Mike Miazga 2016-01-07 23:44:28
EASTERN PENN SUPPLY HELPS FALLEN OFFICER’S FAMILY Wilkes Barre, Pa.-based Eastern Penn Supply Co. Recently presented a check for $1,020 to the Scranton Police Department for the family of Scranton Police Officer John Wilding, who died of injuries sustained while in active pursuit. EPSCO offered a 60-watt “BLUE” light bulb for $5, which proudly was displayed throughout the city on porches, entryways and driveways “in support of the Scranton Police Department and all those who pay the ultimate sacrifice in defending our safety and freedom,” EPSCO stated. All proceeds were given to the Wilding family. Pictured, from left are: Scranton Police Officer David Mitchell, Scranton Police Officer Paul Helring, EPSCO Scranton Showroom Manager Michelle Jimcosky, EPSCO Scranton Branch Manager Rick Timchack, Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano and EPSCO Marketing Manager Gary Jones. FERGUSON ACQUIRES ACTION FIRE FAB & SUPPLY Ferguson Fire & Fabrication announced the acquisition of Action Fire Fab & Supply in an asset transaction completed in mid-November. Ferguson Fire & Fabrication will conduct business from the former Action Fire Fab & Supply location as Ferguson Fire & Fabrication. Action Fire Fab & Supply was established by fire protection contractor Ted M. Bolls Sr., and his wife in 1986 in Fremont, Calif. They relocated the business to Tracy, Calif., in 1990 after building the current facility. “Action Fire Fab & Supply is a family-owned business with a wonderful reputation and years of experience in the fire protection industry,” Ferguson CEO Frank Roach said. “Their practical and technical expertise will serve as a valuable asset to our talented Ferguson Fire & Fabrication team in Northern California.” AMERICAN STANDARD NAMED FERGUSON’S SHOWROOM PLUMBING VENDOR OF THE YEAR American Standard Brands recently was named Ferguson’s Showroom Plumbing Vendor of the Year. Additionally, American Standard also received a Ferguson Featured Counter Product Award for its Colony Soft Centerset bathroom faucet promotion. A Vendor of the Year award was given in three categories — plumbing, lighting and appliances — and was based on multiple criteria, including overall sales performance, channel marketing engagement and execution, and the level of sales representative support provided. The Featured Counter Product recognition was based on successful marketing and sales execution of a promotion for the Colony Soft bath faucet in nearly 600 Ferguson-blended branch counters across the United States. “Ferguson’s influence on the marketplace cannot be overstated,” said Steven Delarge, CEO and president of LIXIL Water Technology Americas, American Standard, DXV. “We deeply appreciate this opportunity to work closely in partnership with a leading supplier of commercial and residential plumbing products.” Award winners were announced at the annual Ferguson Enterprises Vendor Summit in Williamsburg, Va., in late October. Accepting both awards on behalf of American Standard was Bert Magladry, manager of U.S. trade sales for the company. AD FOUNDER DAVID WEISBERG DIES David Weisberg, the founder of Affiliated Distributors, died Tuesday, Nov. 22 surrounded by family in his Philadelphia home. He was 89. AD noted Weisberg was an icon in the electrical industry and worked tirelessly to support the partnership between manufacturers and independent distribution. He described his guiding principle in the formation of Affiliated Distributors as being to “promote a more productive partnership between distributors and manufacturers; a partnership that would offer substance and value where both parties would benefit.” After serving in the military, Weisberg graduated from Temple University with a degree in marketing. He began his career as a sales rep for Graybar Electric and later joined Progress Lighting where he rose to become company president. In 1981, at age 55, he left Progress to follow a passion to help independent, family-owned electrical distributors run their businesses more profitably and professionally. Weisberg started AD with 48 founding electrical distributors and served as its chairman & CEO until his retirement in 1991. Today, AD has grown to more than 570 members, spanning seven industries and three countries with collective annual sales of more than $31 billion. Bill Weisberg, AD’s current chairman & CEO commented: “My father was an incredibly creative and warm-hearted person. He had a deep-seated drive and a passion to bring value to others. In addition to being a successful businessperson, he was a talented artist and a devoted husband. He was a great inspiration to me, and his life will have lasting impact on the lives and businesses of many others.” F.W. WEBB DEBUTS NEW WEBSITE F.W. Webb recently launched a new customer-friendly website at www.fwwebb.com in conjunction with the company’s 150th anniversary. Designed to be easy to navigate across any computer device, including smartphones, tablets, laptops and Pcs, the website features three dropdowns “Our Customers, Our Expertise and Our Company,” along with quick and convenient access to a list of wholesale and retail locations, as well as online ordering. The mobile-friendly site features the latest company news, new products, promotions, training and an events calendar, as well as downloadable or viewable line cards. From the new site, there is a direct link to Frank Webb’s Bath Center, the company’s bath and kitchen showroom enterprise. WISEWAY SUPPLY OPENS NEW LOCATION Wiseway Supply recently opened its newest branch located at 11672 State Route 41 in West Union, Ohio. The new location will serve the southeastern Ohio market. Melvin Humphrey will run the new branch. Humphrey is a veteran of the electrical and plumbing industry and worked with another supply house before most recently running his own company. “We are ecstatic to have Melvin on board at Wiseway and managing this location for us,” Wiseway VP of Operations Mike Kidwell said. “With the continued growing market, this new location offers the contractor convenience, additional inventory, great service and a broad line of quality products. Basically it is a one-stop-shop for any plumbing and electrical needs.” The company also announced the recent addition of a “Know Before You Go” approach to its branch locations. The Wiseway Florence, Ky., and Blue Ash, Ohio locations are now designated as large commercial branches and are able to supply large commercial products and residential products. Locations in Dry Ridge, Ky., Harrison, Ohio, Franklin, Ohio, Hammersville, Ohio and the new West Union branch are designated as “RLC” and serve residential and light-commercial customers. Wiseway noted inventory can be customized to a customer’s needs, and stock from any of the branch locations or the 65,000-sq.