Mike Miazga 2013-10-12 06:23:48
Wisconsin governor visits First Supply First Supply recently welcomed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to its downtown LaCrosse (Wis.) Facility. Job growth was one of several topics Walker discussed during the visit. First Supply has 28 facilities serving Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois, plus a central distribution center in LaCrosse. The company employs 500 individuals in Wisconsin and has created 50 new jobs in the state in 2013. “First Supply is exemplary of Wisconsin’s industrial vitality,” Walker said. “They have served our state as well as many others throughout the Midwest for 116 years by providing quality plumbing supplies.” MSC Holdings acquires Farnsworth Wholesale MSC Holdings, the parent company of Morrison Supply and Express Pipe & Supply, recently acquired the assets of Mesa, Ariz.-based Farnsworth Wholesale. Farnsworth has five locations and focuses on the plumbing, HVAC and waterworks markets. Farnsworth will continue to operate under its existing brand name. “With the addition of Arizona to our business, we have become a formidable supplier from Texas over to Southern California, which gives us the opportunity to be a predominant supplier in the Southwest,” MSC Holdings CEO Chip Hornsby said. “Our focus will continue to be on serving our customers at the local level. We look forward to working with Farnsworth Wholesale’s leadership team to achieve their goals in the Arizona market. The performance of each location is what creates our success today and in the future.” Farnsworth Wholesale President Mark Shill added: “We are excited to be a part of the vision that Chip and company are undertaking. Chip has surrounded himself with an impressive team. With their experience it will assist us in broadening our offerings and lengthening our stride to be the top wholesaler in the Arizona market. We believe they can only add to our reputation and help us gain greater market share.” Reeves Journal joins BNP Media Plumbing Group Reeves Journal, a regional magazine started in 1920, joined BNP Media’s Plumbing Group effective Sept. 1. The Plumbing Group also includes Supply House Times, Plumbing & Mechanical and PM Engineer (pme). Reeves Journal reaches plumbing contractors, wholesalers and engineers in 14 Western States. Its print and digital editions are complemented by www.ReevesJournal. com and the Western Plumbing News e-Newsletter. Jack Sweet continues as Reeves Journal editor. In other Plumbing Group news, Integrated Media Specialist Scott Franz was promoted to Plumbing Group Associate Publisher. He started his media career with Supply House Times and PM almost 25 years ago. Supply House Times Senior Editor John McNally was promoted to editor of pme, while Kelly Faloon was promoted to editor of PM. She had been PM’s managing editor since 2006. WinWholesale opens three new locations WinWholesale recently opened three new locations, bringing the total nimber of openings in 2013 to 10. The company’s new locations include Canandaigua (N.Y.) Winsupply, Bloomington, Ind.-based Hoosier Winsupply and Meriden (Conn.) Winwater Works. Canandaigua and Hoosier stock plumbing, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning products. Hoosier also carries kitchen and bath products. Meriden distributes PVC pipe, valves, water hydrants, drainage systems and other products to general, municipal and utility contractors. WinWholesale is the majority shareholder in the three companies. WinWholesale now has more than 550 locations across the U.S. “Each of these companies is led by a local president who knows their customers and the market,” WinWholesale CEO Monte Salsman said. “They make on-the-spot decisions how best to serve them, from what and how much to carry in inventory to delivering the orders.” In other WinWholesale news, the company launched its first mobile application for use with smartphones and tablets that gives customers the ability to perform several functions to do business on the go, including finding the closest Win Group location. Riback/DKB opens showroom-warehouse Jefferson City, Mo.-based Riback/ DKB was slated to complete its new 22,000-sq.-ft. facility at the end of September. The new facility expands and combines two of the company’s existing facilities. The Jefferson City building will bring together DKB’s retail showroom and Riback Supply’s plumbing department, creating one convenient location for both its trade and retail customers. The unified space will provide enhanced customer service by combining the company’s knowledgeable staff and increasing stock availability. “Our investment in this new Jefferson City facility reinforces our commitment to the trades and residents of central Missouri by offering the best possible products and services available,” Riback-DKB President Martin J. Riback said. A grand opening celebration is set for Nov. 7. F.W. Webb opens new Springfield facility F.W. Webb recently hosted a ribboncutting ceremony at its new 65,000-sq.- ft. Facility in the Springfield (Mass.) Smith & Wesson Industrial Park located at 1145 Performance Blvd. The location features a F. W. Webb wholesale branch and a Frank Webb’s Bath Center retail space. The company has a 40-year history in Springfield and outgrew an older facility in the north end of the city. The new building affords F.W. Webb the opportunity to expand even further. F.W. Webb originally committed to 16 jobs in the building, but has increased that number to 25. The company bought the 14-acre property from the Springfield Redevelopment Authority. The city assisted the project through a 10-year tax increment financing plan, which provides new tax revenue for the city, but also helps the company stabilize after the large investment in the site. PEOPLE/COMPANY NEWS Ferguson named Byron Woodard senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Woodard is responsible for the strategic direction of the company’s marketing initiatives. Hansgrohe North America named Sibylle Mair interim president. She replaces Russ Wheeler, who stepped down as president after more than seven years of service. Mair is Hansgrohe’s vice president of finance. TOTO and Wolseley Canada announced a new partnership that makes Wolseley the first company in Canada to carry TOTO’s full product line from coast to coast. All TOTO fixtures and fittings are available at Wolseley’s 144 plumbing branches and showrooms across Canada. Kohler Manager of Codes and Standards Shabbir Rawalpindiwala is the recipient of the 2013 Joseph K. Seidner Award at the Canadian Advisory Council on Plumbing. Navien hired Christopher Rizzo as Southwestern trainer. Rizzo has worked in the tankless water heater industry since 2005. Brad Kiel was hired as Franke’s new vice president of Franke Kitchen Systems luxury segment. Kiel brings more than 22 years of experience in the showroom and luxury business and has been involved in aspects of wholesale distribution, merchandising and brand building. Speakman Co. Hired Tara Steinhilper as national account manager. Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating announced Matt Wiesenfeld has joined the group as program manager responsible for the Canadian Hydronics Council and the Plumbing Industry Advisory Council. Brett Greene joined the Chicago Faucet/Geberit Group as vice president of residential sales. He will be responsible for growing Geberit’s residential business in North America and for leading the residential sales team. Uponor North America Codes and Standards Manager Mary Kimlinger was named chairperson of the Plastic Piping Systems components Industry Forum. Neil Cordonnier joined Hartzell Air Movement as vice president of operations. Taco has created website information about product low-lead certification, complete with frequently asked questions. Go to www.taco-hvac.com and click the NSF logo.
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