Design course offers AIA credit The American Institute of Architects has approved the 10-week online course “Mastering Hydronic System Design” for 26 HSW Learning Units. AIA members need 18 learning units per year, 12 of which must be on Health, Safety and Welfare topics. The advanced design course for professionals will be taught by John Siegenthaler, P. E., and begins Feb. 17. Enrollment will be limited to 50 professionals. The details-oriented course will combine video lessons, reading assignments, and hands-on calculations and homework. It will present both design concepts and tools to optimize hydronic heating systems in a variety of contemporary applications. The goal is to equip students to design state-of-the-art systems for residential and light commercial buildings that deliver unsurpassed comfort, efficiency and reliability. The course is structured to combine a student’s existing knowledge with new approaches and analytical methods focused on the cutting edge of hydronics. It is not intended as an introductory course. The course is offered in partnership with Siegenthaler, whose third edition of his textbook, “Modern Hydronic Heating,” was released in January 2011; BNP Media’s CE Cammpus, which is a source of ongoing professional continuing education; and HeatSpring Learning Institute, which is producing and delivering the course through its Campus software platform. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/Hydronic. MwDA told slow growth to continue It’s like the sign in certain bars announcing, “Free Beer Tomorrow.” Almost as whimsically, economists keep predicting a strong recovery in the last half of the coming year. “The recovery keeps getting pushed back,” said Michael Halloran, senior research analyst for process controls with R. W. Baird Co., keynote speaker at the Midwest Distributors Association’s 2013 Annual Meeting & Dinner at football legend Mike Ditka’s suburban Chicago restaurant in Oak Brook Terrace. He told the packed audience to expect only a “slight acceleration of growth” in 2014. On the bright side, Halloran pointed to encouraging data from the Architectural Billings Index, which has been accelerating since this past summer. The ABI is a leading indicator of commercial market performance six to nine months in the future. He also predicted, “Pretty healthy growth on the residential side over the next three to four years,” although in this context, “healthy” is a relative term. In response to a question from the audience, Halloran ventured it would take about that long for housing starts to return to the 1.5-1.6 million units level that used to be considered an average year. “In general, industrial growth will be soft,” Halloran said, citing sluggish demand in China and worldwide, low levels of capacity utilization as well as lack of political will in America to fund sorely needed infrastructure improvements. In his assessment, the normal business cycle has been skewed by uncertainty that has caused corporate America to use healthy balance sheets more for mergers and acquisitions than capital investment. The event concluded with the members electing the slate of officers and directors for 2014. Dave Poteete from M. Cooper Supply Co. In Mokena, Ill., is the new president; President- Elect is Steve Walsh from Columbia Pipe & Supply in Chicago; Treasurer is Todd Restel from First Supply in La Crosse, Wis. At-large directors serving on the Board are John Bennerotte from BMA in Plymouth, Minn.; Ryan Curry from Connor Co. In Peoria, Ill.; Michael Dore from R.C. Sales & Service in Downers Grove, Ill.; Randy Grebel from Bemis Mfg.; Monica Moore from InSinkErator; David Riggs from Plumbers Supply in St. Louis, Mo.; Greg Servais from Dakota Supply Group in La Crosse, Wis. Outgoing President Tim Milford from Milford Supply Co. In St. Louis, Mo., and Rebecca Falish from InSinkErator also were recognized for their stewardship on behalf of the industry after having concluded their terms of service in the organization. –Jim Olstzynski (Special to MdWA) Nadia Askar joins Supply House Times Nadia Askar is the newest member of Supply House Times’ staff, starting in her new role as associate editor on Nov. 25, 2013. Askar is recent graduate of Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. She also coordinates product and news items for BNP Media’s Plumbing Group and works closely with the staffs of Plumbing & Mechanical, PM Engineer and Reeves Journal. Askar can be reached at 847/405-4112 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rheem Acquires Heat Transfer Group Atlanta, Ga.-based Rheem recently acquired Scottsboro, Ala.-based Heat Transfer Products Group from Monomoy Capital Partners. HTPG is a manufacturer of commercial refrigeration equipment for the food service, food retail and other non consumable markets. “The acquisition is strategic for Rheem, and HTPG’s employees and customers will benefit from the partnership,” Rheem President and CEO JR Jones said. “Heat transfer technology is core to every product that both companies manufacture. Rheem and HTPG have the opportunity to combine an extensive knowledge of heat transfer technology to develop innovative new products.” HTPG will be a standalone division of Rheem, much like Rheem’s Raypak and Replacement Parts divisions. HTPG’s manufacturing operations will remain in Scottsboro. Rheem uses lean manufacturing techniques at all its facilities throughout North America. The company will further optimize the HTPG facility in Scottsboro for increased effectiveness. Coaching great Johnson to speak at