Mike Miazga 2015-02-07 03:57:33
Morrison Supply acquires eight Kiva Kitchen & Bath showrooms Fort Worth, Texas-based Morrison Supply Co., recently acquired all the assets of Kiva Kitchen & Bath showrooms. Morrison added Kiva locations in Houston (two), Austin and San Antonio, Texas, as well four Southern California locations in San Diego and the Los Angeles- Anaheim metro area. The eight Kiva showrooms will now operate as Expressions Home Gallery, owned by parent company Morsco. “In working with Kiva, we will be able to provide our customers in Southern California and Texas great value and excellent service,” Morrison Supply Co. President Stan Allen said. Expressions Home Gallery is Morsco’s new premier showroom brand. Prior to the brand’s introduction, each showroom operated under the local brand in its respective market. A new Expressions Home Gallery located in Dallas’ Design District is what brought about the new brand, look and customer experience, the company noted. Morrison Supply’s current location at 5001 Bryant Irvin Road North also will be rebranded under the Expressions moniker. With the opening of the Dallas showroom and the Kiva Kitchen & Bath acquisitions, the new brand now features 12 independent locations in Texas, Arizona and California. Expressions Home Gallery will be pursing an aggressive growth plan, with numerous new locations planned throughout the Southwest. The next opening is slated for this year in Southlake, Texas. Collins Pipe & Supply Co. acquires Power House Supply East Windsor, Conn.-based Collins Pipe & Supply Co. Recently announced it has successfully finalized an agreement for the acquisition of the assets and staff of Newburyport, Mass.-based Power House Supply. The acquisition was finalized Jan. 1 for an undisclosed amount with a plan for all Power House employees to remain in place to manage and operate the new Collins location. The acquisition expands Collins Pipe & Supply distribution and engineering services into the largest industrial marketplace in the New England region. “This acquisition strengthens Collins in two key areas,” Collins Pipe & Supply President Brian Tuohey said. “Both Collins and Power House have long been recognized for their acumen and expertise in the power and energy arenas. By joining forces, each company becomes stronger in our ability to serve each of these critical markets. With Power House’s location in Newburyport, we will be able to greatly improve our service capabilities in eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.” Collins now has nine locations in New England, upstate New York and Marcus Hook (greater Pennsylvania). “Collins was a natural fit because the acquisition enables both companies to grow and expand into new geographic regions with additional product line capabilities,” Power House President and owner Rick Boudrow said. “We also share a strong commitment to the customer-first service philosophy.” Sloan Valve partners with Chicago Cubs Sloan Valve recently announced it has joined the Chicago Cubs baseball organization as a legacy partner and the team’s official water efficiency partner. As part of the agreement the Cubs spring training facility in Mesa, Ariz., will be named Sloan Park. Sloan will help the Cubs expand their ongoing sustainability efforts and improve the fan experience at Sloan Park and at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The Cubs will utilize Sloan’s products in the newly named Sloan Park and plan to integrate inside Wrigley Field and its surrounding facilities as part of the 1060 Project construction, helping the organization expand its ongoing sustainability efforts. Sloan also will have brand presence at Sloan Park and Wrigley Field, including designated areas to showcase Sloan products and state-of-the-art water-saving technologies along with fixed signage on the visiting team’s bullpen. ASA Education Foundation announces 2015 Board of Trustees The American Supply Association Education Foundation recently announced its 2015 Board of Trustees that includes a new slate of officers. John Mills (WHCI Plumbing Supply) is the new ASAEF president, while Torrco’s Chris Fasano is the president-elect. Central States Group’s Todd Ford is the treasurer. ASA Executive Vice President Mike Adelizzi is the secretary and Amy Black is the ASAEF’s executive director. Trustees include Jeffrey Beall (Affiliated Distributors), Stu Chaffee (Rich-Tomkins), Rogers Earl (Valley Supply), Rick Fantham (Hajoca Corp., ASA president), Coley Herrin (PDI), Dale Hurd (All-Tex Pipe & Supply), Pat McGowan (Thos. Sommerville), John McKenzie (WinWholesale), Mark McNitt (Ferguson), Annamaria Nagy (Hajoca Corp.), Dwight Newton (Zoeller Pump Co.), Lindsey Portnoy Rodner (Aaron & Co.), Kendrick Reaves (Cash Acme), Bill Shea (Mueller Industries), Gray Uhl (American Standard) and Mark Whittington (Elkay). RectorSeal acquires SureSeal brand Houston-based RectorSeal Corp. recently acquired selected assets and the SureSeal brand from Tacoma, Wash.