Mike Miazga and John McNally 0000-00-00 00:00:00
Ohio plumber wins Gerber Drive 80! Contest Gerber Plumbing Fixtures’ Drive 80! Campaign recently culminated with St. Mary’s, Ohio-based plumbing contractor Rick Kogge of Kogge Plumbing winning the company’s Chevy Avalanche truck giveaway. The drawing for the truck was held during the Drive 80! Celebration at Gerber’s headquarters in Woodridge, Ill. Gerber Plumbing Fixtures Vice President of Marketing Kevin McJoynt said the company had 4,000 entries for the drawing when it was expecting in the 2,500-3,500 range. Drive 80! Was a nationwide campaign celebrating Gerber’s 80th anniversary. Gerber hosted a series of events across the country educating customers such as contractors and wholesalers on the company’s latest brass product offering. McJoynt noted the uptick in entries in the truck drawing correlated to an increase in the number of Drive 80! Events held throughout the country. McJoynt said 44 states were represented in the drawing. “These were virtually all done at wholesalers’ locations,” he said. “We expected to have 150 events. We had more than 250. We had a lot of participation.” Kogge won a fully loaded 2012 Chevy Avalanche. Geber chose the truck in honor of its award-winning Avalanche toilet. United P&H celebrates 90th anniversary United P&H, an Affiliated Distributors PVF and plumbing affiliate based in Milwaukee, recently celebrated its 90th anniversary with a dinner cruise. Unitedians and guests were treated to river views of downtown Milwaukee aboard the Edelweiss II. President Chip Roska congratulated associates on the milestone achievement and expressed gratitude for the loyalty, hard work and sacrifices that have exemplified the United culture — particularly during the recent recession. Unitedians received miniature 1920s vintage truck gift baskets displaying United’s 90th anniversary logo. PEOPLE ON THE MOVE Springfield, Mass.-based Johnstone Supply hired Art Jasper as a sales manager. Grover Martin, founder and president of ProSource Plumbing Supply, was elected chairman of the board of Omni Corporate Services. Martin will serve a three-year term. A. O. Smith announced Paul W. Jones will transition from chairman and CEO to executive chairman of the corporation effective Jan. 1, 2013. Ajita G. Rajendra will assume the roles vacated by Jones. FOR THE RECORD CONFERENCES ASA Young Executives will hold its Spring Forum 13 May 20-22, 2013 in Kansas City, Mo. For more information, visit www.asa.net. NEW LOCATIONS Soma Supply had the official opening of its new 9,000-sq.-ft. designer bath and kitchen showing in San Francisco AWARDS... Kohler and American Standard Brands were named 2012 WaterSense Manufacturer Partners of the Year. Meier Supply announces customer award winners New York and Pennsylvania wholesaler Meier Supply Co. Announced its manufacturer rep of the year and vendor of the year award winners at its 22nd Annual Frank M. Meier Customer Golf Tournament in August. Meier Supply gave the 2012 Manufacturer Rep of the Year Award to Rick Reichenbach of Sporlan and Paul Shea accepted the 2012 Vendor of the Year Award for Mueller Industries. A new award in 2012 – the Initial Impact Award – was presented to Anna Turecki of Mitsubishi Electric for her outstanding work. The company’s golf tournament was held The Links at Hiawatha Landing in Owego, N.Y.
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