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Skaer-Tactics: Meier Supply Co. Is Not the Biggest Loser

August 11, 2008
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

August 7, 2008
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

August 4, 2008
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

July 29, 2008
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?

July 28, 2008
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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Murphy's Law: Gas Guzzling Making Me Uncomfortable

July 28, 2008
Last Monday’s Breaking News on The NEWS Website references an AP-Yahoo! News poll, that $4 per gallon gasoline is not only causing Americans to drive less, it’s also causing them to cut back on their air conditioning use. Suffice it to say that the price of gasoline is on everyone’s mind.
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Murphy's Law: Pay It Forward

July 23, 2008
Payback is a much-maligned topic these days. Some people say it is coming back in vogue as a selling tool, others say there is no way that a payback story can work. Payback years are like prunes; one never really knows how many are too many until it is too late.
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Murphy's Law: Performance Testing Time

July 16, 2008
“Simply put: HVAC performance testing is quickly becoming a necessity.” Or so says an article by Jim Bergmann that will soon be appearing in The NEWS. The part I am not so sure about is “quickly.”
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I Think... Life Can Be a Real Bitch

July 14, 2008
Does the name Joe Groh ring a bell? He has been in our industry for several years. He told me last week about a bicycling accident that has left him with no feeling in his arms or legs.
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Skaer-Tactics: Airing the Hot, Cold Regarding <I>Time's</I> Klein

July 14, 2008
In his July 7 commentary, Time’s columnist Joe Klein encouraged Americans to “Kill your air conditioner. Solving the energy crisis requires sacrifice. For the good of the country, we should be sweating.”
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