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The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association has launched its workforce development campaign, designed to raise public awareness for career opportunities across the organized HVAC and sheet metal industries, and support its members in recruitment efforts. A new website, IgniteYourCareer.com, is being rolled out and will serve as the “digital hub” of this comprehensive campaign. The Ignite Your Career website serves as a dynamic hub for visitors to explore the many career paths and opportunities within the industry; hear success stories from a variety of real-life professionals and connect with resources, including local SMACNA chapters and industry training centers, to learn more about available opportunities. Along with the website, SMACNA has launched a social media presence for its Ignite Your Career campaign on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Other features of the campaign include audience research, digital advertising and media relations efforts. New marketing materials, including handouts, infographics and videos spotlighting careers in the industry, are also available for member companies to enhance their own recruitment programs and activities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 9% growth in jobs in the sheet metal industry by 2026, making it one of the fastest-growing industries in the country. Job seekers can benefit from eager-to-hire employers, rewarding careers, superior salaries and wages and on-the-job training across managerial and skilled labor roles. For more info, visit IgniteYourCareer.com. [...]
Fri, Feb 21, 2020
Source: HVAC Products HVAC Free
Morden National Sales and Marketing Inc. has named Laplante ET Associes to represent the Morden National group of product families in the Province of Quebec, Ottawa Region and Northern New Brunswick. Laplante ET Associes is a third-generation manufacturer's sales representative agency located in Delson, Que., with industry relationships in the Quebec HVAC/R industry. Morden National is a Canadian master distributor of Baxi boilers, Utica boilers, Argo electric boilers, Argo hydronic controls, Argo hydronic baseboard, SEEK thermal imaging cameras and Mortex products consisting of Summit AC coils, Suntherm hydronics air handlers, Commercial Aire products and ACE Coils LineSets. www.mordennational.com [...]
Thu, Feb 20, 2020
Source: Mechanical Business
RectorSeal has been named an approved master distributor for K-Flex HVAC/R piping insulation and tapes. K-Flex is one of the HVAC/R industry's largest manufacturers of refrigerant lineset insulation and tapes for commercial and residential air conditioning and refrigeration systems. The distribution relationship will initially comprise of three product lines: Titan, a closed cell, elastomeric foam insulation with a flexible, co-extruded UV- resistant jacketing for linesets; Foam Tape, a NBR/PVC-based, closed cell, elastomeric tape with a factory-applied pressure sensitive adhesive designed for short pipe runs or where tubing insulation is impractical to cover, such as covering fittings or valves; and Cork Tape, a 55-per-cent cork-filled, rubber-based insulating tape with a grainy, rubber-like consistency designed for covering fittings and valves. RectorSeal will distribute the products to traditional HVAC/R wholesale distributors in Canada and the U.S. All three products and their energy-saving thermal dynamic characteristics comply with the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and International Residential Code (IRC). “We see RectorSeal as a leading HVAC/R manufacturer that also has an excellent distribution footprint,” said Matt Hair, K-Flex's North American director of sales. “They presented an exciting vision for our products' sales growth that would benefit our company as well as the industry. RectorSeal's demonstrated success as a provider of comprehensive line of accessories leads wholesalers and contractors to their website to find products, such as lineset insulation and tapes.” “This relationship expands our product line, but more importantly it allows our independent distributors to now execute smaller quantities of K-Flex within their Rectorseal orders without incurring large inventories and separate freight charges,” said Jeff Underwood, RectorSeal's vice-president of sales and marketing. “Our ultimate goal is to make it easy for distributors to do business with us.” www.rectorseal.com [...]
Thu, Feb 20, 2020
Source: Mechanical Business
American Standard Studio S Tub Filler in matte black. (CNW Group/LIXIL Canada Inc.)American Standard recently announced that the company will become the official supplier of kitchen and bath plumbing fixtures for multiple television series on Corus Entertainment's HGTV Canada. The partnership includes the popular series $ave My Reno and Family Home Overhaul, featuring 14 of the network's top contractors and designers, which debuts on April 26. “It's an exciting time for American Standard to be partnering with HGTV Canada,” said Val Malone, president and general manager for LIXIL Canada Inc. “There are so many different American Standard products that are leading the way when it comes to residential kitchen and bathroom design. By showcasing our innovative and design-savvy products through these shows, we hope to inspire viewers and demonstrate how American Standard can help elevate the home's complete look, from the kitchen to the master bathroom.” Products that will be featured throughout the series include the Beale MeasureFill pull-down kitchen faucet, and American Standard's Studio S bathroom and kitchen collection. The new partnership adds to the current collaboration between American Standard and contractor Kate Campbell, a long-time guest star on several HGTV Canada programs. “Having a trusted household legacy brand like American Standard join us on multiple home and renovation series on HGTV Canada is a natural fit,” said Barb McKergow, senior vice-president of national revenue for Corus Entertainment. “American Standard provides excellent solutions to design challenges within our extensive catalogue of lifestyle content. The breadth of their collections continues to allow us to integrate their products seamlessly into our Canadian original series.” Beyond product integration on both shows, the partnership will also include digital and social activations. Audiences can tune in to HGTV Canada or check out HGTV.ca to see American Standard in featured episodes and resource guides. americanstandard.ca About American Standard American Standard makes life [...]
