Mike Miazga 2014-10-03 00:02:28
COMPANY/ ASSOCIATION/ TRENDS/ PEOPLE/ GOVERNMENT . . . NEWS Peabody Supply sponsors Net-Zero energy home Peabody (Mass.) Supply Co. And The Bath Showcase, a division of Hajoca Corp., recently was a sponsor of Boston magazine's first-ever Net-Zero energy home in Salisbury, Mass. The high-tech home is situated close to the Atlantic Ocean in an idyllic wooded community. The home features smarthome furnishings, eco-friendly appliances and attractive detailing. The Bath Showcase provided Kohler energy-conscious fixtures with Water Sense technology. Materials such as cast iron, reclaimed wood and no-VOC paint were used. "When this project came across my desk, I jumped at the opportunity," Peabody's Francesca Messina said. "Not only are we showcasing the beautiful kitchen-and bath products we carry, but we are able to spread awareness of how simple it is to live in an eco-friendly home. Creating a smaller energy footprint is important." Consolidated Supply named one of the best places to work Tigard, Ore.-based Consolidated Supply recently was selected as one of the Oregonian newspaper's top workplaces. The award is based solely on employee feedback with a survey conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional top workplace programs with 40 major publishing partners across the U.S. "When we were notified Consolidated Supply received this recognition, I personally got goose bumps," Consolidated Chairman of the Board Karolyn Neupert Gordon said. "This is a priceless and heartwarming honor. It makes us feel good because it reaffirms how we roll. This is a gold medal we will wear with enormous pride and it will add even more longevity to our wonderful family culture and reputation. We take pride in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well." Eastern Penn Supply opens new branch Eastern Penn Supply Co. Recently announced the acquisition and opening of a branch in Mifflintown, Pa. The new location is the company's 11th branch and is located about halfway between Harrisburg and State College. The building, located at 27289 Rt. 75 in Mifflintown, features about 10,000 sq. ft. On 1.5 acres of land. Products carried in the branch include plumbing, heating, pumps, electrical and industrial supplies. Pictured are, front row, from left: Joe Kerestes (CFO), Perry "Pete" Walters (branch manager), Karen Walters (office manager), Travis Forry (inside sales) and David Haines (inventory control manager). Back row, from left:Keith "Whitey" Frontz (inside sales), Ren Schuler (VP operations) andGeorge Conyngham (president). Viega showcases mobile promotion truck Viega's new mobile promotion truck hit the road in August and is traveling from coast to coast across the continental United States showcasing Viega's innovative system solutions. The new 30-ft.-long mobile showroom is a customized F-550 Super Duty truck and will make appearances at industry events and requested stops where visitors can walk through and see Viega's range of commercial and industrial plumbing systems as well as radiant flooring and firesprinkler solutions. "Our mobile showroom is spacious enough for several people to walk around inside and comfortably explore our products and applications," Viega U.S. Director of Sales Jeff Neczypor said. "Outside of an actual project, our truck is the best opportunity to see what actual Viega installations look like and how they can integrate with existing systems." Inside the truck, visitors can see installation examples utilizing Viega system solutions such as Viega ProPress for copper and stainless, Viega MegaPress for black-iron pipe, Viega PEX Press systems with the Viega ManaBloc home-run water system, and radiant heating and cooling technology with Viega's line of panels, manifolds and controls. Bradford White's Carnevale earns promotion Bradford White announced R. Bruce Carnevale has been promoted to executive vice president and COO. Carnevale will be in charge of managing the operational aspects of the water heater manufacturer with a main focus on enhancing the quality and consistency of the customer experience across all business channels. "As our new executive vice president and COO, Bruce's strategic vision and customer-focused leadership make him the perfect candidate to manage Bradford White's operations for the long-term growth and success of the company and our industry partners," President and CEO Nick Giuffre said. Carnevale said Bradford White will continue to thrive because of consumer demand. "Bradford White is in an unprecedented period of growth and there is considerable demand for our products," he said. "These factors, combined with the largest manufacturing plant expansion in the history of our company, have unquestionably provided us with some considerable challenges and opportunities. As a result, we are putting the right people and the right resources in place to take care of our customers and reps in the way they expect and deserve for many years to come." Carnevale had been the company's executive vice president of sales and marketing. He's also a member of the company's board of directors and serves on several industry organizations, committees and boards in support of the plumbing and HVAC industries. Liberty Pumps announces Bergen building expansion In September, Liberty Pumps broke ground on a major building expansion that will add 81,000 sq. ft. To the company's manufacturing and warehouse space in Bergen, N.Y. The expansion will include another 8,000 sq. ft. To the facility's product research and development area. Since 2008, Liberty Pumps has more than doubled its sales. Construction is expected to be completed in February 2015. "This expansion will provide needed space for additional manufacturing cells along with supporting inventory thus improving workflow and productivity. We want to make sure that as we grow, we continue to provide a high level of service to our customers," said Randall Waldron, Liberty Pumps' vice president of sales and marketing. "Expansion to the R & D facilities will support development of new product lines and improve the product time to market." Elkay names rep agency of the year Elkay Manufacturing named Herkowski Stickler & Associates as its 2013 Rep Agency of the Year. The firm, which has represented Elkay for more than 80 years, was selected for the recognition based on a set of criteria that includes sales performance, partnership, exceptional growth and support across multiple product lines. "In recognizing HAS, our appreciation is as much for its long-term loyalty, commitment and service as its performance, although that too has been outstanding," Elkay Vice President and General Manager for the Traditional Plumbing Channel Mark Whittington said. "The company was started 83 years ago by the grandfather of Steve Stickler, one of the company's principals. They have been with us as one of our top-performing agencies ever since, although this is the first time they are receiving this particular award. Our companies grew up together and the folks at HSA feel like they are part of the extended Elkay family." Lochinvar expands world headquarters Lochinvar will expand its world headquarters in Lebanon, Tenn., adding 74,000 sq. ft. Of manufacturing and storage capacity. The project also will add an extended office area and a significantly enhanced engineering facility twice the size of the current space. The company's continued growth has not only increased the footprint of its headquarters facility, but also has impacted the size of the Lochinvar team. Over the last three years, the company has added an average of 25 new positions each year. The expansion construction kicked off in late September with expected completion in January 2016. Lochinvar opened its 380,000-sq.-ft. Lebanon operation in 2011. The facility, which includes manufacturing, offices, product engineering development and testing labs, and the Lochinvar University training facility, employs about 500 people.
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