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— Interview with Peter Tsanacas — R&R: Where are you based and how long has the company been in business? Peter Tsanacas: Colt Facility Maintenance is based out of Dallas but we also have offices in Houston and San Antonio as well as Oklahoma City and Denver. Colt FM has been in business for a year after acquiring another facility maintenance company’s assets. That company had been in business for over 40 years. The new ownership now has over 100 years of facility maintenance and repair experience. R&R: How long …

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Brea, Calif. — CoolSys™, a market-leading nationwide provider of sustainable refrigeration, HVAC, energy and engineering solutions, has acquired Lima Company, a blended service provider of commercial and industrial HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing and energy services throughout eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. Through this acquisition, CoolSys expands its mission-critical offerings and strengthens its market presence in the Mid-Atlantic region.   “We’re excited to have Lima Company join the CoolSys family of companies,” says Rick Frier, chairman and CEO interim at CoolSys. “A proven market leader, Lima Company and its management team …

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— By Nelson Salas — Commercial vs. residential plumbing: A business owner’s guide to hiring the right professional.   Nowadays, navigating the plumbing world has become increasingly easy. Referral sites such as Angie’s List, Craigslist, Offerup and Thumbtack create numerous opportunities to locate a plumber in your area. The issue isn’t finding a plumber more so than hiring the right plumber for the job. Here are a few things to consider to ensure you find the plumber that meets your commercial needs. Don’t Assume Every Plumber is Equal Residential plumbers …

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— By Paul Bothner — Proper water heater selection impacts your restaurant’s bottom line.   As the restaurant industry reopens its doors after the national shutdown, owners are even more focused on improving operating profits. One area of evaluation needs to be the generation of hot water, as it is among the largest — and, in some cases, the Number 1 — energy consumer of all installed appliances within hospitality facilities, particularly restaurants. For this reason, higher efficiency, condensing water heater designs comprise the majority of installations on new construction …

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— By Paul Bothner — Selecting proper water heating solution can improve restaurant’s bottom line.   Restaurants use as much as five to seven times the amount of water per square foot than other commercial businesses, according to the National Restaurant Association (NRA). Water (often heated) is used to cook meals; clean dishes, floors and equipment; quench the thirst of customers; and to wash countless hands (staff and guests). NRA has also reported that quick-service restaurants consume 500 to 1,500 gallons of water each day while full-service eating establishments use …

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— By Bradley Vanover — When epoxy pipe restoration makes (dollars and) sense. The first call to our national facilities maintenance group was an emergency. Sewage was backing up into the restroom of a major department store. Not good for business. Plumbers were called, quotes given, and shock ensued. Replacing old cast iron pipes is a pricey fix, but not a surprising one. Cast iron is notoriously subject to corrosion, particularly in waste lines where hydrogen sulfide gas forms. Drain cleaners, a common fix for slow-running pipes, often contain sulfuric …

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