Industry News North Central Wholesalers Saw 2009 Sales Drop 16% The North Central Wholesalers Association said that most of the 33 wholesaler members that responded to its survey, representing about 170 locations in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, suffered sales declines in 2009. Some reported sales 30% lower than 2008. The average was minus 15.67% and the median was minus 16.65%. Danfoss Envisioneering Symposium Covers HVAC/R And Energy Issues Experts discussed new initiatives, refrigerants, energy policy and fueling energy effi ciency in the public sector at the Danfoss Envisioneering symposium held in Washington, D.C., in November. More than 50 HVAC/R industry professionals gathered to hear speakers including (L-R) Mack McFarland, global environmental manager, DuPont Fluorochemicals, U. S. Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Robert Wilkins, president of Danfoss North America. Read more on the symposium at www.supplyht.com. Banner Plumbing Hosts NKBA Chapter Meeting On Jan. 19, members of the Chicago Midwest chapter of the National Kitchen & Bath Association met at the 15,000-sq.-ft. showroom operated by Banner Plumbing Supply in Buffalo Grove, IL. A standingroom- only crowd attended the evening’s presentation on faucet design trends by Judd Lord, director of industrial design at Brizo (pictured, with Michelle Henderson (center), Banner’s showroom manager, and Ila Lewis, former chairman of Gerber Plumbing Fixtures). Leonard Valve Honors H & H Rep Firm Leonard Valve Co. Presented its Frederick C. Leonard Award to H & H Representatives (Charlotte, NC). Pictured (L-R): Greg Wilcox, chairman, and Peter Gobis III, national sales manager, of Leonard Valve; Chris Bankhead, VP, H & H Representatives; E. Niles Wilcox, president, and Z. Vance Ham, East Region sales manager, Leonard Valve. Pipe,Valves & Fittings News Remedial Duties Sought For China Pipe United States Steel Corp., along with other petitioning parties in ongoing antidumping and countervailing duty investigations relating to seamless standard, line and pressure pipe from China, announced that it was making an allegation of “critical circumstances” in the proceeding. In response to a surge of imports entering the market after the filing of these cases in September 2009, the petitioners are seeking to have remedial duties assessed on certain imports that entered the United States after the filing of petitions, but prior to the time in which duties are normally assessed. Chinese imports of seamless standard, line and pressure pipe increased by more than 290% in the three months after the filing of petitions, as compared to the three months prior to the filing. The Dept. of Commerce is currently scheduled to make its preliminary determination on Feb. 16, 2010. MEPS Forecasts Record Global Steel Production The British steel tracking and analysis firm MEPS is forecasting a new record high output in 2010 for the global steel industry. The biggest reason for the bullish prediction is that “Chinese steel production and demand is likely to continue its inexorable rise.” Steel output in 2010 is predicted by MEPS at 1.35 billion tons. This represents an 11.1% increase from 2009, which in turn was 8.4% below the figure recorded in 2008. MEPS also believes Indian steel manufacturing will reach an “all-time high” this year, after another peak in the previous 12 months. New record steel production rates are also likely to be set in several other countries, including Turkey and several Middle Eastern countries. Service Roundtable Honors Contractor Ron Smith Contractor Ron Smith, author of “HVAC Spells Wealth,” received the 2009 Tom McCart Consultant of the Year Award for the Plumbing and HVAC trades from the Service Roundtable, a private contractor group that serves the HVAC and plumbing industries. Pictured (L-R): Charlie Greer, sales trainer/consultant and the 2008 winner of the Tom McCart Award; Matt Michel, president/ CEO, Service Roundtable; Ron Smith; and David Heimer, COO of the Service Roundtable. Burch Named Servant Leader By Service Roundtable Gene Burch of G B & Associates, an industry consulting firm, was presented with the Service Roundtable’s “Servant Leader Award,” the group’s highest honor, in recognition of a lifetime’s service to others in the plumbing industry. Burch (pictured, center), who formerly owned and operated a plumbing service company, is flanked by the Service Roundtable’s Matt Michel (L), president/ CEO, and David Heimer, COO. PEOPLE ON THE MOVE Davis & Warshow (Maspeth, NY) announced changes related to a corporate restructuring. Frank Finkel has been named CEO and chairman; David Finkel, president, COO; and Irving Finkel, chairman emeritus. Day-today responsibilities for all three will remain largely unchanged. Now also serving on the company’s board of directors are Joel Sandberg, CFO; Alan Cohen, VP of sales; Stan Pilinko, VP of operations; Andy Atlas, senior VP of purchasing; and Tom Vandewart, secretary. F. W. Webb Co. (Bedford, MA) promoted Cathleen Barry to general manager of the Queensbury, NY, branch, the first woman to hold that title in the company. She was named Queensbury’s operations manager in 2004. Interline Brands (Jacksonville, FL) hired John Ebner as CFO and treasurer, succeeding former CFO Tom Tossavainen. The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute promoted its president, Stephen R. Yurek, to president and CEO. Sloan Valve Co. Hired Sherry Davenport as executive director of marketing. Most recently she was director of product management and marketing at