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Mechanical Hub sponsors apprentice plumber Joe Pilachowski at PHCC CONNECT

Mechanical hub is proud to support and sponsor another apprentice in the annual PHCC CONNECT national plumbing apprenticeship contest in Milwaukee, Wis. Just weeks away from testing for his Journeyman’s license, apprentice plumber Joe Pilachowski has worked four years at Midwestern Mechanical, Inc., Sioux Falls, S.D., a commercial plumbing and heating, fire protection, HVAC and … Continue reading Mechanical Hub sponsors apprentice plumber Joe Pilachowski at PHCC CONNECT

Disruptive? Milwaukee Tool Crushes Plumbing Innovation

The leadership team at Milwaukee Tool continues to push the “disruptive innovation” ideology—an idea that a product takes root initially in simple applications at the bottom of a market and then relentlessly moves up market, eventually displacing established competitors to a new level—when talking about new tools. As a company that professes itself as a … Continue reading Disruptive? Milwaukee Tool Crushes Plumbing Innovation

Going bolder: Up close with Kohler’s president & CEO, David Kohler

Mechanical Hub had the chance recently to speak with David Kohler, president and CEO, Kohler, about the company’s sustainability and marketing missions, and its positioning in a growing global market. “The Bold Look of Kohler” has been highly regarded as a turning point in Kohler’s marketing, and, I believe, overall company success. Can you talk … Continue reading Going bolder: Up close with Kohler’s president & CEO, David Kohler

Growing Design & Construction Week good for the industry

If the Design & Construction Week at KBIS/IBS Show in Orlando is any indication of the health of the kitchen & bath and construction industries, then 2017 will be a prosperous year. In fact, solid employment gains and rising household formations, single-family production will continue on a gradual, upward trajectory in 2017, according to economists … Continue reading Growing Design & Construction Week good for the industry

Fifth biennial IETS: smart plumbing design; mitigate risk; save some money along the way

The room was filled with some of the brightest people in the plumbing industry, as more than 120 industry experts, water utility and academia participants attended the fifth International Emerging Technology Symposium (IETS) last month in Rosemont, Ill. “We were thrilled with the high quality of presentations, and the experience and expertise that were brought … Continue reading Fifth biennial IETS: smart plumbing design; mitigate risk; save some money along the way

Wrap your head around this — 3D-printed faucets

The first few months of the year—every year—feature a gauntlet of industry trade shows where visitors can see the latest and greatest in technology and manufacturer products. Some of the products displayed aren’t necessarily new—variations of this, variations of that. But these trade shows—specifically the AHR Show, which highlights the HVAC and refrigeration, and the … Continue reading Wrap your head around this — 3D-printed faucets

On Location: Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers — the world’s greenest hotel

Smoke ’em if you got ’em. Or something to that effect. The new Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers, one of the greenest hotels in the world, sits on a natural aquifer in which the hotel “mines” for a sustainable passive HVAC system, a similar methodology to geothermal here in the States. “In order for energy consumption … Continue reading On Location: Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers — the world’s greenest hotel

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 plumbing industry think tank gathers every year to seek collaboration … Continue reading Waxing Axl Rose prophetic: Where do we go now? Where efficiency meets public health

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