Articles by Angela D. Harris

Process Improvements Influence Bottom Line

Moving product from manufacturer to contractor simplifies the definition of wholesale distribution. What it doesn’t account for are the multiple processes that distributors employ to effectively accomplish product movement and customer satisfaction; all while endeavoring to make a profit.


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Shooting Online Video for Beginners

A Simple Guide for Turning Contractors into Videographers

The evolution of communication has brought the HVACR industry to the doorstep of video production. For some, this is a welcome step, but for others the thought of producing effective videos inspires a cold sweat.


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Technician Promoted through Hard Work

When Pete Smith started working for Current Mechanical he had no idea that one day he would become vice president of service. Smith, who started as an entry-level technician, now holds complete responsibility of the company’s service group.


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Dallas Contractor Breathes Life Into Dying Business

In the past several years, Kahn Mechanical has taken on more public work and worship facilities — two areas Ann Kahn noted they wouldn’t have even considered in the company’s early history, but has since acknowledged that both were well worth the effort.


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Customer Service and Family Are King

Contractor Transforms Career, Business

Mike Cottle sets a high standard of business at Cole Services in Garden Grove, Calif. His dedication to the trades began right after high school, when he entered trade school to be a plumber. Over the course of the next 13 years, Cottle spent his time honing his skills, learning HVAC, and working for local service-and-repair companies.


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Construction Recovery Predicted for 2013

The final construction numbers for 2012 aren’t all tabulated yet, but the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC) is making predictions about what some sectors of the construction market will look like in 2013. Nonresidential construction is predicted to expand by 5.2 percent next year.


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Mobile Apps for HVAC

Contractors could consider each app as a specific tool in their electronic tool belt. To help you in your electronic tool gathering, The NEWS has compiled a sampling of some of the manufacturer apps currently available for contractors that can be used in their business or as an added value to their customers.


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3-D Simulation Software Trains Techs

Virtual Program Assists in Troubleshooting and Repair
Interplay Energy develops 3-D interactive simulation training and testing applications. The company was approached about developing a companion program for the HVACR textbook, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology. The end result is the new Delmar Online Training Simulation: HVAC from Interplay Energy.


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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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Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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