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Master Plumbers/Heating & Cooling Contractors of Wisconsin

THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE PHCC WISCONSIN ASSOCIATION AND MASTER PLUMBERS/HEATING & COOLING CONTRACTORS OF WISCONSIN


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FEATURES

20 A Dazzling Array of Products Seen at KBIS and IBS 27 Highlights from AHR Expo’s Record-Setting Show

REPORTS

PHCC Wisconsin Association P.O. Box 833 • Germantown, WI 53022 888-782-6815 • Fax: 888-287-4116 mail@phcc-wi.org

6 President’s Letter

We’ve Only Just Begun

8 Executive Director’s Report Short-Term, Long-Term

10 President’s Letter

President/Treasurer: Carol De Young, Countryside Plumbing & Heating, Inc., 321 Wisconsin Drive, New, Richmond, WI 54017-2614, 715-246-2660 • Fax: 715-246-2676, carol@countrysideph.com

Thank You PHCC Wisconsin

12 From the Capitol

State Budget Affects Several Industry Programs

14 Zone Director’s Report

New Zone Director Jeff Berndt

16 The Riso Report

Reflections on the National Political Scene

17 CONNECT 2017 Heads to Milwaukee 18 Contractor Seminars Spring 2017 34 Current Recommendations on Drug and Alcohol Policies 37 Federated Insurance Update: Do You ‘Drive S.A.F.E.?’ 38 Wisconsin Housing Starts 39 News Briefs By the Numbers Plumbing & HVAC Apprentice Contests at CONNECT 2017 Janesville Code Class a Success Board Members Recognized by PHCC National Foundation Rundle=Spence Announces New Development Ferguson Open House Celebrates New Showroom CONNECT 2017 Video OSHA Clarification New I-9 Form PHCC Wisconsin Thanks Outgoing President, Director New DSPS Cabinet Secretary Named PHCC Wisconsin Welcomes New Directors, Officers PHCC Wisconsin Membership Video Premiers

4 Advertiser Index/Calendar of Events 4 5 Wisconsin Code Book & POWTS 4

46 Membership Application

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Vice President/Secretary: Fred Gardner, Badger State, Inc., 2507 Fortune Drive, Eau Claire, WI 54703-3898, 715-874-7777 • Fax: 715-874-7778, fred@badgerstateinc.com Immediate Past President: Greg Jones, Dave Jones, Inc., 2225 Kilgust Road, Madison, WI 53713, 608-222-8490 • Fax: 608-222-8503, gjones@davejonesinc.com Directors: Dale Arndt, Arndt & Son Plumbing, P.O. Box 70, Brooklyn, WI 53521, 608-455-6392 • Fax: 608-455-2113, arndtplumbing@frontier.net

INSIDE

2017/18 BOARD OF DIRECTORS PHCC WISCONSIN ASSOCIATION Master Plumbers/Heating & Cooling Contractors of Wisconsin

John Buresh, Tweet/Garot Mechanical, 2545 Larsen Road, P.O. Box 11767, Green Bay, WI 54307-1767, 920-498-0400 • Fax: 920-498-8130, john.buresh@tweetgarot.com Jeffrey Kuhn, S&K Pump & Plumbing, Inc., 20880 W. Enterprise Avenue, Brookfield, WI 53045, 262-782-7190 • Fax: 262-782-9642, jeff@snkpump.com Cal Watters, Watters Plumbing, 1303 Midway Road, P.O. Box 118, Menasha, WI 54952, 920-733-8125 • Fax: 920-733-2713, cwatters@wattersplumbing.net Industry Partner Reps: Howie Heier, Hydro-Flo Products, 3655 N. 124th Street, Brookfield, WI 53005, 920-428-2001 • Fax: 262-781-2228, hheier@hydro-flo.com Jon Hirsch, Auer Steel & Heating Supply, 2935 W. Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53209, 414-349-0019 • Fax: 414-463-0303, jon.hirsch@auersteel.com

Master Plumbers/Heating & Cooling ofBerndt, Wisconsin PHCC National Contractors Director (Zone 3): Jeff Best Plumbing

Rob Spence, Rundle-Spence, 2800 Industrial Drive, Madison, WI 53713, 608-222-0636 • Fax: 608-222-4164, robs@rundle-spence.com and Best Bath, 5080 8th Ave., Marion, IA 52302, 319-393-0255, jeffb@bestbathplumbing.com

Executive Director: Jeff Beiriger, P.O. Box 833, Germantown, WI 53022, 888-782-6815 • Fax: 888-287-4116, jeff@assocmgmtservices.com

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BY CAROL DE YOUNG

WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN

I owe a huge THANK YOU to the entire PHCCWisconsin organization for the warm welcome as your new president. To have the confidence of the membership, the executive director and the board of directors as well as the trade partners and vendors is humbling (and CAROL DE YOUNG a little overwhelming), but overall a tremendous President, Countryside honor and milestone in my Plumbing & Heating life. I hope I can continue She can be reached at to earn your trust and (715) 246-2660 or add new chapters to carol@countrysideph.com the great history of this organization. I also have to express my sincere appreciation to our past president, Greg Jones. Greg has been and continues to be a huge inspiration to me as not only a fantastic leader and innovator, but as an incredible mentor who has an enormous passion for our industry. He is a mind-boggling example of the talent that is out there in the next generation of business owners, exactly the sort of people who we are looking to recruit for the success and future of our industry.

Involvement doesn’t just mean another meeting to add to your already busy schedule But now it’s time for me to get to work! I have so many goals and ideas that I want to share and implement but I am also a realist who knows no one can change the world alone. We need more new members to be able to continue to offer the many benefits that we have in our PHCC toolbox. If you are already a member – thank you! I want to encourage you to join me by supporting our great programs and attending more of our seminars and conventions. I also want you to consider stepping up to be a part of our committees and board of directors. We cannot continue to do this without your involvement. If you are NOT a member of the PHCC – why not? Not only would you get a nice discount on your seminar registrations, but you also get a great discount on your codebooks and 6

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manuals, plus possibly an extra rebate when you buy a new truck! You will be able to utilize all that Jeff Beiriger offers in the way of a voice in our state government, representation on code councils and licensing boards, and the opportunity to network with like-minded people at all of our events. If the PHCC industry has been as good to you as it has been to me and my family, please consider joining with me to “pay it forward” to the next generations and future of our industry. Beyond expanding our membership, we also need more fresh ideas and points of view to keep developing and offering new benefits. I would welcome any opportunity to personally talk to each and every member to encourage you to get involved with our board of directors or help out with our numerous committees and task forces. The old adage that, “Many hands make light work,” is so true. Involvement doesn’t just mean another meeting to add to your already busy schedule: It is a great opportunity to collaborate with some very inspiring industry leaders and share your own fresh and creative ideas and leadership skills. In my new position, I have stepped outside my comfort zone because I feel passionate about the changing needs in our industry, and you could do the same with just a little portion of your time and talents. Please consider becoming an advocate for our industry to help make it stronger and better than ever before! Two of my main goals over the next two years of my term, in addition to recruiting new contractor members and members of our leadership team, are (1) workforce development – getting more young people into the trades and (2) expanding the benefits and opportunities we offer on the heating and cooling side of our association. Past President Greg Jones has created and developed the code seminars that we have been offering throughout the state with great success and he has filled a huge need to keep up-to-date on our ever-changing plumbing codes. However, there is also a similar need to offer something of equal value to the HVAC community. Many of us are working in both sides of the PHCC world – plumbing and heating, but even if you are primarily just one or the other, you know that sometimes there is a very fine line between what is plumbing and what is HVAC. I think there is an equal need for more benefits, training, and updates for our HVAC members too. To achieve this goal, we will be launching a series of similar, technical-oriented seminars as early as this summer for HVAC contractors, with the goal of offering at least four programs during the year. I welcome your suggestions and ideas for the kind of training you are searching for to help you succeed and prosper within your own businesses. Please make a note of my phone number or email address and contact me today with your questions or concerns and to add your name to our list of volunteers and supporters who want to make a difference in the PHCC world! I hope my mailbox is overflowing with emails and letters! I look forward to hearing from you. To close with the inspiring words of Mae West: “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!” SPRING 2017


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REPORT JEFF BEIRIGER

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BY JEFF BEIRIGER

SHORT-TERM, LONG-TERM I read an article recently that explained that many public-sector employees were struggling with the realities of facing yet another cut to their agency budgets. Many expressed that another cut would have long-term, negative effects on the agency and its mission.

