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The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) is seeking volunteers with a technical background in designing plumbing systems, specifically domestic water heating systems, to participate on Working Group 15 to develop a new American National Standard on system design methods used to regulate the temperature of water exiting a fixture or appliance in domestic water Read More

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) is seeking volunteers with a technical background in designing plumbing systems, specifically domestic water heating systems, to participate on Working Group 15 to develop a new American National Standard on system design methods used to regulate the temperature of water exiting a fixture or appliance in domestic water distribution systems. Ideal candidates would be plumbing system designers/engineers, piping system experts, code authorities, and others knowledgeable in plumbing system design techniques.

ASPE 15 is intended to reduce the potential for hot water scalds and related injuries, as well as reduce the risk of thermal shock due to pressure disturbances within the domestic water distribution system. It will fill a void that exists in current product standards by addressing the total system design from the point of entry, through the distribution system, and to the point of use.

The deadline to apply is May 10, 2019. Interested individuals are encouraged to fill out the application here: ASPE Standards Committee Application. For more information, please contact WG 15 Chair, Chris Haldiman, at Chris.Haldiman@wattswater.com or ASPE Sr. Director of Technical & Regulatory Affairs, Ramiro Mata, at rmata@aspe.org.

Talent management will continue to drive company’s growth in providing advanced mechanical solutions for institutional and government customers in the Washington, D.C. metro area Rockville, Md. — Shapiro & Duncan, the “Provider of Choice” for complex commercial, government and institutional design-build projects that require first-rate performance, work quality and customer service, today announced that a sharpened Read More

Talent management will continue to drive company’s growth in providing advanced mechanical solutions for institutional and government customers in the Washington, D.C. metro area

Rockville, Md. — Shapiro & Duncan, the “Provider of Choice” for complex commercial, government and institutional design-build projects that require first-rate performance, work quality and customer service, today announced that a sharpened focus on talent management will continue to drive its strategic direction in 2019.

“The dominant trend in today’s construction industry is workforce – whoever has the best talent wins,” said Jerry Shapiro, President of Shapiro & Duncan. “That’s why our number one strategic priority this year is continuing to be smart and selective in hiring, training, educating and retaining people who are proud to live by our core values.”

For Shapiro & Duncan, the success formula has been and always will be about people and their performance. In traditional markets and growth markets, on projects that require high-tech or low-tech tools, and through good economic times and tough times, the company’s watchwords remain constant: “Our People Perform.”

“Heading into 2019, we have the largest backlog of work in our history and the margins are coming back,” said Mark Drury, Vice President of business development. “Our strong track records in healthcare, university work and data centers give us a strong footing in the marketplace. We have been able to hire many good people in recent years who have strengthened project management, our service department and special projects.”

As a result, said Drury, “Across the board, we are poised for continued purposeful growth. Our goal in 2019 is to continue a planned sustainable growth.”

According to Drury, Shapiro & Duncan’s main strategic objective in 2019 will continue to be talent management. The 2019 initiatives center around:

  • Strategic hiring, ongoing training and education, and designing a more frequent and continuous employee evaluation process.
  • Continued focus on the front end of projects to maximize opportunities for project success.
  • Continued investing in intelligence enhanced by putting the best minds together in the project planning stages.
  • Making the most of key front-end tools including the company’s leading-edge tools and technologies; 51,000-square-foot fabrication shop located in Landover, Md.; and best practices such as lean construction techniques.

Metrics are a key element of any strategic business plan. Shapiro & Duncan’s measurement focus in 2019, Drury said, “will be on evaluation of social media and marketing campaigns to verify that new employees coming through the door identify these as main attractors.”

Apple Valley, Minn. — Uponor North America was recently honored with the Minnesota Real Estate Journal award in the Industrial/Manufacturing/Science category for the design and build-out of the company’s new PEX (crosslinked polyethylene) pipe manufacturing plant in Hutchinson, Minn. More than 225 projects were nominated from across the state with honorees selected by a panel Read More

Uponor wins Minnesota Real Estate Journal award for recently renovated Hutchinson facilityApple Valley, Minn. — Uponor North America was recently honored with the Minnesota Real Estate Journal award in the Industrial/Manufacturing/Science category for the design and build-out of the company’s new PEX (crosslinked polyethylene) pipe manufacturing plant in Hutchinson, Minn. More than 225 projects were nominated from across the state with honorees selected by a panel of judges.
Uponor opened the 237,000-square-foot facility in May 2018, six months ahead of schedule, and has already added more than 50 jobs in the community.
Uponor wins Minnesota Real Estate Journal award for recently renovated Hutchinson facility
“The Uponor team is world-class,” says Jeremy Baer, Principle of TEKTON Engineers, which worked on design of the Hutchinson project.
“Their process of creating a vision, developing the project, organizing the team, and executing the project all but ensures that their projects are worthy of emulation and adulation by the industrial community. We at TEKTON Engineers are proud to be trusted partners of the Uponor design process and pleased to see that Uponor is being recognized for its work.”
Uponor wins Minnesota Real Estate Journal award for recently renovated Hutchinson facility

Registrations are strong for the 4th Annual Women in Energy Conference from Sunday, May 19 to Monday, May 20 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. This event will coincide with the Eastern Energy Expo and feature an empowering two-day program filled with education and networking. This year’s Conference theme is “Connecting, Empowering, and Succeeding.” Read More

