Mike Rowe partners up with Direct Energy brands
A few Direct Energy brands are teaming up with Mike Rowe, the creator and executive producer of CNN's "Somebody's Gotta Do It" and Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs," in the name of skilled trades.
At their annual convention in Las Vegas, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and Mister Sparky electric announced the partnership, which will involve a $100,000 commitment toward scholarships to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation over the next year.
Rowe will also appear in a series of television commercials, radio ads and print media with real technicians from each of the brands.
"We are pleased to join forces with Mike and appreciate his commitment to the trades," said Mark Baker, president of franchise for the three brands. "The men and women with careers in this field power all three of our brands. We are excited to support them and share the message of how our trusted technicians, plumbers and electricians are like superheroes to our customers, often saving the day when they encounter a problem and helping to protect their homes and families."
Rowe, a long-time advocate of the skilled trades industry, founded the mikeroweWORKS Foundation in 2008.
"The goal of mikeroweWORKS is pretty simple – help close the skills gap by encouraging men and women to get the training they need to pursue good jobs that actually exist," said Rowe. "One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and Mister Sparky are perfect partners because, collectively, they offer thousands of jobs waiting to be filled. And they know first-hand what a "good job" really is. I'm flattered for the chance to speak on their behalf and grateful for their generous donation to my foundation."
This water heater comes in a digital, tankless, maintenance-free design
Heatworks is introducing the MODEL 1, a water heater with energy transfer technology that meets the requirements posed by the new Department of Energy standards for water heaters, going into effect on April 16.
“In the electric category, the new standard effectively prohibits 55 gallon or greater water heaters,” said Heatworks CEO Jerry Callahan. “Standard 65-gallon and 80-gallon electric water heaters will disappear from the market completely, and homeowners who want these large capacity units will have to invest double in a heat pump driven design that meets DOE efficiency standards.”
As a result, the MODEL 1 aims to provide a solution for the new size and weight constraints, as well as meeting the need for a more user-friendly heater.
“The Heatworks MODEL 1 combines the small footprint of a tankless water heater with its unique energy transfer technology,” Callahan said. “Every other water heating system on the market uses a heating element, which is subject to plating, calcification and ultimately failure. The MODEL 1 has no traditional heating elements, delivering maintenance-free use."
The energy transfer technology works by passing electric current through graphite electrodes, which heats the water but prevents the electrodes from ever getting hotter than the water.
The MODEL 1 is also able to accept pre-heated water, making it compatible with existing standard units. This also allows for added hot water storage, which lets users set a lower temperature for the main storage tank.
IKEA touches down in Las Vegas
IKEA has officially broken ground on its imminent Las Vegas location, which is expected to open in the Summer of 2016.
The Las Vegas store will mark IKEA's first foray into Nevada, featuring 351,000 sq. ft. of retail space.
Company representatives, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, Clark County Board of Commissioners Chair Steve Sisolak, Clark County District F Commissioner Susan Brager, U.S. Congressman Joe Heck, local officials and various community leaders were on the scene at the ground-breaking, featuring 26 acres of land off Interstate-215.
“This location will help bring the unique IKEA family-friendly shopping experience closer to many Las Vegas-area customers who currently can only shop at IKEA stores elsewhere or online,” said Rob Olson, IKEA U.S. CFO. “The store also will attract new customers from throughout Clark County and Southern Nevada who value good design, good function and affordable prices, but have not had a chance yet to shop at IKEA.”
R&O Construction will be building the store, and IKEA is currently considering on-site power generation in line with its renewable energy initiatives.
Like other IKEA locations across the country, the Las Vegas store will include 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a restaurant.
The new store is expected to bring more than 500 new jobs during the construction phase, as well as 300 openings for store associates.