U.S. Cellular. Chicago Faucets promoted John Fitzgerald to VP, marketing. He joined the company in 2006 as director of marketing. Danfoss Turbocor Compressors named Douglas Bishop VP-sales and marketing. Most recently, he was director of marketing and product management in the Commercial Refrigeration division of Carrier Corp. Infor hired Bruce Richardson as chief strategy officer. Most recently he was chief research officer at AMR Research. Tyler Pipe promoted Bill Bliss to VP of sales and marketing. He has been with the company 24 years and is currently president of the Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute. Watts Water Technologies appointed Chad LaCroix as the national market manager for its Watts brand brass & tubular products. He was hired in April 2006 as product manager for brass & tubular products. Aquatic announced its executive team consists of Gary Anderson, president; Martin Joines, senior VP of sales; Dave McFarland, director of marketing; and Rick Reysen, VP of operations. Each held the same title at Lasco Bathware prior to the Lasco-Aquatic Whirlpool merger. Heat Transfer Products hired Phillip W. Stephens as VP, engineering, a new position. A licensed professional engineer, he previously worked for the Advanced Research Group of the Rheem Water Heating Division. AB&I Foundry named Michael Lowe VP of marketing and sales. Formerly he was national sales manager. Tecumseh Products Co. Hired Michael A. Noelke as executive VP, sales, marketing and engineering. He replaces Pat Canavan, formerly VP of global sales and marketing, who has left the company. The company also announced that James Nicholson, VP, treasurer and CFO, left the company at the end of 2009. Moisture Control Services, a division of Munters AB, named Garrett Freeman industry sector manager, North America. Formerly, Freeman served as national account manager at MCS. M. K. Morse named Lawrence A. Tomlinson (Chip) VP of national accounts; hired Philip Metz as Industrial Division sales director for Europe, Asia and Australia; and assigned Carl Sparwer to commercial division sales manager in its International Business Unit. Dynamic Air Quality Solutions announced that Carl Mitchell, previously VP of commercial sales, was named senior VP of sales; Paul DeIuliis joined the company as VP of commercial sales; Steve Mores has returned to the company as VP of residential sales; and Rob Goodfellow, formerly director of sales and marketing for residential products, was named VP of marketing. OBITUARIES Richard “Dick” D’Allesandro, 75, former president of Burnham Boiler Co. (Northeast Division), died Jan. 3 in Boston. He worked for Burnham for more than 35 years, progressing from sales to regional manager, and then to president of Burnham Sales Co. Stephen M. Schwaber, 53, executive VP, Mestek Distributor Products Group, died unexpectedly Dec. 29 in Westfield, MA. Memorial donations may be made to the Jimmy Fund, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St., Boston, MA 02115, or the American Red Cross, Greater Westfield Chapter, 48 Broad St., Westfield, MA 01085. BITS AND PIECES PVF PEOPLE ON THE MOVE … QTRCO CEO Ed Holtgraver announced that Gary Grauerholz joined the company as president for all non-nuclear activities. Grauerholz’s career has included operational, sales, and senior executive positions with Keystone, Groth and Curtiss Wright. Also, the valve actuator company announced that Shawn Hughes has been promoted to COO. ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS … Tyco International Ltd. Announced that its Flow Control business has acquired two Brazilian valve companies: Hiter Industria e Comercio de Controle Termo-Hidraulico Ltda and a former joint venture — Valvulas Crosby Industria e Comercio Ltda South America — of which it has taken full ownership. The two businesses had combined revenues of about $66 million in 2008. Flowserve Corp. entered into a joint venture agreement with Valbart Srl, an Italian manufacturer of high performance valves. Flowserve/Valbart Flow Control Srl will work on delivering a trunnion control ball valve that offers cost savings for oil and gas applications. Specified Fittings acquired the HDPE solid wall fitting division of KWH Pipe. The production equipment will be relocated from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to Specified Fittings’ plant in Bellingham, WA. The equipment has IPS, DIPS and metric capabilities with some machinery able to produce fittings through 54 inches and 500 mm. SPX Corp. said that its Flow Technology segment has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Gerstenberg Schröder A/S, a designer, manufacturer, installer and servicer of processing systems and components serving the global food industry. Privatelyheld Gerstenberg Schröder had 2008 annual revenues of about $65 million. Terms were not disclosed. Completion is subject to customary closing conditions. THIS ‘N’ THAT … J&J Alloys’ manufacturing facility obtained ISO 9001:2008 recertification, according to the Houstonbased company. The latest revision of ISO certification applies to all J&J Alloys locations with the scope of activities covering both manufacturing and distribution facilities. J&J Alloys claims to be one of the oldest nickel alloy fitting manufacturers in the United States to maintain concurrent ISO re-certification since 1994. Betts Piping Supply Co. Recently celebrated 50 years in business with a trade show at its Westfield, MA, location. Starting out as an industrial PVF distributor, the company has since expanded into plumbing as well. The American Petroleum