Mike Miazga and John McNally 2013-09-11 02:32:08
Aaron & Co. Acquires Dickson Supply Piscataway, N.J.-based Aaron & Co. Acquired Brielle, N.J.-based distributor Dickson Supply, extending its service capabilities in the Superstorm Sandy-ravaged area. This acquisition gives Aaron & Co., a family-owned business since 1932, eight branches in New Jersey. The process in acquiring Dickson Supply began in September 2012, a few weeks before Superstorm Sandy made landfall. The storm’s power made Dickson’s location uninhabitable and Aaron & Co. Started operations in a makeshift location across the street. Aaron & Co. Will continue to work out of its satellite location until the main building can be fully remodeled. The grand opening of the new building is expected this fall. “We understand the trials and tribulations that residents of the shore have experienced because we are experiencing it ourselves throughout this whole experience,” Aaron & Co. President Barry Portnoy said. “We are thrilled to start renovations on our new building and can’t wait to help with the rebuilding of the Jersey Shore. We are truly stronger than the storm.” To support Jersey Shore rebuilding efforts, Aaron & Co. Will donate a percentage of all sales in the new Brielle location to the Sandy NJ Relief Fund until the end of 2013. “Our hope is to rebuild and restore business to the new community that we are joining,” Portnoy said. WaterGroup opens warehouse in San Antonio Fridley, Minn.-based WaterGroup, a provider of water treatment solutions in North America, opened a new warehouse in San Antonio, Texas. The new warehouse will become the main shipping point for WaterGroup’s Texas customers in order to save them freight costs and time. Also, WaterGroup’s service team will help secure local pickup at customers’ request and will route regional orders to the best WaterGroup location based on stock and availability. “A Texas warehouse is key to our long-term growth strategy. We’re glad to have stock in this important market,” WaterGroup Director of U.S. Sales John McCarthy said. “The current inventory is based on area needs and current customer demand, but we plan to add substantially as our business grows.” WinWholesale opens Atlanta Winsupply WinWholesale recently opened Atlanta Winsupply to fabricate fire sprinkler systems for contractors in the Atlanta metro area and in the Southeast. Earlier this year, WinWholesale launched fire sprinkler system fabricator West Coast Winsupply in Tampa, Fla. Benny Durden will serve as president for Atlanta Winsupply. “WinWholesale has several locations providing fire sprinkler system fabrication. It’s an area we continue to grow,” COO Monte Salsman said. WinWholesale is the majority shareholder in Atlanta Winsupply and will provide the company with support services such as accounting, payroll, IT and marketing. The company also is expanding its Winsupply brand with the opening of Escondido Winsupply in Southern California and Orange County Winsupply in Montgomery, N.Y. Both companies serve plumbing and mechanical contractors, but with different product mixes. Escondido Winsupply covers north San Diego County with plumbing and heating products, while Orange County provides industrial pipe, valves and fittings to customers in the Hudson Valley, western Connecticut, northern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania regions. “Opening Escondido and Orange County Winsupply are good examples of how WinWholesale is starting new locations from one end of the country to the other,” Salsman said. “We are planning more openings for the near future.” WinWholesale, one of the largest distributors in the United States, is the majority shareholder in Escondido and Orange County Winsupply. It also will provide accounting, payroll, IT and marketing services to the new branches. Professional Plumbing Group acquired by Dunes Point Capital The Professional Plumbing Group recently announced it has been acquired by Dunes Point Capital. PPG is the parent company of both Wolverine Brass and PlumbMaster. PPG previously was owned by affiliates of Bradford Equities and Management. Founded in 1896, Wolverine Brass manufactures branded, highquality plumbing products in the U.S. and sells them directly to professional plumbers and tradesmen throughout the country PlumbMaster, founded under a predecessor name in 1932, distributes an array of high-quality plumbing fixtures and fittings to the institutional and repair plumbing markets throughout the U.S. “We are very excited about the acquisition. Dunes Point Capital brought a unique perspective with a long-term and committed vision to grow the