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Longing for the May 2-4 weekend
Since leaving the MCEE trade show in Montreal, we’ve been event-hopping. This time of year always has a lot of events, so don’t be surprised if you see us snapping pictures at one near you. And if you do spot us, don’t be shy. Come over and say hello - we love meeting our readers!
MCEE attendance numbers way up
More than 6,400 industry personnel made their way to Place Bonaventure in Montreal to attend this year’s MCEE trade show. The two-day event took place in April and experienced an 18 per cent rise in attendance compared to 2009. MCEE 2013 will take place April 17 and 18, once again at Place Bonaventure.
Celebrating a decade in business
Redmond/Williams, an Ontario-based plumbing and HVAC wholesaler, celebrated its 10th anniversary in early May by inviting customers and industry friends to an open house. The company unveiled its new 50,000 sq. ft. distribution centre, training room and fireplace showroom to the 450 guests who attended. “In some ways, it’s hard to believe that we have been in business for 10 years already,” remarked Chris Redmond, company president.
Fundraiser date changed
Recognizing oil heat industry excellence
As part of its Delivering the Goods award program, COHA is asking oil heat industry members to submit nominations of individuals or companies that have demonstrated leadership and service excellence. The awards will be announced at the association’s Cleaner Heat conference in June. Nomination forms will be accepted until May 20, 2011, and can be found on the association website within the download section.
Products take the spotlight
Rheem Canada recently opened the doors to its new 5,000 sq. ft. product showroom and 2,000 sq. ft. training facility in Brampton, Ont. Paul Gharghoury, pictured here, displays a few of the company’s tankless water heaters. In addition to residential and commercial water heaters, the showroom houses the company’s array of HVAC and IAQ equipment, pool heaters and boilers.
Exploring energy savings
The opportunities for building efficiency improvements are quite dramatic, stated one of the presenters at this year’s ORAC conference. Speaking to a group of the 186 guests in attendance at the April event in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., Brett Freeman (pictured) of Yorkland Controls said, “Less than 30 per cent of 25,000 square-foot or smaller buildings have temperature setbacks.” This presents an opportunity to the contractor who can deliver a simple, yet cost-effective controls package.
Product parade hits Kitchener
Desco held its biennial Parade of Products Show at Bingemans Park in Kitchener, Ont., in early May. Held every second year since 1973, this year’s show attracted some 1,300 contractor customers, who were treated to product displays and demonstrations, as well as dinner and prizes.
Watching our productivity
“We are in pretty good shape in Canada. We’ve bounced back better than other places,” proclaimed Amanda Lang, senior business correspondent for CBC News and co-host of The Lang and O'Leary Exchange, during the most recent CIPH Ontario Region business meeting, held in Mississauga in May.
She expressed optimism for how the Canadian economy has reacted to the challenges faced on a global scale, but warned that there are things that could cause a return to recession.
Uponor unveils larger distribution space
Uponor’s Greg Lawler, vice-president, supply chain and operations (middle) performs the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the company’s new distribution centre in Brampton, Ont. The move to the 24,000 sq. ft. facility will accommodate current needs, as well as provide space for future growth. The centre is located at 5 Resolution Drive, Unit 2. Contact numbers are Tel 905-458-4698 and Fax 905-458-5615.
Green designs sprout in Toronto
In April, the Canadian Green Building Council hosted a symposium with education sessions addressing such topics as green retrofits and improving building performance. More than 375 delegates attended the conference, which aimed to discuss and promote sustainability in Canada. Mel Hughes (pictured speaking) of Halsall Associates hosted a seminar titled Leading Approaches to Greening Existing Buildings. The next CaGBC national event is Greenbuild 2011, scheduled for October 4 to 7 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Grundfos gears up for a long haul
A mobile pump education centre will be wheeling into a city near you this summer. Grundfos is launching its nine-week Pumps on Tour campaign with its 53-foot tractor trailer, which has been custom-built to include product displays and a 30-seat training theater. Travelling east from Vancouver this month, the big rig will make stops at cities across Canada, eventually wrapping up the tour in Halifax in August. Seating is limited for all training sessions, and registration and further tour details are available online.
Training program launched
In April, Franklin Electric unveiled its Little Giant Brand Certified Contractor Program. Topics covered in the training include, centrifugal pumps, submersible motor construction and variable frequency drive basics. For more information visit lgcontractor.franklin-electric.com, or contact your local Franklin Electric dealer.
Identifying energy-saving products
Taco recently introduced its e-Smart campaign – a program designed to make it easier to identify Taco resource-saving products. E-smart tags were created to help identify products that are designed to reduce water consumption, save energy and increase system efficiency.
A hot time Down Under
Crikey! Australian plumber Bruce Warburton found out the hard way just how flammable some eco-friendly, straw-walled homes can be. Ian Reed, the homeowner who contracted Warburton to work on his home in Orange, New South Wales, neglected to tell the plumber about the building materials used, nor that he had previously hand-stuffed loose straw into a gap in his bathroom wall.
After plumbing the kitchen, Warburton resumed work in the bathroom, where things took a decided turn for the worse. While soldering pipes in the lavatory, the loose straw “ignited and flew straight up like a chimney,” Warburton explained to the court in an ensuing lawsuit filed by Reed. Regrettably, the house burnt down.
The judge awarded Reed half of the damages he sought, $105,000, because he failed to inform Warburton of the working conditions he was confronted with. Whether it is straw, wood, or steel constructed walls, this story serves as an important reminder to always maintain best safety practices while soldering.
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