Mike Miazga 2016-11-08 13:11:09
TYLER PIPE & COUPLING OPENS NEW DISTRIBUTION CENTER Tyler Pipe & Coupling recently held a grand opening for its new distribution center in South Plainfield, N.J. The 65,000-sq.-ft. facility sits on six acres of property. Tyler Pipe previously had a distribution center in Macungie, Pa., and moved it to the new South Plainfield location. “What this building does is it gives our customers a big inventory to choose from,” Tyler Pipe Vice President of Sales Sterling Bowman told Supply House Times in a video interview at the grand-opening celebration. “Cast iron is a big product that is hard to stock and hard to move. This opens up customers to be able to ship locally and with ease. They can use us for a blanket to have that inventory.” The new facility also will feature a will-call option for customers. “We moved to New Jersey to be closer to New York City,” Bowman explained. “This allows us to deliver into New York City and it allows customers to pick up here and deliver to jobsites. We also have a boom truck with a union driver. That allows us to deliver to jobs. This will make us more part of the plumbing community where we had been distant. Now we will be in New York City and will be able to be part of the community.” Bowman said the service component in the New York City area was one of the key missing pieces to the puzzle. “We have great reps and regionals and we have a great product,” he said. “With us producing quality, our issue is being able to service. Being here in New Jersey will allow us to serve the community.” The grand-opening celebration attracted distributors, manufacturers reps, contractors and other invited guests. Members of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders were on hand, as was a live band. Guests enjoyed networking opportunities, raffles for prizes, tours of the facility and a tasty barbeque lunch. Tyler Pipe was assisted at the event by New York-based manufacturers rep Dellon Sales, which brought a large contingent of employees. “This facility will cut down on the lead time to get product,” said Nelson Gates, of Passaic, N.J.-based Pashman, an industrial pipe, valves and fittings distributor that has been a Tyler customer for 25 years. “There’s a lot of rebuilding in areas overlooking New York City. This will help us get product quicker.” —Mike Miazga FERGUSON ACQUIRES RAMAPO WHOLESALERS Ferguson recently announced the acquisition of Ramapo Wholesalers in an asset transaction completed in early October. Ramapo is a plumbing and HVAC supplier serving southeast New York and northern New Jersey. “The acquisition of Ramapo Wholesalers provides us with an opportunity to expand our footprint in the Northeast,” Ferguson CEO Frank Roach explained. “We are pleased to welcome their knowledgeable associates to the Ferguson family.” Ramapo’s home office is located in Spring Valley, N. Y. The distributor has 47 associates in its seven locations in the New Jersey city of Hackensack, towns of Westwood and Midland Park and the New York villages of Monsey, Spring Valley and Haverstraw. The Ramapo brand will continue under new ownership, Ferguson announced. “I’m proud to align my company, customers and employees with the vast resources, infrastructure and professionalism of Ferguson,” Ramapo President Michael Schwartz said. “This will position us to keep our renowned customer service and employee satisfaction intact in a rapidly changing economy.” ASA TO PARTICIPATE IN 2018 USEHC CODE PROCESS The American Supply Association recently announced it will participate in the 2018 Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code code-development process. IAPMO recently released the 2016 USEHC monograph, which is the first step (proposal stage) of the process to generate the 2018 edition of the code. The USEHC is currently adopted in various jurisdictions throughout the U.S., and addresses hydronic and HVAC systems provisions such as circulating pumps, expansion tanks, ducts, and hydronic piping, tubing and fittings. The USEHC Technical Committee meeting was held in late October at IAPMO headquarters. PLUMBERS & FACTORIES SUPPLIES MAKES DONATION TO OPERATION RISE AND CONQUER Columbus, Ohio-based Plumbers & Factories Supplies recently ran a month-long promotion to benefit Operation Rise and Conquer, a program that sends severely disabled veterans and recovering active-duty service members on a week-long outdoor adventure program in the Colorado Rockies. Plumbers & Factories Supplies, in partnership with some of its preferred vendors, donated a percentage of sales of all Mansfield, Elkhart, Lasco, Sioux Chief, BrassCraft and Fluidmaster product sold over the course of the month of July. The promotion culminated with a counter day at the end of July. In addition, to donating back a percentage of sales, the Columbus distributor also made the commitment to match any customer donations to ORC. Plumbers & Factories Supplies made a $3,200 donation to ORC. For more on ORC, visit www.asa.net/orc. OBITUARIES Ted Wiedeman, 87 Ted Wiedeman, who retired as co-chairman of the board of 129-year-old plumbing and heating distributor Reeves-Wiedeman Co. In 1994, died in late September at the age of 87. Wiedeman, a