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Taco moves ahead with expansion plan.

Cranston manufacturer Taco Inc. plans to launch an expansion and renovation within the next two weeks, a project that will cost about $18 million and better position the company for future growth, said Taco president John Hazen White Jr. “This building project is all about setting this business up to go to the next level of growth,” White said in a telephone interview Monday. Taco, the prominent maker of pumps, valves and accessories for heating and air conditioning worldwide, has its headquarters and principal manufacturing operation at a 165,000-square-foot facility at 1160 Cranston St., Cranston. (more) Read More

Wood set to become a traded commodity

Wood is set to join oil, gas and metals as a crucial global commodity product as emerging sectors push demand to an all time high, a leading forestry consultant warned at an industry seminar on Friday, 6 May 2011. A group of forest industry investors, including the chief executives of Stora Enso and Drax Power, met in London to discuss ways to sustainably address rising demand for wood, as this demand is expected to outstrip supply in EU27 by 30 per cent in 2020. Many in the energy sector believe wood, as biomass, will help replace fossil fuels in the production of electricity, heat and fuels. And, according to Pöyry Management Consulting, this new demand for wood for energy generation is set to radically transform the forestry industry. (more) Read More

Webstone Pro-Connect Brochure is available

A new edition of Webstone’s Pro-Connect Brochure is now available, showcasing a wide array of valves with push, press or other solder-less connections for the plumbing and heating trades. Learn how to save time & money by choosing step saving Webstone products over the labor intensive alternatives. Founded in 1954, Webstone is recognized as an industry leader for innovative design of residential and commercial valves used in plumbing, hydronic, radiant, solar and geothermal applications. These designs focus on time and space saving concepts that simplify future maintenance and upkeep of all piping systems. Some of Webstone's trademarked and patented items include; The Isolator®, Isolator® EXP™, Pro-Connect™ and Pro-Pal® step saving valves. View Webstone Pro-Connect Brochure Read More

Bosch Launches New Geothermal Product Line for US Market

Bosch Thermotechnology North America, a leading provider of energy efficient heating and air conditioning comfort systems and high quality solar thermal systems and water heaters for homes and businesses, announced today a series of enhancements to its product portfolio and HVAC professional support network for its geothermal heating and cooling systems in the United States. (more) Read More

LOCHINVAR® ENHANCES COPPER-FIN® COMMERCIAL PRODUCT FAMILY

Since introducing the Copper-Fin family of commercial gas boilers and water heaters nearly 50 years ago, Lochinvar has continued to refine and perfect it to meet the needs of the industry.  This commitment to ongoing product enhancement continues today, with several recent updates to the time-proven Copper-Fin design.  Available in models from 495,000 to 2,065,000 Btu/hr, the Copper-Fin line offers the same advanced technology and innovative features that have set the bar for superior water heating performance, with enhancements that further improve its serviceability and ease-of-installation.Increased Flexibility + Versatility With compact sizes and the unique Stack Frame option that allows for installation of two units in the area normally required for one, the Copper-Fin line is known for user-friendly flexibility.  To further simplify installation and servicing, the control panel, Building Management System connections and other field connections are now positioned on terminal boards at the front of the unit to ... Read More

Wilo’s 2010 sales exceed €1bn

German pump manufacturer Wilo SE says that 2010 was the most successful year in its 139-year history, with sales exceeding €1 billion for the first time. (source) Read More

Home Depot solar energy seminar needs improvement

Reduce your electric bill: That was the promise that enticed me, and about 40 others, to my local Home Depot for a seminar on solar energy. Once there, Johnny, a retired electrician, promised to explain how a solar system works, whether it would work for us, how much the system cost, and how much we’d save on our electric bills. Unfortunately much of the information he provided was flat-out wrong, as Home Depot later admitted. (more) Read More

Biomass is the heat of the moment in Germany

With all the unrest in the oil rich regions of the Middle East and North Africa, we have again seen oil prices hit $100/barrel and higher. Our dependency on the black stuff to generate electricity, heat our houses and get us from A to B makes us extremely vulnerable to any increase in price. (more) Read More

Lennox International Reports First Quarter Results

Lennox International Inc. (NYSE: LII) today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2011. Click HERE for the report, and HERE for an analysis. Read More

NJ State Agency Pushes Back Deadline for Cleaner Fuel Oil

The state has decided to extend a deadline requiring oil refineries in New Jersey to reduce the sulfur content in fuel oil, a move sought by the Hess refinery in Port Reading as a way of avoiding millions of dollars in unanticipated expenditures. (more) Read More
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