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Between the Lines: Flexibility – What’s Your Plan?

By Fred Martel Business is not driven by price alone. Those who strive to be the lowest price walk a fine line between success and failure. The problems many businesses have cannot be cured with a rigid pricing program. Profits come from a discipline of good business practices which include: proper hiring practices, continuous training, proper supervision, managing overhead and, of course, proper pricing standards. A good business plan also includes a marketing strategy… Read More

September Construction Starts in the Chicago Area

October 30, 2019 – Dodge Data & Analytics today reported on September construction starts in the metropolitan statistical area of Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, consisting of Cook, De Kalb, Du Page, Grundy, Jasper, Kane, Kendall, Kenosha, Lake, McHenry, Newton, Porter and Will in Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois. According to Dodge Data & Analytics, the latest month’s construction activity followed this pattern: 2019 2018 % Change Nonresidential $305,801,000 $653,955,000 -53 Residential $536,259,000 $543,714,000 -1 TOTAL BUILDING $842,060,000 $1,197,669,000 -30… Read More

2019 National Apprentice Contest Winners Announced

By Staff Writer, PHCC Educational Foundation The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors — National Association’s (PHCC) Educational Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the national plumbing and HVAC apprentice contests. The contests were held October 2nd & 3rd in Indianapolis, Indiana on the tradeshow floor during the PHCC—National Association’s CONNECT 2019 event. A total of nineteen plumbing and ten HVAC apprentices from across the nation took part in the contests. 2019 HVAC Apprentice Contest Winner Kyle… Read More

Xylem Bell & Gossett Marks Reopening of Newly Renovated Little Red Schoolhouse

Xylem Bell & Gossett celebrates the official reopening of its Little Red Schoolhouse, the premier training center for professionals in the hydronic heating and cooling and plumbing industries. An extensive remodeling project has transformed the Little Red Schoolhouse in Morton Grove, Illinois, into an interactive learning environment where professionals receive hands-on training to better understand how the entire HVAC system works. Since its inception in 1954, more than 62,000 engineers, contractors and other hydronic HVAC… Read More
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