-based SureSeal Mfg. SSM manufactures and distributes the SureSeal brand of waterless floor-drain trap seals. The surviving company has been renamed Specialty Plumbing Products Mfg. And will continue manufacturing the product line for RectorSeal from its Tacoma product facilities. Rick Ensley, SureSeal’s former national sales manager, will administer the brand from RectorSeal’s Houston headquarters as its product line manager. The acquisition also contracts Kevin Huber (SPP senior vice president of business development), Don Huber (SPP vice president of manufacturing and product development) and Jorge Duque (SPP CFO) to remain in three-year advisory roles to ensure a seamless transition. Ferguson donates more than 6,500 toys Ferguson associates collected more than 6,500 toys for children in need late last year. Ferguson associates set a new company record with their 2014 donations nearly tripling 2013 totals. Over the past four years, Ferguson associates have collected nearly 15,000 toys for programs such as the Marine Corps Toys for Tots. “There is something very special about working for a company that makes helping each other a priority,” Ferguson CEO Frank Roach said. “Not only did our headquarter campuses participate in Project Holiday Joy, but we also had more than 400 of our locations assist families or agencies within their local communities.” Viega announces 2015 water quality seminars Viega is extending its free training course on reducing the risk of microbial growth in commercial plumbing systems in five locations throughout the U.S. The training course is part of Viega’s water quality campaign, a domestic and global initiative aimed at educating the industry and providing system solutions to help maintain water quality for commercial potable water systems. The Pathogen Control by Design oneday training course is co-presented by Viega Director of Training Jason McKinnon and Tim Keane, a consultant with Legionella Risk Management and one of the country’s leading experts in methods to control and minimize the risk of Legionella. The 2015 course schedule is offered in Miami (March 19) , Washington, D.C. (May 12), Chicago (July 21), Houston (Sept. 1) and New York City (Oct. 22). For more information, visit www.viega.us/training. IBS-KBIS to continue co-location through 2020 The National Association of Home Builders and the National Kitchen & Bath Association recently announced their respective trade shows (IBS and KBIS) will continue to co-locate together through 2020 as one of the world’s largest gatherings focused on new ideas, products and technologies to design, build and remodel homes. The two shows debuted together last year as Design & Construction Week and followed that up with the second installment last month in Las Vegas that was expected to draw more than 125,000 builders, dealers and suppliers. The 2016 event will be held Jan. 19-21 in Las Vegas, while the 2017 (Jan. 10-12) and 2018 (Jan. 9-11) shows will move to Orlando and the Orange County Convention Center. In memorium PHCP distribution veteran Abe Kogan died in early January at the age of 92. Kogan owned a number of supply houses over the years including Builders Plumbing Supply (Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky), Glendale Pipe & Supply (Milwaukee and Madison, Wis.), Southwest Pipe & Supply (Florida), Kitchen Distributors of America (Illinois and Pennsylvania) and Lighting Distributors of America (Illinois). “This is a man among men,” Buffalo Grove, Ill.-based Banner Supply’s Scott Helfer wrote to Supply House Times. “He came into every department and said hello to all his employees every day and gave words of praise to all. He called all his customers ‘his partner.’ He was a mentor to me. I have been in the plumbing business since I was a teenager and now 35 years later he still inspires me.” MOVERS AND SHAKERS F. W. Webb Co. Recently appointed Robert Mucciarone to the newly created position of chief operating officer. Mucciarone is a 30-year veteran of the company and most recently served as its CFO. A search is underway to fill the CFO role. American Standard recently announced CEO Jay Gould resigned from the company. CFO Steve Delarge was named acting CEO reporting to LIXIL CEO and President Yoshiaki Fujimori. The company noted all initiatives Gould set in place will continue and there is complete support from LIXIL for the strategy, initiatives and the current management team. A search for a new American Standard Brands CEO is underway and there are no other changes in leadership. Navien announced the appointment of Scott Lee as the company’s new chief executive officer. Lee has been with KD Navien in Korea for four years as an overseas team leader. Harrison Kim will remain involved with the company and has been promoted to vice-chairman for Navien’s American operations. American Valve Chairman Emeritus Arthur Guterman turned 103 on Jan. 2. He celebrated with family and friends in Florida. Sioux Center Iowa-based Plumbing & Heating Wholesale named Stacy Koele chief financial officer. Koele has worked as a purchasing agent, human resources manager and accounting manager in her 18 1/2-year career at PHW. Aalberts Industries’ North American Division named Brian Ragone to the newly created role of senior vice president of sales and marketing for Conbraco and Elkhart Products. He will lead sales management for Conbraco Industrial Sales, Apollo Valves and EPC Commercial while overseeing the brand and technical synergy of the two companies. Former Matco-Norca President Lynn McVay is the new managing partner of Mainline Sales, a rep agency serving the plumbing, mechanical, fire protection, industrial, irrigation and waterworks markets in California and Nevada. He joined the firm as an equity partner. Peabody Supply announces 2016 incentive trip to Italy Peabody Supply and The Bath Showcase, a division of Hajoca Corp., announced their 2016 incentive trip destination. In March 2016, Peabody customers will have the opportunity to travel to Italy for a nine-day fully guided tour of Venice, Florence and Rome. In March of this year, Peabody will take more than 180 customers to Panama, which will include a visit to the Panama Canal. Peabody has hosted successful customer incentive trips for more than 15 years. Together, customers, sponsors and employees have the opportunity to vacation together — creating relationships and making memories. Peabody has eight wholesale locations and five kitchen and bath showrooms in the New England area.
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