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Articles by Bob Miodonski

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

Mechanical Inc. has a 100-year plan.
August 22, 2013

 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.
August 22, 2013

 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.
August 22, 2013

 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.
July 18, 2013

 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.
June 25, 2013

 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.
June 19, 2013
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.
June 15, 2013
Michael Cables sees construction activity increasing in health care and other sectors.
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Snow and Sustainability make their marks at ISH

April 19, 2013
Snow closed the Frankfurt airport and kept crowds down during the first day of the giant ISH trade show on March 12 in Germany.
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U.S. infrastructure grade rises to D+

Piping and plumbing figure into needed improvements.
April 19, 2013
Many students would be happy getting their report cards every four years. Then again, maybe they wouldn’t if they received the across-the-board poor grades given to America’s infrastructure.
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Solar Thermal Resources

Guide for installers is among the tools available to contractors and engineers.
April 18, 2013
When we began publishing Solar Installer in 2008, our intent was to educate the readers of Plumbing & Mechanical about systems that use the renewable energy source of the sun to heat water and buildings.
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BNP Media's Plumbing Group Visits Grundfos North American Headquarters

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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In the March issue of Plumbing & Mechanical, read about the 'living in place' movement and learn how to make your space stylish and comfortable. PM catches up with MCAA president Chuck Fell and spoke with him about his goals for the year. Also in this issue, see the top products of 2013, see who is the March Truck of the Month, and read the latest Tool Tips.
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