The author of the article suggested two options that were pretty straightforward – leave public service or simply follow the instructions they are given. The third option he offered was more intriguing. He noted that in the private sector, businesses that are “unworthy” of staying in business will cease to exist in time. In the public sector, however, he says that it is, “…impermissible for governmental institutions to be, or become, unworthy.” With this third option, the author says that public sector workers have a “moral obligation to advise the elected officials they report to, and the public as well, about the costs and benefits of public spending in both the present and the future.” A “moral obligation” is a pretty high standard for speaking out, I think. So ask yourself this question: If something were to come up that affected the plumbing or HVAC industry, who would speak out on our behalf? Which public sector employee will “have our back” and advise state legislators about the implications of the changes they may be contemplating? I’d like to think there are people in state government who would fairly present the cost and benefits for today and tomorrow. But what if they already left state service? What if they choose instead to simply go along for the ride? What if they don’t exercise their moral obligation? The question, I think, is whether or not to leave this all to chance. Wouldn’t you rather be sure? I think everyone understands that the push is on to make government more efficient. That does not, however, translate into the idea that all regulation is bad regulation. Says who? Maybe you’ve seen the articles in the newspapers talking about occupational licensing in Wisconsin. Legislators are looking at licensing because they are being told that it may be an impediment to people

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getting into a field or that it may artificially increase prices. They are also being told that licensing doesn’t necessarily increase the public’s health and safety benefits. I’m not suggesting that anyone is looking at plumbing, electrical, or HVAC licensing … yet.

This is your program, your industry. Pride of ownership should make us a powerful voice But is it too early for the industry to be thinking about its response if/when the day comes when it is us, and not auctioneers or nail stylists, who will be the ones defending our licenses? Who will speak to costs and benefits? Who will speak to today and the future? Will it be us, or will we simply remain silent while someone waves the flag of “reduced regulation” and “save a dollar” without hearing from those who are affected? As a reminder, there is no general revenue – tax dollars – in operating our programs, only the fees you pay. And it wasn’t government that imposed licenses, permits, codes, inspections, and enforcement on our industry, it was us – the contractors and tradespeople – who sought out the government to provide these services precisely because public health and safety was being ignored. This is your program, your industry. Pride of ownership should make us a powerful voice on every decision that affects our industry! If government officials are supposed to embrace a “moral obligation” to speak up, to talk about costs and benefits, to address the effects of policy – today and tomorrow, shouldn’t we? PHCC Wisconsin is ready. Are you? SPRING 2017


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BY GREG JONES

THANK YOU PHCC WISCONSIN

GREG JONES

CEO and owner of Dave Jones, Inc. He can be reached at (608) 222-8490 or gjones@davejonesinc.com

As my two-year term as president of this great association comes to an end, I can only hope that I have provided as much value to the organization as it has to me. It has meant a lot to me to be able to give back to an industry that has been so rewarding to my family and me. There are a number of people who made my time as president both successful and fun. I want to thank our entire board of directors for their support and dedication. I assure you this group has plenty on their plate outside of PHCC, yet they make time to attend meetings across the state and lend a hand wherever they can. Our executive director, Jeff Beiriger, is the best in the business. He is smart, well prepared, and represents our interests in a manner that we all can be proud of. To Gina Glover and Patty Johnson for their creativity both in our marketing strategies and the excellent magazine that you’re reading today.

To our members and our industry partners, because without you we do not exist. Being a member shows that you understand that we are all stronger when we stand together. Last but not least, I would like to thank Jim Davis. Jim saw our vision for a better brand of education and immediately became the star of our show. I am proud to say that the future of PHCCWI is bright. We are seamlessly transitioning to our next president, Carol De Young. With full confidence I can tell you that she will leave this organization in a better place than where it is today. I have always been impressed by the extraordinary effort and dedication that she provides to our association. If you’re not yet a member of this great association, it’s time to jump on board. It only gets better from here! Sincerely, Greg Jones

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The Wisconsin State Budget has been released – all 900 pages of it – and there are several items that affect the construction industry and, more specifically, the P-H-C industry. Among the construction-related issues is a proposal to eliminate the prevailing wage laws on government projects and to prohibit the use of project labor agreements. The changes in these areas are being touted as a way to lower the cost of public-sector construction projects. Research sponsored by proponents and opponents, not surprisingly, tell different stories. One thing to be mindful of is whether or not the changes affect the number of people entering or remaining in the trades, especially at a time when the industry is desperately seeking new entrants.

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Another issue that is addressed is the issue of taxes, particularly as they relate to a subcontractor’s purchase of materials used in a construction project and the ability of subcontractors to purchase materials for a tax-exempt owner. Closer to home, the budget proposes the elimination of the Plumber’s License Council, which was created in the statutes to address issues related to the various industry licenses. The council hasn’t met recently and was, along with several other councils, the target of an initiative to downsize state government. There is also a proposal to eliminate the licensing examination for certain trades that have an apprenticeship program administered by the Department of Workforce Development. Here, the effect would be the elimination of the plumbing journeyman licensing examination for those who have completed a five-year apprenticeship. The main benefit to the state is that they would no longer have to administer several hundred tests in a given year. Whether the joint apprenticeship committees could administer a comprehensive “final” exam is, as yet, unclear. If there is good news in the budget, it’s that lapsing of funds appears to have stopped. Lapsing has been drawing down the agency budget since 2001-2002, affecting program staffing and services.

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Zone Director's

REPORT Jeff Berndt

Owner of Best Plumbing and Best Bath He can be reached at (319) 393-0255 or jeffb@bestbathplumbing.com

BY JEFF BERNDT

NEW ZONE DIRECTOR JEFF BERNDT

My name is Jeff Berndt and I was installed recently as the new Zone 3 Director, representing Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. I have replaced Jeff Kuhn as your representative on the national board, and I have to tell you I have some really big shoes to fill. I wanted to start by introducing myself and giving you a brief background. I started in the plumbing industry as an apprentice plumber in 1994 with Best Plumbing in Iowa. I attended our local, four-year PHCC apprenticeship program and earned my journeyman license. The following year, while working in the field, I started teaching first-year plumbing for our PHCC apprentice program, which I did for five years. Two years after I earned my journeyman’s license, I sat for and passed the Master Plumber exam. My wife, Molly, and I married in 2002 and we have two children, Morgan (13) and

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Lawson (11). Molly and I purchased Best Plumbing in 2009. Since taking over the company, I have been actively involved on the board of PHCC of Iowa and served as president in 2014/2015. I still work in the field and run the day-to-day operations at Best Plumbing. I am really excited for the opportunity to serve on the national board and look forward to meeting all of you. I’ve already had the chance to visit the PHCC national headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia, for a board orientation and I have to tell you if you

have not had the opportunity to visit there, you really need to. Great history of a great organization! Oh, and the staff isn’t too bad either…. PHCC’s national board of directors met in October and again recently. The first meeting was in conjunction with Connect 2016 – our national convention. I hope you were able to be with us in San Antonio as it was a high-energy educational event, with lots of opportunities to network with contractors and industry partners.  During the board meeting, we discussed a number of challenges and opportunities for our members, and heard staff and committee reports on the progress PHCC is making to protect member interests and provide the resources they need to be successful.  Those dialogues are continuing at each of our meetings. It is an honor to represent you on the national board, and I look forward to seeing you at our national Leadership Program and Legislative Conference, June 10-12 in Washington, D.C., and then again later this year, at Connect 2017, October 4-6 in Milwaukee – right here in our zone! In the interim, please let me know if you have questions and how I can be of assistance in helping you.

