Mike Miazga 2014-09-10 02:03:24
Ferguson announces Northeast DC plans Ferguson recently announced plans for the construction of a new distribution center in Coxsackie, N.Y. The company also has leased property for a regional distribution hub in Secaucus, N.J. The two facilities will house almost 1 million sq. ft. Of warehouse space. The locations will support Ferguson’s metro New York and Northeast branches. Ferguson will construct a 460,000-sq.-ft. distribution center in the Fountain Flats Business Park in Coxsackie, about 100 miles north of New York City. The facility will create 95 new jobs. Groundbreaking was scheduled for mid-August with a proposed completion date of late summer 2015. The company will lease 450,000 sq. ft. Of warehouse space at the former Panasonic headquarters site in the Harmon Cove district of the Meadowlands. The regional shipping hub will serve customers within a 100-mile radius seeking same-day or next-day delivery of Ferguson products. The facility also will include a Ferguson counter— a one-stop shop for professional contractors to purchase tools, plumbing products, parts and accessories. Renovations currently are underway with an anticipated open date of the first quarter of 2015. In other Ferguson news, the company renewed its community partnerships with An Achievable Dream and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, emphasizing its focus on education in Hampton Roads, Va. Over the next decade the company will donate more than $1 million to An Achievable Dream, a unique public/private partnership that operates two schools serving disadvantaged youth in the region. In addition, Ferguson once again will fund educational field trips to Colonial Williamsburg for local fourth graders this academic year. Also, more than 400 Ferguson locations participated in the company’s annual Feed the Need campaign, collecting food, supplies and monetary donations for more than 150 nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S., including animal shelters, food banks, homeless shelters and youth-development programs. Supply House Times wins APEX Award Supply House Times recently was honored in the 26th annual Awards for Publication Excellence competition. The annual awards program recognizes excellence in publications work by professional communicators. The APEX awards are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence. Supply House Times won in the Covers category for its January 2014 front cover, which shows PHCP and American Supply Association-member distributors Bill Condron (The Granite Group), Pat McGowan (Thos. Somerville), Jeff Worly (Worly Plumbing Supply), Todd Ford (Central States Group) and Stan Allen (Morrison Supply) on the Capitol Hill lawn in Washington, D.C. That group of distributors participated in the joint Supply House Times-ASA roundtable interview session that occurs during each NetworkASA convention. The photo was taken by Supply House Times Editor Mike Miazga. This is the second year in a row Supply House Times has won an APEX award. Last year, the magazine was honored for its July 2012 cover that showed a MRC Global valve distribution center. Milwaukee Tool debuts new products Milwaukee Tool debuted a bevy of new tools at its annual New Products Symposium held at the Pritztlaff Events building in downtown Milwaukee. The two-day event attracted media members from around the world. A total of more than 50 new products were on display during the symposium. “Our company is focused on understanding what our users do from the time they get up until the time they go to bed,” Milwaukee Tool President Steve Richman said. “We are a solutions provider. We’re not just about power tools. We’re about accessories and hand tools and how we can solve problems. We deliver distributive innovation. We are delivering products to the market that save time and increase productivity on the job.” The company’s continued push into cordless technology was evident during the event with the unveiling of numerous new cordless tools, including the M18 deep cut band saw. “Our vision is to have a cordless jobsite,” Milwaukee Tool Vice President of Cordless Product Management Paul Fry said. Milwaukee also unveiled its new 5 amp-hour battery pack, which provides end users between 20 and 25% more run time than the previous 4 amp-hour pack. A dual M18-M12 platform rapid battery charge station also debuted. Milwaukee Tool’s Andrew Lentz noted the new station takes only 72 minutes to charge three cordless batteries. “We want to provide solutions that help end users cut the cord so they never have to drag a cord on the jobsite,” Lentz said. Other new products on display included a variety of jobsite storage options, lighting solutions and fastening tools. During the lunch break, attendees also heard from Empire Level Senior Vice President and General Rick Gray. Milwaukee Tool recently purchased Empire