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Ten Years of Taco 00 Variable Speed Circulators

Taco’s celebrating!  On November 18, many wholesalers and manufacturer’s reps across the country will make it their festive best to mark the 10th birthday of Taco’s Variable Speed 00 Circulators.  Of course, that means party hats, birthday cakes and a chance to win one of 10 Limited Edition 00-VS Circulators signed by Taco’s owner Johnny White.   One of the Limited Edition 00-VS Circulators will also be auctioned off in the continuing effort to help those affected by super storm Sandy.  Bid high and often for this one-of-a-kind pump on the Taco website.  Contractors are encouraged to visit their favorite Taco supplier on November 18 to register to win and enjoy some cake.   Winners will be drawn at random on December 1, 2013 and notified by email. The auction will close at midnight on November 30, 2013.  Visit for complete details.   Read More

Bradford White Introduces Boilers and Volume Water Heaters

Bradford White recently introduced its new Brute™ Series, line of gas-fired boilers and volume water heaters. The product line includes both residential and commercial boilers, from 50 to 2,400 MBH, and up to 98% AFUE.  The Brute Series includes the 50 to 225 MBH, chimney-vented Brute Mini; the modulating-condensing 80 to 850 MBH Brute Elite; the 95% AFUE, 125 MBH, wall-mounted Brute Elite with optional DHW Combi models; the 1000 to 1700 MBH, mod-con Brute Elite offering a 10:1 turndown; the 200 to 2,000 MBH Brute Deluxe; the multi-stage 200 to 2,000 MBH Copper Brute II ; and the 1,200 to 2,400 MBH Brute Magnum.  The Brute product line also includes volume water heaters ranging from 150 to 2,400 MBH in standard efficiency and highly efficient condensing models. The new product line is added to Bradford White’s extensive line of residential and commercial water heaters.  Learn more from Bradford ... Read More

InSinkErator® Honors PHCC Auxiliary Members at CONNECT 2013

While celebrating its 75th corporate anniversary and its 50th year of continued support to the Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors (PHCC) National Auxiliary programs, InSinkErator® recently honored two outstanding individuals and seven PHCC auxiliaries during the association’s annual convention in Las Vegas.  InSinkErator, the world’s leading manufacturer of food waste disposers and instant hot water dispensers, teamed with the PHCC National Auxiliary to recognize Nancy Eberhardt of the Wisconsin PHCC Auxiliary as the 2013 Larry Dore Member of the Year. Eberhardt, who has served as PHCC National Director and Wisconsin Auxiliary president, was selected based on her more than 20 years of commitment to the organization and her efforts that led to increased auxiliary membership and funding of the Wisconsin scholarship fund.  Eberhardt received a $2,000 cash award and commemorative plaque for being selected Larry Dore Member of the Year, which recognizes an auxiliary member who has been active at ... Read More

ClimateMaster Provides AIA-Certified Courses on Geothermal and Hybrid Geothermal HVAC System Design

ClimateMaster announces the availability of a new set of educational courses developed in conjunction with the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  The courses, offered as lunch-and-learn sessions that are eligible for AIA continuing education credits, are focused on the fundamentals of geothermal heating and cooling systems, and on hybrid geothermal system design.  “Recognizing the challenges architects face in staying up-to-the moment on new trends, while also meeting their licensure requirements for continuing education, ClimateMaster has recently developed a set of informative geothermal courses that also offer the potential to earn valuable CES credits,” said Tony Landers, commercial marketing manager at ClimateMaster.  Providing participants with an introduction to geothermal comfort systems, ClimateMaster’s “Geothermal Heating and Cooling” Course (No. AIAGEOTHERMAL) includes an in-depth explanation of the geothermal heat pump concept, as well as the different types of loop field installations.  In addition, the course outlines the advantages of heating and cooling ... Read More

New Manual Flushometer Toilet Systems from American Standard Conserve Water, Contribute to LEED Points