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REFLECTIONS ON THE NATIONAL POLITICAL SCENE Less than a few weeks into the new administration, the news coming from the U.S. Senate and the new administration dominates. Recently, President Trump unveiled his selection of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge in Denver, to fill the seat of the late Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump’s selection of Judge Gorsuch, who currently serves on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, has been met with great enthusiasm and criticism in a very short period of time. Gorsuch is known as a conservative and an “originalist” interpreter of the Constitution, meaning his judgments are made based on his interpretations of the intent of the original drafters and adopters of the founding document. While the

process now begins to confirm Gorsuch, there will not be a shortage of information as to Judge Gorsuch’s background, experience and qualifications. Nor will there be a shortage of opinion…. We are beginning to experience a trend to review and delay rules and regulations (from Federal regulatory agencies) impacting PHCC members (and the industry). This was announced by President Trump during his inauguration and in recent press releases from the White House.

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Along those lines, the House passed the PHCC-supported Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) by a vote of 238 to 183. The legislation requires that, “Federal regulations should be narrowly tailored, supported by strong and credible data and evidence, and impose the least burden possible, while implementing congressional intent.” There is a Senate counterpart and PHCC will begin to mobilize its grassroots network system to push the bill in that chamber. Other key issues to be addressed include the Affordable Care Act – replace and repeal – and tax issues, including the repeal of the “death tax,” which can affect the potential for business transfers in our industry.

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BACKFLOW PREVENTION & CROSS CONNECTION CONTROL

Master Plumbers/Heating & Cooling Contractors of Wisconsin

Friday, April 21, 2017 8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center • 1001 Amber Avenue

Stevens Point, WI 54482 • Phone: (715) 344-0200 Attendee Registration TIME

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

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8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration & Product Displays

1.0 CE Credit

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Backflow Prevention & Cross Connection Control

3.0 CE Credits

11:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Product Showcase & Hands-On Learning

1.0 CE Credit

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Luncheon & Product Displays

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2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Industry Update

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

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Proper testing and maintenance of backflow prevention assemblies is key to preventing contaminants from making their way into the potable water within a building or a public water supply. This program will cover the theory behind backflow prevention as well as the relevant sections of the code. In addition, the course will teach you how to identify cross connections, decide on the best methods for preventing cross connections, and review the installation, testing, troubleshooting, and repairing of backflow prevention assemblies. Randy Lorge is the instructor for the program. Randy is a Master Plumber and an experienced plumbing instructor. He has taught apprentice and journey-level plumbers for 20+ years. Recently, Randy took his experience and teaching skills worldwide, leading a group of students competing in a worldwide competition to design and install life-saving plumbing systems in third world countries. The program also features time to interact with vendors, our vendor showcase, a brief safety presentation by Federated Insurance, and an Industry Update by Jeff Beiriger of PHCC-Wisconsin.

*Continuing Education Credits MP and JP will receive 6.0 hours of credit. Commercial and UDC Plumbing Inspectors will receive 5.0 hours of credit. Cross Connection Control Testers will receive 3.0 hours of credit for attending the Backflow Prevention and Cross Connection Control portion of the program.

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About the Presenter Beth Dobkin is a Quality Service Contractors strategic business advisor and coach, a trainer for the Quality Service Contractors, a special interest group within the PHCC National Association. Beth spent most of her career in the contracting business - 16 years in ownership and 28 years in management. After selling the company, Beth became a business coach for a national plumbing franchiser responsible for creating and presenting programs related to our industry and the customer service experience including technician, business development, customer loyalty and basic training. For the last four years, Beth has been a highly-regarded and respected trainer for PHCC and QSC. Originally from New Jersey, Beth now calls California home.

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Real Rain from Kohler features an innovative sprayface design that has a unique nozzle geometry that simulates rain by adjusting the size of the water drops. To recreate the feel of a growing storm, the shower is designed with a water reservoir that relies on gravity rather than the typical pressurized spray to shape the water, using 775 concave nozzles to start the storm off slowly and then grow in intensity. The on-demand deluge feature releases the water in the reservoir, soaking the bather in an extravagant flood of water. For bathers who prefer not to feel too much water on their face as they shower, Real Rain has a 6-inch dry area when not in deluge mode that keeps the rain away from the face. When it is in regular spray mode, Real Rain flows at two gallons per minute.

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fter a three-year stint in Las Vegas, Design & Construction Week (DCW) landed in Orlando, Jan 10-12, 2017. The event, which combines the NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS), brought together more than 80,000 professionals in the largest annual gathering of the residential design and construction industry. Designers, architects, builders, and decorators at the event had miles of aisles to view just-launched new products, prototypes for the future, “smart” technologies, and an eclectic collection of kitchen, bath, and building products for every taste and budget. Below are a few of the products showcased at the events.

Grohe® Essence Semi-Pro kitchen faucet was designed to meet the need of consumers who demand a professionally-inspired kitchen. The faucet operates with a 360-degree turnable spring for a fully rotating spray arm and features a powerful magnet to guarantee seamless docking after use. Available with interchangeable rainbow hoses and two neutral hose colors, matte sheer marble and matte dark gray, the Essence Semi-Pro proves that design and performance go hand-in-hand. The Grohe® ADA-compliant Concetto faucet collection also has a line for the bath – the Concetto XS Single-Hole Faucet and Concetto Wideset ThreeHole Faucet, which were developed to meet the American Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements as the lever is no more than 6 inches high when in use. The levers’ 6-inch adherence means that an individual seated in a wheelchair can activate the faucet within a comfortable range.

American Standard ActiClean selfcleaning toilet combines flushing technology with a fully integrated self-cleaning system. A convenient flip-up door on the tank top houses the control panel with touch buttons for a quick clean (one minute) or a deep clean (10 minutes).The cleaner is released into the bowl and combined with the powerful VorMax® jetted force allows the cleaner to completely scour the bowl from top to bottom. When the soaking time is ended, the system automatically siphons the cleaning agent and rinses the bowl with clear water.

Showcasing minimalistic geometry and crisp design lines, American Standard’s Studio bath collection for hospitality settings as well as for homeowners includes an apron front tub, a shower base, and shower surround and bath wall set with generously-sized shelves. Designed to fit standard five-foot alcoves, these bath components can be installed together or separately to accommodate the exact specifications for the project. To simplify retrofit installation, the Studio apron front tub has remodel-friendly 60- by 32-inch dimensions. It includes integral three-sided, one-inch tile flanges to prevent water seepage, creating a water barrier that makes installation easier. The Studio bathtub and shower walls feature interlocking tongue and groove panels for easy alignment and to preclude seepage. An integral ¾-inch tiling flange on the shower surround helps prevent water leakage. The shower and bathtub surrounds can be mounted directly to studs in new construction – no backer board is needed.

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Colony PRO collection of bath and kitchen faucets from American Standard complements a wide variety of decors in both residential and hospitality settings. This coordinated assortment offers a variety of features – easy installation, drip-free performance, durable metal bodies, and impressive water savings – that are important elements to contractors, specifiers, home builders and facility managers. The widespread bath faucet saves time and labor with its Speed Connect pre-assembled handle installation system that can be dropped in from the top. Both widespread and single-handle Colony PRO bath faucets feature 24-inch stainless steel color-coded supply lines that connect directly to supply stops to further simplify installation.

A commercial offering from American Standard, the NexGen Selectronic faucet line, includes the SmarTherm technology that incorporates ASSE 1070-certified thermostatic hot water temperature limiter into the faucet. The user is automatically protected from scalding due to a spike in hot water temperature or an interruption to the cold water flow. It also eliminates the need to specify and install a separate thermostatic mixing valve and the need for a control box below the deck. This shortens the installation time because only the water connections are made under the sink. All serviceable components are easily accessible after removing the faucet cover with one screw.

Taking inspiration from its naturally iridescent namesake, a gleaming new Pearlescent glaze lends an opulent and luminous beauty to select upscale fixtures from luxury brand DXV. Pearlescent, the traditional name for the blend of minerals that creates a delicate glimmer on the interior of oyster shells, has been used since ancient times to beautify home decor. This same opalescent sheen will be showcased in the rectangle, round and square DXV Pop® collection of vessel sinks. Available in spring 2017.

