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Bradford White Corporation, an industry-leading American manufacturer of water heaters, boilers and storage tanks, is providing critical support for the fight against hunger this holiday season with a $30,000 contribution to Philabundance. The donation, part of Bradford White’s 30th anniversary celebration, will help Philabundance’s year-end food distribution program which provides holiday food items to individuals and families Read more

Bradford White Corporation, an industry-leading American manufacturer of water heaters, boilers and storage tanks, is providing critical support for the fight against hunger this holiday season with a $30,000 contribution to Philabundance.

The donation, part of Bradford White’s 30th anniversary celebration, will help Philabundance’s year-end food distribution program which provides holiday food items to individuals and families struggling with food insecurity in the Greater Philadelphia area, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania. Bradford White team members are also participating in Philabundance’s virtual food drive Nov. 16-Dec. 2.

“Bradford White is committed to helping build stronger communities and ensuring our neighbors have the opportunity to experience a happy holiday season,” said Rebecca Owens, senior manager, communications, at Bradford White. “We’re proud to work with Philabundance to serve families in need and demonstrate our ongoing support for the communities where we live and work.”

Philabundance was founded in 1984 with the simple belief that no one should go hungry while healthy food goes to waste. Philabundance’s mission is to drive hunger from our communities today and to end hunger for good.

For more information about Philabundance, visit https://www.philabundance.org/.

For more information about Bradford White Corporation, visit https://www.bradfordwhitecorporation.com.

The program earns scouts a Business Jumpstart or Business Creator badge while educating girls about careers in STEM Oatey Co., a leading manufacturer in the plumbing industry since 1916, recently hosted a career education workshop for Connecticut Girl Scouts at its Farmington, Conn., location, welcoming nearly 30 Girl Scouts to learn about careers in manufacturing Read more

The program earns scouts a Business Jumpstart or Business Creator badge while educating girls about careers in STEM

Oatey Co., a leading manufacturer in the plumbing industry since 1916, recently hosted a career education workshop for Connecticut Girl Scouts at its Farmington, Conn., location, welcoming nearly 30 Girl Scouts to learn about careers in manufacturing and STEM.

The program was organized by Oatey’s Women’s Resource Network, an associate resource group dedicated to the professional, personal and leadership development of women. Oatey developed the event as part of the Girl Scouts’ BADGE BOSS program, which connects local professionals with Girl Scouts to share their expertise, advice and passion, while enabling the scouts to earn a relevant Girl Scout badge. After piloting a similar event at the Oatey University facility in Cleveland last year, members of the Women’s Resource Network in Farmington took the lead on a program in their own community.

Attendees at Oatey’s workshop, which took place on November 9, gained hands-on exposure to careers across manufacturing, while also exploring their own interests and passions. Key components of the two-hour workshop included:

  • A panel discussion in which Oatey associates explained their roles in the development and delivery of Oatey products
  • An overview of plastic tubular manufacturing and commercialization
  • A hands-on plastic tubular engineering challenge, in which Girl Scouts applied problem-solving skills to determine the most efficient way to move an object

All Girl Scouts who completed the workshop qualified for either a Junior Business Jumpstart Badge or a Cadette Business Creator Badge.

“Oatey’s Women’s Resource Network is pleased that we could expand our partnership with the Girl Scouts through our second STEM Career Education Workshop,” said Dawn Lawson, co-chair of the event and associate at Oatey’s Farmington location.

Kelly O’Donovan, also co-chair of the event and an Oatey associate in Farmington, added, “It is critical to educate girls and women about the robust STEM career opportunities available to them, including the development of products we use every day. It was a joy to welcome the Girl Scouts to our facility and share our passion for what we do.”

ABOUT OATEY CO.

Since 1916, Oatey has provided reliable, high-quality products for the residential and commercial plumbing industries, with a commitment to delivering quality, building trust and improving lives. Today, Oatey operates a comprehensive manufacturing and distribution network to supply thousands of products for professional builders, contractors, engineers and do-it-yourself consumers around the world.

Oatey is based in Cleveland, Ohio, and has locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and China. For more information, visit www.oatey.com, call (800) 321-9532 or follow Oatey on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.

Contractors can help Homeowners play a large role in helping conserve water When you look at a map, it’s clear that water is Earth’s most abundant resource, and one of the most essential resources to our everyday life. And though it seems to flow endlessly, many people are surprised to learn that water is a Read more

Contractors can help Homeowners play a large role in helping conserve water

When you look at a map, it’s clear that water is Earth’s most abundant resource, and one of the most essential resources to our everyday life. And though it seems to flow endlessly, many people are surprised to learn that water is a limited renewable resource. In fact, one in three people do not have access to clean and safe drinking water.

This issue is becoming even more scarce with shifts in climate causing extreme dryness – and even megadroughts. According to UNICEF, this challenge to access clean freshwater is expected to impact us until 2030. Which is why it’s important to conserve water when and where we can.

While a vast majority (89%) of the earth’s water is used and consumed for agricultural and industrial sectors (for example farmers for livestock and crops, and key players in food production), there are still steps each of us can take at home to help limit our water waste.

