PEOPLENEWS • Taco Comfort Solutions promoted WIL VANDEWIEL to CEO of the 96-year-old privately held company. VandeWiel, who joined Taco in December 2014, previously was president and COO. • Noritz America promoted company veteran JAY HASSEL from his current post as vice president of sales and marketing to president and COO. Hassel becomes the first American to serve as president of Noritz’s North American subsidiary. He succeeds HISASHI URYU, who retains the title of CEO. • In other Noritz moves, JASON FLEMING was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing, while JASON COREY is now the national sales manager, reporting to Fleming. • The AD buying group announced the addition of JEFF HOCKIN (president and COO of Crum Electric Supply) to its board of directors and to the AD Electrical U. S. Board of Directors. • STEFAN BROSICK joined Weil- McLain as vice president and general manager of the company’s Burr Ridge, Ill., location. • Airmaster announced the promotion of GREGORY W. HELBLING to vice president of sales and marketing. The company also hired KEITH SIMON as senior product development manager and JERRY VOJTUSH as inside sales manager. • The Plumbing Manufacturers International Board of Directors announced Kittleman & Associates, a Chicago-based national search firm has been engaged to conduct a retained search for the association’s new executive director. Current PMI CEO/Executive Director BARBARA HIGGENS continues to lead PMI until the transition to the new leader is completed. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Kittleman’s MEGAN MONACO by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. • WaterFurnace International named JOHN THOMAS its president and CEO. Thomas takes over for FRED ANDRIANO, who served as interim CEO and will continue his financial roles within parent company NIBE and WaterFurnace. • KEN GOODRICH, CEO of Goettl Air Conditioning, has been awarded the contractor of the year award from the Southern Nevada Air Conditioning Refrigeration Service Contractors Association. COMPANYNEWS • WILO USA has expanded its groundwater range and NSF-certified products and has debuted a dealer eXpert paperless program that grants access to special offers, training and branded material. • VIEGA hosted a National Manufacturing Day event attended by nearly 200 people at its manufacturing campus in McPherson, Kan. The event featured tours of both manufacturing facilities, including its brand-new MegaPress production facility along with a career fair and lunch. • SLOAN’s “Understanding Regulatory Compliance for Water Efficiency in Commercial Plumbing” CEU course focuses on regulatory compliance for plumbing fixtures in an effort to update architects, designers, LEED professionals and plumbing engineers alike on the evolution of the plumbing industry. • MINCRON announced PUTNAM PIPE recently signed an agreement to convert to its SmartDistributor core ERP distribution management solution and to subscribe to the new Mincron SmartCubes program. • ELK GROUP INTERNATIONAL recently purchased Roswell, Ga.-based kitchen-and-bath manufacturer XYNC BRANDS, producer of the RYVYR and HEMBRY CREEK brands.
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