TOTO’s new intelligent NEOREST AC Wall-Hung Toilet cleans the bowl with Actlight Cleansing Technology, which offers a unique titanium dioxide and zirconium glaze on the bowl’s surface activated by the UV light in its lid for increased cleanliness. The toilet features auto-open/close and auto-flush options, an integrated Washlet personal cleansing system, and an in-bowl catalytic deodorizer. Like other TOTO toilets, this model uses the company energy-efficient Tornado dual-flush system, which consumes 1.28-gpf for the full flush and 0.9 for the light.

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A Dazzling Array of PRODUCTS Kohler’s Rely Shower Receptor was designed to address consumer safety and ease of installation and durability requirements of contractors. The receptor is a continuous bead spanning the entire threshold of the reception, which when paired with a Kohler shower door prevents water leakage. The receptor was designed with the lowest possible step-over threshold minimizing any tripping risk, along with a specially textured floor to help prevent slips and falls. The receptor has numerous sizes and drain placement options.

New Kennon sinks from Kohler feature Neoroc material with matte finish that complements any countertop material or color. Neoroc is a proprietary material engineered for durability to resist scratches and stains, and is impact- and heat-resistant to 750 degrees F. Neoroc is constructed with built-in UV inhibitors to prevent fading so it can maintain its rich, dimensional color. Options include a double-equal sink and a single bowl to fit a standard 36-inch base cabinet and can be top- or under-mount installed.

Delta’s HydroRain™ Two-In-One Shower Head includes options to use the raincan shower, the fixed shower head, or both showers simultaneously. Available in five spray settings, including full spray, massage spray, full spray with massage, shampoo rinsing spray and pause, the shower comes in Chrome, Brilliance Stainless, Venetian Bronze® and Polished Nickel finishes.

To address design trends and preferences, Delta Faucet is introducing the new Black Stainless finish. Less reflective and warmer than traditional stainless steel, the new finish offers a modern look that pairs well with black stainless appliances and a variety of finishes. In addition to the new Black Stainless finish, Delta Faucet will expand its Matte Black finish into the Ara® and Trinsic® bath collections, as well as the shower fixtures within the Zura™ collection.

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A Dazzling Array of PRODUCTS The UFFIZI Collection of faucets by Fortis (exclusively distributed by Pfister), delivers “clear” luxury through the use of handcrafted Italian glass. The design enables the user to actually see the water rise in an elegant glass cylinder before it cascades over the chrome spout. The collection includes a widespread, single control vessel and wall mount lavatory faucets as well as coordinating accessories and is available in polished chrome.

Brand new is the U by Moen™ shower. The WiFi/cloud-based digital shower offers mobile connectivity and personalization, providing homeowners countless ways to create their ideal showering experience with the push of a button. The digital shower controller features a five-inch non-touch LCD screen that provides feedback on the shower status through onscreen messaging and notifications. Features include customizing the preference from time to temperature and powering the shower from the bed with an alert when it’s ready. With the compact digital valve design and 30-foot data cable between the valve and the controller, the location of the valve can be put wherever is most convenient for the plumber.

InSinkErator® introduced its Fresh Kitchen™ collection including disposals, colored and scented baffles, and cleansing pods. The Fresh Kitchen disposer is fitted with a colorful backpack and dispenses a refreshing agent that neutralizes odors and leaves behind a light fragrance of lemon, lime, or orange. The baffle will also be available in three hues and seasonal scents. A disposer cleansing pod provides gentle cleansing so the disposer smells clean and fresh with daily use. The Fresh Kitchen products will be available in late 2017.

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The Rheem Prestige® Series Hybrid Electric Water Heater is designed to reduce hot water energy use by up to 73 percent. The Prestige can provide homeowners with $4,000 in energy cost savings over 10 years, and pay for itself in less than two. It provides a 70-gallon First Hour Delivery and operates at a 3.5 Energy Factor. These water heaters are duct-ready units (no adapter required) that can fit in smaller install locations and are compatible with a wider range of climates. Easy access to electrical connections and two-side shipping speed up installation.

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A Dazzling Array of PRODUCTS Rheem also launched a line of Builder Select™ products (and Ruud Builder Advantage™ line) designed specifically for single family and multi-family new construction. The Builder Select line includes: gas furnaces, which feature mid-efficiency operation up to 95 percent AFUE, multi-poise design, and LED control panel display; air conditioners that are quiet and offer efficient 13 or 14 SEER operation with an easily accessible control box; air handlers which ensure comfortable air is constantly flowing with quiet and efficient ECM motor technology and factory-installed auxiliary heat; and custom coils that are constructed of aluminum fins bonded to internally grooved aluminum tubing.

The American Standard AccuClean™ Air Cleaner is a whole-house air filtration system. Its technology removes up to 99.98 percent of airborne particles from the air, trapping particles as small as .1 micron in size. These particles include dust, pollen, pet hair and dander, dust mites, mildew, lint, fungus, most tobacco smoke, cooking grease, and even bacteria.

American Standard’s Heating & Air Conditioning’s Gold S9X2 Furnace features four major subsystems including an industry-first integrated furnace control board that allows for more intuitive diagnostics; a new Vortica® II blower that quietly delivers more airflow; stainless steel primary and secondary heat exchangers that are more durable and corrosion resistant than aluminized steel; as well as a three-way poise (up, left or right) and dedicated downflow with multiple venting options in each poise for installation flexibility.

Viega debuted In-Wall Flushing Technology, which can be installed within any wall in the bathroom, rather than being limited to plumbing fixtures. Fully accessible, it can be mounted at varying heights. No areas for dirt to be trapped between the ceramic bowl and floor, making it easier to clean the bowl and surrounding area. Maintenance of the system is simple; the flush plate offers direct access to internal components. The dual-flush tank provides two flushing options.

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The latest programmable, digital thermostat from American Standard, the AccuLink™ Platinum 1050 Smart Control, offers complete home comfort control with its built-in Nexia Bridge, which allows it to connect to more than 200 Z-Wave products. The unit also has the ability to control indoor temperatures on a room-by-room basis, as well as view five-day weather forecasts and live weather reported.

Uponor Climate Control Zoning System II is the company’s next generation in wireless controls for residential hydronic radiant floor heating systems. Climate Control Zoning System II features Autobalancing technology, which calculates the actual energy need of single rooms and adapts the heat output of each loop by controlling the actuator’s on and off cycle. For example, a short loop might get 20 percent “on” time while a long loop receives 60 percent “on” time. This technology allows the system to react to temperature changes faster and offers greater energy savings in the process. The complete Climate Control Zoning System II offering consists of a base unit, an expansion module and digital or dial thermostats. A single base unit in the system can support up to six thermostats and eight actuators. Adding an expansion module will increase the number of thermostats and actuators the system can handle to 12 and 14 respectively.

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HR Expo 2017 Jan. 30 - Feb. 1 in Las Vegas set all-time show records, attracting more than 2,000 exhibitors and 68,615 attendees, making it one of the largest events for mechanical contractors. New product and technology roll-outs were featured at almost every booth. Below is a very small sampling from some of the bigger players.

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Grundfos’ SCALA2 Grundfos’ SCALA2 domestic booster pump is designed to boost water pressure from city mains, shallow wells and storage tanks serving residential buildings with up to three floors and eight taps. An intelligent pump control sensor compares measured and desired water pressures, adjusting pump speed accordingly and ensuring a perfect water pressure through the system.

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Grundfos’ PACOpaQ Grundfos’ PACOpaQ pairs reliable centrifugal pumps with the intelligence and efficiency of a dedicated HVAC control, the HVAC packaged pumping system automatically determines the most efficient speed and optimum number of pumps needed to meet desired flow and pressure. It is designed for chilled and hot water distribution, condenser water, geothermal loop, district heating and cooling, and many other water-based systems.

