FERGUSON ACQUIRES FOUR COMPANIES Ferguson Enterprises has been plenty busy on the acquisitions front. The Newport News, Va.-based national distributor and 2014 Supply House Times Supply House of the Year recently announced the acquisition of four companies, bringing its acquisition total to 10 this fiscal year. Ferguson acquired substantially all the assets of Portland, Maine-based plumbing, heating, cooling, water system, pipe, valves, fittings and industrial product distributor Redlon & Johnson Supply, a division of The Gage Co. The company has 10 locations throughout Maine and New Hampshire and 125 associates. Ferguson will operate from the former R&J locations as Redlon & Johnson, a Ferguson enterprise. Four R&J locations include a design center/showroom. “The acquisition of Redlon & Johnson serves as a strong platform for growth in the Northeast,” Ferguson CEO Frank Roach said. “We are pleased to welcome the associates of Redlon & Johnson to the Ferguson family and we look forward to serving the trade professionals and homeowners of Maine and New Hampshire.” Ferguson also acquired Equarius in an asset transaction. Post-acquisition, the company will operate as Equarius Waterworks, Meter & Automation Group, a Ferguson enterprise. Ferguson said management and all employees will remain with Equarius. Equarius is the exclusive Neptune Meter distributor for the state of California and serves the state’s water utility industry through direct sales to municipalities and special water districts in addition to the sub-metering market with sales to wholesalers, contractors, universities and other government agencies. Additionally, Ferguson acquired Builders Appliance Center, which now will operate as BAC Appliance Center, a Ferguson enterprise. BAC is a family-owned appliance dealer located in Englewood, Colo., and is the largest luxury appliance dealer in the state. Ferguson’s fourth recent acquisition is Ar-Jay Building Products. That asset transaction was completed in late February. Ar-Jay is a cabinet, lighting and fireplace showroom in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, serving professional contractors, remodelers and residential homeowners. The Ar-Jay brand will continue under the new ownership, now operating as The Ar-Jay Center, a Ferguson enterprise. In 2014, Ferguson acquired Factory Direct Appliance and Karl’s Appliance. Ferguson said it will continue to look for acquisitions that integrate seamlessly with the company’s core businesses. HAJOCA HOSTS RHEEM/RUUD DEALER MEETING IN PENNSYLVANIA Ten Hajoca locations throughout Pennsylvania recently brought customers together for the first annual Rheem/Ruud dealer meeting in Hershey, Pa. More than 140 customers attended the training. Joining them were employees from the Harrisburg, York, Conestoga, Lebanon and Lancaster, Weinstein Lancaster, Penstan Altoona, Indiana, Johnstown, Ebensburg and Somerset Hajoca locations. Throughout the afternoon presentations were given by Matt McLaughlin (Rheem), John Witeman (Rheem Water Heaters), Joel Sack and Lou Vannicolo (Rheem). Topics included an overview of Rheem/Ruud’s HVAC and Water Heaters divisions, the new HVAC outdoor platform, a review of Rheem’s furnace and econet product offerings, as well as marketing programs available to the customer. Customers also participated in three breakout sessions where they were exposed to the individual products in a hands-on environment. Attendees were treated to lunch, dinner and cocktails. Customer giveaways included Hershey Entertainment gift cards, Milwaukee tools and Rheem apparel. Because of the event’s success, Hajoca said it is planning to make it an annual event. SLOAN PARK TREATS GUESTS TO CUBS’ SPRING TRAINING OPENER A gathering of more than 100 Sloan Valve employees, family members and industry guests recently attended the Chicago Cubs spring training home opener at newly renamed Sloan Park in Mesa, Ariz. Sloan’s contingent occupied a pair of luxury boxes for the game while celebrating the union of a pair of longtime Chicago brands. Sloan is a Legacy Partner of the Chicago Cubs and the team’s Official Water Efficiency Partner. Sloan is helping the team expand its ongoing sustainability efforts at both Sloan Park and iconic Wrigley Field in Chicago. As part of the partnership, the Cubs spring training facility was renamed Sloan Park. —Jack Sweet NORITZ OFFERS ONLINE TRAINING Plumbing and heating contractors now can become certified to install Noritz’s EZTR40 tankless water heater through a new online training course offered by the company. The Nortiz University course will cover theory, layout and installation procedures. “The 45-minute training gives contractors exactly what they need to know about this new ground-breaking way to install tankless water heaters,” Noritz Marketing Manager Jason Fleming said. For more information, visit www.noritz.com.
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