A family business, since 1786

By Adam Freill One of the biggest challenges that faces a family business is the passing of ownership and management from one generation to the next. Some companies are able to navigate to a second generation, far fewer to a third, but Canada’s second oldest company has been a family-owned enterprise since 1786. Andrew…

Chic Alors! Warms up to Geothermal

By Denise Deveau When Quebec City-based Chic Alors! owner Hugues Philippin had the chance to build a new restaurant, he decided a geothermal system would be the perfect choice. A mechanical engineer by education, the pizza restaurant owner says he was determined to build the most environmentally sustainable operation he could.…

Mid-winter sales strategies

By Mark Parliament and Alexandra Wennberg Parliament Around this time each year, with early season installs and retrofits pretty much wrapped up, it’s not unusual for sales to seem to flatline for contractors, so the focus goes to sales strategies that will help keep the business profitable during the mid-winter season. For…

McKeough Supply moves into GTA

February 20, 2019 McKeough Supply, a wholesale distributor of HVAC and home comfort products throughout south-west and central Ontario, has opened its first location within the Greater Toronto Area. The new Mississauga, Ont., premises boasts a 2,000 sq ft showroom/retail space and an 8,000 sq ft warehouse to service the needs of HVAC…

Wolseley One Tradeshow offers more

February 19, 2019 The Wolseley One Tradeshow Toronto returns on March 27 with more than 70 plumbing and HVAC/R vendors showcasing their products at the Universal Eventspace in Vaughan, Ont. As well as product showcases, show visitors will also be able to check out demonstrations, sample some of Canada’s finest food and drink and take…

Saniflo parent buys German manufacturer

February 16, 2019 Saniflo Canada parent company, SFA Group, has completed its acquisition of Zehnder Pumpen GmbH, a German manufacturer of pump technology for industry, home and garden. Zehnder Pumpen’s portfolio encompasses more than 1,000 pumps and pump systems for fresh water supply and sewage and wastewater disposal within two…

Moen partners with Nebia on next gen shower

February 15, 2019 Moen has partnered with Nebia, a Silicon Valley-based startup, to work together on shower innovations that will impact how people around the world enjoy and conserve nature’s most precious resource. To kick off their relationship, on February 12, Moen and Nebia will launch the Nebia Spa Shower 2.0 on Kickstarter,…

Wolseley One show is first of many

February 13, 2019 Registration is now open for the Wolseley One Tradeshow Toronto being held in Vaughan, Ont., on March 27, the first of the wholesale distributor’s six shows taking place across Canada this year. Wolseley's existing shows in the GTA and Atlantic regions are expanding to include Western Canada for the first time, with…

Nortek still going strong at 100

February 9, 2019 Nortek Global HVAC is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year by recognizing the accomplishments from the past and focusing on the innovations of tomorrow. Founded in St Louis, Missouri, as the International Oil Heating Co. in 1919, the company gained initial success by manufacturing coal-to-oil conversion…
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