Registrations are strong for the 4th Annual Women in Energy Conference from Sunday, May 19 to Monday, May 20 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. This event will coincide with the Eastern Energy Expo and feature an empowering two-day program filled with education and networking.
This year’s Conference theme is “Connecting, Empowering, and Succeeding.” Attendees will make valuable industry connections and gain strategies to take their careers to the next level.
The program will begin on Sunday with a panel discussion with industry leaders about empowering the next generation. Later that evening, attendees with gather for networking, dinner, and a keynote presentation by Tracey Jones, President of Tremendous Leadership. A service Academy graduate and decorated military veteran with twelve years in the Air Force, another ten in corporate boardrooms-plus an MBA in Global Management-and 12 years as a small business owner, Tracey has built an impressive career and a background that can relate to any audience. A believer in the value of lifelong learning, Tracey is in the research phase of her PhD in leadership. Her research focuses on the intersection of crisis management, followership, and self-motivation. Her keynote will focus on SPARK: Igniting the Greatness Within. Special thank you to Pennsylvania Petroleum for sponsoring our keynote speaker!
On Monday morning, communications expert Ann Ward will give a seminar called Tough Conversations Made Easy. And in the afternoon, there will be a roundtable session about time-saving technology tools, a discussion about savvy investment strategies, and a session on best practices for running your business.
Check out our full conference schedule by clicking on the conference page. You will find a variety of registration options including just the dinner and keynote presentation.

Conference Boasts Industry Leading Presenters, Educational Seminars, Awards and More! This May, join retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers at the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) All-Industry Conference at the National Hardware Show® (NHS) as members from each segment of the channel discuss proactive measures to stay ahead and continue innovating. The NRHA All-Industry Conference is Read More

Conference Boasts Industry Leading Presenters, Educational Seminars, Awards and More!

This May, join retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers at the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) All-Industry Conference at the National Hardware Show® (NHS) as members from each segment of the channel discuss proactive measures to stay ahead and continue innovating. The NRHA All-Industry Conference is a series of educational seminars, networking opportunities and awards programs that will be held in conjunction with the National Hardware Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas from Tuesday, May 7th through Thursday, May 9th.  The Conference will take place in the NRHA Village, located in the lobby of the convention center outside of Central Hall.

“We are proud to once again offer attendees the benefits of two of the home improvement industry’s premiere gatherings in one place,” said Rich Russo, Industry Vice President for the National Hardware Show. “The NRHA All-Industry Conference lineup offers a compelling roster of leading industry presenters who will provide valuable insight into industrywide topics from omnichannel retailing and generational trends to e-commerce and the evolving consumer.”

“NRHA is proud to provide a number of resources, including education and training, to independent retailers all year long,” says Dan Tratensek, executive vice president with NRHA. “The NRHA All-Industry Conference is one more tool we provide, and allows independent retailers the opportunity to gather, network and learn from each other and from industry leaders. This year’s slate of speakers will present on a variety of relevant topics, giving attendees information they can take home to help them grow and improve their businesses.”

Sessions and Speakers
The home improvement industry is transforming. As supply chains become more complex, the demand for efficiency and speed is enhanced. Consumers want high-quality products more quickly, but they are willing to do more online research before making a purchase. In addition, as the interactions between retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers change, the line between in store and online blurs more. The NRHA All-Industry Conference is prepared to help independent retailers grow through this evolution with a variety of educational seminars presented by retailer, distributor and manufacturer representatives, as well as a representative from Google. Some key sessions and speakers that will take place during the conference include:

  • KEYNOTE: Unlocking True Value – Presenter: John Hartmann, President and CEO, True Value Co.
  • Facing Forward: How a Hardware Retailer Caught Facebook’s Eye – Presenters: Tasha Hilderman, Vice President of Human Resources & Marketing and Sarah Rurka, Vice President of Marketing, Home Hardware Building Centre-Lloydminster
  • Communicating with the Changing Consumer – Presenter: Jim Robisch, The Farnsworth Group
  • Making E-Commerce a Reality – Presenter: Matt Woods, President and CEO of Woods Hardware
  • Leaders Who Coach Win: Developing Inspired, Motivated Employees – Presenter: Mike Moore, co-author of “Build Trust” and a leadership, sales and peak performance coach
  • The Steps to Increase Your Digital Footprint – A panel discussion featuring representatives from three retailers and Google; moderated by Matt Dockrell, Director of Partnerships, Pointy
  • KEYNOTE: A Changing Approach to Retail – Presenter: Phillip Helms, regional vice president, Central Network Retail Group (CNRG)
  • Increasing the Productivity and Profitability of Your Retail Space – Presenter: Gary Petz, co-founder of the Discovery Retail Group

NRHA Awards
In addition to the educational seminars, the Conference also offers opportunities to recognize the best of the best in the industry through NRHA’s awards programs.

  • NRHA’s Top Guns Awards: Each year, NRHA honors some of the industry’s top performers. Find out how these retailers are innovating in their businesses, giving back to their communities and pushing the industry forward to continually rise to the top.
  • Retailers’ Choice Awards: This program honors products on the rise, giving attendees a glimpse at the latest items to enhance their inventories.

Networking
During the Conference, there is an opportunity at every turn to meet someone with a new perspective. Whether attending for new products, new connections or new ideas, the NRHA All-Industry Conference is a great place to meet people who are from the same industry but who work with another wholesaler or serve a different market. It is an invaluable part of attending the conference.

To learn more about the NRHA All-Industry Conference or to view a complete speaker schedule, visit nrha.org/events/nrha-all-industry-conference/.