March 2017

Developing a new e-commerce website can be a lot like upgrading a distribution center.   The process involves much more than simply giving it a new...more...

Known for manufacturing water heaters with thicker tanks, ensuring quality and longevity from their entire product line, American Standard has reiterated its commitment to wholesale...more...

Mestek’s Distributor Products Group has announced organizational changes throughout business units. Mestek believes these changes will have a positive effect on the core business units....more...

Kohler Co. and social enterprise Business Connect are joining forces to help children and families around the world obtain more affordable and accessible clean water....more...

Winsupply, one of the largest distributors in the nation, has selected its annual Vendors of the Year for 2016 in their respective product categories. The Winsupply...more...

MORSCO, Inc., has named Mike Swedick president of the company’s plumbing division.

MORSCO has 170 –plus branch locations, more than $1.7 billion in sales and...more...

LIXIL Corporation announced its SATO toilets have been selected as a finalist for Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards in the Health and the general...more...

The Vermont House approved a bill (HB-411) on March 22 that would put energy efficiency standards for residential, commercial, and industrial appliances into effect in...more...

On average, single-family builders use 10 different green products or practices, and 22 percent always or almost always have their homes certified to a green...more...

Visitors can ‘test drive’ best-selling TOTO products NEOREST and WASHLET.

TOTO USA unveiled Concept 190 in San Francisco, the first experiential WASHLET studio in the...more...

Wolseley plc, Ferguson’s parent company, announced the retirement of CEO Frank Roach, along with plans to change its name to Ferguson.

Ferguson CEO Frank Roach...more...

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John Guest

Designed for use in the Water Softener and Domestic Plumbing Markets, the ProLock Fitting Range is available in 3/8” to 1” CTS sizes.

Manufactured from...more...

ASA member wholesaler-distributors reported a median sales increase of 1.9 percent for February, compared to the same month in 2016.

Calendar year-to-date, all respondents reported...more...

On the heels of brand-new air conditioning product launches, LG Electronics is introducing the "LG Technology Roadshow,” a mobile showroom on wheels that provides customers...more...

Sloan, the manufacturer of commercial plumbing systems, has published an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), Health Product Declaration (HPD) and Declare label for many of its...more...

Most recently, Woodard was the chief marketing officer at Ferguson Enterprises.

John Guest USA announces Byron Woodard as its...more...

Ferguson has appointed Bill Brundage as chief financial officer. In his new role, Brundage has direct responsibility for all finance functions, acquisitions and risk management...more...

Kohler Co. opened the first Canadian Kohler Signature Store in Vancouver. Solely owned and operated by EMCO Corp., the Kohler Signature Store gives consumers and...more...

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Taco Comfort Solutions

Taco’s new LeakBreaker is a water heater leak protection device that guards against flood damage from a leaking water heater. It consists of a control...more...

MrSteam, the manufacturer of a wide selection of steam shower products and accessories, has appointed Sandra Pearce as marketing manager and T.J. Mullally as Southern...more...

AquaMotion Inc., a Rhode Island manufacturer of patented Single, Multi Speed and Variable Speed Circulators and Recirculation Systems, has appointed Central Sales Inc. as their...more...

HD Supply Waterworks, North America's leading distributor of waterworks infrastructure products, has relocated its Theodore, Alabama, branch; it is now located in Mobile and is...more...

SUPPLY.com, recently launched its redesigned, responsive website.

Responsive web design allows sites to function identically across all devices – desktop, mobile, and tablet.

“We recognized...more...

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Utility

Trap Seal is a specially engineered liquid that seals drain traps to prevent odors and preserve a sanitary “septic seal.” By ensuring that traps remain...more...

Epicor Software Corp., has appointed Lisa Pope as executive vice president of sales for Epicor in the Americas, effective immediately. Pope has a proven track...more...

Fresh-Aire UV—div. of Triatomic Environmental Inc., a manufacturer of indoor air quality (IAQ) products in North America, has named indoor environmental quality (IEQ) industry expert...more...

Jones Stephens, a World and Main company, has launched a new line of AquaPlumb faucets and decorative bath accessories. The products were designed with full...more...

Six programs, including HVAC and bath remodeling services, will be tested in select markets.

JCPenney is capitalizing on the strong housing market by launching JCPenney...more...

Toto Ltd., unveiled its Flotation Tub designed to bring about “ultimate relaxation” by inducing relaxed brain waves. The tub, inspired by flotation therapy, was on display...more...

World and Main, LLC, announced several appointments to its executive team: Ned Finch appointed chief operating officer. Finch leads the company’s operations and integrated supply chain teams...more...

Copper industry banded together to help Flint acquire nearly 200,000 feet of copper piping, at a savings of approximately $1 million to the city, for...more...

Branches to become part of Source 1 HVAC Supply Network.​

Johnson Controls has acquired M&A Supply Co. Inc.’s five York branches in the southeast markets...more...

