What started out as a lack of space has turned into a pot of gold for one HVAC contractor. For Wesley Holm of Thompson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling of Cincinnati, the realization that his building was too small was the beginning of the end of keeping a large cache of parts and equipment in his physical inventory. And he couldn’t be happier.
“App” has become such a common word that it will likely find its way into the dictionary soon. It certainly has found its way into everyday personal and business use by millions of Apple iPhone or Google Android smart phone users.
Bob and Leslie Roe, co-owners of Precision Plumbing & Heating Systems Inc., Traverse City, Mich., figured out a way to give back to their community. They chose one local homeowner who needed a new HVAC system based on their extreme needs. In fact, the program was entitled the “Extreme Precision Makeover.”
This is the second article in a five-part economic series offering tools and suggestions to help contractors during changing economic times. The article notes that you may have an untapped resource right under your nose - and it’s too obvious to notice. That untapped resource is your existing customer base.
To many people in Michigan, resort towns like Traverse City are considered part of the “Up North” region. Yet despite the geographical differences, the two areas have been suffering through some challenging economic times as Michigan reels from job losses, decreasing property values, and out-of-state migration.
Despite snowy conditions and subfreezing temperatures in early January, well over 100 people turned out for an energy seminar in suburban Detroit, sponsored by Michigan utility giant DTE Energy. The seminar included tips, suggestions, and how-to information on reducing energy costs.
Employees of Neal Harris Service Experts of Kansas City, The NEWS’ Best Contractor To Work For for the North Central region, know before they walk in the door on their first day that they have a career in HVAC already mapped out and waiting for them if they choose to go for it.
In this issue of The NEWS, we focus on the Internet of Things and its effect on the HVAC industry, examining its impact on the skilled trades labor shortage, on cybersecurity, and on the popularity of self-healing buildings.