Armstrong Fluid Technology’s Design Envelope Vertical-In-Line Retrofit allows building owners to replace the moving parts of an installed Armstrong constant speed pump while retaining the existing pump casing, insulation and piping. This innovative solution reduces the costs for equipment, shipping and scrap as well as installation labor. Design Envelope doesn’t require differential pressure sensors, wall-mounted drives or additional wiring, and because it reuses the existing casing, there’s no need for a pressure test after the installation. With all of these savings in installation time, labor costs for the retrofit project are kept to a minimum.

Viega’s ProRadiant™ Insulated PEX Barrier Piping System Viega’s ProRadiant™ Insulated PEX Barrier Piping System for its snow melting system is suitable for helipads, loading docks, parking garages and stairs. The system’s highcompressive strength makes it ideal for burial under areas with high traffic loads or foot traffic. The “smart” membrane between the outer casing and insulation enhances and maintains the insulation value, keeping operating performance high throughout the pipe’s service life.

REHAU’s EVERLOC+ REHAU’s EVERLOC+ compression-sleeve fitting system is designed for use with RAUPEX® UV shield PEXa pipe in potable water applications, with polymer and lead-free brass fittings in diameters up to 2 in. Connections are made using a two-step expansion and compression process, both performed by the EVERLOC+ power tool, specifically designed for assembling EVERLOC+ fittings. First, the pipe is expanded, then the sleeve is actively compressed over the pipe and fitting for a secure connection that is immediately ready for pressure testing. Sizes up to 1 in. will be available at distributors in the United States and Canada beginning in March. A large diameter program in 1¼- to 2-in. sizes will be available in July. 28

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B&G Series e-80SC

Bell & Gossett’s e-Series line Bell & Gossett’s e-Series line achieves 2020 DOE energy conservation requirements. Series e-60 small flex coupled in-line centrifugal pump is the first product in the water handling market equipped with highly efficient electronically commutated motor (ECM) technology. It also contains a B&G patented XL-11® precision-crafted bearing system, advanced fluid passage design and a permanently lubricated motor to guarantee effective and quiet pump operation.

B&G Series e-80SC sensored and sensorless in-line centrifugal pumps efficiently run across the widest range of operating conditions. All e-80SC models feature a jackscrew design, making it the only inline pump on the market that is serviceable by one person. Series e-80 and e-80SC models can be configured with the TECHNOLOGIC VFD that delivers variable speed pumping to control speed, pressure, flow and level over a wide range of hydronic applications.

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B&G’s e-1510 B&G’s e-1510 single stage end suction centrifugal pump reduces electricity consumption, improves overall system performance and lowers life-cycle costs. It is engineered with cutting-edge computational fluid dynamics design technology, which improves overall system performance.

Taco’s SmartPlug™ Taco’s SmartPlug™ will optimize hot water system efficiency and reduce electrical consumption up to 94% while saving 12,000 gallons of water per year. The device adds intelligence to standard on/off hot water recirculation (HWR) pumps. Rather than plugging the standard HWR pump into the wall, plug it into the SmartPlug for improved, house/family-specific function. In the “Smart” mode, the SmartPlug monitors and records weekly household hot water use patterns and adjusts HWR cycles accordingly. That way, hot water is provided quickly at all fixtures, only when needed. The device offers an optional “Pulse” mode in which the circulator will cycle on and off to maintain hot water at all fixtures. After 36 hours of inactivity, the device automatically turns off the pump until a need for hot water is detected; in this mode, it also cycles on once every seven days for 10 seconds to prevent corrosion or scale buildup. SmartPlug can be used with any Taco domestic water 00® circulator with a 110 Volt line cord. No programming is required.

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Taco’s 0015e3™ Taco’s 0015e3™ is a three-speed hydronic ECM circulator for contractors who want the same simplified technology as the 007e, but prefer the option of three easy settings for maximum head pressure to match system requirements – low (5 feet), medium (10 feet), and high (18 feet) with 16 gpm maximum flow. The 0015e3 delivers the same performance, reliability and ease of installation that made the 00® Series circulators famous.

Intellihot Intellihot’s signature iQ Series and iSeries commercial tankless water heaters have been completely revamped and redesigned. All models are IoT and Wi-Fi enabled, come equipped with an intuitive on-unit touch screen that displays usable operational data and prognostics, and can be managed and monitored remotely with a mobile app.

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Appleton/Green Bay Able Distributing........................................................................(920) 830-2378 A.I. McDermott ............................................................................(920) 499-4253 Badger Metals-Appleton.......................................................(920) 739-7391 Design Air .......................................................................................(920) 494-5678 Ferguson Enterprises-Appleton .......................................(920) 830-8000 First Supply-Appleton .............................................................(920) 739-3136 First Supply-Green Bay ...........................................................(920) 337-9004 Gustave A. Larson - Appleton ............................................(920) 739-4451 Gustave A. Larson - Green Bay...........................................(920) 499-0866 Mid-State Supply .......................................................................(920) 964-0444 Design Air .......................................................................................(920) 499-5461 Temperature Systems, Inc. ...................................................(920) 499-0900

Intellihot’s telliBot Intellihot’s telliBot is an IoT and Wi-Fi-enabled smart condensate neutralizer that is able to convert any water heater or boiler into a smart device. It’s equipped with carbon monoxide and gas sensors, water temperature sensors, and water leakage sensors. Users receive mobile app notifications when water or gas leaks are detected to prevent damage.

Eau Claire Ferguson Enterprises ...............................................................(715) 835-5151 First Supply ....................................................................................(715) 832-6638 Gustave A. Larson ......................................................................(715) 834-5096 Goodin Company ......................................................................(715) 830-1800 JH Larson.........................................................................................(715) 834-3111 Fond du Lac Mid-State Supply .......................................................................(920) 929-9540 Rundle-Spence............................................................................(855) 329-2800 Hayward JH Larson.........................................................................................(715) 934-2707 Hudson Ferguson Enterprises ...............................................................(715) 386-5525 JH Larson.........................................................................................(715) 386-2388 Janesville Connors Supply ..........................................................................(608) 757-1300 La Crosse Ferguson Enterprises ...............................................................(608) 788-3700 First Supply ....................................................................................(608) 784-3839 Gustave A. Larson ......................................................................(608) 785-7050 Design Air .......................................................................................(608) 781-6400 Dakota Supply Group..............................................................(608) 781-2000

Telkonet Telkonet introduced one of the first devices able to control newer variable refrigerant flow (VRF) HVAC systems, the EcoSmart VRF Controller. It can be integrated with new VRF, VRV and VRP systems to provide in-room control of heating and air-conditioning. The EcoSmart VRF Controller and the remote user interface components form a wirelessly controllable thermostat with over 125 configurable settings used to control the efficiency of HVAC systems for optimized energy savings. Because it is digital, setup is simple and fast.

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Telkonet’s EcoTouch+ Telkonet’s EcoTouch+ battery wireless thermostat features a modern glass touch screen with LED display and intuitive controls. A built-in occupancy sensor only activates the screen when a person is nearby, helping to best manage battery life. The combination of a wireless display and battery-operated power source allows complete freedom to install the thermostat anywhere, integrating the EcoTouch into the overall interior design; and when room renovations dictate relocation, moving the thermostat only takes a few minutes. 32

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Rice Lake Dakota Supply Group..............................................................(715) 234-4370 Sheboygan Honold & LaPage .......................................................................(920) 457-7755 Superior Ferguson Enterprises ...............................................................(715) 392-2202 Upper Penisula - MI Design Air .......................................................................................(906) 776-0810 Ferguson Enterprises ...............................................................(906) 786-6180 Northern Heating Supply .....................................................(906) 786-5252 Prime Supply ................................................................................(906) 779-5522 Wittock Supply ............................................................................(906) 774-4455 Wittock Supply ............................................................................(906) 786-5077 Wittock Supply ............................................................................(906) 228-9570 Upper Penisula - WI Fluid Handling, Inc. ...................................................................(414) 358-2646

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Smart idea. The SmartPlug Instant Hot Water ControlÂŽ has been awarded the 2017 AHR Expo Innovation Awards Product of the Year, and with good reason: it upgrades any corded hot water recirculation pump to a smart pump, so your customers can enjoy the additional energy savings and comfort that come with smart technology. Installation is quick and easy: attach the included sensor to the hot water supply line. Then plug the circulator into the SmartPlug, and the SmartPlug into a 110v wall outlet. No programming, timers or aquastats are needed. The SmartPlug is just one reason why more pros are looking to Taco for new and better comfort solutions.