American Standard is the first plumbing manufacturer to offer 1.1 gallons per flush (gpf) manual flushometer toilet systems that uses 14 percent less water than 1.28 gpf high efficiency toilet (HET) flushometer systems, and 31 percent less than 1.6 gpf systems.  These ground-breaking toilet systems consist of a 1.1 gpf manual toilet flush valve combined with either an American Standard Afwall or Madera universal toilet bowl.  An ideal solution for architects and specifying engineers focused on water conservation, these new toilet system flush valves significantly reduce water use without sacrificing performance. This level of water savings will contribute toward LEED points, even in areas that are required to use 1.28 gpf toilets, such as Texas and California. These 1.1 gpf flushometer systems offer excellent drainline carry and have been proven to successfully flush 800 grams of waste in Maximum Performance Testing (MaP), an independent report of toilet bulk removal performance. This new ... Read More

OESP Reinvents the Trade Show

OESP, the National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals, is offering a fresh new take on the trade show in 2014. The OESP Road Show will feature two events designed to work with your busy schedule. The first event will take place at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut from May 12-13, 2014 and the second event will be held in Gettysburg, PA at the Wyndham Hotel from September 21-23, 2014. Why reinvent the trade show? “OESP has been a reliable resource for industry professionals for over 60 years,” says Judy Garber, OESP Executive Director. “Professionals find great value in their OESP membership because we are as dynamic as the industry we serve. We examine industry trends and consult with members to ensure that we continue to provide the educational tools they need to be successful. The OESP Road Show is an example of how we’ve adapted to meet our member’s ... Read More


October 25, 2013 – ECR International, Inc. is pleased to announce several new additions to its leadership team. Jim McKallip, Michael LaFreniere and Mitch O’Connor have all recently accepted key leadership roles with ECR. Jim McKallip fills the role of Director of Engineering and Quality. Jim has spent over 27 years in the HVAC industry and brings a wide array of development, application and technical management experience to the team. Within his role, Jim will also oversee Technical Support which will directly tie engineering and quality to the customer’s product experience. Jim was Director of Engineering for the past 10 years at McQuay and prior to that was with Carrier. Michael LaFreniere has stepped into the newly created role of Director of Administration. He will be responsible for both Accounting and Human Resources for the company. Mike has 20 years of experience, most recently working at Serta Mattress and NovAmerica ... Read More

Bradford White Receives 2013 Innovation Award from Home Builder Executive

Bradford White was named a Gold Innovation Award winner in the water heaters category by Home Builder Executive magazine in recognition of the company’s innovative and unique products, builder programs and initiatives.   Specifically recognized by magazine staff were Bradford White’s Hydrojet Total Performance System which reduces costly sediment build-up and increases first-hour delivery, the ICON System featuring an intelligent gas control, and the Defender Safety System with ScreenLok safety technology designed to contain combustion chamber flames.    “We’re delighted to receive this recognition,” said Bradford White’s Director of Marketing Carl A. Pinto, Jr. “and to see that our water heater innovations are recognized as leading technology.   “Other manufacturers have followed suit by introducing similar technologies,” added Pinto.  “These features, combined with our tank quality, are the cornerstones of our ability to exceed the dependability and performance expected of us by talented trade professionals.”  Read More Now Features LiveChat™ Online Technical Support for Professionals

Uponor North America (Uponor) recently launched LiveChat™ on where professionals in the PEX plumbing, fire sprinkler and radiant heating and cooling industries can access Uponor Technical and Design Services online for support.“Our goal with LiveChat is to offer access to Uponor Technical and Design Services in as many ways as possible, so professionals can get their questions answered quickly and efficiently,” says Don Costello, web product manager at Uponor. “With more and more people accessing the web with mobile devices, LiveChat is an ideal solution for professionals on the jobsite or on the go.” Users can access LiveChat by going onto and clicking the small blue “Chat Now” box in the lower right-hand side of the screen. Representatives from Uponor Technical and Design Services are available on LiveChat Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST). “We’re seeing contractors as the majority ... Read More


Lochinvar recently released a new online version of its LochSpec Sizing Calculator, which provides a quick and easy solution for sizing commercial water heating systems. Once the user has provided the necessary data, LochSpec uses industry-proven formulas to recommend appropriate Lochinvar equipment options, and provides customized energy savings information for the application. Users begin by selecting the application type they are interested in sizing, such as an apartment complex, athletic club, car wash, nursing home, office building, school, etc. From there, the user is prompted to provide application details to determine peak demand times, durations and hot water volume. The final step is to input job requirements, which vary depending on the application type. Based on this user input, LochSpec calculates and recommends system options for Lochinvar water heaters, with or without storage tanks. It also provides product specs and an energy savings comparison calculator for each option. Once ... Read More
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