PEOPLENEWS • APR Supply Co. Promoted BRENDA HIGGINS to location manager of its Johnston City, N.Y., location. She will be responsible for leading the growth of APR Supply in the southern tier of New York. • Elkay Mfg. Co. Promoted TED HAMILTON to executive vice president, plumbing, marketing and business development. Hamilton is a 24-year Elkay veteran. Also, MARK WHITTINGTON has been promoted to executive vice president, plumbing trade sales and operations.Whittington fi rst joined Elkay in 1999 as plant manager in Broadview, Ill. • Watts Water announced DAVID TROTTER has joined the company as Mid-Atlantic regional sales manager, responsible for sales of Watts Water’s commercial and residential products via manufacturers reps, wholesalers, engineers and contractors. • Grundfos Pumps Corp.Regional Managing Director and Group Senior Vice President for the Americas DUNCAN COOPER will leave the company this summer. A replacement for Cooper has not been named. • NKBA named DANIELLE BURGER, AKBD, the 2016 NKBA University professional of the year, a contest that celebrates the industry’s most driven processionals. Burger is a Chicago-based designer. • LOWELL BANBURY retired from Mansfield Plumbing after 45 years of service. His brothers, KENNY, and EDDIE, left a few years back after serving 36 and 25 years, respectively. • World and Main named BEN SMALL, CPA, chief financial officer, EVAN C.BURSTAIN vice president sales food and drug, THOMAS GRUNEWALD vice president MRO, Commercial and Industrial, Wholesale Hardware Division, CARA R.ALLARD category director housewares, MARIA ARHONTOULIS marketing communications manager, JOHN GEARING chief information officer and DIANE DUNNE national director e-commerce. Gearing and Dunne earned promotions. • Aquatherm North America recently hired MEGAN HERNANDEZ to the new position of marketing manager and promoted DALTON CLARK to training services and support manager and JARON MCCLOY to fabrication and design services coordinator. • Val-Matic announced president and CEO TED J. MAKOWAN will be retiring as of April 6 but will continue to serve on the Val-Matic Board of Directors. Makowan founded the company with ANDY NUTER in Chicago in 1966 and will be retiring on the 50th anniversary of the company’s beginning. COMPANYNEWS • GENERAL PIPE CLEANERS awarded manufacturers rep FORD WILLIAMS the Bob Gelman Lifetime Achievement Award during KBIS in Las Vegas. • WORTHINGTON INDUSTRIES purchased NETBRAZE, an Ohiobased manufacturer offering standard BcuP brazing alloys, Bag silver brazing filler metals, solders, fl uxes and low-fuming bronzes. • NAVIEN is partnering with DELCO SALES. Delco is Navien’s new rep agency for Southern California, Hawaii and southern Nevada. • WEIL-MCLAIN is celebrating 135 years of hydronic heating innovations with a yearlong schedule of events at its manufacturing facilities and headquarters, as well as special promotions throughout the year. • A new video on CHARLOTTE PIPE’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/charlottepipefoundry) shows a sound test of various DWV plumbing systems. Materials tested are cast-iron soil pipe, solid-wall PVC and foamcore PVF, with and without insulation products. Users can watch the entire video or jump to the material they most are interested in viewing. • MODINE, celebrating its 100th anniversary, is in the midst of a 10,000-mile cross-country Innovation Tour (www.modineinnovationtour.com) of the United States, a traveling road show that will take the manufacturer’s technology to the doorsteps of thousands of allied trade professionals.
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