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Lebanon, Tenn. — Lochinvar recently hosted 16 of its top VIP Contractors and their guests for its annual four-day Nashville Experience. The visiting VIPs were treated to an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2018 CMA Fest, as well as a chance to check out Lochinvar’s world headquarters and meet with the Lochinvar business team. Winners and their Read More

Lebanon, Tenn. — Lochinvar recently hosted 16 of its top VIP Contractors and their guests for its annual four-day Nashville Experience. The visiting VIPs were treated to an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2018 CMA Fest, as well as a chance to check out Lochinvar’s world headquarters and meet with the Lochinvar business team.

Winners and their guests stayed at Nashville’s Hilton Garden Inn, a short walk from Nissan Stadium and the riverfront festival grounds. This year’s CMA lineup included country’s biggest stars such as Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood and Charley Pride as well as acts appearing for the first time such as Kane Brown, Old Dominion and Carly Pearce. Several VIPs got photos of some of the performing artists.

During the group’s visit to Lochinvar’s headquarters in nearby Lebanon, they toured the manufacturing facility and sat down with Lochinvar leaders for round-table discussions where they learned about the company’s latest product releases and upcoming innovations while sharing their own experience, insight and feedback from the field.

“Meeting the VIP Contractors who install and work with our products every day gives us a chance to connect with them on a different, more personal level,” said Amanda McAfee, marketing representative. “After watching them interact with the VIP Contractor Program all year, it’s an honor to welcome them to our hometown and headquarters and hear their opinions, and then watch them enjoy their well-deserved reward.”

The following VIP Contractors traveled to Nashville for the festivities along with their guests:
•    William Fahrner of Midwest Comfort Solutions in Joliet, Ill.;
•    Billie Klegraefe of Superior Plumbing in Westwood, Mass.;
•    Paul Powers, Jr. of Ideal Temp HVAC in Freemont, N.H.;
•    Michael Valletta, Jr. of Valletta Mechanical in Quincy, Mass.;
•    Clinton Derner of Derner Enterprises in Wasilla, Alaska;
•    Jeffrey Beane of Breen & Sullivan Mechanical Services in Danvers, Mass.;
•    Gino Langlois of Chauffage M.D. 2007, Inc. in Trois- Rivières, Quebec;
•    Glenn Lambert of LE Maintenance in Whitman, Mass.;
•    Jamey Leonardi of Mile High Plumbing in Durango, C.O.;
•    Stephane Nadeau of Plombexel in St-Hyacinthe, Quebec;
•    David Bryer of Thomas J. Kennedy Plumbing and HVAC in Raynham, Mass.;
•    Eric Shaw of Eric C. Shaw Mechanical in Tewksbury, Mass.;
•    Robert Dufresne of Empire Heating in Rutherglen, Ontario;
•    Todd Smith of Preferred Plumbing in Kenai, Alaska;
•    Joffrey Gregoire of AG Equipement et Comfort, Inc. in Saint-Lazare, Quebec;
•    Thomas Schrott of The Janes Company in Mukilteo, W.A.

Minneapolis—The New Flat Rate, a leading provider of menu pricing for residential home service companies, is coming to Minneapolis for its new business seminar, The Future of Flat Rate Pricing, which will take place at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott on June 26. The free, full-day event offers business owners the tools to accurately calculate their Read More

Minneapolis—The New Flat Rate, a leading provider of menu pricing for residential home service companies, is coming to Minneapolis for its new business seminar, The Future of Flat Rate Pricing, which will take place at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott on June 26.

The free, full-day event offers business owners the tools to accurately calculate their billable hour and implement strategies to improve profits.

“This seminar will teach attendees how to harness pricing, which is advantageous to both the company and its customers,” said Rodney Koop, founder and CEO of The New Flat Rate. “At first blush, this seems like a simple thing, but HVAC, plumbing and electrical contractors are often at the mercy of inconsistent pricing that reduces profitability and trust. If they take the guesswork out of service pricing, they have the ability to increase sales exponentially and empower customers with choices.”

This is the second of four conferences this year. The March event in Atlanta drew business owners from 7 states.

The Future of Flat Rate Pricing seminars include the following topics:

  • An in-depth look at the billable hour and how to make sure your pricing structure is right
  • How showing a menu of options to customers lowers customer resistance and improves opportunities for upselling
  • Ways to help contractors and techs be successful at sales without forcing them to become a typical salesperson
  • How techs can be techs—yet have the tools to increase sales and make your business incredible profits.

“If you give techs the tools to be successful at sales, selling becomes easier,” Koop said. “If selling becomes easier, business owners make more money and techs are happy.”

The Future of Flat Rate Pricing seminars are free of charge and include breakfast, lunch, and a post-event reception that incorporates a question and answer session with event speakers. Attendees will hear from industry experts like TNFR founder and CEO Rodney Koop; TNFR vice president of training and implementation, Matt Koop; TNFR process development and advanced sales trainer, Leo Morales; and TNFR pricing expert and fulfillment manager, Jessica Cox.

There are two more events scheduled for 2018. One takes place in Dallas, Texas on Sept. 18 and the final seminar will be in Phoenix, Arizona on Dec. 4.

