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2006 June

Taking Off With Clean Water

By Steve Smith
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Bob Auchinachie learned that a plumbing contractor has to treat water treatment differently in order to succeed.
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2006 Clean Water Report<p>Your Drinking Water's Report Card

By Steve Smith
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Your customers can better judge their local water quality by taking a look at their annual Consumer Confidence Report.
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Ensuring The Quality Of Radiant Tubing: NSF/ANSI Standard 14

By Nasrin Kashefi
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In recent years, consumer interest in radiant floor heating has increased significantly, sparking a wide variety of radiant floor heating products on the market.
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2006 Radiant Heating Report<br><br>The Radiant Heat Market

By Kelly Faloon
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Despite challenges within the industry, there are still opportunities for contractors to make a profit with radiant heat.
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Radiant Alternatives

By John M. Barba
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Ever think about radiant walls or ceilings? It’s not as far-fetched as you believe.
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The Torch Is Passed

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Dave Yates is chosen for the 2006-2008 Carlson-Holohan Industry Award of Excellence.
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A Geothermal Primer

By Gary Hayden
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Contractors that specialize in hydronic systems’ use of geothermal heat supply are responding to customer demand for energy cost-savings.
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2006 Clean Water Report<p>Water Treatment And Purification Methods

By Joseph F. Harrison P.E., CWS-
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Many people find their water too hard, too cloudy, too odorous, too funny tasting, or they have health concerns for themselves and their children.
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Tool Tips -- June 2006

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Send us your Tool Tips for the chance to win a $200 RIDGID® Prize Package.
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Plumbing Trends: Lavatories<br>Lav At First Sight

By Katie Rotella
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Customers go for the 'wow' factor when making lavatory purchases.
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Truck Of The Month: Mid-Hudson Heating & Plumbing, Woodstock, N.Y.

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For this month's Truck Of The Month, we'll let the owner tell you, in his own words, about his 2005 Chevy C2500.
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<i>PM</i> Installation Survey: High Velocity Air Conditioning

By Kelly Faloon
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Retrofits in older homes are ideal for these cooling systems.
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2006 Clean Water Report<p>Residential Water Treatment Products And Installation Issues

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Tips for installing water treatment equipment correctly.
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A Brief History Of Radiant Heating

By Steve Smith and Jack Sweet
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Like many aspects of modern life, we all owe a debt of gratitude to the ancient Romans. Up until the time Roman armies conquered the world, about the best you could hope for was a fire in a fireplace.
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Backward Thinking

By John Siegenthaler, P.E.
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What happens when flow reverses in primary/secondary systems?
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Fire Your Superstar<br>Al Levi

By Al Levi
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Getting big sales numbers by cheating customers or creating a false sense of fear can harm your company.
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Down With Debt<br>Ellen Rohr

By Ellen Rohr
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Most people don't know what they owe. Get to a known financial position and pay off your debt.
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Letters To The Editor -- June 2006

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Send us your Letters To The Editor; we want to hear from you! E-mail our editors through our Contact Us page.
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The Future Of Plumbing Contractors<br>Jim Olsztynski

By Jim Olsztynski
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A PMI meeting speaker points to a marketplace dominated by very large and very small firms.
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Hot Issues In The Industry<br>Maurice Maio

By Maurice Maio
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The lesson is simple: Sometimes we need to see a professional.
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Opportunities, Obstacles & Options<br>Paul Ridilla

By Paul Ridilla
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This industry can provide you the tools to fulfill your personal and business dreams.
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Chinese Plumbing Products<br>Julius Ballanco

By Julius Ballanco, P.E.
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Play by the rules. Be sure the foreign-manufactured plumbing products you install are properly listed.
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That Retail Stuff<br>Carol Fey

By Carol Fey
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When your customers shop retail, think of it as a lead to long-term service.
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The Watermelon Barons - Part 1<br>Randall Hilton

By Randall Hilton
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The saga of two brothers, a monster truck, a field of watermelons and a dream of becoming rich.
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First 'Innovative Thinking' Conference Gains Rave Reviews

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Hiring, retention and training get examined by more than a dozen experts.
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Convertible Bump Fire Tool

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Contractors can turn any trigger-type powder-actuated tool into a bump fire tool with this patented Smacker cradle offered by Powers Fasteners Inc.
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No Dig Pipe Repair

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Fernco Inc.'s Pipe Patch No Dig Pipe Repair System is a quick and easy method of repairing damaged drainage and sewage pipe internally, providing permanent pipe repair.
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Toilet Repair Parts

