Contracting Business http://contractingbusiness.com/rss.xml/mobiquo/mobiquo.php en Air Force One Named to Forbes List of Best Small Companies http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/air-force-one-named-forbes-list-best-small-companies <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Air Force One, Dublin, OH, a leader in commercial HVAC, has been named to the Forbes annual list of America&#39;s Best Small Companies for 2016.</p> <p>&quot;We are proud that Forbes as named us as one of the best small companies in America,&quot; said Greg Guy, Air Force One CEO.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s rewarding that a leading business company like Forbes has recognized that Air Force One is succeeding in our initiative to attract top talent and elevate the image and integrity of our industry.&quot;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/air-force-one-named-forbes-list-best-small-companies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/air-force-one-named-forbes-list-best-small-companies#comments Commercial HVAC Thu, 05 May 2016 17:39:00 +0000 43031 at http://contractingbusiness.com Too Busy to Worry About Your Attitude? http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/too-busy-worry-about-your-attitude <div class="node-body article-body">If a positive attitude is absolutely critical to customer satisfaction, what is management’s role in making it happen? </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/too-busy-worry-about-your-attitude" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/too-busy-worry-about-your-attitude#comments Residential HVAC HVACRDB Thu, 05 May 2016 16:13:00 +0000 43021 at http://contractingbusiness.com David & Goliath: How to Compete with 'Big Box' Stores http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/david-goliath-how-compete-big-box-stores <div class="field-byline"> by Tom Casey, Jr. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">“Big Box” stores like Home Depot and Costco jumped in and continue to build market share steadily. Local HVAC contractors must be prepared to fight back and show why they're the better choice.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/david-goliath-how-compete-big-box-stores" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/david-goliath-how-compete-big-box-stores#comments Residential HVAC Thu, 05 May 2016 14:40:00 +0000 43011 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Great companies embrace competition, and use it as the fire to forge a legacy in their market.</p> Thinkstock DiversiTech Acquires Quick-Sling LLC http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/diversitech-acquires-quick-sling-llc <div class="node-body article-body">The acquisition, completed April 12, provides wholesalers and contractors with greater accessibility to a suite of products that makes installation of air handlers and furnaces quicker, more affordable, more reliable and safer. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/diversitech-acquires-quick-sling-llc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/diversitech-acquires-quick-sling-llc#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Wed, 04 May 2016 20:01:00 +0000 42971 at http://contractingbusiness.com Viega LLC Announces 2015 Top Gun Award Winners http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/viega-llc-announces-2015-top-gun-award-winners <div class="node-body article-body">Eight Viega sales people were honored with 2015 Top Gun awards, the highest honor that Viega bestows.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/viega-llc-announces-2015-top-gun-award-winners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/viega-llc-announces-2015-top-gun-award-winners#comments Commercial HVAC Wed, 04 May 2016 19:05:00 +0000 42961 at http://contractingbusiness.com ABM Helps South Carolina Schools Upgrade Facilities, Save Money http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/abm-helps-south-carolina-schools-upgrade-facilities-save-money <div class="field-byline"> Christopher King </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Keep handy a list of past successful, energy-saving school projects. It can be helpful in winning new school customers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/abm-helps-south-carolina-schools-upgrade-facilities-save-money" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/abm-helps-south-carolina-schools-upgrade-facilities-save-money#comments Commercial HVAC Wed, 04 May 2016 18:52:00 +0000 42951 at http://contractingbusiness.com The Key to Your Success http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/key-your-success <div class="node-body article-body">A MUST-READ: Do you know what success looks like in your company? Use KPIs to get started. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/key-your-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/key-your-success#comments Residential HVAC HVACRDB Gold Wed, 04 May 2016 16:27:00 +0000 42941 at http://contractingbusiness.com YOU Are the Real Energy Guide http://contractingbusiness.com/service/you-are-real-energy-guide <div class="field-byline"> By Rob &#039;Doc&#039; Falke </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>This article is a follow-up to Doc&rsquo;s April 20, 2016 Hotmail article &ldquo;The Equipment Replacement Proposal of the Future (<a href="http://bit.ly/RobF_Future" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/RobF_Future</a>).&rdquo;</p> <p>Thank you for your kind responses about the last Hotmail article. Technicians, installers, salespeople, contractors, government officials and manufacturers responded with a wide variety of comments and ideas. The following article summarizes the majority of the comments received.