October 2015

WCM Industries, Inc. and its Watco Manufacturing division received a favorable jury verdict in the Western District of Tennessee in connection with its patent infringement...more...

MrSteam promoted Kris Lee to regional sales manager. In his new role, Lee will provide support to decorative plumbing showrooms and premiere steam dealers throughout...more...

Grundfos Pumps Corporation has appointed Anthony Sellers as vice president of finance for the company’s Americas region. He will be responsible for all financial activities...more...

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Watts Radiant

Watts Radiant's R-flex is a pre-insulated, flexible, energy-saving PEX piping system with a durable, waterproof outer cover. It provides cost-effective distribution for heating, cooling, and...more...

PRIER is pleased to announce the completion of a state of the art Sales, Training and Logistics Center on its property in Grandview, Mo. PRIER...more...

Ferguson Fire & Fabrication announces the acquisition of Atlantic American Fire Equipment Company, in an asset transaction completed Oct. 19, 2015.

Atlantic American Fire Equipment...more...

Scientists are increasingly looking at air, light and other elements of indoor environmental factors, which they can affect personal health and work performance. The Wall...more...

The International Code Council and ASHRAE have partnered to publish 2015 WEP: Water Efficiency Provisions of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). The publication is...more...

Birmingham-headquartered McWane Inc. is opening its 27th manufacturing facility today with a $28 million facility in Abu Dhabi.

The plant will make valve, fittings and...more...

Datalliance announced Apollo Valves (Conbraco Industries) as its newest partner in the plumbing wholesale channel. Apollo has started the implementation of their Vendor Managed Inventory...more...

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HTP

The new EnduroTi is a large mass condensing boiler manufactured out of stainless steel AISI 316Ti. It is equipped with an extremely efficient hyper-jet combustion...more...

Roughly 175 Grundfos employees joined family, friends and corporate partners in its annual Walk for Water event held in Kansas City, Mo., and Aurora, Ill....more...

Higher focus on aging-in-place products for the bathroom. Faster availability of products for plumbers. Continued focus on high performance, low consumption toilets. These are just...more...

Fresh-Aire UV, a division of Triatomic Environmental Inc., Jupiter, Fla., the largest manufacturer of UVC and PCO/activated carbon indoor air quality (IAQ) products in North...more...

Crescent & Sprague Supply  Co., Inc., a leading wholesale and industrial distributor of quality electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and waterworks supplies, has retained Heritage Equity Partners...more...

 

Watts Water announced that it has appointed Chris Jamieson vice president – marketing. Previously, he served as vice president – backflow and valves. 

In...more...

The Wholesaler columnist Dave Kahle will be hosting a two-day seminar for sales managers in Dallas, Texas on Dec. 3-4.

The most under-trained person in the business-to-business...more...

Willoughby is pleased to announce the appointment of two new sales reps in Texas:

  • The Founders Group (TFG)
  • Steve Mechler & Associates

TFG is located...more...

Gabriela Ravassa, industrial designer at American Standard Brands, was named a finalist in the prestigious INDEX: Awards for Coco, her new, ergonomic design concept for...more...

The A. O. Smith Foundation celebrated its diamond anniversary this week by recognizing four community partners that have been associated with A. O. Smith for...more...

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Navien

The NPE-150S has been added to Navien’s condensing tankless NPE water heater series. Heating capacity is 18,000-120,000 BTU/H and will produce 5.3 GPM @ 45...more...

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery associates in New Jersey opened up their kitchens to some pint-size chefs as part of Ferguson Future Foodies, a...more...

American Standard Brands announced the appointment of Maha El Kharbotly to the newly created role of chief marketing officer for American Standard Brands/LIXIL Water Technology...more...

The Wm. Powell Company (Powell Valves) recently completed the third and final phase of the new state of the art manufacturing facility in China.

Phase...more...

Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International released its monthly TRENDS report, showing average sales for HARDI distributor members increased by 11.8 percent in August 2015....more...

Mansfield Plumbing employee Dave Fletcher ran 26.2 miles in the Akron Marathon, Sept. 26. He started training just 51 weeks before the event and ran...more...

