Author Archives: Nicholas Upton

HomeServe Finds Majority of Homeowners Not Budgeting for Repairs or Maintenance

By Christa Lohman

NORWALK, Conn. — HomeServe USA (HomeServe), a leading provider of home emergency repair service plans, today announced findings from a new online survey conducted on their behalf by Harris Poll in December 2014 among 2,022 U.S. adults ages 18 and older on how American homeowners are budgeting for 2015. Only 32 percent of homeowners report that they currently budget for ...

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OESP Seeks Candidates for 2015 Awards

Here is your chance to recognize those in our industry that excel.  The Awards Guidelines for OESP can be downloaded.  These guidelines will give you an idea of what it takes to nominate an individual.  In order to nominate your candidate for consideration by committee, you’ll need to put together a basic “story” about the individual or company. That story needs to include ...

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Chromalox Unveils U Series Heat Tracing Accessory

PITTSBURGH — Chromalox, a leading manufacturer of advanced thermal technologies, today announced the availability of a new U Series accessory that represents cutting-edge design in heat tracing accessories. The UESL End Seal Signal Light Kit provides visual indication that a heat trace circuit is energized and is designed for use in Energy and commercial building & construction markets. The NEMA 4X rated ...

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xF Technologies Appoints Tom Stephens to Board of Directors

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — xF Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Stephensas an independent director of the Company, effective immediately. Mr. Stephens’ appointment expands the Company’s board to six directors. “Tom’s in-depth knowledge of the automotive and transportation industry, gleaned from his 43 year career at General Motors, will be invaluable in helping xF Technologies chart a course that ...

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Webinar Training

During my many years in this industry, I have spent hours both teaching and attending training programs. I have traveled to almost every New England state, and beyond, for training that I knew was necessary for me to “stay ahead of the curve,” as the saying goes.

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Nearsighted-Revisited: Cad Conundrum

I recently got involved in a debate on one of the many Facebook groups I belong too. This particular one is just for teachers apprentices and boy-oh-boy do the “greenies” have some great stories about the “old pros” and of course painting tubes and “shortcuts” came up.

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Regulation as Hand-to-Hand Combat

I have often described the process of working legislation, engaging the regulatory community for a necessary change in rule/regulation or permitting a new facility as “hand-to-hand combat.” It is often a long, drawn out, messy, unpleasant, metaphorically bloody, unpredictable and frustrating process. It is also said that the “first causality of war is the battle plan,” which is to say nothing ever goes as planned. If you have ever permitted a new bulk plant and struggled to get it done, you know of what I speak.

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Speaking Up for the Industry

By Stephen Bennett When proposed legislation could help or hurt fuel oil marketers, the industry needs to make itself heard. How does it do that? Chris Herb, for one, calls his “go-to people.” The president of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, based in Cromwell, said, “They’re extremely engaged. They want to be involved and they are actively looking to [participate], ...

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