It seems like we were putting together the January 2016 issue just a few days ago and here it is July already. Time flies past just like the magazine issues fly out the door.
This is an interesting issue. Our cover feature is a profile of RAMS Mechanical Services, Inc., a commercial contractor situated pretty much in the center of the stretch of I-35 that runs between Dallas/Ft. Worth, through Austin and down to San Antonio. Reports are the commercial segment in that area is the recipient of a host of election year budget-killing government work and jobs from nervous civilians sweating the election results and building now to dodge any possible inconvenient rules and regulations a new administration may bring.
We haven’t done any surveys to see whether other areas of our Western region are seeing more commercial work on which bids can be reasonably placed. Back in October, though, contractors we surveyed were bullish on commercial across our region (http://bit.ly/28SHCVB). Some three months later, when we published our 2015 Western Trends Survey in the January RJ (http://bit.ly/28R4u6E), contractor respondents were still bullish on commercial, with more than 70% saying they had seen either a “Significant Increase” or an “Increase” in commercial work during the year. It’s also expected to continue its upward trend during 2016.
Another feature this month is Allison Deerr’s examination of commercial plumbing products. She speaks to a whole pack of commercial plumbing product experts and gives us the skinny on how commercial products differ from residential items. (Spoiler Alert: It’s the way they’re built, among other things.)
Finally, we’re featuring the 2016 Radiant & Hydronics Report in this issue. An official publication of the Radiant Professionals Alliance, the 2016 Radiant & Hydronics Report covers technical and educational topics of interest to all radiant heating and comfort professionals. And I think there may be a few of those out there.
On one final note, I’m still looking for another contractor – current or former – to take on writing a few of our Tech Topic columns. The qualifications are simple: You work or worked for/as a contractor, you don’t have the word “Marketing” in your job title, and are familiar with the Tech of the Thing™ owing to your years of field experience. Boom. If that’s you and you’re interested, contact me and we’ll chat, do some paperwork and get you started.
Speaking of which, you notice I wrote “another contractor” up there. That’s because Norman Sanders, the service manager for Marlin Services in Phoenix, will be taking us on a Tech Topic tour of tank water heaters next month. You’ll see him again later this year, as he has graciously accepted the challenge of also providing our November Tech Topic, in which he’ll explain to all of us rocks how a urinal that uses no water maintains sanitation.
Join me in welcoming Norman to the corral. Now that the ice is broken some of you industry experts who always approach me at trade shows with ideas about RJ will take this opportunity to step up and share some of your vast technical knowledge with your colleagues. Hanging it out in front of the whole industry every month is an actual rush, man. If Norman can do it, you can, too.