-ft. distribution center, complete with RF warehousing and other state-of-the-art technology, can be quickly transferred to the customer’s branch of choice. “We are excited to have this new ‘Know Before You Go’ approach along with the additional ‘RLC’ after the name,” Wiseway President John Cain said. “This clarification in the name is how we knew we could get across more clearly the products the customers can expect to have when showing up at these locations. It becomes us creating the expectations for our customers to continue servicing their material needs at the service level they expect.” MILWAUKEE VALVE HOSTS VICE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS Admiral Michelle Howard, vice chief of naval operations, recently toured Milwaukee Valve’s foundry and manufacturing plant in Prairie du Sac, Wis., in conjunction with the commissioning ceremony for USS Milwaukee (LCS5). Milwaukee Valve is the United States Navy’s largest supplier of bronze valves, and its products have been installed on U.S. Navy ships for the past 50 years. More than 3,000 Milwaukee Valve products are found on the USS Milwaukee, which is a littoral combat ship. The littoral combat ship is a new class of surface vessels intended for operations close to shore by the Navy. “I was reading an article on all the great work that’s done up here and said ‘If I’m ever in Wisconsin, I want to see where these valves are made,’” said Howard, who in 2014 became the first woman to become a four-star admiral. “You wouldn’t believe that a landlocked state in the middle of the country would have such a strong tie to the Navy.” In her remarks to the Milwaukee Valve employees, Howard said that she wanted to emphasize the importance of their jobs in keeping ships at sea so they can continue to defend the nation. In addition to providing valves to USS Milwaukee, Milwaukee Valve supplies more than 12,000 valves to aircraft carriers, such as the new USS Gerald R. Ford class carriers, which will enter service in March 2016. “The Marine and Navy business is an extremely important part of our business so we are pleased she wanted to come see what we do,” Milwaukee Valve Chairman of the Board Diane Seder said. SIEGENTHALER RELEASES HEATING WITH RENEWABLE ENERGY BOOK Supply House Times contributor John Siegenthaler, P.E., recently released “Heating with Renewable Energy,” his new textbook published by Cengage Learning. The 850-page full-color text shows readers how to design and construct practical systems that supply space heating and domestic hot water using renewable energy heat sources such as solar-thermal collectors, heat pumps and wood-fired boilers. It uses modern hydronics as the enabling technology for these systems. The heavily illustrated book covers the hydronic “building blocks” used on all systems and provides detailed discussions for each type of renewable energy heat source. For more information, visit www.hydronicpros.com. HOLOHAN PUBLISHES MEMOIR Supply House Times Heating Help columnist Dan Holohan, who is retiring from teaching after 46 years in the heating industry, recently published his 374-page memoir, “What Hydronics Taught Holohan.” In the book, Holohan shares entertaining stories and knowledge he gained throughout his career as a manufacturers rep, writer, teacher and founder of HeatingHelp.com. Holohan weaves technical tidbits with real-life examples and simple truths. Topics in the book range from the first time Holohan saw square pipes to what he’s noticed most contractors have in common. Holohan’s daughter, Erin Haskell, calls the book a love letter to the heating industry. The book is available in paperback or on Kindle. For more information, visit www.heatinghelp.com. IBC TECHNOLOGIES OPENS NEW JERSEY TRAINING CENTER IBC recently celebrated the grand opening of its new training center in Cinnaminson, N.J. IBC hosted its first group in October and will be conducting in-depth product training on its high-efficiency condensing boilers on a monthly basis. The company noted visitors to the training center will learn about the unique features of IBC’s multi-load touchscreen controller as well as best installation practices, applications information, troubleshooting and proper service and maintenance procedures. OBITUARY David M. Reynolds, former owner and president of Plumbers & Factory Supplies, died Nov. 21 at the age of 87. Reynolds was the third generation of family leadership at the company and was active within ASA, WIT and NCWA. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Reynolds graduated from Columbus Academy and Miami University. Reynolds is survived by his wife, Jeny, three sons, two siblings and four great grandchildren. Rosemary Edmondson Long died Dec. 4 at the age of 100. Edmondson Long was the last of the second generation of the family-owned Engineering & Equipment Co. She is the daughter of co-founder John C. Edmondson. She married Henry Long in 1956 and the family moved to Panama City, Fla., to open a branch of the company.
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