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Elkhart, Ind. — NIBCO INC. has announced the purchase of a 173,000-square-foot building in Buena Vista, Va. The facility, which is approximately 30 miles from the NIBCO INC. Stuarts Draft, Va., wrot copper manufacturing facility, will become the company’s main distribution center in Virginia. NIBCO will relocate its current distribution center from Stuarts Draft to Read More

Elkhart, Ind. — NIBCO INC. has announced the purchase of a 173,000-square-foot building in Buena Vista, Va. The facility, which is approximately 30 miles from the NIBCO INC. Stuarts Draft, Va., wrot copper manufacturing facility, will become the company’s main distribution center in Virginia. NIBCO will relocate its current distribution center from Stuarts Draft to the new building.

“We are investing in future growth and expansion,” said NIBCO President and CEO Steven Malm. “This facility allows us to increase our capacity for new products while it enables us to maintain the consistently high service levels that our customers expect for all products.”

This warehouse and distribution facility will be responsible for shipments of all NIBCO metal fittings. The company expects the facility to be fully operational during the first quarter of 2019.

Alachua, Fla. — NCCER released the following updated curricula: Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Levels 1 – 4; Mechanical Insulating Levels 2 and 3; Mobile Crane Operations Levels 1 – 3; Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Rigger; Signal Person; and Safety Technology. In addition to keeping content current, all include lesson plans and dynamic PowerPoints Read More

Alachua, Fla. — NCCER released the following updated curricula: Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Levels 1 – 4; Mechanical Insulating Levels 2 and 3; Mobile Crane Operations Levels 1 – 3; Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Rigger; Signal Person; and Safety Technology. In addition to keeping content current, all include lesson plans and dynamic PowerPoints.

HVAC features many new technology advancements, such as communicating thermostats, dual-fuel heat pumps and microchannel coils, as well as technology for the technician, incorporating the use of tablets, digital work orders and invoicing, and smart phone apps. NCCER is a North American Technician Excellence (NATE) recognized training provider and the HVAC curriculum has been updated to the new Section 608 of the Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air Act.

Now in color, Mechanical Insulating has been reorganized to communicate fundamental information earlier in the curriculum. New modules include “Vapor Retarders and Insulation Coatings” (19211), “Jacketing Systems” (19313), “Removable and Reusable Flexible Insulation Covers” (19314) and the rewritten “Trade Math and Layout” (19212).

Both the Mobile Crane Operations and Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Rigger curricula have been brought up to current Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ standards for lifting and rigging. These curricula also deliver additional study questions in the “Load Charts” module (21301).

Significant changes to Signal Person comprise of expanded information on lifts requiring more than one signal person and multi-crane lifts while new content features emergency procedures for working around cranes. Signal Person has been updated to current OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1419 and 29 CFR 1926.1421 regulations for hand and verbal signals.

Safety Technology is a recognized exam study source for the Board of Certified Safety Professionals’ construction-related certifications. This curriculum now provides topics such as weather emergencies and natural disasters, OSHA’s silica rule, multi-employer worksite polices and many more.

A team of subject matter experts representing industry and academia contribute to the development of training curricula to ensure they meet or exceed industry standards. The authoring committee responsible for making these changes included 45 subject matter experts with representatives from the following:

HVAC — Builders Association of North Central Florida; Career Safety Center; Center for Employment Training; Duke Energy; Fort Scott Community College; Hubbard Construction; Industrial Management and Training Institute; Lee Company; Lincoln Tech; Santa Fe College; and Windham School District.

Mechanical Insulating — BRACE Industrial Group; Brock; Industrial Construction & Engineering; Insulation Specialties, Inc.; L&C Insulation; National Insulation Association; Petrin, LLC; and Southern Tier Insulations.

Mobile Crane Operations, Rigger and Signal Person — Associated Builders and Contractors Pelican Chapter; Bay Ltd.; Bo-Mac Contractors Ltd.; Cowboyscranes.com; Exelon Generation; Jacobs Field Services; KBR; Kelley Construction; Mammoet USA; North American Crane Bureau; Orion Marine Group; and Southland Safety.

Additional Rigger — Bechtel; and Fluor.

Safety Technology — Alaska Training Center; Associated Builders and Contractors National; Carolina Bridge Company; The Haskell Company; LPR Construction; MasTec; Northern Industrial Training, LLC; Safety Advantage; Safety Council of Texas City; Southland Safety; STARCON; TIC – The Industrial Company; and Tri-City Electrical Contractors, Inc.

NCCER develops and distributes its curricula in partnership with leading textbook publisher Pearson and ensures that it complies with the Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship requirements for time-based training. Individuals who successfully complete these training programs through an NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor will earn industry-recognized credentials through the NCCER Registry System. To learn more about NCCER curricula and purchasing options, visit www.nccer.org/curricula.

The new, Watts Mobile App, designed for contractors and facility managers, works in tandem with QR codes recently added to Watts products for easy access to product details. The app allows product registration (with installation notes and pictures) and asset management, including history of service notes and reminders for future service or inspections. The Watts Read More

The new, Watts Mobile App, designed for contractors and facility managers, works in tandem with QR codes recently added to Watts products for easy access to product details. The app allows product registration (with installation notes and pictures) and asset management, including history of service notes and reminders for future service or inspections.