Level. Armstrong hosts multi-city symposium Armstrong Fluid Technology’s Design Envelope Symposium recently made a stop in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Ill. The suburban Chicago event was the sixth of 10 the company is slated to host around the United States this year. “We felt we needed to try a different approach in getting our message and educational programs in front of engineers, building owners and contractors and explain to them in the clearest of terms what our Design Envelope Technology is all about,” Armstrong’s Mike O’Neil told Supply House Times in a video interview available at www.supplyht.com. Armstrong’s Design Envelope Technology leverages demand-based control to its fullest, providing the exact heating or cooling load required at any given time. O’Neil said response to the symposiums, which attract anywhere from 30-80 engineers at each stop according to Armstrong’s Rod High tower, has been extremely positive. “Face-to-face presentations and interaction are important,” he said. “The inquiries rise day by day. Customers would like us to do these more often.” During a luncheon with members of the local media, High tower touched on a number of new Armstrong initiatives including the company’s new Design Envelope compass circulators, the availability of Armstrong Revit files and the company’s new website at www.armstrongfluidtechnology.com. Murray Supply names new PHP division manager Winston-Salem, N.C.- based Murray Supply Co. Recently promoted Brooks Jester from the role of Charlotte branch manager to PHP division manager. Jester will be responsible for the sales, operation and administration of the company’s core plumbing branches. Jester joined Murray in 2007 as a counter salesman in the Charlotte branch and later was promoted to inside sales before earning a second promotion to branch purchasing agent. Jester became Murray’s director of purchasing at the company’s Winston-Salem headquarters in 2009.He returned to Charlotte as branch manager in 2012. TOTO, Blackman announce partnership TOTO recently announced it is entering into a distribution agreement with Bayport, N.Y.-based Blackman Plumbing Supply. TOTO’s full line of residential and commercial fittings and fixtures will be available in all 19 Blackman branch locations throughout Long Island, N.Y., and New Jersey, and will be on display in all Blackman showrooms. “Blackman Plumbing is proud to deepen our partnership with TOTO,” Blackman Plumbing Supply President and CEO Robert Mannheimer said. “Our new relationship with TOTO will allow Blackman Plumbing to continue to offer our customers world-class products at the cutting edge of contemporary design.” TOTO USA President of the Americas Sales Division David Krakoff added, “Our ability to partner with an organization of Blackman’s caliber to enhance our coverage of Long Island, New York, and New Jersey is a particularly significant event.” ASA University offering NKBA CEU credits The ASA Education Foundation recently announced select courses offered through ASA University are now eligible for continuing education unit credits through the National Kitchen and Bath Association. ASA University offers more than 200 courses on topics ranging from product knowledge to general business acumen, as well as other key competencies. “ASA University is committed to improving the workforce of all segments of the PHCP industry,” ASAEF Executive Director Amy Black said. “With our ability to develop industry-specific training, we are firmly positioned to help NKBA professionals elevate their professionalism with role-based courses addressing topics such as profitability, time management and customer service, as well as courses on products we all sell.” A complete list of eligible courses can be found at www.nkba.org. For a complete listing of courses available through ASA University, visit www.asa.net/store. F. W. Webb opens New York showroom Frank Webb’s Bath and Lighting Center recently opened a new showroom in Ballston Spa, N.Y., at 1 McCrea Hill Road. The new retail showroom offers customers a wide array of bath and kitchen products, as well as design experts to help homeowners with remodeling or building projects from start to finish. The showroom is part of a 40,000-sq.-ft. F.W. Webb facility that opened in January. The modern showroom features a broad range of bathroom displays and premium product lines. Working displays provide customers the opportunity to envision the perfect bathroom by testing large soaking tubs and standup showers with fully functioning shower heads. The state-of-the-art facility also features lighting and accessible living displays. The new showroom allows Frank Webb’s Bath and Lighting Center specialists to help homeowners take the guesswork out of home improvement projects, as well as work with contractors on their projects.
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