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CURRENT RECOMMENDATIONS ON DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICIES Prepared for the PHCC Educational Foundation by TPO, Inc.

Drug and alcohol abuse can take a heavy toll on the workplace. Substance abusers are much more likely to miss work, be less productive, be involved in an on-the-job accident, injure themselves or others, and file workers’ compensation claims. They can affect other employees who have to fix their mistakes. Also, medical and recreational marijuana legalization in some states and the increasing use of heroin complicate employers’ creation of a drug-free workplace. MARIJUANA- AND HEROIN-SPECIFIC FACTORS One of the best ways to establish a drugfree workplace is to create a written drug-free workplace policy. When writing such a policy, you should keep in mind your state’s laws regarding medical and recreational marijuana. An increasing number of states are legalizing medical or recreational marijuana. The states vary in the specific laws, and their policies are constantly evolving. Local governments are also getting involved. Stay informed about what your locality and state are doing regarding marijuana and how that could affect your enforcement of a drug-free workplace policy. At this time, 25 states and the District of Columbia allow some amount of medical marijuana use. See the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL’s) webpage on state medical marijuana laws for more information (http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/ state-medical-marijuana-laws.aspx). Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, so that possession of small personal consumption amounts is a civil or local infraction rather than a state crime or is the lowest misdemeanor, without jail time. For 34

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more on decriminalization, see the NCSL’s webpage on decriminalization ( h t t p : / / w w w. n c s l . o r g / r e s e a r c h / civil-and-criminal-justice/marijuanaoverview.aspx#7). You can still maintain a drug-free workplace because marijuana is illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act. Apart from keeping track of your state and local laws, focus on the actions listed below regarding drug-free workplace policies and drug testing in order to better protect yourself from legal liability while deploying your drug-free workplace strategies. According to the Centers for Disease Control, heroin use and heroin overdose related deaths have increased dramatically since the early 2000s. Heroin presents challenges that should be considered in implementing a drug testing policy. Because of the nature of the drug, there’s a specific regime that goes into testing for heroin. If you are concerned about heroin use by your employees, talk to the provider of your drug testing to ensure that the testing regime includes heroin-specific factors. More generally, you can take the following actions to minimize the risks of substance abuse in your business: as mentioned above, establish a written drug-free workplace policy; implement

drug testing; train supervisors; educate employees; and provide employee assistance. Even if you can’t do all five, choosing as many as possible, as well as familiarizing yourself with relevant law, can help reduce the risk of substance abuse.

ESTABLISH A WRITTEN DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE POLICY A written drug-free workplace policy should include a statement of why the program is being implemented; a list of what is being forbidden; and an explanation of the consequences for violating the policy. The policy should specify the situations in which employees will be tested, what substances are being tested for, the types of tests, the consequences for refusing to be tested, and the consequences if an employee tests positive. Explain the testing procedures, since many states require specific types of testing for particular substances. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers helpful tips for creating a drugfree workplace policy, including reasons for such a policy, what to take into account, and basic elements of a good policy (http://www.samhsa.gov/ workplace/toolkit/develop-policy). SPRING 2017


IMPLEMENT DRUG TESTING You should answer the following questions before implementing drug testing: • What are the relevant federal, state, and local laws affecting employer drug testing? • Who will be tested? • When will tests be conducted (for example, pre-employment, upon reasonable suspicion, post-accident, randomly, periodically, or on return to duty)? • For which drugs will testing be conducted? • How will tests be conducted? It’s important to consider federal and state laws regarding drug testing. For example, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) distinguishes between alcohol and illegal drugs. An illegal drug user is not protected by the ADA, while a person who uses alcohol is protected. An alcoholic is considered a person with a disability and is protected by the ADA as long as alcohol use does not affect job performance. An employer may have to accommodate an alcoholic. You can and should hold an employee who abuses alcohol to the same performance standards applicable to all employees. However, you cannot discipline an alcoholic more harshly SPRING 2017

than a non-alcoholic. You can and should prohibit the use of alcohol in the workplace and can require that employees not be under the influence of alcohol during the workday. Answering the last two questions listed above will help you determine what type of testing you’d like to conduct. Urinalysis, the most common method of testing, is done at a contracted doctor’s office, lab, or any other testing site selected by the employer. Note that a positive urine test does not necessarily mean a person was under the influence of drugs at the time of the test. Rather, the test detects and measures use of a particular drug within the previous few days and has become the de facto evidence of current use. Because alcohol passes rapidly through the system, urine tests must be conducted very quickly after alcohol consumption in order to ensure any degree of accuracy. For this reason, urine tests are generally not helpful in detecting alcohol use as opposed to illicit and prescription drug use, which is more easily traced in urine. Also, do the following: • Allow employees to list any prescription drugs they are taking before the tests. • If the employee tests positive, allow the employee time for explanation and document the conversation for ADA purposes. • Keep drug test records and

"EMPLOYEES WILL BE LESS LIKELY TO ENGAGE IN SUBSTANCE ABUSE IF THEY KNOW THE DAMAGE IT CAN CAUSE BOTH PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY." medical information separate from the employee’s personnel file. • Train supervisors to enforce the company’s policy consistently. • Conduct pre-employment testing after a conditional offer of employment. An employer that conducts testing pre-offer could be violating the ADA. Also, once someone is employed, many states offer substantial protections to the employee if he or she tests positive. Be aware of the drug test notification laws in your state. A number of states have laws requiring employers to inform employees of a positive drug test result, and even negative results in some states. That’s why it’s always important to consult with an HR expert or legal counsel when establishing drug testing policies. The Wisconsin PHC Contractor

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TRAIN SUPERVISORS Whether you’re training supervisors or educating yourself on how to promote a drug-free workplace, the following is necessary: • Supervisors must know the company’s alcohol and drug-free workplace policy. • The supervisor must be aware of his or her specific responsibilities in implementing the policy. • The supervisor should be familiar with ways to recognize and deal with employees who have job performance problems that could be related to alcohol and other drugs. The supervisor should be able to recognize impairment if you use reasonable suspicion testing and document the impairment before drug testing. Also, keep in mind the following principles when training supervisors to confront an employee whose performance problems may be related to drug abuse: • Stick to the facts as they affect work performance. Do not accuse the employee of alcohol or drug use. Allow the employee to broach the subject of alcohol or drug use. Focus on performance – not alcohol or drug use. • Do not rely on memory. Have all supporting documents and records available. • Explain company policy concerning performance. • Explain the consequences if performance expectations are not met. • Offer help in resolving performance problems. • Identify resources, such as an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), for help in addressing personal problems.

EDUCATE EMPLOYEES Employees will be less likely to engage in substance abuse if they know the damage it can cause both personally and professionally. Include your drug policy and practices as part of new employee orientation and review them annually to ensure that employees are aware of the risks of substance abuse. Employee education should involve 36

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the impact that alcohol abuse and drug use have on the workplace and factual information about addiction and the major drugs of abuse. It should also include the workplace policy statement, drug-testing practices, and what employees can do if they are faced with an alcohol or drug abuse problem.

