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Local Trade Associations Give Back to our Veterans Valley View, Ohio — The 16th Annual Heat and Plumb the County service event will take place Saturday, September 14, to help nearly 50 veterans, senior and disabled residents who do not have the physical or financial means to pay for home repairs. A group of 100 Read more

Local Trade Associations Give Back to our Veterans

Valley View, Ohio — The 16th Annual Heat and Plumb the County service event will take place Saturday, September 14, to help nearly 50 veterans, senior and disabled residents who do not have the physical or financial means to pay for home repairs.

A group of 100 volunteer contractors from the Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association of Northeast Ohio (PHCC) and the Greater Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors Association (ACCA) traveled throughout Cuyahoga County to provide the free furnace tune-ups, water audits and plumbing repairs.  “Some of the things we look for are high CO detection, rolling flames, gas leaks, plumbing leaks and sewage problems,” said event co-organizer Jerry Johnson.

Each plumbing contractor partnered with a heating and cooling contractor to visit two homes during the day.  During each safety check, the contractors will make sure the furnace was running safely and that the home’s plumbing system was working efficiently.

In past years, technicians have founds and fixed problems that could have been life-threatening to the customer.  This year, all homes will receive a combination CO and smoke detector provided by Dollar Bank.

“A few years ago we found a home with a serious gas leak,” said event co-organizer Jim Haberek. “We had to evacuate the house, but thankfully no one was hurt.”

All residents are pre-screened by the Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission, Cuyahoga County Senior and Adult Services, Cuyahoga County Department of Development and the Cleveland Department of Aging.  Residents in need have to meet certain criteria, including being the owner of the home and having financial income of no more than 175 percent above the poverty level.

“Our technicians are proud to be here and to make a difference in the community,” said Haberek.  “They’ve donated their Saturday to make sure residents are safe.”

The event’s materials, supplies and additional funding were donated by local plumbing and HVAC supply companies.  According to the event organizers, they are always looking for more contractors to volunteer their time to meet the growing demand for the program.

The ACCA of Greater Cleveland first hosted Heat and Plumb the County in 2004, and the PHCC joined the event in 2008.  Heat and Plumb the County events take place nationwide.  The program was started by the ACCA in Texas and has since spread across the U.S.

The PHCC and ACCA of Ohio are membership organizations of active plumbing, heating and cooling contractors committed to the continuous improvement of the industry and society’s quality of life through ongoing education, training and political action.

Arlington, Va. — The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), today announced scholarship awards totaling $62,000 to 36 students, including five military veterans, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry Read more

Arlington, Va. — The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), today announced scholarship awards totaling $62,000 to 36 students, including five military veterans, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.

“We are pleased to award scholarships to these qualified and dedicated students and veterans, and we look forward to welcoming them into the industry,” said AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek. “Each year, the Foundation provides aid to these aspiring technicians, helping to promote careers in the industry and fill good-paying jobs that cannot be outsourced.”

“Supporting workforce development and employee retention programs are ACCA’s highest priorities and we’re pleased to work with the Rees Scholarship Foundation and AHRI to help contractors recruit and retain skilled workers,” said ACCA President and CEO Barton James. “These scholarship awards also support ACCA’s work with President Trump and his pledge to America’s workers, which is focused on providing educational opportunities to develop a strong workforce. Congratulations to these very deserving young men and women, we look forward to you advancing in our industry and becoming tomorrow’s leaders.”

HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program Recipients: 
Adam Tarnowski, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
Aiden Chestnut, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
Anthony Mahar, Vista College, Fort Smith, AR
Austin Reynolds, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
Bart Clement, Bevill State Community College, Jasper, AL
Charles Sweet, Front Range Community College, Fort Collins, CO
Christopher Biringer, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Christopher Joseph, Milliken, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
Colby Buntin, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis, MN
Collin Engler, Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College, Bowling Green, KY
Emily Gavrilenko, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
Henry Grills, Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, Harlan, KY
Jamie Lee, Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, IA
Jonnell Bailey, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Clarkston, GA
Jorge Kanlilar, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Joshua Yadon, Moore Norman Technology Center, Norman, OK
Joshua Kelsey, Monroe Community College – Applied Technologies Center, Rochester, NY
Justin Vazquez, Johnston Community College, Smithfield, NC
Lisa Gragg, Front Range Community College, Fort Collins, CO
Luke Brambley, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
Matthew Mase, Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham, WA
Maurice Sears, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Meghan Bence, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Okmulgee, OK
Peter Bennett, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
Philip Blaylock, Bevill State Community College, Jasper, AL
Rickey Gunby Jr., Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Clarkston, GA
Robert Gardner, Sheridan Technical College, Hollywood, FL
Ruben Carreon, Tyler Junior College, Tyler, TX
Sean Fitzpatrick, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Tyler Fabish, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL
Tyler Andersen, Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, IA
Veterans Program Recipients: 
Alejandro Lopez, San Joaquin Valley College, Temecula, CA
Eric Larson, InterCoast College, Fairfield, CA
Rene Avendano, South Texas College, McAllen, TX
Steven Layer, Fortis College, Centerville, OH
Tommy Juarez, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Since the Rees Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2003, it has awarded more than $850,000 in scholarships to more than 500 deserving students and instructors. For a list of past scholarship recipients, click here.