Institute reported that U. S. oil and natural gas well drilling dropped 37% in 2009 to 39,068. REP UPDATE Van Landingham Marketing (Thousand Oaks, CA), a Southern California rep agency, has been chosen to represent Palmer Industries, a supplier of luxury sink legs, in Southern California, Las Vegas and Arizona. The firm was established in 2009 by Jim Van Landingham. Wayne Peden, who operated former manufacturers rep firm Wayne R. Peden Associates (Chadds Ford, PA), was honored with a surprise retirement party in January. He and his wife, Sandy, became reps for Gerber Plumbing Fixtures in 1981, covering eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland and southern New Jersey. Later, their son, Drew, and daughter, Jen, joined the rep firm. In recent years, the Pedens merged their business in partnership with another long-time Gerber rep, Harry Eklof and Associates (Landover, MD). INDUSTRY NEWS F. W. Webb Co. (Bedford, MA) said its Web site at www.fwwebb.com had more than 2,200 visits Dec. 4, more than any single day since its launch several years ago, as contractors registered for one of 150 Webb Priority Access Passes to the Second Annual Fenway Yard Sale Dec. 12. Also, AH Thermo Heating & Cooling (Exeter, NH) won two Fenway Park Opening Day tickets in a random drawing. Ferguson (Newport News, VA) presented a 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a $500 gift certificate for Harley-Davidson accessories to each of three winners in its Trade Show Reward Program. One winner was selected from each of Ferguson’s three operating regions: Mike Bruce of Crestline Builders LLC, Winchester, VA ; Jesse Hernandez Jr. Of H&H Plumbing Co., Round Rock, TX; and Kirk McAvoy of McAvoy Plumbing, Fresno, CA. American Air Distributing (West Chester, PA) signed an agreement with Johnson Controls to distribute Luxaire and Coleman brand products to contractors in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland. Wolff Bros. Supply (Medina, OH) signed an agreement with Johnson Controls to distribute Coleman brand products and Source 1 parts throughout northwest Ohio. Wolseley (Reading, England) agreed to dispose of 100% of its shareholding in Wolseley Ireland Holdings Ltd. To WIBHM Ltd., a private investor backed company, for total consideration of 26.5 million Euros. PACE Supply Corp.(Santa Rosa, CA) hosted its 2010 Field Marketing Summit in November, where 45 PACE attendees, including sales associates, management and executives, met with 12 manufacturers to plan marketing, sales and training events for 2010. Canaplus, a Canadian buying group of plumbing supplies and related products, named Boshart Industries its 2009 Supplier of the Year; IPEX, 2009 Supplier of the Year — High Volume; and Bradford White, Most Improved Supplier. Charlotte Pipe said its cast iron soil pipe and fittings were selected for use by the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building at 2,700 feet high. BLÜCHER North America said it is now part of the Watts Water Technologies family. Formerly sold under the BLÜCHER-Josam name, BLÜCHER North America will continue to offer stainless steel drain, shower, channel and pipe products that will complement Watts’ drainage product line. Digital 2010 Radiant Flooring Guide is now available at http://tinyurl.com/rfg-digitalmag-2010. To purchase printed copies, contact Stephanie Weingartz at email@example.com, phone 248-244-1275, or visit www.AECstore.com. The Pool Shower changed its name to Outdoor Shower Co. LLC and unveiled a new logo. The company has been designing and manufacturing outdoor stainless steel showers since 1999. The American Institute of Architects announced an agreement with TOTO USA, as part of AIA’s Strategic Partnership Program. The AIA and TOTO USA have agreed to partner in innovation, technology, sustainable practices and socially sustainable design (the confluence of Green and Universal designs). Lasco Bathware and Aquatic Whirlpools have merged into one company called Aquatic, which offers more than 330 luxury hydrotherapy, everyday and accessible bathing products. Speakman Co. Said that to date 85% of its plumbing products comply with the lead-free laws in California and Vermont. The No Lead line, denoted by option “-CA,” contains less than 0.25% lead. JACLO announced its compliance with low-lead regulations in California and Vermont. LA-CO Industries, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009, announced that its Cool Gel Heat Barrier Spray received the 2010 AHR Expo Innovation Award. Raypak said that all of its copper finned tube water heaters and/or boilers manufactured to heat potable water will be certified by an ANSI accredited third party (CSA) to meet California’s new low lead requirements. The Titeflex Corp. announced its newest division, FlexSure, which offers a safe, efficient and timesaving method of connecting solar panels and a hot water storage tank. Prier Products said its new C-634 commercial hydrant has been awarded a U.S. patent. The 2010 University of Industrial Distribution will offer more than 30 courses March 7-11 in Indianapolis, IN. The Water Quality Association will host the WQA Aquatech USA 2010 conference and exhibition March 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. In other news, WQA announced a new certification program for companies facing low-lead laws. The National Association of Oilheating Service Managers will hold its 57th Annual Convention & Trade Show May 23-27, 2010, in Providence, RI, with the theme, “Superheroes of Service.”
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