FOUR WAYS TO MINIMIZE UNNECESSARY WATER USE

There are certain elements relating to water that are out of our control – such as droughts or aging underground pipes. But we do have a direct impact on how we use water in our own homes. Homeowners can play a large role in helping conserve water in these four ways:

  • Invest in a water management system.  If a smart water management system detects a leak, the user can minimize water loss and damage through app alerts. For example, the user is notified and can either: 1.) turn off the water manually to, or; 2.) use a customized routine that would automatically turn off the water to the home. In 2021, Resideo water leak detectors helped stop an estimated 2.4 million gallons of water leaks and prevented $2.6M in insurance claims. That’s roughly enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 3.6 times!
  • Check for a leaky faucet. A faucet that drips once per second wastes 3,000 gallons annually. It can be caused by a multitude of things, such as corrosion or a loose O-Ring. These leaks are typically small and can be an easy, DIY fix.
  • Consider your laundry and dishwasher. Use ENERGY-STAR and High Efficiency products in the kitchen and laundry room. These can save you money on your water bill by using two times less water. Also, washing dishes by hand uses 3.5 times more water than using a dishwasher.
  • Re-use where you can. Capture rainwater by adding a rain barrel to the end of your gutters, which can conserve and hold 65-85 gallons of rainwater for your plants or outside cleaning. In your home, try reusing your cooking water for more plant watering!

With a few small changes to your daily lifestyle, you too can make a big impact on Earth’s most precious resource. More information about Resideo water solutions at Resideo.com/water.

Three Keys to Hydronic System Protection Maintaining the health of water-based fluids circulating within hydronic systems is paramount in protecting components and maximizing efficiency. Proper air, dirt and magnetic separation are three keys for optimal system performance. Designers and installers might hang their hats on using high-performance separators, however, best practices for hydronic systems may Read more

Three Keys to Hydronic System Protection

Maintaining the health of water-based fluids circulating within hydronic systems is paramount in protecting components and maximizing efficiency. Proper air, dirt and magnetic separation are three keys for optimal system performance. Designers and installers might hang their hats on using high-performance separators, however, best practices for hydronic systems may call for a more complex approach.

Rest assured!  Bob “Hot Rod” Rohr, Cody Mack and Max Rohr will cover the basics of these devices and then treat our audience to a lively debate.

You’ll learn:
→ What is the difference between baseline and high-performance air, dirt and magnetic separation?
→ Why do I still have an air issue?
→ What is the best method for replacing fluid that leaves a system?
→ Shop Talk Showdown: Do you leave the AutoFill on? Yes or no?

Don’t know “Hot Rod“? A 2020-2022 Carlson-Holohan Industry Award of Excellence honoree, he travels from sea to shining sea for Caleffi North America, sharing his 40+ years’ of experience as a plumbing, radiant heat and renewable energy contractor. He is a regular contributor to industry magazines where Hot Rod brings his rubber-to-the-road experiences to life.

Cody has 20 years’ experience as installation contractor, service technician, application engineer and serves as national training manager for Caleffi. Our audience will appreciate his thoughtful yet humorous content delivery combined with his practical, common sense product approach.

Max is Caleffi education and industry engagement manager leading interactions with trade associations, committees, industry initiatives and collaborative manufacturer partners. He has 20+ years of work experience in installation, distribution, manufacturers’ representative and manufacturing roles. Max is a self-described “energy nerd.”

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Central Florida plumbing and HVAC company to celebrate rapid expansion, company culture. Mechanical One, a leading HVAC, gas and plumbing services provider, will change lives when it awards mortgage-free homes to two employees this holiday season. The winners will be picked in a lottery during an event on December 3 at the Hard Rock Live Read more

Central Florida plumbing and HVAC company to celebrate rapid expansion, company culture.

Mechanical One, a leading HVAC, gas and plumbing services provider, will change lives when it awards mortgage-free homes to two employees this holiday season. The winners will be picked in a lottery during an event on December 3 at the Hard Rock Live at Universal Orlando Resort. More than a thousand people are expected at the event, which will include a speech from Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.

At the time of the home giveaway announcement in December 2021, there were 65 employees working at the company. That number has grown more than 500% in just the past nine months. With demand for HVAC, gas and plumbing services growing to meet housing needs in Central Florida, Mechanical One is meeting builders’ needs with its expanding workforce.

“We build communities at work, but we want to better communities during that time outside of work. Investing in our employees has been one of our top priorities. We see each employee as a family that our company is supporting, rather than an individual who is coming to work each day,” said Mechanical One President Jason James.

The company offers day one health insurance options that also include coverage for mental health. Mechanical One also gives employees access to free financial education tools. In order to qualify for the free home giveaway, employees must be employed at Mechanical One for a year, take a financial education course and complete 20 hours of community service.

Mechanical One first opened its doors in July 2021. The company serves top homebuilders, such as Pulte, Lennar and Taylor Morrison. With a presence throughout Central Florida and the Treasure Coast, employees work on HVAC, plumbing and gas for thousands of homes each year.

To learn more about Mechanical One, visit their website.