Articles by Bob Miodonski

Industry associations develop programs to attract workers

Workforce development, water efficiency and waterborne diseases were among the issues discussed April 22 during the third annual meeting of the Plumbing Industry Leadership Coalition in Washington.
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ASPE is offering an online plumbing design course, which it developed with UCLA. It is in the process of creating an associate degree program for plumbing design with the City College of San Francisco. It exhibited for the first time at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, which was held April 26-27 in Washington and attended by elementary and high school students from across the country.


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Ford Transit Cargo Van media event, Kansas City

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PM is on the road at the Ford test-drive media event.


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PM Profile: Taco’s John Hazen White Jr. and The Taco/White Family Foundation

Foundation gives Taco the chance to give back to community groups.
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Plumbing & Mechanical recently interviewed John Hazen White Jr., president and CEO of Taco Inc., about the work done by The Taco/White Family Foundation.


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PM Profile: IAPMO’s Russ Chaney

IAPMO sees opportunities for growth internationally and in green technologies.
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Last month, Plumbing & Mechanical interviewed Russ Chaney, CEO of The IAPMO Group, about his organization that develops the Uniform Plumbing, Mechanical, Swimming Pool and Solar Energy Codes and tests and certifies plumbing and mechanical products in the United States and overseas. 


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UA President Hite tells contractors to ‘go young’

The current average UA member age is 46 years old.
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With the average age of the 290,000 UA members in the United States being 46 years old, United Association General President Bill Hite urged union plumbing contractors to “go young.”


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PM Profile: Rivers Plumbing, Heating & Air’s Steve Rivers

Incoming PHCC president wants more young people, smaller contractors involved.
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New branding effort includes video series, advertising and mobile app.


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John Baethke & Son Plumbing go low tech and high tech

Chicago plumbing contractor manages his service trucks with a paper-based inventory system and GPS mobile app.
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John Baethke, president of John Baethke & Son Plumbing in Chicago, loves technology but doesn’t see automating his inventory management system on his fleet of service trucks anytime soon.


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RPA offers education at meeting and online

Radiant Professionals Alliance gathered Sept. 18-20, 2013, in Philadelphia for their annual conference and membership meeting.
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Members of the Radiant Professionals Alliance gathered Sept. 18-20, 2013, in Philadelphia for their annual conference and membership meeting. The national convention was the second since RPA was acquired early last year by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO).


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PM Profile: Milwaukee Tool’s Steve Richman

Milwaukee Tool wants to help contractors increase profits, safety, productivity
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 Plumbing & Mechanical interviewed Steve Richman, president of Milwaukee Tool Corp., June 13 during the company’s 2013 New Product Symposium in Milwaukee.  


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More innovations for plumbing

Next year’s Emerging Technology Symposium will focus on using water wisely.
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 You probably have heard the story about a former director of the U.S. Patent Office. In 1899, the story goes, he recommended closing the office because “everything that can be invented has been invented.” 


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