Mike Miazga 2013-11-11 19:55:48
Grant Supply holds 80th anniversary celebrationGrant Supply holds 80th anniversary celebration North Brunswick, N. J.-based Grant Supply Co. Is celebrating 80 years in business. The company recently held a NASCAR-themed event at Pines Manor in Edison, N. J., to commemorate the milestone. More than 100 manufacturers displayed their products to more than 350 Grant customers. Grant Supply, founded in 1933 by Edward C. Lefebvre, is a family-owned and -operated business that distributes products to plumbing contractors, municipalities and institutions operating in the New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia areas. Grant President William R. Stanbach, who replaced Robert Lefebvre after his retirement in 2008, has been instrumental in developing the company's commercial and institutional business, while Vice President Joseph C. Nastus is responsible for the development of the retail and redistribution side of the business. Stanbach and Nastus have been partners for more than 30 years. Although the scope of its business has broadened over the years to include current large commercial projects such as the New York Jets training camp facility and MetLife Stadium (home of the Jets and the New York Giants), Grant continues to serve many local contractors, just as it did when it started in 1933, from its three New Jersey locations in North Brunswick, Madison and Pleasantville. Service Metal opens new Texas location Master distributor Service Metal recently opened its new 60,000-sq.-ft. location in Sugar Land, Texas. The 50-plus-year-old company now has locations in St. Louis, Mo.; Charlotte, N.C.; and the greater Houston area. The St. Louis location features 100,000 sq. ft. Of space, while Charlotte is at 75,000 sq. ft. Service Metal, a master distributor of valves, flanges and fittings, sells exclusively to industrial supply houses and wholesale plumbing and heating companies. "We've always been intrigued by Houston," Service Metal Executive GM Jim Fears told Supply House Times at the new Sugar Land location recently. "This opens up a new market that we couldn't service before." Registration opens for next session of hydronic system design course "Mastering Hydronic System Design," an online course taught by BNP Media Plumbing Group Hydronics Editor John Siegenthaler, is now underway to a sellout class of 50 students. The course runs over a period of 10 weeks and includes about 20 hours of video instruction. The course is scheduled to run again for another 10 weeks starting Feb. 14, 2014. Mastering Hydronic System Design is a joint effort by BNP Media, HeatingSpring Learning Institute and Siegenthaler. It is approved for 15 Learning Units through the American Institute of Architects. Those interested in viewing a sample of the instructional video and overall course outline can do so at http://blog.heatspring.com/free-hydronicdesign- video/. Registration for the next offering of this course is open at www.heatspring.com/courses/hydronic-system-design-training-online. Michel Sales Agency hosts hydronics seminar St. Paul, Minn.-based manufacturers representative Michel Sales Agency recently hosted a daylong seminar on "Cutting Edge Hydronics," presented by BNP Media Plumbing Group Hydronics Editor John Siegenthaler, P.E., of Appropriate Designs. The event, which was attended by more than 70 contractors, wholesalers and design professionals from four Midwestern states, was sponsored by Laars Heating Systems, REHAU and WILO. Some topics covered during the seminar included hydraulic separation, distribution efficiency and low-power pumping, and radiant ceilings for heating and cooling. The luncheon keynote speaker was Kenneth W. Smith, P.E., the president and CEO of District Energy St. Paul and its affiliate Evergreen Energy. Smith talked about where energy is being used today and where it will be used in the future. COOPER Valves acquires Accuseal Stafford, Tex.-based COOPER Valves recently announced it has acquired Houston-based Accuseal, a leading manufacturer of severe service metal-seated ball valves. The acquisition strengthens COOPER's position within the severe service valve market. Accuseal will conduct future business as a brand of COOPER Valves under the name COOPER Accuseal. Financial terms were not disclosed. F. W. Webb opens new Falmouth location F. W. Webb recently announced the opening of a new location in Falmouth, Mass., located at 171 Worcester Ct. The new 25,000-sq.-ft. facility will feature F.W. Webb's full inventory in a convenient, open-concept layout. The facility provides greater accessibility for customers on Cape Cod and the islands with its location off Mass. Route 28. The location also will include a Frank Webb's Bath Center retail showroom slated to open in the first half of 2014. Legend Valve hirings Legend Valve appointed Pat Durkin to the position of Western regional sales manager. Durkin directs and manages sales representative firms covering 11 Western states. The company also named Steve Williams territory sales manager based in Southern California. Williams brings a breadth of experience in the plumbing, industrial and PVF industries. Johnstone Supply/ DDI System sign LOI Johnstone Supply and DDI System have signed a letter of intent on the transfer of Johnstone Supply's Data Services subsidiary, including its DSPro distribution software to DDI System, creating a new DDI-DSPro division. "DDI has more than 30 years of experience in the HVAC and PHCP industries making our inform software and company culture the perfect fit for Johnstone member wholesalers," DDI System founder and President Adam Waller said. "DDI's inform software will seamlessly integrate with Johnstone corporate and deliver a comprehensive and streamlined solution to run its entire business operations."
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