Mike Miazga 2014-05-03 01:01:06
Weldbend honored at MCAA convention The Mechanical Contractors Association of America named winners of its annual safety awards, Distinguished Service Award and Partnership Enterprise Award in March during its convention in Phoenix. Weldbend Corp. received the Partnership Enterprise Award from the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation for its contribution of $100,000. Receiving the recognition for Weldbend were James Coulas III, Kevin Coulas and Michael Hammer. MCERF funds industry-related research and internship grants, and it works closely with MCAA’s student chapters. MCAA President Michael R. Cables and MCAA Past President and MCERF President Bob Armistead presented the recognition to Weldbend at the MCAA Awards of Excellence Breakfast at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. Ameripipe Supply announces new leadership Dallas-based construction wholesaler and fabricator Ameripipe Supply named Blair Franklin president and chief executive officer, Randy Ensch chief operating officer and Chris James vice president and treasurer in a succession of leadership from founder Jerome James to the next generation of family owners. James started his PVF supply company as D-FW Supply in 1979. He added Ensch, his nephew, in 1984, son, Chris James, in 1994, and Franklin, his sonin- law, in 2001. The company changed its name to Ameripipe in 2004, concurrent with its merger with San Antonio-based PFV Supply. James will remain chairman of the board of the $60 million privately owned enterprise. “Jerome was the fi rst supplier of fire-protection piping and sprinkler heads in Dallas when it became part of the commercial code,” Franklin said. “He’s an industry leader and his success is well-recognized among our manufacturers and customers. He has given our family a high standard to meet.” Affiliated Distributors announces Latin America expansion plans The Affiliated Distributors buying group recently announced its continued global growth by expanding into the Latin American market. “AD is now open for business in Latin America and we look forward to working with and sharing best practices with the best independent distributors and manufacturers in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia,” AD Chairman and CEO Bill Weisberg said. “The creation of AD Latin America is driven by our sense of responsibility to our existing members and supplier partners and consistent with AD’s mission to help strong independents work together in order to counter the geographic scale advantage of national and international chains.” Leading the Latin American expansion is Carlos Garcia Ramirez, AD’s new managing director and vice president of Latin America. Garcia Ramirez comes to AD with three decades of experience in the electrical industry. Prior to joining AD, Garcia Ramirez served as Panduit’s managing director of Latin America, Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East.
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