It is said that every story has two sides, and two recent conversations I had with estimable members of the refrigeration industry vividly illustrated that. Both of these gentlemen have been involved in the industry for a long time -- one on the supplier side and one on the contracting side. The topic of both conversations was the ruling by a United States court of appeals that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot ban the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under Section 612 of the Clean Air Act. The topic was the same, but the conversations were very different.
President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement made headlines, but the Montreal Protocol – and particularly its 2016 Kigali amendment –potentially affects the HVACR industry in a much larger way. Or not. Because at this point, no matter what the government does it’s unlikely to have much of an effect on the water-rushing-downhill force of the low-GWP movement.
President Trump signed the Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow executive order into law June 15, which is designed to expand apprenticeship opportunities in hopes of filling approximately 6 million vacant jobs.
While I suspect that selling a home can be quite arduous, selling a business must be much more challenging. The entire process can take up to three years if the owner is not prepared, according to Bill Pulte, CEO, Pulte Capital Partners LLC.
Do you know an HVACR instructor who is making a difference in his or her students’ lives? Or have you been inspired by an industry trainer? Take a moment to recognize these outstanding educators by nominating them for the 2017 Best Instructor and Best Trainer Awards.
I recently attended ACCA’s IE3 Indoor Environment and Energy Expo in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee. During the varying roundtable sessions, one very important issue stood out — recruiting new technicians. Those in attendance discussed a lot of different recruiting methods. I eagerly listened as contractors spilled their secrets.
Customer service is a key component in every business, including HVAC contracting companies. In fact, customer service may even be more important in a service business because, most of the time, customers are calling because they have some kind of problem with their heating or cooling systems.
It’s no secret the HVACR industry is facing a labor shortage — we’ve covered the topic quite a bit at The NEWS. However, offering good benefits packages can help companies attract and retain employees in this competitive industry. In fact, nearly four in five American workers would prefer new or additional benefits over a pay increase, according to a survey conducted by online job recruiter Glassdoor in partnership with Harris Poll.