Service Market

Contractors Adapt to Survive Recession

Some contractors, in an effort to stay afloat, began to diversify the services they offered, allowing them to break into new markets and stay in business during that turbulent time — a trend that is still seen today as the bruised economy continues to recover.


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Contractor Honored for Accomplishments

In just four years, Haitian immigrant Nesli Francois has moved up the ranks with Westborough, Mass.-based Conservation Services Group (CSG), growing from an apprentice to the highly coveted role of energy specialist.


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The Unified Group Shares Strategies

More than 50 members of The Unified Group convened for the organization’s 14th annual Owner’s Forum and Annual Meeting in November to discuss the importance of succession and strategic planning, networking, business success, and more.


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How to Train Techs for Service Calls

As you prepare for a busy winter season, you’ll start having meetings and scheduling training sessions. You do a lot to ensure you earn a decent profit, but these meetings don’t always turn out to be anything more than gripe sessions. Is there another way? 


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2012 NEWSmakers Set Industry Pace

As 2012 races to a close, The NEWS is proud to celebrate those making headlines this year — our NEWSmakers. Rather than lounge around and wait for the industry to come to them, these pacesetters rushed to the forefront, leading by example.


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Manufacturers Work to Meet Demand Due to Hurricane Sandy

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the superstorm it spawned in the northeastern United States, manufacturers represented by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) have increased production to meet the unexpected increased demand for residential and light commercial boilers, furnaces, and heat pumps.


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MSCA Conference Navigates Change

Mechanical contractors gathered from across the nation this fall to attend the Mechanical Service Contractors of America’s (MSCA) Live 2012 Annual Conference in Carlsbad, Calif. “Navigating a Changing World” was the central theme of the event, and each meeting segment focused on some aspect of change in business or life.


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Ring Advocates for Contractors Nationally

Bobby Ring didn’t set out to make the news in 2012, but that is exactly what happened. Now, he’s finding himself in the spotlight once again as one of The NEWS’ 2012 NEWSmakers.


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Contractor Randy Weber Elected to Congress

The HVACR industry now has a voice in Congress. Republican Randy Weber, owner, Weber’s Air and Heat, Pearland, Texas. The freshman congressman is making headlines nationwide, including here in The NEWS as a 2012 NEWSmaker.


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Uncertainty Looms for Contractors in 2013

Government Regulation, Economy Remain Top Concerns
The election has come and gone. And while HVACR contractors held on to hope that November’s ballots would provide a bit of clarity, looming legislative gridlock and unstable economic conditions continue to provide a much murkier forecast.


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NEWSMakers: Jason Vogelbaugh

Jason Vogelbaugh of Alpha Controls drops in to the NEWSMakers podcast to discuss his role with the company, the InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance, and current energy-efficiency projects being worked on. Posted on Sept. 26.

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