Mike Miazga 2014-12-10 01:59:23
In memorium Simon Lipp Simon “Si” Lipp, formerly of Merit Brass Co., died Nov. 5, 2014 in Scottsdale, Ariz., surrounded by his family. Lipp was the former vice president of sales and marketing at Merit Brass. His career spanned nearly 45 years until his retirement in 2001.Si was the husband of the late Elaine (married 52 years), father of Marci (Marc) and Alan (Peggy). Alan Lipp is Merit’s current chief operating officer. Lipp’s grandchildren include Brian Kaplan (Jill), Lauren (Lucas), Jordan, Kevin and Alison Lipp, as well as great-grandchild, Clark. His also is survived by his sister, Pearl, and brothers, Ronald, and Steven, along with many nieces and nephews. PVF Happenings Houston, Texas-based Alloy Metals and Tubes International announced Steve Martinez has joined the company as warehouse operator. AMTI also announced Denna Gatewood has been promoted to director of quality assurance at the nickel alloy and stainless-steel tube and bar distributor. Legend Valve appointed Lance Dyer hydronic sales manager. Dyer, a 26-plus-year HVAC industry veteran, will manage and direct Legend Hydronics’ sales initiatives. Champion Valves appointed Michael Cipicchio director of sales. Aquatherm North America announced N. H. Yates will serve as the company’s primary warehouse for the East Coast. An existing Yates warehouse in Pottstown, Pa., will stock and distribute Aquatherm pipe and parts throughout the eastern U.S. N.H. Yates has served as an Aquatherm manufacturers rep since 2010. American Pipe & Supply opens new Nashville facility Birmingham, Ala.-based American Pipe & Supply recently celebrated the grand opening of its new location in the Nashville, Tenn., area. More than 300 customers visited the facility during the grand-opening event, which included a catered lunch and entertainment from radio station 104. 5 The Zone. Former Tennessee Titans Pro Bowl selection Blaine Bishop also was on hand. The new larger facility located at 317 Fesslers Ln., allows for expanded inventory offerings and features increased parking and easier access. The facility includes a five-acre pipe yard and more than 20,000 sq. ft. Of warehouse storage. The Nashville location also offers an express will call service that will enable customers to pick up previously ordered items in an expedited manner. Affiliated Distributors Q3 sales growth at 8% Wayne, Pa.-based Affiliated Distributors reported 8% growth across all its divisions in the third quarter of 2014. Total sales for the first three quarters of the year for the group were $23 billion. All AD divisions are projected to accomplish another record-breaking year by exceeding $30 billion in sales. By division, industrial was up 2%, while PVF was flat in a down market, AD reported. Building materials led the way in Q3, up 18% year over year. AD members hired 2,221 new employees in the first three quarters of 2014, opened more than 71 new locations and made 15 acquisitions. F. W. Webb acquires Watertown Supply F. W. Webb recently acquired Watertown (Mass.) Supply. For more than 65 years and three generations, Watertown has specialized in plumbing and heating with a primary focus on repair parts for the trades, and for commercial, industrial and institutional facilities management. Watertown stocks more than 64,000 products, including pipe, tubing, valves and special fittings, and offers genuine manufacturer repair parts. Rebranded as Watertown Supply, a Division of F.W. Webb Company, it will continue to operate at 33 Grove St., in Watertown.
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