SupplyHouseTimes March2010 : Page 8

COMP ANY / ASSOCIA TION / TRENDS / PEOPLE / GOVERNMENT ...NEWS downthe PIPE PEOPLE ON THE MOVE sales and named Steve Adams to Pletcher’s former position as senior director of wholesale sales. Adams also will oversee the southern region, buying groups and national accounts. Ken Kemmerling was named sales manager for the central region of the wholesale channel. Also, the company announced the retirement of Senior VP Jim Whiteherse. Gerber Plumbing Fixtures LLC promoted Kevin McJoynt to VP of marketing. Haws Corp. named Sallie R. Haws chairman of the board, replacing Michael H. Traynor, now chairman emeritus. Thomas White succeeds Haws as president. T&S Brass named Mike Orlando business development manager. Speakman Co. appointed Rob Cook as its sixth president and first non-family member to lead the company in its 141-year history. Rodman Ward III will continue as Speakman’s chairman. Rotobrush International LLC named Lane Jeffryes, a 15-year Lennox veteran, as its new CEO and president. BITS AND PIECES American Standard Brands said it will donate $1 million over a two-year period to The Nature Conservancy to educate consumers about how they can save water and fund global freshwater conservation programs. Hansgrohe AG supplied more than 5,000 fittings, including Axor Starck wash basin mixers, for the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. TOTO launched a Spanish-language edition of its Web site at www.totoespanol.com. Rinnai Corp. said that four of its products are featured in the HGTV Dream Home 2010 in Sandia Park, NM, in- cluding a condensing wall-mounted boiler and tankless water heaters. Bradford White said it was endorsed by the Green Res- taurant Association for both the Ultra-Efficient eF Series of commercial water heaters and Energy-Saving line of EverHot tankless water heaters. T&S Brass was recognized for the innovative engineer- ing behind its B-0108 spray valve, which helps facilities significantly reduce water consumption. OBITUARIES John Peffley Jr., 74, formerly with Raub Supply Co. and Hajoca, died Jan. 16. During his 35 years at Raub Supply, he served as an outside salesman, sales manager at the Allentown and Lancaster, PA, branches, manager of the Jessup, MD, fa- cility, and merchandising manager for the plumbing and HVAC divisions. When Raub was sold to the Noland Co. in 1996, he joined Hajoca, where he stayed until retirement. Donations may be sent to Hospice of Lancaster, 685 Good Drive, Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604 Robert “Bob” Johnson, hydronics salesman at Met- ropolitan Pipe & Supply (Cambridge, MA) died Jan. 28. He spent more than 15 years there and was the “go-to guy” for all heating-related questions. Before that, he worked for 15 years at Jomar Distributors. David McDuffie, 95, former president of the Northameri- can Heating, Refrigeration & Airconditioning Wholesalers Association (predecessor to HARDI), died Jan. 27. He founded several companies, including Tempaco and In- dustrial Equipment Co. Donations may be sent to the Stu- dent Aide Mission Fund of Toccoa Falls College, P.O. Box 800809, Toccoa Falls, GA 30598. Noland Donates At Showroom Opening > More than 100 people attended the grand opening for the Bath & Idea Center by Noland Co. in Falls Church, VA, on Jan. 28. During the event, the company donated $2,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, D.C. Pictured, L-R: Monte Salsman, chief operating officer for Noland’s parent company, WinWholesale (Dayton, OH); Claudia Lewis, community relations director for the charity; and YoLanda Sarraga,Bath & Idea Center manager. NY Suppliers Help Oil Heat Cares Project > Brothers Plumbing & Heating Supply, Elmsford, NY, recently partnered with the Westchester/ Putnam Chapter of the National Association of Oil Heating Service Managers to complete an Oil Heat Cares project in Mt. Vernon, NY. Chapter members Lance Marino, Steve Salierno, Bob Daros, Brian Schwartz, Bob O’Rourke and Tom Sabia, with the help of students from the Saunders Trade and Tech School, completed the project over a 2-day period. An old steam boiler, gas water heater and oil tank were removed and replaced with a new Weil- McLain steam boiler, aqua booster storage tank and oil tank. Omni Hosts First Meeting Of Luxury Products Group > The Luxury Products Group by Omni Corporate Services Ltd. held its inaugural meeting Jan. 28-30 at The Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Miami. Omni’s membership includes more than 200 wholesalers representing 500-plus locations, of which 80% operate showrooms focusing on high-end luxury products. The meeting included a product showcase with 45 manufacturers represented and special interest discussion groups covering showroom-related topics. 8 SUPPLYHOUSE TIMES MARCH 2010

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