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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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Legwork before a job starts can save aggravation later

Construction Attorney David Turiciano spoke at the Quality Service Contractors’ Power Meeting in Baltimore.
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 Get it in writing — whether it’s a change order or a contract with a general contractor, a customer or a subcontractor. That’s the advice construction attorney David Turiciano gave July 20 during Quality Service Contractors’ Power Meeting XXXIX in Baltimore.  


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Another worry on climate change

Extreme weather is more likely to hurt small businesses.
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If you’re the owner of a small business — or small businesses make up a big part of your customer base — here’s another reason to worry about climate change.  


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Mechanical Inc. makes the investments needed for long-term growth

Mechanical Inc. has a 100-year plan.
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 When the August 2113 edition of Plumbing & Mechanical arrives in your shop, chances are good that your descendants and future employees will read about Mechanical Inc., which is based in Hillside, Ill., just west of Chicago. 


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Union-backed program targets residential plumbing service business

Plumbers 911 on call 24/7.
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 If you’re a plumbing contractor in Atlanta, Miami or Washington, you’ve probably seen or heard ads for Plumbers 911 that offer a range of services to homeowners.  


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A stronger voice for plumbing

Group addresses no-lead products, infrastructure and workforce development.
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 The Plumbing Industry Leadership Coalition met in June to address three topics we’ve discussed in this column in recent months: the federal law on no-lead plumbing products; the next generation of plumbing industry professionals; and the nation’s aging infrastructure. 


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Building reports send mixed signals

Shortages of plumbers and fitters will make an impact.
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 We’ve seen this collision before when two indicators of nonresidential construction activity are released virtually at the same time, with each moving in a different direction. The divergent reports support comments I’ve heard lately from contractors, wholesalers and manufacturers that the road to economic recovery remains a bumpy one. 


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Frugal fatigue or frugal forever?

Consumer spending will shape four industry trends.
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 I first heard the phrase “frugal fatigue” a couple months ago at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in New Orleans. It refers to people who have grown so tired of minding their tight budgets that they are starting to spend money again.


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PM Profile: Watts Water Technologies asks tough questions about lead-free products’ compliance and quality

Watts Water Technologies to open new foundry this spring.
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Plumbing & Mechanical last month interviewed Ernie Elliott, senior vice president for Watts Water Technologies, about lead-free products and their impact on the plumbing and heating industry.
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PM Profile: MCAA president wantsto move forward with labor to improve market share

Michael Cables sees construction activity increasing in health care and other sectors.
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Michael Cables sees construction activity increasing in health care and other sectors.
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