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  • Jm Picx

    Waxing Axl Rose prophetic: Where do we go now? Where efficiency meets public health

    In late April, leaders from the plumbing industry gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Plumbing Industry Leaders Coalition (PILC). Every year the group gets together to chart progressive action for the industry: Legionella standards, skilled worker shortage, dry drains research, U.S. water strategy, etc. The …

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  • Cash In Hand

    5 Simple Ways to Increase Your Small Business Cash Flow

    Operating your business, paying the bills, bringing in new work and keeping employees happy are everyday labors of love for the small business owners. But admittedly all of these tasks are affected by cash on hand; sometimes there’s plenty of it, and other times…well, there’s …

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  • Korth2

    Solar PV — It works for everyone

    Each year, The Solar Foundation releases a solar job study. Each year, the amount of people working in the solar industry keeps getting more and more impressive.  The solar energy industry is the fastest growing industry in the United States, through jobs in the trades. …

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  • Hot Rod

    Tools Make the Man, and Woman!

    Bob ‘Hot Rod’ Rohr has been a plumbing and heating contractor for more than 35 years. He knows a little something about the tools of the trade. Here, Hot Rod takes a look at some unique tools that he has had success with in the …

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  • Allie Hard Hat

    Being a Woman in the Trades

    Any woman in the trades can attest, we’re usually the only female in the room. According the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Statistics, there are three female plumbers for every 100 male plumbers. Needless to say, the trades are a man’s world. However, in the …

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  • Rob DaltonSMALL

    Can your brand take advantage of changing conditions?

    I can imagine the ad headline; Cruise Wear, Now With VomitGuard! How many cruise lines will fall victim to more norovirus outbreaks before a clothing manufacturer introduces a line of tankinis imbedded with VomitGuard? Far-fetched? Maybe. But it raises the question, is your brand is …

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  • Markstein Photo

    Analyzing the numbers: Economic Nuggets

    Economic Nuggets is a monthly analysis from Bernie Markstein, US Chief Economist for Reed Construction Data. He is a Senior Business Economist with extensive experience analyzing, interpreting and forecasting macroeconomic and regional data. His primary experience in analysis and research in housing and financial markets. …

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  • Steve Smith E1398113969392

    Building a Unified Front

    New Geothermal Exchange Organization Board Chairman Steve Smith Talks about His Vision for the Industry—and GEO. At its meeting in Kansas City, MO, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) Board of Directors convened its biannual election of officers. The Board unanimously elected the following: ·         Steve …

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  • Eric Aune 1

    Excuses, excuses…

    What if you don’t train them and they stay? Roundtable discussions. Town hall meetings. Education tracts. Seminars. Panel presentations. Webinars. Online courses. There is no shortage of methods used to get information to contractors.  Whether it be a manufacturer, local rep, website or magazine presenting …

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  • Allie Hard Hat

    7 skills of a successful contractor

    There are a few certainties in the trades. Upon entering the trades, my peers instructed me on the three basic principles of trades work: poop flows downward, payday is on Friday and the boss is a jerk. The “boss” is typically the Master Licensed Contractor …

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