COMPANYNEWS • JONES STEPHENS employees participated in the Greater St. Clair County, Ala., Relay for Life event sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Jones Stephens employees organized fundraisers and planned activities that resulted in exceeding the company goal which contributed to the $40,000 raised for the annual event. • United Kingdom-based KERRIDGE COMMERCIAL SYSTEMS reached an agreement to acquire Houston-based MINCRON SOFTWARE SYSTEMS and its suite of products. Kerridge previously acquired Cary, N.C.-based DANCIK INTERNATIONAL in July 2016. Mincron will continue to focus on product innovation while providing customers access to other products and services from the KCS portfolio. • PACIFIC SOUTHWEST DISTRIBUTORS ASSOCIATION members are assisting in the construction of five affordable homes in Santa Ana, Calif., through the Habitat for Humanity of Orange County chapter. Habitat OC asked PSDA members to donate all the plumbing, HVAC and gas materials for the homes. Companies such as FLUIDMASTER, DELTA and WELD-ON provided numerous product donations. PEOPLENEWS • PVF distributor Deacon Industrial named KEN RAINEY product manager — automation and controls. Rainey comes to Deacon from MRC Global. • Former Globe Union Group President and CEO MICHAEL WERNER was elected chairman of the Lymphoma Research Foundation Board of Directors. Werner, a lymphoma survivor, has been a board member since 2007. • Rinnai America President TAK SONODA has been promoted to corporate auditor at Rinnai’s headquarters in Japan. YUZO YOSHIDA was named Rinnai America president, while FRANK WINDSOR was promoted to Rinnai America chief operating officer. In other company news, MARK BUSS joined the company as vice president of marketing. • Grundfos CEO MADS NIPPER recently spoke about sustainability at the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York. • The Wm. Powell Co. Announced the addition of CORY FOSTER to its sales team as regional manager — Southwest. • Plumbing Manufacturers International appointed CAROL BARICOVICH as co-chair of the PMI Fair Trade Issue Committee and MICHAEL MILLER as liaison between the committee and the PMI Board of Directors. • Tomlinson Industries promoted MICHAEL RITLEY to vice president of manufacturing. He previously served as Tomlinson’s director of materials management. • LA-CO Industries CEO DAN KLEIMAN is transitioning to the position of executive chairman of the board. Kleiman started his career at LA-CO in the sales department in 1971. • Wilo USA welcomed JOHN TERMAN as its new regional sales manager for residential and commercial building services for the Northeast region of the U.S. • Panasonic Appliances Air- Conditioning North America announced the hiring of ALLAN DZIWOKI to lead Panasonic’s heating and cooling businesses in North America as division vice president and general manager. • Danfoss North America President JOHN GALYEN participated in the 2016 Select USA Investment Summit in Washington, D.C., where he discussed the importance of investing in the U.S. market.
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