John Mesenbrink

Over the past few years—wink, wink COVID—the industry has seen a rise in purchasing activity between plumbing and HVAC companies and private equity firms and other outside influences—coming in and gobbling up already successful contracting shops with a message of making them better. Sure, it’s a smart exit strategy as well for those looking to Read more

Name: Lesley Joan McGlenen Title: Owner/Operator  Company: Pipe Wench Plumbing & Heating ltd. Location: Scotch Creek, British Columbia, Canada Specialty: Plumbing and Heating        When asked if she’d be on a scooter anytime soon, Lesley McGlenen (@thepipewench) says she’ll take a HARD PASS!  “My favorite smoothie is a spinach, protein (double protein) yogurt, frozen Read more

Viessmann and Carrier align; Uponor rebuffs Aliaxis. Are we seeing a renewed “trend” toward consolidation in the PHVAC industy? Inflation, fuel prices, war, supply chain, electrification, and economy woes are all factors for potential wholesale changes. Over the past month, there has been heavy movement in the industry to suggest such a thing. In a Read more

Last week, the Mechanical Hub Team was onsite to visit the Iowa Build My Future event, where 5,500 kids from across the state were bussed to experience the hands-on trade job fair. Here is a video that accurately describes the event. Read more

As far back as he can remember, Derek Zeolla, general manager and licensed plumber at Zeolla Plumbing & Heating Corp., was running plumbing jobs with his father in downtown Boston as early as seven years old. Derek’s dad was a Boston service plumber that ran a 1- to 2-man shop. “It’s not like this was Read more