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Taking Care of Business: The Initials That Brought Down Communication

By John R. Hall
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If there was ever a set of initials that changed the face of communications as we know it, it is LOL (laugh out loud). This combination of letters, hatched out of the text messaging/e-mail era, exemplifies how little people personally communicate with each other anymore.
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I Think... Mechanical Contractors Deserve a Little TLC

By John Conrad
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Every September The NEWS sponsors a very unique industry summit meeting called HVAC-MechanicalXchange. The event focuses entirely on a SMALL number of mechanical contractors.
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Murphy's Law: HVACR Raps on Safety

By Mike Murphy
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What does rap music and industrial safety have in common? Three employees of ITT Corp. in Morton Grove, Ill., found a novel way to communicate a message about workplace safety.
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Skaer-Tactics: An Industry That Works Together ...

By Mark Skaer
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There was a time not too long ago that this industry was … well … rather disjointed. Manufacturers did their thing. Contractors did their thing. Wholesalers did their thing. Or, so it seemed.
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Taking Care of Business: First Copper, Now Refrigerant Thievery

By John R. Hall
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DATELINE: Columbia, Missouri, late July 2008. “Police are investigating four weekend reports of someone stealing Freon from air-conditioning units in The Pines subdivision in southwest Columbia.
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Skaer-Tactics: Meier Supply Co. Is Not the Biggest Loser

By Mark Skaer
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HVACR wholesale distributor Meier Supply Co. has taken a vested interest in the health - yes, health - of its workers. On July 18 it launched its eight-week Biggest Loser competition.
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Skaer-Tactics: Independent Illinois Contractors Ban Together

By Mark Skaer
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When it comes to getting things accomplished, I am a firm believer that two heads are better than one. It beats going alone all the time.
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Taking Care of Business: Being Small Ain't Bad at All

By John R. Hall
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I was visiting with an HVAC contractor recently who had moved his business from a small shop in the city to his home in a beautiful rural setting. He took a gamble that the move would be better for him.
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Skaer-Tactics: Fore! Schedule Time to Participate

By Mark Skaer
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If you play golf as poorly as I do, you stay away from golf tournaments. No need to embarrass myself. As the saying goes, “Momma did not raise no fool.”
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Taking Care of Business: Are We About to Revive Consolidation?

By John R. Hall
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I know a lot of you are thinking that consolidation has been a dead issue for several years, with only the occasional acquisition of an HVAC contractor making news. The latest acquisition was of Goettl Air Conditioning by ARS. Who will follow up with the next big acquisition news?
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