Bill Darcy, CEO of The National Kitchen & Bath Association announced the appointment of Jen Bruno as Vice President, Strategic Development effective immediately. In this...more...

Rinnai introduces the Demand Duo™, a commercial hybrid water heating system that combines highly-efficient heat exchanger technologies from Rinnai's recently-launched 199-BTU, Energy Star-certified C199 condensing commercial tankless...more...

Fluidmaster, Inc, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Key Teknik, a sanitary equipment business based in Istanbul, Turkey. Established in 2008,...more...

Harold C. Kaplan, 95, died Oct. 9.

His father, Philip, had a demolition and then a plumbing business, Stapleton Plumbing Supply. Diverted from a planned...more...

This year’s 25th Annual Frank M. Meier Customer Golf Tournament, marked the occasion for the announcement of Meier Supply Company’s two annual industry award winners...more...

The National Kitchen & Bath Association’sfourth consecutive Voices from the Industry Conference Program to be held at the upcoming Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in...more...

ThermaSol® is the recipient of one of the highest honors in Texas as the company and its CEO received the YTexas RELO award on Oct....more...

LASCO is pleased to announce Hayden Combs as our new Project Coordinator. Hayden will be reporting directly to the National Product Manager and assisting with...more...

Bryan Juwig will become the Senior Vice President of Business Development for LASCO.​

LASCO is pleased to announce the promotion of Jimmy White to the...more...

On Oct. 8, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) WaterSense® program recognized four WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award winners, seven Partners of the Year, and six...more...

Hardware Holdings, LLC announced Oct. 8 that it is changing its corporate name to World and Main, LLC.

“The introduction of World and Main is...more...

Duravit is expanding its reach to the South Pacific with a new partnership. ACS Architectural Resources of Hawaii and Duravit are joining forces to provide...more...

Doug Martin, 65, passed away on Oct. 2.

Martin was a loyal partner to Bruce Hornberger at M&G Sales, Quakertown, Pa., for 20 years.

He...more...

At its recent annual awards dinner, APR Supply Co. named Bosch its Vendor of the Year. Jeff MacDowell, vice president of marketing and emerging markets, presented...more...

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Taco

The industry's first self-sensing, variable speed end suction pumps are now available from Taco.

The pumps, with integrated VFDs, permit fast, accurate balancing. They help...more...

LG Electronics USA has named industry veteran Kevin McNamara senior vice president, sales and operations, for LG’s U.S. Air Conditioning Systems business. In addition, Darren...more...

Aquatherm North America, the U.S. partner of leading polypropylene pipe manufacturer, Aquatherm GmbH, recently promoted Glen Miller from Vice President of Sales, U.S. – West,...more...

Aquatherm announced that Rolf Fischer has joined the polypropylene pressure piping company as a regional sales manager. Fischer will work as RSM for Eastern Canada...more...

Global producer and distributor of commercial foodservice and plumbing products T&S Brass and Bronze Works has been named the 2015 Manufacturer of the Year (small/midsize...more...

Carla Smyer, chief administrative officer, for Riback Supply, based in Columbia, Mo., with 18 branches in Missouri and Kansas, retired on Oct. 1 after 44...more...

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Weil-McLain

SlimFit high-efficiency condensing gas boilers new features include improved boiler-to-boiler communication, Modbus and BACnet for linking with BAS (building automation systems), express set up wizard,...more...

ASA recently hosted a webinar called “Don’t leave profits on the table; use ASA’s Operating Performance Report (OPR),” which highlighted the key findings of the...more...

HARDI has launched its newest initiative: the Proven Vendor Program. The program is designed to provide HARDI members with a peer-reviewed listing of HARDI Service...more...

I have written about many things that are important in making your showroom and company the best it can be — displays, product mix, environment,...more...

As we have said in previous columns, you can buy million-dollar webstore software, but if you link it to the data in your main computer...more...

As a sales trainer, I often confront a difficult obstacle that stands in the way of developing more effective sales people. Too often sales people...more...