NetworkASA 2014 The American Supply Association recently announced two-time Super Bowl-champion coach and current “Fox NFL Sunday” studio analyst Jimmy Johnson will be a speaker at the A. O. Smith Future Trends Luncheon as part of NetworkASA 2014 to be held Sept. 9-11 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. ASA will announce additional keynote speakers and convention information in the upcoming weeks. Johnson follows recent Future Trends Luncheon keynote speakers James Carville and Mary Matalin, who closed out NetworkASA 2013 in Washington, D.C. Minneapolis theater wins best restroom contest The Varsity Theater in Minneapolis is the winner of the 2013 Cintas Best Restroom Contest. Formerly known at the University Theater, the Varsity Theater was one of the last vaudeville houses in the city and hosted everything from minstrel shows to comedians to screenings of early silent films. In 2005, the current incarnation of the theater opened its doors as a vaudeville house for the 21st century. The winning restroom, decorated with ornate, gilded mirrors and sassy text plates, invites guests into an Alice in Wonderland-like grotto. The restroom allows concert-goers to take a break in an area from which one still can view and hear the stage. Bartenders even serve drinks over the back counter into the restroom area, offering a VIP experience to every guest. The sinks were designed with shower-head faucets with foot pedal operation. For more on the contest, visit www.bestrestroom.com. VMA training goes virtual The Valve Manufacturers Association now offers an online version of its popular Valve Basics Training course. In an effort to reach more industry employees, VMA adapted its place-based training to the Web with the launch of Valve Basics Online Training. In 2009 VMA established an in-depth valve education program (ValveED) to help those working in the valve industry or the industries that use valves, train current and future valve employees. Four years after its introduction, more than 900 people have taken the 101 course, which includes the Valve Petting Zoo hands-on component. The new online training program will provide still another vehicle to promote valve literacy and career interest. U.S. PVC prices to rise U. S. prices for PVC, the plastic most widely used in construction, are set to rise by 5 cents per lb. In the first two months of 2014. This is a significant price increase in a market that will see producers end the year with a net five-cent increase in their 2013 margins, according to PetroChem Wire’s PVC & Pipe Report. These higher raw material costs could have a significant impact on prices for many consumer goods, most notably plumbing pipe and vinyl siding. Also supporting these rising prices are the stronger prices for ethylene used to make PVC as well as PVC export markets. “PVC prices are usually under pressure during the fourth quarter as market seasonality kicks in and demand drops, but this year rising spot ethylene prices and strong export demand kept a floor under the market,” the report said. Energy expert Economides dies Michael Economides, an internationally known authority on petroleum engineering and adjunct professor at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering, died Nov. 30 on an international flight to South America. He was 64. Economides was a past keynote speaker at the PVF Round table meetings in Houston. His research focused on techniques to increase production, from reservoir stimulation theory and advanced reservoir exploitation strategies to offshore technology development. He also took geopolitical considerations into account, realizing technical considerations alone could not determine the success of hydrocarbon development. “He is a globally recognized expert in hydraulic fracturing, in production techniques, generally,” said Tom Holley, director of the petroleum engineering program at UH, where Economides taught a masters-level class. After 14 years on the faculty in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Economides had become an adjunct faculty member, usually teaching one masters class a semester and devoting much of his time to serving as an advisor for companies globally, as well as writing and research. He was known for his outspoken views. “Very outspoken, but well-reasoned,” Holley said. MRC Global announces two international acquisitions MRC Global recently announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire privately held Stream AS for about $260 million, including the assumption of debt. Headquartered in Norway, Stream’s 2013 revenues were estimated at $273 million. Stream is the leading PVF distributor and provider of flow control products, solutions and services to the offshore oil and gas industry on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, the world’s largest offshore sector. MRC Global also announced it acquired Flangefitt Stainless Ltd. Headquartered in Warrington, England, with a location in Aberdeen, Scotland, Flangefitt is a leading pipe, flange and fitting distributor to the oil and gas industry. Flangefitt’s 2013 revenues were estimated to be about $28 million. It will be operated as MRC Flangefitt. “These acquisitions continue our multiyear international growth strategy, complement our previous international acquisitions and are expected to allow us to achieve more than $900 million in international segment revenues in 2014 with a target of more than $1 billion in 2015,” MRC Global Chairman, President and CEO Andrew Lane said.
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