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Plumbers strike as talks stall

About 1,000 union plumbers are out on strike this morning after talks to forge a new three-year deal stalled over a move to ease long-term joblessness. Kevin L. Cotter, the business manager of Plumbers & Gasfitters Local 12, said his union asked management to adopt a so-called “referral list,” which would have compelled contractors to hire first those union plumbers who’d been out of work the longest. Hugh Kelleher, executive director of the Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Association of Greater Boston, said employers couldn’t give up the right to choose.  It would be challenging to run a business,” Kelleher said.The plumbers work for contractors across eastern Massachusetts. They won’t picket work sites, Cotter said, and their members will report to jobs where project labor agreements forbid striking. “Given unprecedented levels of unemployment, we’ve asked them to be considerate to the unemployed and give them a share of future jobs,” ... Read More

Bob "Hot Rod" Rohr to present Solar and Radiant Heating seminar

The two-day course will be in Paonia, Colorado on October 9 & 10. Please click HERE for the details. Read More

Don't Miss GasNetworks' 10th Annual Conference

GasNetworks will hold its 10th Annual Heating Professionals Fall Conference on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at the Lantana located in Randolph, MA. This day-long conference will feature expert trainers and speakers and will focus on high efficiency natural gas heating equipment and installation practices. Preliminary sessions will focus on hydronic heating, on-demand water heating, condensing and modulating boilers, near boiler piping, indoor air quality, and more! Equipment manufacturers and suppliers will be on hand to display the latest in natural gas heating products and technology. A trade show and reception will be held at the end of the day. The registration fee is just $65 if you sign up by September 10. This includes continental breakfast, all seminars, buffet lunch, trade show, and reception! Register online or by phone (1-877-389-0598). Read More

PEX tubing is back in the California Plumbing Code.

PEX is back in the California Plumbing Code. The California Building Standards Commission has removed the state’s exclusion of PEX tubing from the code. The action removes the state’s amendment that excluded the use of PEX for water piping systems from the 2007 CPC and amends the 2010 CPC. The regulations include mitigation measures identified in the commission’s Second Revised Draft Environmental Impact Report (SRDEIR) and additional conditions and restrictions on the use of PEX. (more) Read More

ITT Introduces the autocirc® Instant Hot Water System

ITT recently introduced the new autocirc® under sink instant hot water system. Designed for plumbing systems without a recirculation line, the autocirc® installs underneath the farthest fixture from a standard water heater. The pump’s microprocessor provides the precise frequencies and voltages for the electronically commutated motor (ECM) to run at maximum efficiency. Its shaft-less spherical motor design allows the pump to run on as little as 14 watts of power. Click here to learn how the autocirc® under sink system can have you enjoying hot water in seconds while saving you money. Read More

The Facts About Sudden Thermal Changes in a Boiler

Nowadays when a modern hot water boiler experiences thermal shock, the cause for this aberration is often ignored and written off as defective material or poor workmanship. However, there is always a reason why a boiler, no matter the type (cast iron, steel fire tube, or steel water tube) becomes thermally shocked. Click here to read about the causes of boiler thermal shock and what preventative measures you can take to avoid the costly situation. Read More

ITT Introduces B&G Impact™ MK and MV Sewage Pumps

ITT Bell & Gossett is proud to introduce the new Impact series of wastewater products which provide the highest efficiency submersible wastewater pumps in the market. Included in the Impact product is a complete line of innovative pumps ranging from 2” to 6” discharge. It includes two styles of impellers in order to cover every building service application. The MK self cleaning non-clog impeller maintains a high level of efficiency even in fluids with a high solids and fibrous content. The MV vortex style impeller is ideal for systems with media containing sand or other abrasive solids. Click here for more information on the new wastewater products. Read More

Grundfos chairman celebrates 50 years in pumps

Niels, who was two years old when his father, Poul Due Jensen, established Grundfos in the basement of their home in Bjerringbro, Denmark, started an apprenticeship as an engine fitter in 1960, and later qualified as a mechanical engineer at Arhus Teknikum. He took on his first management role at Grundfos in 1974, taking charge of Grundfos in 1977 following the death of his father. (source) Read More


New Facility Offers Complete Line of High-Efficiency Water Heaters, Boilers & Pool Heaters LEBANON, TN – August 25, 2010 – Lochinvar is announcing the upcoming addition of a new distribution warehouse in Phoenix, AZ.  With the continued growth of Lochinvar’s residential boiler business and the recent expansion of the company’s product line to include commercial solar thermal products, the new distribution center is expected to help meet increasing demand.  The facility is scheduled to open on September 13, 2010. As with Lochinvar’s other warehouse facilities, which are located in Detroit, Orlando, Tampa, Pompano Beach, Dallas and at company headquarters in Lebanon, TN, the new warehouse will stock a complete line of Lochinvar water heaters, boilers, pool heaters and storage tanks.  Most products will be available for immediate pick-up or delivery. "With the addition of the new Phoenix stocking warehouse, Lochinvar expects to continue to grow our business by further increasing ... Read More

Taco plans Cranston plant expansion

CRANSTON — Taco Inc, which manufactures heating, ventilation and air-conditioning components, is planning a major renovation and expansion at its headquarters at 1160 Cranston St.President and CEO John Hazen White Jr. said the project will allow the company to remain in its present facility, originally a trolley depot and maintenance center that dates to around 1900.White said he does not anticipate any significant new hiring in the immediate future. The company has about 470 employees, 400 of them based in Cranston. (more) Read More
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