Mike Miazga 2016-08-05 02:06:23
NCWA ATTENDEES GAIN ENGINEERING INSIGHT North Central Wholesalers Association annual conference attendees were given an insider’s perspective on the construction and design process during the group’s annual meeting in June in downtown Detroit. A three-person keynote panel consisted of Rob Teifer, plumbing design engineer with Smithgroup JJR, Christopher Gould, vice president of commercial estimating with Sachse Construction and Kris Thorne, chief operations officer with Limbach. “We are selling a partnership,” Thorne told NCWA members. “We need you as our partners. You are in on the latest and greatest in technology. You have the ability to tell me the best way to do things. We always are looking for information to offer to our partners and we are open to different ideas.” Prior to the panel discussion, representatives and recent graduates of Michigan State University’s supplychain management program spoke about the need to attract young talent to all levels of the construction chain. “We all are competing for young people,” said Judy Jacobs, faculty advisor for the MSU Supply Chain Management Association. “We need to be aggressive in attracting people to all levels of construction. The estimated need in the supply chain field exceeds supply by a 6-to-1 ratio and 60 million baby boomers will leave the workforce by 2025.” At the NCWA closing dinner, Wolf Brothers Supply’s Howard Wolff was honored for his service as NCWA president. Etna Supply’s Toby Morris is the incoming NCWA president. For more on the NCWA meeting, visit www.supplyht.com. PACE SUPPLY ACQUIRES PACIFIC PLUMBING SUPPLY HAWAII OPERATIONS PACE Supply recently acquired the Hawaii operations of Seattle-based Pacific Plumbing Supply. Pacific has operated in Hawaii since 1977. PACE, which already has significant business operations in Hawaii, will take over Pacific’s three Hawaii locations and offer employment opportunities to the existing team of 25 Hawaii based employees. Northern California-based PACE CEO Ted Green noted the company plans to invest even more into its Hawaii operations by building a 40,000-sq.-ft. distribution center in Waipahu. Tom Powers, a Pacific vice president and director in Hawaii, will join PACE as director of Hawaii operations. WANE CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS THE CHANGING WORKPLACE Attendees of the recent Wholesalers Association of the North East Executive Leadership Conference in Groton, Conn., were educated on the different generations of people that occupy the current workplace. Speaker Diane Thielfoldt presented a treasure trove of relevant data during her “Four Generations, One Workforce: Hiring and Managing the Changing Workplace” presentation to WANE members. Thielfoldt cited a Manpower workplace study that shows 85% of professionals interact with at least three other generations at work and 78% of people in the U.S. pereceive a major divide between the point of view of younger and older people. She also pointed out the millennial generation (those born between 1980 and 2000) is the largest and most influential adult population in American history. “Are you tapping into what makes a difference to millennials?” she asked. Thielfoldt also delved into employee opinions on their role in the workplace. “Eighty-six percent of the U.S. workforce describes themselves as under-appreciated,” she said. “That number has been hanging around there for 15 years. The No. 1 thing people want to hear is thank-you.” WANE attendees also heard from longtime industry consultant Bruce Merrifield, who delivered his “Costto- Serve Line Item Profit Analytics” seminar. ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen was this year’s WANE Capstone speaker. Rasmussen took attendees through ESPN’s birth from paying $1,250 an hour for five hours of satellite time at night to the worldwide multimedia powerhouse it is today. “ESPN will continue to be around because it continues to change,” he says. “They will try something and if it doesn’t work they will try the next one. Everybody is encouraged to be creative.” For more on the WANE conference, visit www.supplyht.com. ASA HOSTS SACRAMENTO FLY-IN The American Supply Association recently hosted a legislative fly-in for its California members in the Golden State’s capital of Sacramento. Attendees met with leaders in the California General Assembly and Senate, imparting their experiences, challenges and good-news stories from operating small businesses. Topics discussed included legal-process reform, protecting small businesses from meritless and frivolous lawsuits, water infrastructure and the continuing impacts of the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act. Bradford White’s Erick Truskoski educated policy-makers on the challenges brought on by the California Energy Commission revisions to Title 24’s strict new energy efficiency requirements for water heaters. FIRST SUPPLY OPENS NEW GERHARD’S LOCATION First Supply recently opened a new Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath Store in Whitefish Bay, Wis. The 4,900-sq.-ft. facility has five employees and is managed by Jessica Puffer. The two-story showroom offers plumbing fixtures, cabinets and the expansion of the company’s tile business with the AlysEdwards tile line available in the store. A fully functional shower display allows customers to experience different showering features. “We want to provide a store for our consumers to be able to complete a full project from fixtures to cabinets to tile and elevate their home shopping experience,” Eastern District Sales & Operations Manager — Kitchen & Bath Stores Jennifer Piper said. “This space uniquely provides an opportunity for homeowners to experience product and design, for tradespeople from interior designer and architects to plumbers to have their customers compare a wide variety of options and for manufacturers to feature their latest innovations.” F. W. WEBB ACQUIRES LINCOLN SUPPLY Bedford, Mass.-based F.W. Webb opened a fourth location in New Jersey with the recent acquisition of Lincoln Supply in Trenton. F.W. Webb noted the new location will remain a one-stop wholesale resource for the area’s industrial and institutional professionals, and commercial and mechanical contractors. The Trenton branch will continue to offer counter service, pipe fabrication and assistance with the government procurement process. MURRAY SUPPLY OPENS SOUTH CAROLINA BRANCH Murray Supply Co., a MORSCO company, recently opened its first South Carolina location in Columbia, S. C. The new location is about 42,000 sq. ft. And features commercial plumbing, mechanical and industrial pipe, valves and fittings, and residential plumbing and repair products from manufacturers such as A. O. Smith, American Standard, Victaulic, Elkay, NIBCO, Charlotte Pipe, Apollo Valves and Sloan. “We see South Carolina as a solid growth opportunity for Murray Supply due to its growing economy, our customer relationships and proximity to our current locations,” Murray Supply’s Charlie Murray said. “Industry veterans Lou Tocci and James Fakas are leading the charge in South Carolina. When MORSCO acquired our company in September 2015, we were excited by our shared goals and vision, specifically the opportunity to strengthen our presence in the Southeast.” KEENEY MFG. CO., MAKES DONATION TO LOCAL YOUTH POLICE ACADEMY Funded by a donation from Keeney Mfg. Co., the Newington, Conn., Police Department recently offered its first citizen’s academy to teens. The youth academy gives teens the opportunity to learn about active shooter scenarios, K9 training and proper handling techniques when deploying a stun gun. The goal of the five-day academy is to teach teens lifelong skills such as leadership, loyalty, discipline and teamwork. The academy also bridges the gap between police and local citizens through active engagement. Keeney dress-down day events sponsor local and national charities, with money donated by employees and matched by the company.
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