Articles by Mike Murphy

Geo Training on the Farm

October 1, 2012
What were geothermal aficionados from nine states and Canada and a wide assortment of HVAC trucks and vans jammed into a field at the Oregon Dairy near Lancaster County, central Pennsylvania?

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Murphy’s Law: Vote on Nov. 6

September 24, 2012
However unpredictable my vote may be, like many of you, I go to the polls. It dawns on me that perhaps the most important factor in this election year, (and in many elections past) is the number of people who will not go to the polls — and thereby, will determine the election.

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Taco Invests in Sustainable Education Facility

August 27, 2012
In the midst of a global, regional, and local economic crisis, few would suggest that education is the highest priority capital investment a business should make, and even fewer would make a $20 million investment in that pursuit. However, that is just what Taco Inc. has done. 

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Murphy’s Law: Admit Your Mistakes When You’re Right

AKA: Inventory Planning Gone Crazy
May 14, 2012
Upon occasion, I have been wrong about things, and when that occurs, I am quick to point out what that really means: I thought I was wrong about something but actually turned out to be right.

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Murphy's Law: The Changing American Dream

February 20, 2012
Having just returned from the International Builder’s Show in Orlando, I have to remark that the show has downsized itself quite noticeably. Though what might be called the world’s largest home and garden show is less than its gargantuan self of years past, it is still an awesome event.

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Key Issues Reviewed at AHRI Annual Meeting

January 23, 2012
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) chose the Gulf Coast of Florida as the backdrop for its 2011 Annual Meeting. The meeting provides a forum for industry leadership to review issues that face the organization and review accomplishments.

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Murphy's Law Going into Hibernation

December 26, 2011
It has been my pleasure to write an occasional column for The NEWS for the last seven years. With upcoming changes to our staff responsibilities, those musings will be less frequent. Oh, you will still see a few errant missives from my keyboard, but I’ll mostly be tending to the type of duties admirably handled by Publisher John Conrad during the last 10 years.

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2011 NEWSmaker: MCAA Coalition Fights for Members

December 19, 2011
In a rare occurrence, the NEWSmaker honor is bestowed upon a group of people who worked as part of the MCAA/Construction Industry FASB Coalition (CIFC) on Multiemployer Plan Transparency and Disclosure. 

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Straight Talking With Contractors

Panelists Talk Technology
December 12, 2011
Three contractors representing a spectrum of business styles and opinions on the use of technology spoke to a standing room only crowd of HVACR contractors during the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Contracting Week™.

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An HVACR 2012 Prediction

December 12, 2011
As the holiday season and New Year approach, The NEWS wishes you good times. Really, we do. So, for the next couple of weeks, please have a few donuts and don’t worry about payroll, paying the bills, paying the piper, or even paying attention. 2012 promises to be a good year in the HVACR industry.

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