captain in the United States Air Force, was past president and director of the Mid-America Supply Association, past director of ASA and a past board of governors member for ASA’s Political Action Committee. Kevin Moore, 53 MORSCO Chief Operating Officer Kevin Moore died in mid-October at the age of 53 after an illness. Moore started his career at Oberkampf Supply in Midland, Texas, and later moved to Odessa to manage a Morrison Supply Co. Branch. He later served as regional branch manager and was named vice president in 1999. He had been MORSCO’s COO since 2012 and had more than 33 years of industry experience. He is survived by his two children. WINSUPPLY ADDS TWO EXECUTIVES TO SENIORMANAGEMENT TEAM Dayton, Ohio-based Winsupply recently announced the hiring of Grady Collins as chief financial officer and the promotion of Jeff Dice to vice president of Shared Services. In addition to the appointments of Collins and Dice, Roland Gordon, who was named company president earlier this year and served as interim CFO, will add to his responsibilities working with the company’s information technology teams developing strategies and prioritizing IT projects. Collins joins Winsupply from Westmont, Ill., foundry products supplier HA-International where he served as CFO, vice president of finance and treasurer. Dice’s position as vice president of Shared Services is a new role at Winsupply. Dice joined Winsupply as president of Winsupply Group Services — Dayton in 2004. In 2005, her moved to Winsupply corporate offices as a financial analyst to work on special projects and organize internal audit functions. He became vice president of electronic data integration in 2008 and was appointed CFO of Noland Co., a Winsupply wholly owned subsidiary, HARDI DISTRIBUTORS REPORT 19.5% AUGUST REVENUE INCREASE HARDI’s TRENDS report shows average sales for HARDI distributor members increased by 19.5% in August. The average annualized growth for the 12 months through August was 7.8%. The annual growth rate has been at 7% or more for three consecutive months after remaining within a narrow 6-7% range for most of the prior two months, the association reported. “An unusually strong report is usually the result of some special factors,” HARDI Market Research and Benchmarking Analyst Brian Loftus said. “Besides being much warmer than the prior year in much of the country during August, all of the country experienced two extra billing days vs. August 2015.” HARDI Senior Economist Connor Lokar added: “Besides the billing-day distortion, the report reflects the strong housing market. Despite inventory constraints on the low end, new-home sales are doing quite well. New-home sales over the last 12 months are up 10.6% from a year ago and during the three months ending in July, sales accelerated 21.6% from the 2015 level.” The days sales outstanding, a measure of how quickly customers pay their bills now is at 42.3. “August has been the annual seasonal low for DSO,” Loftus said. “This report matches the prior year and indicates a sturdy market.” BRIGGS PLUMBING PRODUCTS OPENS NEW WEST COAST DISTRIBUTION CENTER Briggs Plumbing Products announced the opening of a new West Coast distribution center. The 300,000-sq.-ft. center located in Anaheim, Calif., will serve the area from western Canada to west Texas and will allow Briggs to provide “top-quality products at affordable prices to a market where significant product demand exists,” the company stated. The facility also will allow Briggs to offer a will-call program to its customers in the Los Angeles area. “With more than 100 years in the plumbing industry, Briggs is a strong brand among wholesalers, homebuilders and plumbing contractors,” Briggs President and CEO Chuck Dockery said. “We are strengthening our West Coast presence with the addition of a Los Angeles-based distribution center. The center will offer greater access to our top-quality brands such as the AltimaMAX and Abingdon lines, while enhancing customer service and deliveries.” BRASSCRAFT MFG. CO. CELEBRATES 70TH ANNIVERSAR Novi, Mich.-based BrassCraft Mfg. Co., celebrated its 70th anniversary on Sept. 5 with festivities at all its locations throughout the United States and Asia. Activities began far in advance of the actual anniversary, the manufacturer noted. For 70 days prior to the anniversary, employees received a daily newsletter with a historical, yet fun fact about the company. Daily prizes were awarded. “It’s an honor to work for a company with such great history,” BrassCraft President Rick Mejia said during his address to Novi headquarters employees. On the day of the celebration employees wore a throwback T-shirt and enjoyed food, fun and additional prizes. Employees at Novi headquarters were treated to stories from two of its longest-tenured employees, Josh Jaime (38 years) and Mark Labadie (37 years). They spoke of their personal history with the company, including stints on the baseball team and in a golf league. “Many things have changed over the years. However, the passion our employees have always had for the BrassCraft family and the passion they have for the work they do has never changed,” Jaime said.
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