OFFER EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE An EAP can help employees decide what to do about their alcohol or drug problem or that of one of their family members, and an employee assistance professional can meet with them and help them develop a plan. Some life and disability insurance plans offer an EAP as part of your benefits, so check there first for coverage. You can also contact the Employee Assistance Professionals Association or the Employee Assistance Society of North America for referrals. If your company doesn’t have an EAP and you have an employee who has tested positive or volunteered that they have a substance abuse problem, encourage the employee to seek help. Do not ask the employee if he or she has a substance abuse problem or suggest that the employee does; allow the employee to volunteer the information. Maintain a list of therapists and treatment facilities that specialize in the treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction. Your local National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence is a good resource for information about treatment. You can also support your employees by offering reasonable time off the job if they require treatment for drug

addiction and by providing adequate coverage for chemical dependency in your healthcare benefits. If your business has at least 15 employees, you will need to be mindful of the ADA. If you have 50 or more employees, you will be subject to the Family Medical Leave Act. Consult those laws and HR or legal counsel when determining how to deal with employee leave concerning substance abuse. Drug policy and testing is a complex issue from a personnel and legal perspective. If you articulate your policy and take actions to protect yourself legally – especially by consulting federal, state, and local laws, as well as an HR or legal expert – you’ll be more likely to minimize substance abuse in your workplace and avoid litigation. This content was developed for the PHCC Educational Foundation by TPO, Inc. (www.tpo-inc.com). Please consult your HR professional or attorney for further advice, as laws may differ in each state. Laws continue to evolve; the information presented is as of October 2016. Any omission or inclusion of incorrect data is unintentional. Please note this article is not intended to provide legal advice or to substitute for supervisor employment law training. The PHCC Educational Foundation, a partnership of contractors, manufacturers and wholesalers was founded in 1987 to serve the plumbing-heating-cooling industry by preparing contractors and their employees to meet the challenges of a constantly changing marketplace. If you found this article helpful, please consider supporting the Foundation by making a contribution at http://www.phccfoundation.org. SPRING 2017


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Risky driving habits typically develop over time and can be hard to break. Keeping the S.A.F.E. factors in mind may help you overcome the temptation to engage in behind-the-wheel conduct that puts you and others in danger. Before each trip: • Give yourself ample time to get where you’re going. Not only does it feel good to be early and not rushed, you can significantly reduce your chances of being involved in a crash. • Make a commitment to pay attention to the task at hand, mentally and physically. Be on the lookout for inattentive drivers and drive defensively. • Get enough rest to help ensure peak mental awareness so you can react to hazards that may require split-second maneuvers. • Remain in control of your emotions and act responsibly. Put space between you and motorists whose actions aren’t sensible. Drive S.A.F.E. has one goal: to help keep you and your loved ones out of harm’s way. Please make it home safely today! For more information on all of Federated’s risk management programs, contact your local marketing representative, or visit www.federatedinsurance.com.

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WISCONSIN HOUSING STARTS

SEPTEMBER THRU DECEMBER 2016

Single Family Dwelling Building Permits

NUMBER OF DWELLING UNITS

City Appleton

Eau Claire

Fond du Lac

Green Bay

Janesville/Beloit

LaCrosse/Onalaska

Madison

MilwaukeeWaukeshaWest Allis Oshkosh-Neenah

Racine

Sheboygan

Wausau

AVERAGE VALUE PER DWELLING UNIT

Units

Percent Change

Value ($)

Percent Change

Sept

30

-11.8

287,700

42.4

Oct

36

-10.0

305,000

14.6

Nov

15

-37.5

294,300

32.7

Dec

18

-18.2

231,800

-20.3

Sept

49

0.0

252,700

9.1

Oct

57

29.5

228,800

-1.3

Nov

29

31.8

255,600

28.2

Dec

8

-33.3

278,000

33.6

Sept

11

120.0

190,000

-19.5

Oct

5

0.0

196,800

-17.0

Nov

8

100.0

242,000

-9.9

from same time last year

from same time last year

Dec

1

-75.0

275,000

3.2

Sept

69

25.5

243,200

4.6

Oct

71

-1.4

251,000

14.9

Nov

47

14.6

279,900

30.8

Dec

41

41.4

236,000

6.4

Sept

5

-64.3

232,300

-2.8

Oct

12

-33.3

245,800

2.2

Nov

6

-40.0

254,100

3.3

Dec

5

-37.5

239,300

-2.8

Sept

25

19.0

218,600

-6.5

Oct

28

64.7

211,200

-16.1

Nov

37

825.0

209,900

-33.7

Dec

6

0.0

260,900

23.8

Sept

131

2.30

288,400

5.8

Oct

131

-5.1

303,100

3.3

Nov

199

151.9

277,100

-7.6

Dec

109

-7.6

329,400

-2.1

Sept

148

24.4

342,100

-5.6

Oct

121

-15.4

388,200

19.2

Nov

130

-0.8

329,900

-5.4

Dec

111

20.7

334,800

6.3

Sept

33

73.7

277,200

4.1

Oct

13

-38.1

291,100

13.2

Nov

20

5.3

237,200

-2.0

Dec.

11

-35.3

297,900

32.2

Sept

15

-16.7

340,700

10.8

Oct

23

27.8

253,100

-13.2

Nov

10

-16.7

287,000

19.8

Dec

11

0.0

276,700

9.5

Sept

3

200.0

233,300

483.2

Oct

1

0.0

284,500

0.0

Nov

0

0.0

0

0.0

Dec

0

0.0

0

0.0

Sept

14

-33.3

214,000

-8.2

Oct

10

-23.1

244,200

14.7

Nov

8

-20.0

222,600

-3.6

Dec

10

25.0

261,600

28.3 Source: U.S. Bureau of Census and Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University

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BRIEFS BY THE NUMBERS

10.1

+

Wisconsin’s construction unemployment rate in December according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number is higher than the national average for December but does not take into consideration regional differences that can affect employment rates, such as weather. In mid-2016, for instance, Wisconsin’s construction unemployment rate was below the national average at 4.0 percent.

$1 BILLION

+

The deficit in Wisconsin’s transportation budget. Filling this gap with taxes, fees, or borrowing will be a major issue in the state’s budget discussion and will also be a key issue for federal legislators who campaigned on increased infrastructure spending nationwide.

4.7

+

The number of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 construction workers in Wisconsin according to the State Laboratory of Hygiene. That rate for construction workers is down from 5.5 in the prior year, but still remains above the average for other industries in the State.

+

The number of skilled workers needed in the construction trades in Wisconsin by the year 2019, enough to fill the seats of Lambeau Field and leave another 6,000 standing in the aisles.

82,245

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BRIEFS PLUMBING & HVAC APPRENTICE CONTESTS AT CONNECT 2017

Do you know an apprentice who would like to participate in the 2017 Plumbing & HVAC Apprentice Contests, held during CONNECT 2017 in Milwaukee? It’s a great opportunity for an apprentice to demonstrate his or her knowledge and skills in an event that is exciting not only for participants, but for visitors as well. At CONNECT 2016, HVAC apprentices were tested on their skills of brazing, wiring, troubleshooting, air testing, recovery and charging methodologies, and a written test. Plumbing apprentices at the competition featured handson tasks that consisted of installing both the plumbing rough and finish for a full bathroom, including setting of the water closet, lavatory and trimming out the shower. Six industry professionals observed the competitors,

judging them on accuracy of measurement, neatness, quality of workmanship, accuracy of plan interpretation, written instruction, and finally, a pressure test. Prizes are awarded to the top 3 finishers in each category. Applications will be available soon at www.phccweb.org. Click on Education and Events/Apprentice Contests.

JANESVILLE CODE CLASS A SUCCESS

Jim Davis, far right, was the instructor for the water sizing code class held Jan. 27 in Janesville. PHCC-WI welcomed 70 attendees to the class, up about 15 percent from 2016.

Domestic Water Storage Tanks

Corrosion-resistant metal air valve

100 PSI working pressure

Interior Epoxy Coating

Durable Parabolic Diaphragm

Positive lock retention system

Electrostatically applied powder coated exterior

Welded steel base

5-Year Limited Warranty

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Wautoma

De Pere

Fond du Lac

W7810 State Hwy 21 Wautoma, WI 54982 P: 920.787.3331 W: 800.236.6700 F: 888.789.3555

1782 Mid Valley Drive De Pere, WI 54115 P: 920.964.0444 W: 800.236.0022 F: 877.336.6381

1222 Industrial Parkway Fond du Lac, WI 54937 P: 920.929.9540 W: 800.236.5839 F: 800.344.9530

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BOARD MEMBERS RECOGNIZED BY PHCC NATIONAL FOUNDATION

BRIEFS

PHCC-WI Board Members, from left, Dale Arndt, Dan Callies, Greg Jones, Jeff Beiriger, Cal Watters, and Rob Spence, received acknowledgement from the PHCC National Foundation for a 2016 contribution. The Foundation provides education support for the industry and helped bring the Pricing for Profit seminars to Warrens and Milwaukee.