Wed, Feb 19, 2020
Source: Mechanical Business
Saniflo Canada has appointed Phil Warren as the company's national sales manager for Canada. Warren, who started the position on January 1, 2020, previously held the role of eastern sales manager at Saniflo Canada. He brings more than 18 years of industry experience to his new role with the company. “We are pleased to announce the well-deserved promotion of our own, Phil Warren to national sales manager for Canada,” said Regis Saragosti, CEO Saniflo North America. “Phil has been with the company for seven years, during which time he has played a key role in our sales department, proving himself to be an expert in customer relationship building, sales coaching, and sales management.” Saniflo solutions are produced in France and have been sold in Canada for more than 30 years. The company is confident that Warren will continue to help Saniflo realize strong growth as it looks to increase its brand awareness within untapped channels in both the wholesale and retail markets across Canada. “I am very proud to transition to this new role at Saniflo and look forward to building on the past year's success as we continue to expand our wholesale/retail distributors, while ensuring strong customer focus and continuing to build our sales network,” Warren said. saniflo.ca [...]
Wed, Feb 19, 2020
Source: Mechanical Business
Danfoss has launched a new podcast series, EnVisioneering Exchange, to address the changing landscape of industry. The podcast will feature thought-provoking interviews and dialogue that discuss the effect on technology and business — from refrigerant and efficiency regulations and standards to the impact of climate change and trends like digitalization and electrification. The EnVisioneering Exchange podcast is hosted and moderated by Danfoss Director of Public and Industry Affairs John Sheff. The first three episodes of the podcast are available for download — all focusing on refrigerants:​​​​​​​ Episode one addresses refrigerant regulations like those related to the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol as well as California Air Resources Board Episode two discusses refrigerant safety and flammability Episode three dives into refrigerant trends in air conditioning The EnVisioneering Exchange podcast can be downloaded at https://soundcloud.com/danfoss_us. [...]
Mon, Feb 17, 2020
Source: HVAC Products HVAC Free
Attracting participating student chapters from across Canada for two days of networking, education and site visits this year's MCA Canada Student Chapter Summit featured not one, but two site visits. Students attending the event, held in early February in Niagara Falls, Ont., had the opportunity to visit the decommissioned power plant at Niagara Falls as well as Great Wolf Lodge where they got a first-hand look at the inner workings of the water filtration system. The 70 attendees at the event had the opportunity to learn about potential career opportunities in the industry, learn about innovative technologies, and to take part in a student chapter competition. mcac.ca [...]
Tue, Feb 11, 2020
Source: Mechanical Business
Tania JohnstonFollowing the announcement of the upcoming departure of Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada CEO Pierre Boucher, the industry organization has promoted from within to find its next executive team. Tania Johnston is taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer at the association and Ken Lancastle has been named Chief Operating Officer. Tania has served the organization for the past 20 years, most recently as executive director for education and special projects. Ken joined MCAC almost two years ago as executive director of communications, industry outreach and innovation. The pair will work together in close partnership on the strategy and operations of MCA Canada. Ken Lancastle [...]
Tue, Feb 11, 2020
Source: Mechanical Business
Tough. That's the word that comes to mind when you think of the towing business. A tough job done by tough people. It's a perception that has only grown thanks to the popularity of the Discovery Channel's hit TV series Highway Thru Hell and its star, Jamie Davis, owner of Jamie Davis Motor Truck & Auto, based in Hope, B.C. “I liken it to being a marine. You need the same kind of qualities, which I think I have,” says Davis, who has been with the show since it first aired in 2012. “You need to be mentally tough and be able to endure a lot. I have a saying, ‘If you aren't suffering, you aren't living.' That mantra serves me well.” But being mentally and physically tough is not always enough to get the job done, as any tech who has been called out to a job in the dead of the night to snake a drain or fire up a furnace knows only too well. “I'm stubborn and tenacious , which is crucial,” says Davis. “It also helps to be quick-witted and to have the ability to persevere through the many challenges. And of course, you have to have a good sense of humour – there are some things you just can't get through without humour.” Born to serveLike many people who run their own service business, Davis got his start in his industry by working with his dad. “I was born into it, just like my brothers,” Davis says. “Our Dad started with towing after a career in tugboats. Growing up I used to help my Dad around the yard – it's just the way it was back then. We had to fix up our tow trucks to keep them on the road. I also studied shop [...]
Tue, Feb 11, 2020
Source: Mechanical Business
A happy sow is a better sow. If you didn't know that, don't worry, the people who need to know it do. They also know that a hydronic system using polypropylene-random (PP-R) pipe can help make sows and humans alike very happy. Those who are unfamiliar with hog farming may never stop to think where their bacon is coming from, but it is a major business in some areas, and the indoor environment in a hog barn can be harsh. The ammonia and other chemicals (both man-made and hog-made) in the air can quickly attack and corrode some types of pipe. That makes PP-R pipe an ideal choice for these applications. At the Boekhorst Farm in Arkona, Ont., Mid-Lam Heating & Cooling ran more than 1,500 feet of Aquatherm Blue Pipe for a heating and cooling system moving 1.2 million BTUH in a 64,000-sq-ft pig barn. In addition to providing space heating and cooling, the system also feeds individual heating pads for the sows. And, as you now know, a happy sow is a better sow. Challenge: Provide an extensive heating and cooling piping system that would hold up well in the highly corrosive indoor environment of a pig barn. Solution: Polypropylene-random (PP-R) pipe that is virtually impervious to corrosive airborne chemicals and is easy to clean and maintain. Bringing heat to the hogsTo build an HVAC system that would live up to the challenging demands of a working pig farm, Mid-Lam Heating & Cooling owner Kent McLellan and his team turned to polypropylene-random pipe, based on their previous experiences with the product. Other types of pipe were not even a consideration, in his mind, because, as McLellan puts it, “There's too much risk of corrosion.” The system design for the project, crafted by Brendon Yadu of Hydronic Solutions Inc., called for [...]
Tue, Feb 11, 2020
Source: Mechanical Business
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