Smart Solutions

Message from Jim Allen, M/SC Chairman: Partnership, Performance, and Productivity


At Sloan, I’ve seen firsthand how Smart Solutions can make a difference. A previous issue featured Sloan fixtures used in the renovation of New Orleans’ Superdome. More than a year later— thanks to social media—that news was still making the rouds among potential clients. That story, like so many in Smart Solutions, demonstrated how manufacturers work closely with contractors to meet their unique needs and challenges.

Join me in welcoming our
newest supplier partners:

  • BELIMO Americas
  • Chase Brass and Copper Company, LLC
  • Mathey Dearman, Inc.
  • Leica Geosystems
  • Wayne Water Systems

For example, in this issue, learn how Hill York is satisfying the increasing demands of a Florida campus for cost- and energy-efficient power by using Baltimore Aircoil Company’s innovative ice thermal storage product. A host of Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co. products fit the bill when C.J. Erickson Plumbing Co. took on a research facility with complex requirements. Legacy Mechanical relied on Victaulic grooved systems to meet the compressed schedule for a sprawling project.

W.J. Maloney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling appreciated the durability of Sloan products, which they used for the Chicago Cubs’ new spring training facility in Arizona. Woodford’s reputation for reliability and ease of installation made its roof water hydrant the ideal choice for a school in Colorado.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

This issue includes lots of examples of contractors using products and services to improve efficiency. Vanguard HVAC Technologies, for example, was surprised how quickly they could install Viega ProRadiant™ floor systems and move on to other tasks. J.C. Cannistraro put its Autodesk® Fabrication CADmep™ system to work along with prefabrication to meet a tight schedule with time to spare.

Western Allied Mechanical is using AirAdvice technology to show customers how quickly they can recoup their investments in HVAC upgrades. Graco Mechanical, Inc. has relied on Davisware software to cut billing turnaround times and improve office processes. Murphy Company took five days off its service billing process and cut costs by adopting PENTA software. To put your IT system to work for you, see WennSoft’s tips on how to get more out of your existing software.

Our supplier partners can help you find other ways to save as well. CNA describes steps you can take to mitigate workers’ compensation costs. AlliantGroup explains how to take advantage of tax credits for the kinds of clever solutions you create to handle challenging jobs. Greenheck provides advice on fan installation to avoid costly problems later on. Read on to learn more about how you can partner with manufacturers for better performance and productivity.

Jim Allen, Chairman