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Category Archive for: ‘Featured Articles’

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    Travers Mechanical – Solving Hydronic Solutions in Albuquerque

    Mike Travers Sr. got started as a machinist on a U.S. Navy destroyer, and worked nearly 30 years as a technician and district manager for York International Corp.  His son, Mike Jr., also had more than 15 years with York.  This gave the pair all …

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    Heating the Wilds of the 49th State

    From wolves to oil boilers, tundra tradesman and inventor Dan Phinney serves a unique market. He owns Phinncraft, an unusual heating company.  As far as he knows, he’s the only heating professional serving the wilds of southwestern Alaska.  His commute typically involves a bush plane, …

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    Fire Water

    In the October 1947 issue of Popular Mechanics there was an iconic drawing of a bomb dropping. However, this particular cover was war related, but of a “Water Bomb for Forest Fires.”  The article talks about how warplanes were commissioned to fight on new front …

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    Bosch Experience Center worth the trip

    Bucolic. That is the word used by Jack DiEnna Jr., executive director, Geothermal National & International Initiative, to describe the Serenbe village, located 30 minutes outside of Atlanta. A vision by Steve Nygren and his wife Marie, this 1,000-acre sustainable community development features some of …

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    MH Spotlight: The young, skilled tradesperson: Tim Olson

    Tim Olson works for Blaylock Plumbing in Richfield, MN. Blaylock Plumbing Company has been in business since 1938 and to this day the business is run by second and third generations under the proud traditions of integrity and reliability.  If you ask the family-run business …

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    Watts celebrates opening of new lead-free foundry

    As we head into the Fourth of July week, we should be celebrating American — and North American — manufacturing. Mechanical Hub was fortunate enough to be at the Watts Water Technologies ribbon cutting ceremony in Franklin, N.H., June 21. Watts “cut the ribbon” on …

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  • Cables

    Up close with MCAA president Michael Cables

    Mechanical Hub recently caught up with MCAA president, Michael Cables. As the executive vice president at Kinetics, Fremont, Calif., Cables handles domestic preconstruction activities including estimating, labor relations, safety and quality assurance and control. He started in the industry as an apprentice in Tucson, Arizona. Back in 1984, …

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    New York’s™ Marine Company 9 Goes Solar

    Fire Department of New York Marine Company 9, one of three marine departments in NY, built a new firehouse barracks to provide a home pier for their new vessel.  At 140 feet long, The Firefighter II is the country’s biggest fireboat.   Like the new ship, …

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    Borrowing Barba: Taco loans out their ‘Mechanical Maharishi’ again

    Two years ago, Eric Aune of Mechanical-Hub & Aune Plumbing fame, was Taco’s inaugural “Borrow Barba” winner.  So before we share the latest with you about this year’s opportunity, we’ll look briefly at how things went back in ‘11 . . . and perhaps plant …

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    What’s™ fueling your tools? An in-depth look at battery technology with DeWALT

    Tools are a contractor’s best friend; they accompany contractors on every jobsite and they need to be counted on at any time. Durable, ergonomic, dependable are all great traits for your trusty tools to have. Lately, though, it comes down to the latest and greatest …

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