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Author Archive for: ‘johnmesenbrink’

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    Thinking tiny; living comfortably and efficiently

    Inspired by watching “Tiny Home” shows on TV lately, Bob “Hot Rod” Rohr has embarked on a new adventure—tiny home building. “They looked to be a fun, bite-sized project for my weekends and evenings, and as I watched the shows and searched the online communities, …

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    Bringing Sexy Back … to the Trades

    Perhaps it was never here to begin with, the sexy part that is. I mean, that’s one of the main knocks on the trades—that it is too demanding. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently conducted a national poll of young adults ages 18 …

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    Milwaukee Tool continues commitment to growth with Greenwood, MS plant

    When the governor visits, people take notice. When he talks, people listen. Mississippi governor Phil Bryant recently spoke about Milwaukee Tool’s investment to the area, the company’s innovative product offering, and he gave some first-hand accounts of personally using the reliable tools during a recent …

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    Aquatherm’s growth leads to new extrusion facility

    It was an unseasonably warm day for Attendorn, Germany, in mid-March, standing in the exact spot where we had stood two years prior looking over undeveloped land and listening to the vision of what was to be. Fast forward two years last week and we …

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    AHR Vegas Kicks Ass

    I always find it funny that after you attend a trade show the official PR from that particular event inevitably states, “This was the best show to date!” or “Best attendance ever!” I haven’t seen the official numbers yet, but from the look and feel—and …

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    Friday Fun: Bathroom head scratchers

    It’s a habit we all have in this industry. When we enter a bathroom, any bathroom, be it at a restaurant, residence, office building, etc., we check ’em out. That’s what we do. What does the plumbing installation look like? What fixtures are they using? …

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    You still doing that blog thing?

    Recently, I was at an event where I ran into a media colleague from the building sector—in the bathroom of all places—and he asked me if I was “still doing that blog thing.” I thought about it for a second and, considering we just finished …

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    Don’t Poke the Bear

    Most of the world has been transfixed on the Rio Olympics and chances are you didn’t miss the epic stare down from Michael Phelps to South African swimmer Chad le Clos as they prepared for the 200m butterfly semifinals this past week. Le Clos, trying …

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    Milwaukee Tools: Delivering ‘Smart’ One Tool at a Time

    Tucked away in a vacant hardware store in Milwaukee, this year’s the 2016 New Tool Symposium assembled media that were given the chance to see and conduct hands-on testing of tools launched this year. Two hundred new tools to this year’s product offering. No small …

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    When companies get it right

    With beer in hand, we waited, anxiously. Who could it be? I mean, there were many to choose from. I leaned over to the media member next to me and suggested, “Pedro Martinez? Dwight Evans? Jim Rice?” We waited some more, until the door to …

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