• $59,000 in WITT scholarships awarded to-date • WITT Scholarship Program continues to advance education and career opportunities for women in the service trades across North America WACO, Texas — Neighborly, the world’s largest franchisor of home service brands, has announced the Fall 2019 semester recipients of the company’s Women in the Trades (“WITT”) Scholarship Read more

• $59,000 in WITT scholarships awarded to-date

• WITT Scholarship Program continues to advance education and career opportunities for women in the service trades across North America

WACO, Texas — Neighborly, the world’s largest franchisor of home service brands, has announced the Fall 2019 semester recipients of the company’s Women in the Trades (“WITT”) Scholarship. These latest recipients were each awarded with a $1,500 scholarship that will go toward the pursuit of a degree from an accredited technical or trade school for future service professionals.

Launched in 2012 by Neighborly Brand Ambassador Dina Dwyer-Owens, Neighborly’s WITT scholarship program has awarded more than $59,000 in collective scholarship funds to a total of 48 female recipients to-date.

“Every semester, I am amazed by the passion these applicants have for pursuing careers in their chosen service trades, and the scholarship recipients for the fall 2019 semester were especially noteworthy in this regard,“ said Dwyer-Owens, who also sits on the Neighborly Board. “Year after year, our scholarship recipients go on to grow into expert leaders in their respective fields, and I look forward to seeing how this semester’s three recipients apply their scholarships toward their own undoubtedly bright futures.”

Fall 2019 recipients include: Eshe Vicario-Robinson, Kitchener, Ontario, pursuing a career in plumbing; Robin Kendziorski, Hazel Park, Michigan, pursuing a career in HVACR technology; and Alyssa Bruer, Wantage, New Jersey, pursuing a career in horticulture.

The WITT scholarship is designed to provide financial support to further the technical education of women 18 and older through funding that covers tuition, books and/or related fees. Funds can be applied to an accredited trade or technical institution or certification program in the United States or Canada for specialties including: HVAC, plumbing, electrical repair, glass repair and replacement, appliance repair, fire and flood restoration, painting, landscaping, residential cleaning or handyman services.

Candidates are evaluated based upon financial need, previous work experience and their passion for their chosen industry.

For more information or to apply for a WITT scholarship, visit: https://www.neighborlybrands.com/about-us/women-in-the-trades/

The all-expenses-paid 3-day trip involved a variety of VIP professional and networking experiences, including the opportunity to build their own iconic RIDGID custom pipe wrench, a featured spot in a RIDGID photoshoot, a premium fishing excursion on Lake Erie and more. Winners also received a behind-the-scenes tour of the RIDGID plant, getting a sneak peek Read more

The all-expenses-paid 3-day trip involved a variety of VIP professional and networking experiences, including the opportunity to build their own iconic RIDGID custom pipe wrench, a featured spot in a RIDGID photoshoot, a premium fishing excursion on Lake Erie and more.

Winners also received a behind-the-scenes tour of the RIDGID plant, getting a sneak peek at the latest RIDGID innovations that have yet to hit the market and providing insight for future product developments. “You think plumbing, you think RIDGID,” said John Thompson, contest winner and owner of Thompson Family Plumbing in Hesperia, California. “It’s iconic. We’re proud and honored to be here and see how this company operates and develops tools for tradesmen and women.”

“Having these hardworking professionals come into our facilities and hearing them talk with the men and women who make the products they use is inspiring for all of us,” said Becky Brotherton, manager, marketing communications, RIDGID. “Getting to spend a few days celebrating the passion of the RIDGID Experience winners is something we look forward to every year.”

Details on the next RIDGID Experience Contest will be announced in early 2020. Visit the RIDGID Facebook page for details. Emerson’s professional tools business, which includes RIDGID as well as the Greenlee and Klauke brands, provides the industry’s broadest portfolio of advanced, reliable tools and technologies for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing trades globally. Visit emerson.com/professionaltools for more information.

Watts has announced the next installment in a series of webinars for their engineer, architect, designer, and facility manager customers:  Smarter, Safer Hot Water, to be broadcast live on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. This latest webinar will focus on how digital mixing valves enable engineers, designers, and facility managers to directly measure, monitor, and deliver Read more

Watts has announced the next installment in a series of webinars for their engineer, architect, designer, and facility manager customers:  Smarter, Safer Hot Water, to be broadcast live on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

This latest webinar will focus on how digital mixing valves enable engineers, designers, and facility managers to directly measure, monitor, and deliver safer hot water through domestic water systems.

Key points to be covered include an overview of how digital mixing valves:

  • Efficiently deliver mixed water throughout a hot water recirculation loop while allowing remote monitoring and control of water temperatures,
  • Minimize the risk of waterborne bacteria in high-performance commercial and institutional facilities, and
  • Provide precise control needed to deliver high water temperatures that mitigate the risk of the deadly Legionella bacteria (the cause of Legionnaires’ disease) while avoiding the risk of scalding and thermal shock injuries.

By attending the entire webinar, attendees can receive 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE).

To register for this webinar, please visit this page.