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The Fluidmaster® PRO Series™ line consists of 14 essential and improved toilet repair parts designed strictly for the plumbing professional.
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Steam/Water Mixing Unit

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The Armstrong Hot Water Group's MegaMixTM joins its family of water temperature mixing and steam/water mixing units.
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Efficient Commercial Water Heaters

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Bradford White recently introduced the new Copper Brute and Copper Brute II copper finned-tube water heaters designed to fit the needs of commercial applications that require high input and high volumes of hot water.
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Solar Storage Tank

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Stiebel Eltron Inc.'s storage tank for solar applications offers low standby heat loss.
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Float Technology

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Liberty Pumps' Pro 370-Series residential sewage package features QuickTree™ technology float system that allows easy removal of floats without pulling the pump.
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Drain Gun

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Weighing only 11 pounds, the K-39AF drain gun from RIDGID features Advanced Feed™, a two-way Autofeed™ that allows users to reverse the direction of the cable quickly and easily.
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Quantum Boiler

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Dunkirk Boilers offers its new Quantum 95M-200 sealed combustion boiler with 95 percent efficiency. It is fully modulating from 80 - 200 MBH and features a one-piece cast-aluminum heat exchanger.
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PHCC Chapters Participate In National Rebuild Day

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Rebuilding Together's National Rebuild Day was April 29; volunteers gathered at more than 8,900 homes in 1,838 cities and towns across the country to repair and rehab the houses of elderly and disabled low-income homeowners.
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K/BIS 2006 Features Latest In Kitchen, Bath Trends

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The Kitchen/Bath Industry Show, held this year April 21-23 at Chicago's McCormick Place, had record-breaking crowds of more than 55,000 national and international professionals, along with more than 900 exhibitors.
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Free Product CD

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American Water Heater Co. introduces the third version of its Comprehensive Products Information CD. This free CD includes 636 color and black and white pages of information.
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Modulating Vertical Boiler

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Raypak Inc. introduces the new MVB™ modulating vertical boiler. It features 4:1 turndown capability that ensures the exact input to match the heating demand and maximizes efficiency at all firing rates.
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Send PM Your 'Best-Looking Truck'

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Plumbing & Mechanical wants to show off your wheels in our 2006 Best-Looking Truck Contest.
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California Lead Bill Passes House, But Confusion Reigns

By Jim Olsztynski
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California Assembly Bill 1953, which calls for the reduction of lead content in plumbing pipes, fittings and fixtures to no more than 0.25 percent, passed the state House by one vote on May 31. The current law allows up to 8 percent lead for pipes and fittings and 4 percent for plumbing fittings and fixtures. If passed, the bill would take effect in 2010.
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OBITUARY: John R. Lindahl Sr., State Industries

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John R. Lindahl Sr., 84, former chairman and CEO of State Industries, Ashland City, Tenn., died July 5.
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Product Spec Catalog

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Powers offers a new 64-page Product Specification catalog detailing its line of HydroGuard e420 and e430 series water tempering supply fixtures.
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PEX Time Saver

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With the QickClamp™ from Zurn PEX, installers can make tube-to-fitting connections of multiple sizes with just one crimping tool.
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Air Separator

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Caleffi's ASME-registered air separator is an effective means of removing air from circulated boiler or chiller system fluids.
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Reinforced Wax Ring

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Hercules Chemical's Johni-Ring® Ultra™ wax rings are reinforced with a built-in polyethylene mesh for greater stability during installations.
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Macerating Toilet System

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The SANICOMPACT 48 is a self-contained water closet from Saniflo that combines a macerating pump and an electronically activated toilet bowl into a single compact unit.
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Unicell Meets Requirements

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Unicell now meets all the requirements for Daimler Chrysler Corp.'s Customer Assurance Program for box bodies and is now an authorized upfitter for the Sprinter van.
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Preassembled Recirculation

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The Navigator® NRS recirculation station by Bradley Corp. is designed to take the guesswork out of installing a thermostatic mixing valve in a recirculation system.
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PRO-PAL Valves

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The PRO-PAL line of step-saving valves from Webstone Co. Inc. simplifies installations, creates an impressive look and provides invaluable functions for the life of any plumbing system.
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Nexstar Meeting Spotlights Personal, Business Growth

By Kelly Faloon
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Personal and business growth was the focus of a two-day Nexstar workshop March 24-25 on Hilton Head Island, S.C. “A Future of Choice” was the first Owners' Spotlight Series presented by the group. The purpose was to give business owners tools and resources to navigate the highways of life - growing business and personal wealth in order to transition to retirement.
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Flushometer Brochure