company. We are eager to start our new journey with DPC,” PPG Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Coppedge said. Affiliated Distributors sees more growth in second quarter Affiliated Distributors reported another quarter of sales growth across all its divisions and 5% (or $14 billion) growth for the first half of 2013. Its PHCP Division sales grew 4% in the first half and by $4.27 billion on a same-store basis. The group reports it continues to grow in part because of its multi-industry, multi-market structure. “AD’s PHCP affiliates continue to build on a steady path to growth, success and prosperity with a consecutive year-overyear 4% growth,” AD PHCP Division President Jeffrey Beall said. AD members have hired nearly 3,000 new employees and opened 105 locations in the last three months. Supply House Times wins APEX cover design honor Supply House Times recently was honored in the 25th annual Awards for Publication Excellence competition. The magazine’s July 2012 cover titled “The House That Service Built,” was one of 15 publications to earn accolades in the “Covers” category. The July 2012 Supply House Times cover shows industrial PVF distributor MRC Global’s Galena Park, Tex., valve distribution center. Supply House Times Editor Mike Miazga profiled the Houston-based company in the issue’s cover story. The honor follows the BNP Media Plumbing Group’s two APEX awards in 2012 where the November 2011 PM Engineer (pme) cover and the 2011 Radiant Flooring Guide were cited for excellence. NürnbergMesse North America introduces new expo NürnbergMesse North America announced the launch of the Residential Construction and Remodeling Expo. The new trade fair will be held Oct. 7-9, 2014 in Atlanta. The show will serve the horizontal product offerings of suppliers wanting to reach home builders, architects, designers and remodelers on the East Coast of the U.S. The event will be organized and managed by NürnbergMesse North America. “We are bringing together the very best talent in all areas of show management, residential building, remodeling and education serving this industry,” CEO Dirk Ebener said. NürnbergMesse already produces international trade shows serving the kitchen and bath, windows and doors as well stone industries. “We believe Atlanta is the perfect location for international visitors and suppliers which ultimately will develop RCRE into a fully international exhibition,” Ebener said. Viega introduces management team Viega held a media event in late August in Chicago to announce the appointments of incoming President and CEO Dave Garlow and Chief Operating Officer Robert Boots. The duo was introduced to international media members at Skybox on Sheffield, a venue across the street from Wrigley Field that offers rooftop seating for Chicago Cubs baseball games. Garlow, Viega’s vice president of sales, will start his new position in October. He takes over for Dan Schmierer, who is retiring in December. Schmierer has led Viega since its founding in North America in 1999. Garlow joined the Viega team on the same day as Schmierer. “Dan has been a great leader, a fantastic boss and a great mentor to me,” Garlow told the gathering. “Having a mentor like Dan is invaluable. When you think about leaving a legacy, you think of Dan Schmierer. We’ve gone from 20 employees to more than 450. Viega’s business has grown tremendously and I lend that to Dan’s leadership.” Boots was promoted from vice president of supply chain operations and also will take over his new duties in October. Boots has 22 years’ experience in plumbing manufacturing and logistics and has worked in every aspect of a supply chain, from extrusion to logistics. He managed the Vanguard PEX manufacturing plant in South Carolina and moved to McPherson, Kan., when the South Carolina plant closed in 2001. Boots was the McPherson facility’s plant manager until 2009 when he became VP of supply chain operations. Garlow said new products and technologies will continue to be the company’s calling card. “The future of Viega is going to be exciting,” he said. “One thing you always can count on is we are deeply rooted in innovation. Rest assured the things we have built our success on won’t change.” Boots added: “When you think about Viega you think about quality and innovation. I see that only getting better. Our focus is on continuous improvement. We don’t want to sit on our hands and ride the success of what’s been done. We’re not content to stay in the same place. We will continue to work on what we do well and take Viega to the next level.” – Mike Miazga
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