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The editors of The NEWS have something to say... and we want to hear back from you! Here's our take on the news of the day. What's yours?

Murphy's Law: HVACR Raps on Safety

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 ...

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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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