Association launches refrigerant buyback
A group representing HVACR contractors aims to help contractors recycle refrigerants while recuperating some of the associated costs.
Partnering with USA Refrigerants—an Old Bridge, N.J.-based distribution/recycling firm—the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) has launched the R-22 Buyback Program, designed to help contractor members recycle refrigerants and recover some of the associated costs.
Contractors enrolled in the program receive recovery cylinders; once a cylinder is full, it is collected, reclaimed, and replaced. Participating companies do not incur freight costs or face a time limit. Upon reclamation, the contractor receives a complete U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reclaim report, and the firm is compensated according to current market price.
For more information about the program, visit www.acca.org .
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.