It happened again. But this time, a double header. Two separate calls — one from Nebraska, one from Virginia — concerning transferring family businesses to...more...

MythBuster” is an increasingly popular TV show on cable’s Discovery channel that uses entertaining science to uncover the truth behind well-known myths and legends. From...more...

One of the most difficult challenges for any entrepreneur is learning how and when to delegate tasks. In the beginning, there was no one to...more...

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Grundfos

The Grundfos PACOpaQ® is a fully-integrated and compact HVAC packaged pumping system designed for chilled and hot water distribution, condenser water, geothermal loop, district heating...more...

Website www.atlasobsurca.com has an interesting history of the Jacuzzi family dating back to 1886 when Giovanni and Teresa Jacuzzi were married and eventually had...more...

October is National Kitchen & Bath Month, and the National Kitchen & Bath Association is stressing the importance of hiring a certified professional for kitchen...more...

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Bell & Gossett

Bell & Gossett, a Xylem brand, launched the highly efficient Series e-80 vertical inline centrifugal pump, enhancing its portfolio of system solutions for the commercial...more...

HARDI recently held its Operations & Logistics Focus Conference in Baltimore, Md., hosting more than 100 attendees seeking ways to advance their operations and six...more...

The Granite Group Wholesalers, LLC has finalized the acquisition of Connecticut-based Cunningham Supply Inc. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

With locations in West...more...

CSW Industrials, Inc. announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Deacon Industries, Inc., based in Washington, Pa. Deacon is a leading...more...

Smith Flow Control has promoted Sander van den Bos to international business development manager. In his new role, van den Bos will expand the...more...

Ferguson's parent company Wolseley plc, the world's largest specialty trade distributor of plumbing and heating products to professional contractors and a leading supplier of...more...

Sioux Chief Manufacturing will be moving most of its operations and nearly 500 jobs from Peculiar, Mo., to a new manufacturing and distribution complex...more...

Steven Delarge has been promoted to chief executive officer and president of American Standard Brands and LIXIL Water Technology Americas, effective Oct. 1.

“Steve,...more...

Memorable showrooms invite designers and consumers to see, touch and hear about the latest products for the kitchen and bath. To celebrate this vital part...more...

In Honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Expressions Home Gallery will host an event in support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation at its...more...

Attendees for the upcoming ASA Network  2015 in Chicago, will have the opportunity to take part in a bicycling fundraiser for Operation: Rise &...more...

 

At its recent annual Manufacturers Representative National Sales Meeting in Milwaukee, Wis., Milwaukee Tool recognized several agencies and individuals for outstanding achievement within the...more...

AD, the $31 billion contractor and industrial products wholesale buying/marketing group, announces its continued investment in their membership’s ability to better compete in the world...more...

NIBCO INC. announced today that it has acquired the assets of the Sure Seal product line from OPW Engineered Systems, Inc.  The assets related to...more...

Customers using mobile devices to access decorative plumbing and hardware products at GeneralPlumbingSupply.com, a California-based plumbing wholesale distributor with six regional showroom locations, are...more...

Cambridge-Lee Industries LLC has been named a finalist in the Corporate Citizen of the Year category in the 2015 Lehigh Valley Business, Business of the...more...

Jeff Worly is the President and COO of Worly Plumbing Supply. He lives and breathes the business and he’s breathing new life as a next...more...

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General Pipe Cleaners

The lightweight, compact JM-1000 Mini-Jet gives you 1500 psi of cleaning power, yet weights just 22 lbs. Clear grease, sand, and ice from 1-1/2" to...more...

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Blanco

PRECIS Medium Single with drainer features an integral drainboard for drying dishes or food prep. Offers a crisp angular design, durable SILGRANIT II surface and...more...

Bel Air is home to the biggest known residential water customer in the state – 11.8 million gallons. The city of Los Angeles won’t identify...more...

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Navien

Irvine, CA — Navien is expanding their line of condensing tankless NPE water heater series by adding the NPE-150S model. This smaller size “S”, Standard version,...more...