tips and check out the latest products and news from the plumbing and mechanical industry.
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