• 03.01.24

    Safety and risk management

    Federated Insurance Launches 2½-Day Risk Management Academy Offering for All Industries in June

    Federated Insurance® is excited to formally invite business owners in all industries to attend one of our complimentary 2½-Day Risk Management Academy (RMA) offerings from June 4-6, 2024. Led by risk management professionals, this session will be held at Federated’s Home Office in Owatonna, Minnesota. Often, business owners may find themselves so busy in the… more

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  • 02.21.24

    Bradford White hvac Energy

    By What Authority? A Brief Overview of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA)

    In 2023, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) was very active in regulating residential water heater and boiler product efficiencies, as has been addressed in this column previously. But what gives DOE the authority to take such actions, and what exactly are they allowed and not allowed to do? The answer to these questions come from EPCA. It is a federal law that was passed in 1975 and …

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  • 02.14.24


    Viega Announces New Manufacturing Facility in Ohio

    The 180,000 sq. ft. plant in Mantua, Ohio, is actively under construction and is expected to be operational in early 2025. BROOMFIELD, Colo., Sept. 25, 2023 – Viega, the industry leader in press technology for metal pipe fittings and valves, announced it will build a new manufacturing facility for its ProPress® and MegaPress® products in Mantua, Ohio, about 40 miles southeast of Cleveland. Viega …

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  • 02.12.24

    Economic Outlook

    2024 Economic Outlook

    A look at the latest economic and employment trends … and how you as plumbing and HVACR contractors can use them to identify where growth will occur and possibly shift your strategies. As plumbing and HVACR contractors face a host of both business challenges and opportunities this year, strategic planning and adaptability will be key factors in your company achieving success. With this report, …

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  • 02.05.24

    phcp pros

    PHCP Pros Covers Supplier-Contractor Relationship Panel

    Steve Smith of PHCP Pros presented this recap of the Supplier-Contractor Relationship Panel at PHCCCONNECT2023, held in Cleveland, Ohio, on Oct. 26, 2023. READ THE FULL ARTICLE FROM PHCP PROS HERE And don’t forget to mark your calendars for CONNECT in 2024! PHCCCONNECT2024 | Oct. 7-10 | Birmingham, Alabama  

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  • 01.29.24

    International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials

    2024 National Standard Plumbing Code — Illustrated Now Available

    Ontario, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2024) — The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has released the 2024 edition of the National Standard Plumbing Code – Illustrated (NSPC). An updated version of the 2021 NSPC, the book may be purchased from the IAPMO web store. The 2024 NSPC provides the latest information about common materials, fixtures, devices and equipment systems …

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  • 01.22.24


    SkillsUSA Selects Plumbing and Heating Competitor for WorldSkills 2024

    Please see the below release from SkillsUSA on Brady Kroll, who has been chosen as the official competitor for Plumbing and Heating at the 2024 WorldSkills Competition. PHCC—National Association, PHCC Educational Foundation, IAPMO, and the United Association are all proud to be sponsors of Brady's trip to compete in France.  Leesburg, Va. — SkillsUSA has selected Brady Kroll of Barnesville,. …

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  • 12.12.23

    Cornetta We Are Environmentalists by Trade

    We’re Environmentalists by Trade

    As plumbing and HVAC contractors, we are typically blue collar, self-employed, hard-working, and patriotic tradesmen and tradeswomen carrying the weight of the U.S. economy through essential services that Americans literally cannot live without. Plumbers and HVAC contractors have a constitutional right, like any citizen, to petition their government for a redress of grievances, a right enshrined …

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  • 12.12.23

    Women in Industry Luncheon

    Women Speak Out at PHCCCONNECT2023

    It was a busy day at PHCCCONNECT2023 in Cleveland, Ohio, when guests gathered for a luncheon that would prove as informative as the food was tasty. The Women in the Industry Luncheon – Unlocking Potential and Breaking Barriers: Fostering Success for Women in the Trades through Gender …

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  • 12.06.23

    Wholesaler Panel

    A Rock Star Playing Field

    In today’s ever-changing business landscape, strengthening the contractor/wholesaler channel is critical to survival. A recent general session at PHCCCONNECT2023 drilled deep into the conversation. “How does my supplier make me look like a rock star?” asked Dan Callies, president of Oak Creek Plumbing, Inc., Oak Creek, Wisconsin, during the “Collaborative Connections: Strengthening Supplier …

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