PEOPLE NEWS • Plumbing Distributors Inc. promoted former SWA President COLEY HERRIN to CEO. Herrin retains his position as president. Herrin has been with PDI for nearly two decades. “This was an easy decision given Coley’s talents and principles,” PDI Chairwoman of the Board LYN WRIGHT said. “He works tirelessly to keep PDI’s core values at the forefront of our business.” Wright has served as PDI’s CEO since 2011 and will now focus on her position as chairwoman of the board. • Solco Plumbing Supply promoted MICHAEL HOOPINGARNER to director of operations. Hoopingarner has been with the company seven years and has held numerous positions including sales, operations and his previous post as director of purchasing. He remains in charge of the company’s purchasing in addition to his new responsibilities that include operational efficiencies, staff training and new operational-related hiring. • F.W. Webb Process Controls Division Account Manager PATRICK ZRIOKA is the 2016 recipient of the Lothar Kartanos Memorial Industrial Sales Award. F.W. Webb presents the annual award to the industrial salesperson who best exemplifies the excellence of Kartanos’ legacy. There has been one award recipient annually since 2007. • HARDI expands its sales and membership engagement and marketing and communications teams with the recent hires of BRANDON BAULO (member services specialist), CONNOR LUFT (creative design specialist) and ANTHONY LAGUNZAD (public affairs specialist). • Also at HARDI, Heatcraft Refrigeration Products VP and GM LARRY GOLEN has been appointed to the position of supplier adviser by the HARDI Board of Directors. • Industry veteran TONY FAVILLA has joined Danze and Gerber as vice president sales-branded products. Favilla previously worked in the industry for Ward Mfg. Co., Apollo Valves, NIBCO and Crane. • PJ O’NEILL joined The Distribution Point as director of vendor relations where his focus is on brand expansion and “first to stock” of new products from TDP’s brand partners. • Industry veteran JIM BENTZ is now representing Artic Solar for its food and beverage processing businesses. Artic Solar is the exclusive U.S. manufacturer for the Emperor XCPC third-generation high-temperature solar thermal collector. COMPANY NEWS • TEXAS PIPE & SUPPLY donated more than $3,000 last year to charities such as Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Susan G. Komen Foundation, American Heart Association and Mental Health America. In January, Texas Pipe raised $400 for the Thyroid Association and in February raised $500 for the American Heart Association. • F.W. WEBB has signed on to remain the official entitlement sponsor for the 2017 and 2018 F. W. Webb 100 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour September races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. F.W. Webb has been a fixture at the speedway since 2009 when it helped install the million-dollar Frank Webb’s Bath House outside of the Turn 2 Tunnel. • BRASSCRAFT MFG. CO. Recently launched its newly built BrassCraft brand website at www.brasscraft.com. The company notes the website has been designed with the professional Plumber in mind, providing a user-friendly experience with easy navigation and functionality throughout, allowing access to detailed product information and resources with the option to share information. • Pipe connection and pipe hangar manufacturer ANVIL INTERNATIONAL has been acquired by ONE EQUITY PARTNERS, a middle-market private- equity firm in New York. Anvil has distribution centers in California, Texas, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Ontario, Canada.
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