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Sloan Valve Co. introduces a brochure for its Sloan Flushometer™. The four-color brochure describes the product's features and job-pack packaging for work site shipments.
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New Sioux Chief Catalog

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Sioux Chief's new 2006 product catalog is filled with practical solutions that have been developed by listening to the needs of plumbers and mechanical contractors.
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Mobile Time Card

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Mobile software provider ECONZ Wireless offers Timecard X, a next-generation wireless time card management software for small-to medium-sized businesses.
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Industrial Work Cart

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Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. introduces Trade Titan™ industrial work carts and accessories.
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Drop-In Sink

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Advance Tabco offers “Super Space Savings” with its model DI-1-25 drop-in sink.
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MN Proposed Apprentice Wage Rate Rule 'Unreasonable'

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A Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry proposed rule that would change wage levels required to be paid to construction apprentices in state-registered programs was deemed “unreasonable” and found to violate “substantive principles of law.”
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EPA Study Will Benchmark Home Water Usage

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, six water districts in the West and three in the South will conduct a 33-month study to collect detailed information about how much water is consumed in “standard” new homes vs. “high-efficiency” new homes.
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RadFest Attendees Discuss Consumer Markets, Design Efficiencies

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The Radiant Panel Association brought its regional RadFest show to the west coast in Tacoma, Wash., May 1-3 for a round of seminars, courses, roundtable discussions and a trade show.
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IAPMO, ICC Agree On Joint Plumbing, Mechanical Codes

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IAPMOand the ICC have agreed to jointly develop one plumbing code and one mechanical code to be used throughout the country.
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Suction Diffuser

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The Taco Inc. Suction Diffuser Rear Strainer Pullout incorporates many features into one device, making installations quick, easy and cost-efficient.
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Pipe Supports

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The new CADDY® Pyramid pipe and equipment supports from ERICO® provide an easy method for supporting pipes, conduit and equipment on roofs and below raised floors.
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Viega PureFlow™ XL

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Viega PureFlow quality and reliability expands to XL sizes.
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Central Connection Radiator

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Myson Inc.'s dual- panel, double-convector T6 IVC radiator offers the advantage of a standard 2-inch central connection as well as the standard four-corner connections.
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European Styling

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Danze announces new additions to its Parma Collection that feature sleek, contemporary design for kitchen and lavatory faucets.
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2006 WQA Aquatech USA Boasts Record Numbers

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The 2006 WQA Aquatech USA show boasted a record number of attendees at the event, held March 28-April 1, outside Chicago. Nearly 5,000 attendees were on hand for “The Water Opportunity Show.”
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Drain & Sewer Cleaner

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The Model D-5 drain and sewer cleaning cable drum machine from Electric Eel Mfg. cleans 3-inch to 10-inch diameter lines up to 100 ft.
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Heat Exchangers

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Turbotec Products Inc. offers high-performance, high-quality heat exchangers and flexible connector products for virtually any space conditioning, refrigeration, biomedical, plumbing, water heating and aerospace application.
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Wood-Burning Furnace

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Greenwood Technologies offers an indoor-safe, smokeless, energy-efficient furnace that could significantly reduce consumers' heating bills.
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Industry Supports Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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Several industry organizations have come out in favor of comprehensive immigration reform, which, as of press time, is still being tackled by the Senate (S. 2611).
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Root Cutter

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General Pipe Cleaners' new economical Metro-Rooter™ is the Mini-Rooter™ of root-cutting machines.
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Mixing Valve Brochure

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A new 12-page color brochure describing Leonard Valve's complete line of Emergency Mixing Valves is now available.
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RootX

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RootX® makes it easy to kill pipeline roots - and increase profits. The patented RootX formula foams on contact with water and eliminates blockages caused by live roots for up to 12 months.
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SBA Approves $9 Billion For Hurricane Rebuilding Effort

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With processing completed on more than 96 percent of rebuilding loan applications, the Small Business Administration has approved more than $9 billion in financing to the small businesses, homeowners and renters in the Gulf Coast region who were victims of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.
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Electric Floor Warming

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WarmlyYours introduces its new line of Honeywell -branded premium floor-warming systems. It includes four prepackaged, easy-to-install bathroom floor-warming kits designed for bathrooms with open areas up to 40 sq. ft.
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Noncondensing Boiler

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The Baxi Luna 310Fi noncondensing boiler from Marathon International offers central heating and instantaneous DHW production.
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A Revolutionary Cutting Station

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Stout Tool Corp., manufacturer of the award-winning X-Band® saw, announced the launch of The Ultimate Cutting Station.
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