The Watts Mobile App offers access to all of the following:

  • Watts product catalog with support documentation, product details, and video content
  • Product installation, registration, and asset management capabilities
  • Watts local sales representatives or wholesale distributor contact information

Users can register Watts devices that are shipped with existing QR codes on them or any other installed device (including those from other brands) by using preprinted QR codes with unique identifiers that can be obtained through Watts’ sales rep network.

The Watts Mobile App is compatible with iOS 10.3 or later as well as Android Marshmallow or later, and can be downloaded in the App Store and on Google Play.

For more information and the overview video, visit https://qr.watts.com/

 

Calabasas, Calif.— An Illinois high school skilled trades teacher is among the 52 teachers and teacher teams from across the country who were named today as semifinalists for the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools 2018 Prize for Teaching Excellence and are in the running for a share of $1 million in cash prizes. Matt Erbach Read More

Calabasas, Calif.— An Illinois high school skilled trades teacher is among the 52 teachers and teacher teams from across the country who were named today as semifinalists for the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools 2018 Prize for Teaching Excellence and are in the running for a share of $1 million in cash prizes.

Matt Erbach, a precision manufacturing teacher at Streamwood High School in Streamwood, was chosen from among a field of more than 500 skilled trades teachers who applied for the prize. The semifinalists—some competing as individuals and some as teacher teams—hail from 27 states and specialize in trades ranging from construction and carpentry to automotive repair, welding, advanced manufacturing and agriculture mechanics.

Through two more rounds of judging, the field of 52 semi-finalists will be narrowed to 18 first- and second-place winners, who will split $1 million in total cash awards. The three first-place winners will each receive $100,000, with $70,000 going to their public high school skilled trades program and $30,000 to the individual skilled trades teacher or teacher team behind the winning program. The 15 second-place winners will each be awarded $50,000, with $35,000 going to their public high school program and $15,000 to the teacher or team. Semi-finalists whose school, district or state policy prohibits receipt of the individual portion of prize earnings were eligible to apply on behalf of their school’s skilled trades program. The first- and second-place winners are expected to be announced on Nov. 15.

“These semifinalists represent amazing depth and breadth in high school skilled trades education, and they exhibit incredible enthusiasm for teaching students to work with their hands, to love learning and be prepared for the future,” said Danny Corwin, executive director of Harbor Freight Tools for Schools. “We are thrilled to recognize their exceptional teaching and to raise the profile of their excellent work through these awards.”

Erbach has taught precision manufacturing at Streamwood High School for the past 12 years after working for five years in the manufacturing, carpentry, and commercial construction trades. As a National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and a Project Lead the Way certified instructor, Erbach provides his students with ample machine time in one of the largest high school precision manufacturing labs in the country. He incorporates other academic subjects into his curricula and brings the real world into the classroom, from designing custom fidget spinners to having mock interviews with the Precision Manufacturing Advisory Board. Erbach was also a semifinalist for the 2017 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence.

The full list of the 52 semifinalists is posted here.

For the second round application for the prize, semifinalists will respond to a series of online expert-led video learning modules designed to solicit their insights and creative ideas about their teaching practices and how to inspire their students to achieve excellence in the skilled trades.

Each round of winners is selected by separate panels of judges independent of Harbor Freight Tools for Schools.

This is the second year of the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, which was started by Harbor Freight Tools Founder Eric Smidt to recognize outstanding instruction in the skilled trades in American public high schools.

“Skilled trades teachers are unsung heroes,” Smidt said. “They teach our students skills that help them in life and in careers. We respect and value the men and women who work with their hands to design, build and repair homes, schools, hospitals and businesses in our towns and cities, as well as our cars, trucks and tractors. These skilled and creative workers keep our communities thriving. At the same time, there are now hundreds of thousands of great skilled trades job openings, and that number is expected to grow. We want to elevate the dignity and importance of this work by recognizing exceptional skilled trades teachers from our country’s public schools who open the door to learning and opportunity.”

Lennox Industries, a leading provider of innovative home comfort solutions, today launched Feel The Love in partnership with its dealers, a North American community outreach initiative focused on providing home comfort to families in need. The Lennox Feel The Love program invites individuals and local organizations in participating areas to nominate families or individuals in Read More

Lennox Industries, a leading provider of innovative home comfort solutions, today launched Feel The Love in partnership with its dealers, a North American community outreach initiative focused on providing home comfort to families in need.

The Lennox Feel The Love program invites individuals and local organizations in participating areas to nominate families or individuals in their communities to receive heating equipment at no cost, including installation. Recipients are chosen based on a variety of criteria, including physical, mental, or social disabilities; financial challenges; job loss; military service; and community service. Nominations are accepted through the Feel The Love website now through September 5.

On Saturday, October 6, all participating Lennox dealers will install new, high-efficiency Lennox gas furnaces for the selected candidates at no cost, and the dealers and their employees donate their labor and installation materials.

“Feel The Love is all about creating connections with the communities in which Lennox and its dealers live and work, to lend a helping hand by bringing comfort to deserving families,” said

Stephanie Bond, retail marketing director at Lennox Industries. “We’re proud of the incredible partnerships between Lennox and its dealers, as well as community organizations throughout North America, and we’re excited to continue to grow the program to serve even more individuals and families in need in the years to come.”

Feel The Love began as the Heat U.P. program, launched in 2009 as a pilot community initiative in four markets across the U.S., including Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. In 2018, the program will expand to communities across twenty states and five provinces in Canada, with the goal to continue to expand efforts to even more communities throughout North America.

For more information about the Feel The Love program, visit www.FeelTheLove.com/history.