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Webstone

Patented Isolator E-X-P Service Valve Kits allow for quicker, consistent quality tankless water heater installations with fewer leak paths. Now available with Pro-Connect Push ends...more...

Rick Mohrman of executive search firm Brooke Chase Associates, Inc., announced the placement of Brenda Rivera as senior vice president of Human Resources and Compliance...more...

The Water Quality Association (WQA), based in Lisle, Illinois, is a not-for-profit association for the residential commercial, and industrial water treatment industry, representing more than...more...

Two Roads Brewery, founded in 2012, serves seven brews year-round, several seasonal and limited release brews, all crafted by their master brewers on site.  The...more...

Mobile Showrooms tend to catch attention.  Whether at trade shows or a location near you, these burly showstoppers come with all the bells and whistles,...more...

It was a record-setting year for the 2017 AHR Expo, which took place Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In total, 68,000...more...

Lloyd Rogers, president and chairman of Wholesale Supply Group (WSG), came into the company when there were only two locations — a building supply and...more...

Most of us remember the popular Kenny Rogers song about knowing when to “hold’em” and when to “fold ‘em.” A lot of success in life...more...

Danielle Galian:  What is your background? David Dellon: I graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Business Logistics and Supply Chain Information Systems. DG:  How did...more...

Given the speed of change in wholesale-distribution, particularly in the “business value” every wholesale distributor will need to project, operational excellence (OPEX) will become more...more...

A few years back, we were asked to review the e-commerce efforts of a sizable distributor/manufacturer serving the MRO/Industrial sector.  The firm covered most of...more...

We’ve all heard the old fable about the “Boiling Frog.”  In the story a frog is placed in a large pot filled with cold water....more...

On Jan. 24, President Donald Trump made good on two of his campaign promises by signing executive orders to revive the Dakota Access and Keystone...more...

AB&I Foundry, an Oakland-based company that manufactures cast iron pipe and fittings for the plumbing industry, has joined the REV Net Business Sustainability Group, part...more...

Representatives from the Odenville Area Business Association, the City of Odenville, the St. Clair County Economic Development Council, and others celebrated the grand opening and...more...

Rick Mohrman of executive search firm Brooke Chase Associates, Inc., announced the placement of Mark Johnson as quality manager – KTSV, MI, with Kentucky Trailer....more...

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a HARDI supported resolution to overturn a controversial U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule that obligates employers...more...

Organizers for the 2017 Eastern Energy Expo, taking place May 21-25 in Hershey, Pennsylvania, announced the keynote speaker will be Tom Kloza, co-founder and Global...more...

Targeted for commercial hydronic heating and cooling systems, these code-listed, commercial-grade, brass transition fittings are offered in sizes from 1/2 inch to 2 inches.  The...more...

The CleanWave sensor activated toilet flush system is operated by waving a hand over the handle.   This product is easy to install on existing...more...

The commercial-grade ProLine water heaters line features a wide range of models suitable for most residential applications. ProLine products are available in three categories: ProLine,...more...

If you missed our recent webinar on the “5 Critical Steps to Maximizing the Functionality of your ERP,” featuring our columnist Rich Schmitt and sponsored by...more...

Lowe’s Cos. Inc. said strong sales online and in store to professional contactors helped drive total sales up 19 percent for the fiscal fourth quarter...more...

Texas contractor and Morrison Supply counter salesperson both win Sportsters.

Armstrong Fluid Technology announced the winners of Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycles in its Cruisin’ with...more...

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Rinnai America Corp.

Rinnai America Corp. has released its Control-R Wireless Module for Demand Recirculation and accompanying smartphone app for consumer and dealer use.

Rinnai’s new wireless module...more...

Danfoss, a manufacturer of high-efficiency electronic and mechanical components and controls for air-conditioning, heating, refrigeration, industrial, and water systems, has appointed Scott Cohen as regional...more...

AquaMotion Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of patented circulators, ECM circulators, and recirculation systems, was awarded Canadian Patent No. 2,883,495 for its pump design with flushable...more...

Sioux Chief Manufacturing has appointed Howard Huss the company’s new director of sales for Canada.

Huss will oversee all sales and marketing functions and personnel...more...

Seventh Fortiline location to open in Texas.​

Fortiline Waterworks announced that it has opened a new location in Austin, Texas. With this new branch, Fortiline...more...

Powell will take over from Dave Keltner, who came from Ferguson to take the interim position and plans to retire later this year.

Wolseley plc has appointed...more...

Winsupply Inc., has opened Winwater of Northeast Arkansas, serving waterworks contractors throughout the northeast part of the state. The company is located just east of...more...

Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International released its monthly TRENDS report, showing average sales for HARDI distributor members increased by 12.2 percent in January 2017....more...

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Uponor

The ProPEX lead-free (LF) brass valves for residential plumbing applications are constructed from ECO BRASS lead-free brass and includes a 10-year warranty. The valves comply...more...