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/service/you-are-real-energy-guide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/service/you-are-real-energy-guide#comments Service Wed, 04 May 2016 15:17:00 +0000 42931 at http://contractingbusiness.com Samsung HVAC Product Roadshow Brings Innovations to Contractors http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/samsung-hvac-product-roadshow-brings-innovations-contractors <div class="field-byline"> News from Samsung </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The 47-city tour will provide a look at Samsung's residential, light commercial and commercial HVAC products.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/samsung-hvac-product-roadshow-brings-innovations-contractors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/samsung-hvac-product-roadshow-brings-innovations-contractors#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC HVACRDB Wed, 04 May 2016 15:06:00 +0000 42921 at http://contractingbusiness.com Mike Rowe: Reach Millennials with Plain Talk and a Challenge http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/mike-rowe-reach-millennials-plain-talk-and-challenge <div class="node-body article-body">ContractingBusiness.com spoke with Mike Rowe during the recent Clockwork Home Services franchise owners&rsquo; annual meeting. He spoke frankly about the various forces that tug at students as they face career choices, and how to get them involved.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/mike-rowe-reach-millennials-plain-talk-and-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/mike-rowe-reach-millennials-plain-talk-and-challenge#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Gold Wed, 04 May 2016 15:05:00 +0000 42781 at http://contractingbusiness.com Direct Energy Brands Promote Awareness & Benefits of Trade Jobs; Partnership with Mike Rowe Continues in 2016 http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/direct-energy-brands-promote-awareness-benefits-trade-jobs-partnership-mike-rowe-co <div class="field-byline"> Terry McIver </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>One Hour Heating &amp;&nbsp;Air Conditioning&reg;, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing&reg; and Mister Sparky&reg;, all part of the Direct Energy&reg; family of brands, have released a new infographic showing the benefits of working in the plumbing, electrical and HVAC industries. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/direct-energy-brands-promote-awareness-benefits-trade-jobs-partnership-mike-rowe-co" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/direct-energy-brands-promote-awareness-benefits-trade-jobs-partnership-mike-rowe-co#comments Residential HVAC Tue, 03 May 2016 19:26:00 +0000 42901 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Mike Rowe: &quot;When people promote a four-year degree as being a great alternative, what they really do is promote it as the best alternative for the most people; and in the context of doing that, they wind up implying that anything less will get you somewhere less.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</p> Terry McIver Coffee with Caleffi: Guest Speaker Explores Temperature Regulation http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/coffee-caleffi-guest-speaker-explores-temperature-regulation <div class="node-body article-body">A new speaker to the popular "Coffee with Caleffi" webinar series, Claudio Ardizzoia, debuts on Thursday, May 19 at 12 noon CDT discussing Super Simple and Reliable Temperature Regulation for Hydronic and DHW Systems. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/coffee-caleffi-guest-speaker-explores-temperature-regulation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/coffee-caleffi-guest-speaker-explores-temperature-regulation#comments Around the Web Tue, 03 May 2016 19:20:00 +0000 42491 at http://contractingbusiness.com Get Your Customers Involved http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/get-your-customers-involved <div class="field-byline"> Robert P. Mader </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Make the customer feel like a partner to forge a long-term relationship. People like to buy, especially if the purchase makes them feel good about themselves and about their home. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/get-your-customers-involved" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/get-your-customers-involved#comments Residential HVAC Tue, 03 May 2016 18:17:00 +0000 42891 at http://contractingbusiness.com ANSI EESCC Publishes Progress Report on Energy, Water Efficiency http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/ansi-eescc-publishes-progress-report-energy-water-efficiency <div class="node-body article-body">Published in June 2014 to serve as a national framework for action and coordination, the roadmap identified gaps where standards and codes were needed to improve energy and water efficiency in the built environment. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/ansi-eescc-publishes-progress-report-energy-water-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/ansi-eescc-publishes-progress-report-energy-water-efficiency#comments Around the Web Tue, 03 May 2016 16:56:00 +0000 42511 at http://contractingbusiness.com Minnesota Adopts Uniform Plumbing Code http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/minnesota-adopts-uniform-plumbing-code <div class="node-body article-body">The Minnesota Plumbing Board voted in favor of the adopting the UPC and subsequently followed the state’s rulemaking process culminating in this adoption.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/minnesota-adopts-uniform-plumbing-code" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/minnesota-adopts-uniform-plumbing-code#comments Around the Web Tue, 03 May 2016 16:34:00 +0000 42571 at http://contractingbusiness.com Emerson’s Helix Innovation Center aims to disrupt old ways of thinking http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/emerson-s-helix-innovation-center-aims-disrupt-old-ways-thinking <div class="field-byline"> BY ROBERT P. MADER </div> <div class="field-deck"> Emerson Electric celebrates the grand opening of its Helix Innovation Center at the University of Dayton </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Emerson Electric opened its Helix Innovation Center here on the University of Dayton campus in an effort to create new ways of thinking. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/emerson-s-helix-innovation-center-aims-disrupt-old-ways-thinking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/emerson-s-helix-innovation-center-aims-disrupt-old-ways-thinking#comments Refrigeration Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:35:00 +0000 42811 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>&ldquo;This is the biggest change in the refrigeration market in 50 years in terms of magnitude and the options that are available,&rdquo; says John Rhodes, president of Emerson Climate Technologies&rsquo; Refrigeration division.</p> ContractingBusiness.com photo How to Design a Company Culture http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/how-design-company-culture <div class="field-byline"> By Matt Michel </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Before I attended the Disney Leadership Institute, I never thought much about culture. I didn&rsquo;t care much about it. I was wrong.</p> <p>Like many company leaders, I thought culture just sort of happened. It was what it was. The people at Disney showed me how misguided I was.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/how-design-company-culture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/how-design-company-culture#comments Residential HVAC Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:33:00 +0000 42791 at http://contractingbusiness.com ASHRAE Revises Commissioning Certification Program http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/ashrae-revises-commissioning-certification-program <div class="field-byline"> News from ASHRAE </div> <div class="node-body article-body">ASHRAE’s commissioning certification program will validate competency against the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines as established by NIBS.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/ashrae-revises-commissioning-certification-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/ashrae-revises-commissioning-certification-program#comments Commercial HVAC Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:20:00 +0000 42761 at http://contractingbusiness.com Disney 'Magic' Can Help You Improve the Customer Experience http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/disney-magic-can-help-you-improve-customer-experience <div class="node-body article-body">In order to book more calls and convert those calls into revenue, you have to do something beyond what is expected. You have to be better than average – you have to be phenomenal.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/disney-magic-can-help-you-improve-customer-experience" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/disney-magic-can-help-you-improve-customer-experience#comments Residential HVAC Gold Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:21:00 +0000 42741 at http://contractingbusiness.com Back FROM the Future: The IoT & HVAC Service http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/back-future-iot-hvac-service <div class="field-byline"> Jonathan Holloway </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Here's a potential picture of HVAC contracting in 2030, with an objective of encouraging contractors to prepare for the future.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/back-future-iot-hvac-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/back-future-iot-hvac-service#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:21:00 +0000 42421 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Flying vehicles? Still hard to imagine, unless they absolutely guarantee &#39;flyer&#39; and citizen safety. But some predictions about the future are not as implausible.</p> <p><em>Thinkstock</em></p> Recruitment Starts with Changing the Perception of the Mechanical Trades http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/recruitment-starts-changing-perception-mechanical-trades <div class="field-byline"> by Candace Roulo </div> <div class="node-body article-body">People are just not aware of how many career paths this trade can lead to.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/recruitment-starts-changing-perception-mechanical-trades" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/recruitment-starts-changing-perception-mechanical-trades#comments Residential HVAC Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:02:00 +0000 42721 at http://contractingbusiness.com HVAC and IoT, Simply http://contractingbusiness.com/controls/hvac-and-iot-simply <div class="field-byline"> Dan Levine </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The 'Internet of Things' may sound complex, but HVAC applications are easy.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/controls/hvac-and-iot-simply" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/controls/hvac-and-iot-simply#comments Commercial HVAC Controls Residential HVAC Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:59:00 +0000 42411 at http://contractingbusiness.com Watts Water Technologies names new Business Development Manager for Blücher Products http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/watts-water-technologies-names-new-business-development-manager-bl-cher-products <div class="node-body article-body"><div><p>NORTH ANDOVER, MA &ndash; Watts Water announced today that James &ldquo;Jimmy&rdquo; Hunt has joined the company as Business Development Manager &ndash; BL&Uuml;CHER Products. In that role, he is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive plan that defines strategic goals for the company's BL&Uuml;CHER stainless steel drainage and piping systems in the industrial markets of North America.