PEOPLE NEWS • Taco Comfort Solutions announced the appointment of KEN WATSON to the new position of marketing and brand manager for the company. Watson brings 20-plus years of advertising and marketing experience to Taco. He was marketing manager at Textron in Providence, R.I., prior to joining Taco. • JOHN V. BALLUN is the new president and CEO of Val-Matic Valve & Manufacturing Corp. Ballun joined the company in 1995 as vice president of engineering. • JIMMY HUNT has joined Watts Water Technologies as business-development manager for BLUCHER Products. • T&S Brass and Bronze Works hired MICHAEL POTVIN as product compliance engineer. Potvin has more than 30 years of experience in the fi eld of regulatory compliance. • LIXIL Water Technology Americas named SCOTT STOCKHAM vice president of U.S. trade sales and MARK OWENS was promoted to senior director, key strategic accounts. • Boshart Industries welcomed PAUL HEBERT to the role of Canadian sales manager and JOHN FALCONER to the position of technical sales engineer. • Bosch Thermotechnology Regional President VITOR GREGORIO has been appointed as director-at-large on the board of the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute. • Danfoss hired GREGORY HANDZEL to manage its new Engineering Tomorrow Application Development Center, a 22,000-sq.-ft. state-of-the-art laboratory for the testing of HVACR equipment that also will facilitate training and serve as an R&D center. • The following Viega employees earned the Top Gun award at the company’s 2016 sales meeting in Wichita, Kan.: BOB AAGAARD (Midwest district sales manager), DENNIS HARVEY (technical manager), FRANCIS LONGTIN (Canadian district sales manager), KERRI SUTTER (Western district sales manager), MIKE BUCK (Central district sales manager), MIKE KUBACKI (Great Lakes district sales manager), ROBIN TAYLOR (customer service) and RUSSELL OLIVE (Southeast district sales manager). • PATRICK FUCHS has joined snow and ice equipment, and worktruck accessories manufacturer Buyers Products as municipal sales manager. • Gelest promoted EDWARD KIMBLE to vice-president of product management reporting to Executive Vice President JOEL ZAZYCZNY. COMPANY NEWS • The PLASTICS PIPE INSTITUTE recently announced its award winners at its meeting on Hilton Head Island, S.C. VIEGA was honored as PPI Building and Construction Division Project of the Year, while VICTAULIC earned the PPI Energy Piping Systems Division Project of the Year honor. Viega’s GARY MORGAN earned a PPI Member Of the Year award for leadership and service as division chairman and member of the Codes & Standards Committee. • AIM ALLOYS announced the addition of Quality Marketing as its representative for AIM’s complete line of solder materials for the plumbing market within North Carolina and South Carolina. • In celebration of its 95th anniversary, BRADLEY CORP. hosted a learning tour of its Wisconsin manufacturing facility for high-school Students enrolled in the Design Engineering Manufacturing Center, a new public-private partnership supported and developed by Bradley CEO BRYAN MULLETT.
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