RUNDLE-SPENCE ANNOUNCES NEW DEVELOPMENT Rundle-Spence recently announced plans for two out-lots, part of their New Berlin distribution location. The south out-lot was sold to PDQ and construction has begun on a gas station/convenience store. The store will also offer an expanded deli counter. According to David Spence, president of Rundle-Spence, “we’ve worked with PDQ on their plans with our customers in mind. Hundreds of our contractor customers come to our Counter Sales & Will-Call Departments to pick up their orders on a weekly basis. Now they’ll have the convenience of being able to fuel their trucks and grab lunch just 500-feet away.” PDQ plans to open spring of 2017. Rundle-Spence is in the preliminary planning phase to develop the north out-lot with a mixed use development. Moorland Road offers a very high daily traffic count, and

they’ve had inquiries from a number of retail businesses. They hope to have final plans completed in the next six months. Finally, Rundle-Spence is in the planning stages of expanding their New Berlin headquarters. According to Spence, “based on the growth of our business, we need to double the space of our administrative offices, which will free up more space for our contractor customers’ counter sales, will-call departments, and training area. Also plans are being created to expand and redesign our ShowPlace display area. The ShowPlace is available for our contractor customers to send their customers to see the latest in kitchen and bath fixtures, and work with our professional designers in the selection process.”

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BRIEFS FERGUSON OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATES NEW SHOWROOM

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery celebrated the opening of their new showroom in Brookfield. The new showroom joins City Lights Design Showroom, a Ferguson enterprise. In addition to lighting, the 15,000-square-foot showroom located at 13300 West Capital Drive now offers a comprehensive selection of bath and kitchen products and appliances from today’s top brands. The company will continue to operate a warehouse and retail counter for the plumber and trade contractor at 2030 South 116th Street in West Allis. “We are excited to have Ferguson and City Lights associates operating as one team in a single location,” says Jennifer Maag, showroom manager for Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery in Brookfield. “Our team of knowledgeable product experts averages more than 20 years of experience working with homeowners, interior designers, builders, remodelers and contractors in southeastern Wisconsin.”

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BRIEFS

CONNECT 2017 VIDEO

A new PHCC video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laCYZ-XVAno) tells all the reasons to attend the Oct. 4-6 CONNECT 2017 in Milwaukee. Help us build momentum for this event by sharing with your network, posting on your website, etc. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

OSHA CLARIFICATION

OSHA has maintained a policy that businesses must retain OSHA 300 Logs and 301 Incident Reports for five years and six months past the filing period of the form. A final rule by OSHA, in effect today, has clarified that incidents must be recorded within seven calendar days of receiving information of a recordable injury or illness.

PHCC WISCONSIN THANKS OUTGOING PRESIDENT, DIRECTOR

With the Annual Meeting completed, members and directors took the opportunity to thank Greg Jones of Dave Jones, Inc. for his two years of service as president. In addition, directors thanked Keith Schedler, Don’s Plumbing & Heating, for his service as a director for the past 10 years, including two years as president.

NEW I-9 FORM!

Starting January 22, employers were to be using the new version of Form I-9 – Employment Eligibility Verification – just released by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

NEW DSPS CABINET SECRETARY NAMED

Laura Gutierrez, vice-president of academic affairs at St. Anthony School in Milwaukee, has been appointed as secretary of the Department of Safety and Professional Services. Dave Ross, the previous DSPS Secretary, left his position in December to take over the Department of Transportation.

PHCC WISCONSIN WELCOMES NEW DIRECTORS, OFFICERS At its Annual Meeting held Thursday, Feb. 9, PHCC Wisconsin elected two new Directors: John Buresh of Tweet/Garot Mechanical in Green Bay and Howie Heier of Hydro-Flo in Brookfield. Incumbent Directors Carol De Young, Jeff Kuhn, and Rob Spence were reelected to their positions. Carol De Young of Countryside Plumbing & Heating was elected president for 2017/2018 and Fred Gardner of Badger State Inc. was elected secretary.

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Have you checked out PHCC Wisconsin’s new membership video? You can check it out on our website at www.phcc-wi.org/phccmpa-member-benefits or on the association’s Facebook page. Be sure to like our Facebook page – PHCC Wisconsin Association – and the magazine’s Facebook page too!

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Member

PHCC/MP/HC - Wisconsin Association

BENEFITS

• Company Listing on www.phcc-wi.org

• Savings on Grandy & Associates Programs for

• Legislative & Regulatory Representation

• Networking with Other Contractors

• Monthly Newsletter

• Networking with Business Partners Including Legal,

• Coupons Offering Discounts on Products & Services • Representation on Code and Licensing Councils • Discounts on Plumbing Code Books and POWTS

Business Owners/Managers

• Networking with Wholesaler and Manufacturer Reps Banking, and Accounting Professionals

Manuals

• Access to Federated Insurance Member Programs

Manuals

• Retirement Planning Services

• Discounts on NFPA 13D Manuals and Plumbing Design • Discounts on Technical Education Programs (Continuing Education)

(Liability, WC, Health, etc.)

• Scholarship Programs with Preferences for

• Discounts on Business Education Programs

Member-Sponsored Applicants

• Discounts on Annual Convention

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Calendar of Events 2017 APRIL 21

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Able Distributing www.ablewi.com

11

Hydro-Flo Products, Inc. www.hydro-flo.com

7

Auer Steel www.auersteel.com

3031

Jim Murray, Inc. www.jimmurrayinc.com

47

Bradford White www.bradfordwhite.com

24*

12

Crest Precast Inc. www.crestprecastconcrete.com

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MAY 4 SEPT. 15

Backflow Prevention & Cross Connection Control Stevens Point Business Education (w/Beth Dobkin of QSC) Milwaukee Code Class (Water Sizing) De Pere

OCT. 4-6

CONNECT 2017 Milwaukee

Metropolitan Industries www.metropolitanind.com

OCT. 5

Code Class (Water Sizing) Milwaukee

40

Mid-State Supply www.mssupply.com

OCT. 13

Code Class (Water Sizing) Eau Claire

DSG/W.A. Roosevelt www.dakotasupplygroup.com

2

Plumbing Creations Company 262-349-0744

OCT. 20

Backflow Prevention & Cross Connection Control Fond du Lac

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Federated Insurance www.federatedinsurance.com

14

Process & Mechanical Systems Inc. www.pmsireps.com

NOV. 10

Code Class (Water Sizing) Wausau

5

Ferguson www.ferguson.com

10

Proficient H2O www.proficientH20.com

9

First Supply www.1supply.com

3

Rundle-Spence www.rundle-spence.com

29

Goodin Company www.goodinco.com

16

Soderholm & Associates www.soderholmrep.com

48

Heat & Power Products, Inc www.heatandpowerproducts.com

3233

Taco Comfort Solutions www.TacoComfort.com

13

Hot Water Products www.HotWaterProducts.com

26

Water Right www.water-right.com

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SPRING 2017


When it comes to heating and hot water, Bradford White is proud to offer the specifier, engineer, mechanical contractor, building manager, and professional installer the perfect commercial solution. With gas and electric tank-type models up to 725,000 BTU/Hr. and 81 kW and boilers and volume water heaters up to 4 million BTU/Hr., Bradford White has the products and technology ready for your largest demands. These American-made commercial water heaters and boilers provide durability, energy efficiency, and exceptional performance in hotels, restaurants, hospitals, schools, universities, public buildings, apartments, health clubs, stadiums, prisons, office buildings, shopping centers, laundromats, and more. Commercial water heaters and boilers from Bradford White - designed and built to satisfy your most extreme Bradford White is the official Boiler and Water Heater of the PHCC.

heating and hot water demands.

Built to be the Best

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