PEOPLENEWS • Uponor named DENA MAYNE vice president of offerings/marketing for Uponor North America. Mayne most recently worked at Ecolab. • Watts Water recently announced JOE PABIAN has joined the company as national sales manager — national accounts. Pabian previously worked at NIBCO and Ward Mfg. • Matco-Norca hired GARY SKEBER for the role of vice president of industrial sales. Skeber previously worked at SVF Flow Controls and Smith-Cooper. The company also welcomed MELISSA COOLIDGE as its new Eastern regional sales manager responsible for the Northeast. Coolidge formerly worked at Ward Mfg. • Slant/Fin Corp. added KEVIN DEVINE to its sales-management team as a regional sales manager. Devine has almost two decades of experience in the hydronic heating industry. • T&S Brass and Bronze Works expands its mechanical design team with the addition of MONICA CABRERA, who will use her expertise in CAD software to create and maintain engineeringbased drawings, which support and facilitate needs ranging from sourcing and purchasing to production, sales and marketing. • Mansfield Plumbing’s JULIE GRASSMAN retired in late October after 55 years of service. At one time, Grassman worked at the company facility alongside her mother, stepmother, husband, son and granddaughter. • LIXIL Water Technology Americas appointed JILL ALBANESE chief human resources officer and TROY BENAVIDEZ vice president, public affairs. Albanese joined the company in January 2014 as senior director of talent, rewards and culture. Benavidez previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry. • Pentair Water Purification recently welcomed KATE BAHR, BOB MARSHALL and SHELLY JOHNSON to its wholesale team. Bahr is the new wholesale sales coordinator and has been with Pentair since 1996. Marshall is the new Eastern regional sales manager and returns to the company after six years. Johnson is the new wholesale channel marketing manager and also previously worked at Pentair. • Milwaukee Tool named Summit Sales its rep agency of the year at its national sales meeting in Memphis. Summit Sales’ MARTY MCNEE was named salesperson of the year. Mitchell Enterprises was named power-tool accessory agency of the year, while LAUREN BUTLER (TM Sales) was named power-tool accessory salesperson of the year. Marsh & Moore’s JENNIFER AUSTIN was named inside salesperson of the year, while JARED MULLEN of AH Deveney was the recipient of the special recognition award for his dedication to Milwaukee Tool. • Comedian and television host HOWIE MANDEL is serving as the public-relations spokesperson for American Standard’s new ActiClean self-cleaning toilet. The company notes the toilet is the first-of-itskind product for U.S. homeowners seeking low-maintenance affordable products “that make life easier.” The toilet is launching in both retail and wholesale channels. • American Fire Sprinkler Association President STEVE MUNCY is the recipient of the 2016 Henry S. Parmelee Award for his significant service, leadership and advocacy to the fire-protection industry. Muncy is shown receiving the award from AFSA Chairman MIKE MEEHAN. COMPANYNEWS • RHEEM is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its PROSTOCK program for Rheem and RUUD distributors. The program was introduced in 2001 by the Rheem Replacement Parts Division as a way for distributors to grow their business and enhance their showrooms. The program allows HVAC and water-heating professionals to browse and buy OEM replacement parts, aftermarket parts and supplies. The anniversary was held at the Benoist Brothers Supply Co. PROSTOCK store in Evansville, Ind., in September. The store was the first PROSTOCK outlet to open. • VIEGA announced the establishment of its manufacturing apprenticeship program with the assistance of Hutchinson Community College. The program will start in January. In addition to receiving a paid position working in Viega’s plastics, metals, machining or maintenance divisions, selected students will receive a threeyear associate’s degree paid-in-full by Viega with the potential to earn other employee benefits. Graduates of the program also will be offered a full-time position upon graduation. • STATE WATER HEATERS recently was featured in an episode of the television program “Bar Rescue.” A 50-gal. Commercial gas State Water Heaters Force 90 was installed in the Tradewinds, a neighborhood establishment in Cotati, Calif. • DDI SYSTEM recently released its Inform Version 17 that completes its fully embedded CRM tools throughout its Inform ERP software. The platform features ready-to-use calendaring and dashboards to highlight customer purchase patterns, due-tobuy items and sales correspondence, including task and activity tracking. • HVAC/R replacement parts master distributor NEUCO launched a new redesigned version of its online ordering website at WWW.NEUCO.COM. The website has improved functionality and enhanced content focused on superior customer service and quality products, the company noted. • RINNAI recently celebrated the sale of its 2-millionth tankless unit with a special luncheon for employees at corporate headquarters in Peachtree City, Ga. • GRUNDFOS held its fifth annual Walk for Water charitable benefit in Kansas City, Mo., and Aurora, Ill., raising more than $35,000 for global water crisis relief. Roughly 230 Grundfos employees and local participants joined the two events, designed to build awareness about the global water crisis and raise funds for safe, sustainable water solutions in developing countries. Since first holding the event in 2012, Grundfos has raised more than $230,000 to date for Water Missions International. • NORITZ AMERICA updated its website at WWW. NORITZ.COM with a more robust navigation menu that allows the user to quickly and easily reach particular browsing goals. The revamped menu contains six items, each containing a dropdown menu of subtopics. • BOSCH THERMOTECHNOLOGY is participating in the Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home program. Bosch’s involvement in the program includes providing sustainable products, educating homeowners and contributing to the “home of the future.” • GEBERIT announced Sandy, Utah-based FRANKLIN JAMES CO., has assumed sales responsibility for the manufacturer’s Central region, which includes the Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and New Mexico markets. • BURR OAK TOOL has established a relationship with Tubex Technology Machinery located in Montreal, Canada to better-serve its Canadianbased customers. Tubex is a provider of tubeforming, bending and cutting machines. • TWIN CITY HOSE is stepping up its presence in the metal hose and expansion-joint industry and unveiling a high-octane modern rebranding that matches the company’s substantial growth, expanded product offerings and entry into new markets. • ROTH INDUSTRIES announced the addition of BARRETT SALES as a new manufacturers representative. Barrett will represent Roth’s radiant/ hydronic, double-wall oil storage tanks, solar and plumbing products in Atlantic Canada.
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