</p></div></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/watts-water-technologies-names-new-business-development-manager-bl-cher-products" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/watts-water-technologies-names-new-business-development-manager-bl-cher-products#comments Around the Web Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:31:00 +0000 42481 at http://contractingbusiness.com Quarterly GDP Growth Slowest in Two Years http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/quarterly-gdp-growth-slowest-two-years <div class="field-byline"> Associated Builders and Contractors </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Real gross domestic product (GDP) expanded only 0.5 percent during 2016's first quarter.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/quarterly-gdp-growth-slowest-two-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/quarterly-gdp-growth-slowest-two-years#comments Around the Web Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:05:00 +0000 42501 at http://contractingbusiness.com Building Your Business Online http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/building-your-business-online <div class="field-byline"> Kathleen S. Ziprik </div> <div class="node-body article-body">If you're still using the Yellow Pages as a primary way to promote your business, it's time to make some changes.These days, new customers are more likely to find your company via the Internet or social media than thumbing through a phone directory.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/building-your-business-online" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/building-your-business-online#comments Around the Web Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:58:00 +0000 42091 at http://contractingbusiness.com CEO Warrior Founder Mike Agugliaro Hosts Fast Track CEO Workshop, May 17-20 http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/ceo-warrior-founder-mike-agugliaro-hosts-fast-track-ceo-workshop-may-17-20 <div class="node-body article-body">The founder of Gold Medal Service and CEO Warrior will host an intensive, four-day Warrior Fast Track Academy workshop in East Brunswick, New Jersey May 17-20, 2016.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/ceo-warrior-founder-mike-agugliaro-hosts-fast-track-ceo-workshop-may-17-20" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/ceo-warrior-founder-mike-agugliaro-hosts-fast-track-ceo-workshop-may-17-20#comments Around the Web Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:26:00 +0000 42551 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p><a href="https://www.ceowarrior.com/warrior-fast-track-academy.html" target="_blank" title="CEO Warrior">https://www.ceowarrior.com/warrior-fast-track-academy.html</a></p> THE HVAC Contractors' Guide to High-Efficiency Air Conditioning http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-contractors-guide-high-efficiency-air-conditioning <div class="field-byline"> Kate Kelly &amp; Terry McIver </div> <div class="node-body article-body">It's always the first sign of spring in the HVAC world: the ContractingBusiness.com guide to high-efficiency AC lists the best new product from all of the major brands.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-contractors-guide-high-efficiency-air-conditioning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-contractors-guide-high-efficiency-air-conditioning#comments Residential HVAC HVACRDB Gold Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:02:00 +0000 41281 at http://contractingbusiness.com Emerson Creates The Helix Innovation Center http://contractingbusiness.com/hvacrdb/emerson-creates-helix-innovation-center <div class="node-body article-body">This new center, called The Helix Innovation Center, represents outside-the-box thinking – on many different levels.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/hvacrdb/emerson-creates-helix-innovation-center" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/hvacrdb/emerson-creates-helix-innovation-center#comments HVACRDB Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:33:00 +0000 42471 at http://contractingbusiness.com Emerson Opens Doors to Helix Innovation Center http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/emerson-opens-doors-helix-innovation-center <div class="field-byline"> News from Emerson </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Helix will foster an ambitious, collaborative approach to conducting research to create new technologies that address heating, cooling and refrigeration challenges affecting today’s homes, commercial buildings, data centers, restaurants, supermarkets and other retail operations.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/emerson-opens-doors-helix-innovation-center" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/emerson-opens-doors-helix-innovation-center#comments Commercial HVAC Refrigeration Residential HVAC HVACRDB Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:14:00 +0000 42451 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Emerson&#39;s Helix Innovation Center will serve as a living laboratory for light commercial HVAC product research and development. Other simulated environments include home, data center, commercial kitchen, and supermarket simulation facilities from 1,000 to 2500 sq. ft.</p> <p><em>Photo Emerson</em></p> Let's Start a Recruiting Arms Race! http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/lets-start-recruiting-arms-race <div class="node-body article-body">Everyone gripes about finding technicians. Quit griping and do something. Take some lessons from the kings of recruiting: big-time college football coaches. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/lets-start-recruiting-arms-race" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/lets-start-recruiting-arms-race#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:31:00 +0000 42441 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>In college football, recruiting is everything.&nbsp; To win, you need a solid game plan and talent to execute.&nbsp;<br /> <em>Thinkstock</em></p>