PHC News made its way to the Big Apple last August to attend the rebirth of Wetstock. The sold-out industry event intended to gather contractors for casual and authentic networking came back with a bang after a break.
Erin Holohan Haskell, president of HeatingHelp.com, was responsible for planning the 2019 event held at the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen.
Holohan Haskell remarked: “At HeatingHelp.com we have a saying we call A Century of Pride and it goes like this, ‘A hundred years from now, they will gaze upon my work and marvel at my skills, but never know my name. And that will be good enough for me.’ Consider that as you gaze upon the steam pipes around the perimeter of the skylight up there, as you share your knowledge with friends here today, and as you continue to leave your mark on this world. We thank you for all that you do and are so pleased to have you here with us today and in our community at HeatingHelp.com.”
The one-day event allowed attendees to chat informally at different tables about various pre-determined topics including radiant heating and controls, geothermal, solar, indoor air quality, innovative construction, hiring and training, making steam heating more efficient, tricks of the trade, the future of our industry, and more.
During the afternoon, attendees also toured Larry Weingarten’s recently donated antique water heater collection, Gil Carlson’s original System Syzer and the building’s mechanical room.
Proceeds from Wetstock will go towards Merit Awards for graduates of the Mechanics Institute HVAC/R curriculum at the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen. Founded in 1858, the Mechanics Institute is one of the oldest privately-endowed, tuition-free, technical schools in the U.S.
HeatingHelp.com also thanked its generous sponsors, SupplyHouse.com, Taco Comfort Solutions, and Tunstall Corp., for supporting Wetstock and for their commitment to the industry.