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Usually I take this space to give a little preview of what’s in the current issue and occasionally I promote something that’s coming up in a future issue of RJ.
This month, it’s all about promoting the October issue. See, for the second time, RJ is going to bestow upon one of its contractor readers the honor of being our Western Contractor of the Year. Last year, as you may recall, the honor went to the men and women of W.J. Maloney Plumbing of Phoenix. Since 1964 a family owned- and operated business, the company had gone through a lot of changes over the decades as the city changed and many of the city’s changes have W.J. Maloney’s fingerprints all over them.
As W.J. Maloney’s reign comes to an end, we’re putting feelers out across the industry in search of the next ascendant to the throne. But we can’t be everywhere and we can’t possibly be familiar with every contracting operation out there. As I like to point out when talking to contractors, RJ relies on its readers to serve as field reporters. So, with that in mind, I’d like to throw it open for nominations.
If you’re an RJ reader — contractor, manufacturer, engineer, whatever — and you know of a contractor here in the West that boasts longevity in business, heavy association involvement, does a lot with technician training, and whose fingerprints are, like W.J. Maloney’s, all over the town it services, don’t hesitate to let us know.
As this is written (July) we do not have a list, long, short or otherwise. We’re starting our search and we genuinely hope you can give us a hand and perhaps call our attention to that great contractor that likes to fly under the radar. We’re going to reveal the next RJ Western Contractor of the Year on social media ahead of the October issue. Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org and monitor our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
I’m looking forward to hearing from all of you and I’m looking forward to meeting the new Contractor of the Year and paying them a visit.