To register for The Future of Flat Rate Pricing seminars, call 706-259-8892 or visit http://www.futureofflatrate.com.

Washington, D.C. –The International Code Council (ICC) applauded the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s June 13 passage of S.3041, disaster recovery reform legislation. Modeled off the House-passed Disaster Recovery Reform Act, the legislation makes new resources available, both pre- and post-disaster, to support the adoption and implementation of current model codes. Studies confirm that Read More

Washington, D.C. –The International Code Council (ICC) applauded the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s June 13 passage of S.3041, disaster recovery reform legislation. Modeled off the House-passed Disaster Recovery Reform Act, the legislation makes new resources available, both pre- and post-disaster, to support the adoption and implementation of current model codes.

Studies confirm that the adoption and implementation of current model building codes is one of the nation’s best defenses against hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, flooding and other natural disasters.  An Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety study following Hurricane Charley found that post-Hurricane Andrew code improvements and code enforcement in Florida (the Florida Building Codes are based on the ICC Family of Codes) reduced the frequency of property damage by 60% and the severity of damage by 42%. A Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) analysis from 2014 estimated approximately $500 million in annualized loss avoided in eight southeastern states due to do the adoption of modern building codes. Building codes save lives, protect our homes and businesses and ensure that during a disaster our communities continue to function by minimizing interruptions and damage to property.

The Code Council is working closely with members of Congress and their staff to highlight the importance of pre-disaster mitigation and adoption of the latest building codes. The Code Council recently helped lead a coalition of state/local government, construction industry, and emergency management stakeholders in promoting adoption and implementation of modern codes in disaster recovery reform legislation, as one of the most reliable means to enhance community resiliency.

“Following a devastating hurricane season and tragic wildfires last year, and with the current hurricane season now upon us, investing in critical, cost-effective, disaster mitigation measures like modern code adoption and effective implementation is more important now than ever,” said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “I thank Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Johnson and Ranking Member McCaskill for their leadership on this critical issue and look forward to continuing our work to advance disaster recovery reform legislation through Congress.”

The International Codes (I-Codes), including the International Building Code, International Residential Code, International Plumbing Code and International Mechanical Code, are the most widely used and adopted set of building codes in the U.S. and around the world. Developed through a consensus-based process, the I-Codes incorporate the latest technology and provide the safest, most resilient structures for our families and communities.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to administer an $18.5 million offshore wind research and development (R&D) consortium. The consortium is a cooperative innovation hub that will bring together industry, academia, government and other stakeholders to advance offshore wind Read More

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to administer an $18.5 million offshore wind research and development (R&D) consortium. The consortium is a cooperative innovation hub that will bring together industry, academia, government and other stakeholders to advance offshore wind plant technologies, develop innovative methods for wind resource and site characterization, and develop advanced technology solutions for installation, operation, maintenance, and supply chain. The overall goal of the consortium created by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind in the U.S.

“There is enormous potential for offshore wind in the United States,” said Timothy Unruh, EERE’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power. “Through this consortium, DOE seeks to support fundamental research to accelerate the development of affordable offshore wind technologies.”

With only one commercial offshore wind plant operating in the United States, further research is needed to address U.S.-specific conditions. This research will focus on conditions such as 1) deep water, where floating foundations are required, 2) areas where the seabed conditions are not well understood, 3) the impact of hurricanes on the East Coast, and 4) challenging environments for installation and operations at sea. All of these challenges will benefit from industry-wide collaboration to reduce costs and maximize U.S. economic benefits.

NYSERDA will administer and coordinate the collaborative R&D activities of the consortium, which will include offshore wind industry members that will use the research findings to further advance technologies that can reduce the cost of offshore wind in the U.S. market. DOE is also providing an additional $2 million to DOE’s national laboratories to support consortium R&D activities.

Kansas City, Mo. – HomeServiceChats, a leading professional web chat provider for home service businesses, has announced an integration with Facebook and Google Messenger, allowing timelier communication between HomeServiceChats’ clients and their customers. “Customers are continuing to engage with home service companies via Facebook and Google at an increasing rate,” said Trevor Flannigan, COO for HomeServiceChats Read More

Kansas City, Mo. – HomeServiceChats, a leading professional web chat provider for home service businesses, has announced an integration with Facebook and Google Messenger, allowing timelier communication between HomeServiceChats’ clients and their customers.

“Customers are continuing to engage with home service companies via Facebook and Google at an increasing rate,” said Trevor Flannigan, COO for HomeServiceChats. “The importance of timely responses on these services is increasingly critical for new business, with Facebook even rating businesses on their response time and offering badges to top performers. The integration will bolster our clients’ abilities to field incoming service requests from customers, respond to valuable customer feedback and process employment inquires that come through Facebook and Google’s messenger services.”

When a message is sent to a home service company’s Facebook or Google account, it is immediately connected to the same HomeServiceChats team that already handles their live website chat.

“We already provide 24-hour, live website chat services, so integrating with our clients’ Facebook and Google messaging was a logical and inevitable evolution for us,” Flannigan said. “We look forward to helping our clients better engage with their customers and future employees, and we are excited to see the difference it makes in boosting their bottom line.”