MIKE MIAZGA 2017-06-12 03:50:27
WINSUPPLY OPENS PLUMBING AND MECHANICAL COMPANY Dayton, Ohio-based Winsupply opened a new Winsupply company in Houston serving plumbing, mechanical and industrial contractors throughout southeast Texas. Winsupply of Houston – Plumbing and Mechanical is the third new company opened by Winsupply in 2017. “The opening of new companies such as Winsupply of Houston – Plumbing and Mechanical is a significant part of our growth strategy,” said Roland Gordon, president and chief executive offi cer of Winsupply. “We will continue to identify geographic locations throughout the U.S. with strong economies and opportunities for wholesale distribution. Growing sales at our existing locations and making acquisitions will also continue to be an important part of our revenue growth.” Vince Roach is the president of the new company. He is joined by co-owner Corey Teague, vice president. Roach and Teague, along with seven other employees, have more than 60 years of combined experience in plumbing, mechanical and industrial supplies distribution. Roach joins Winsupply after 27 years of experience in the industry. AD MEMBER SALES UP 8% Wayne, Pa.-based buying group AD reported sales for all AD members across all seven divisions and three countries grew by 8% in 2017 Q1 to $8.9 billion. By country, AD member U.S. sales were up 8%. AD Canada was up 9% and AD Mexico grew 15%. By industry, electrical was up 10%; PHCP was up 8%; Industrial/PT were up 7% and building materials was up 16%. “We are pleased to see AD independents continued to take market share and grow at a pace greater than their overall industries and countries,” AD Chairman and CEO Bill Weisberg said. “Construction markets were robust with commodity pricing turning from deflationary to inflationary. Industrial markets are doing a good bit better than 2016.” APR SUPPLY ACQUIRES BELL SUPPLY Lebanon, Pa.-based APR Supply recently acquired the plumbing, heating and air conditioning distribution business of Newark, Del.-based Bell Supply. “We’re both family-run area distributors and now APR, through its Bell Supply location, will be able to offer its customer base an even greater variety of products and services,” APR Supply President and CEO Scott Weaver said. Bell Supply was established in 1956 and also features a large kitchen and bath showroom that will be remodeled as an American Standard DXV showroom. This is APR’s first Delaware location. APR also announced the opening of its newest branch location at 510 South Cedar Lane in Upper Darby, Pa. The new branch fills the company’s gap in its service to the eastern Pennsylvania region, APR noted. The building, formerly a Verizon facility, features a large modern sales area to serve local HVAC, plumbing and electrical contractors that is convenient to all major highways in the area and represents the company’s 37th branch, APR explained. “This new location helps APR keep pace with the growth of our Lehigh Valley market and allows us to offer all the services APR customers have grown to expect,” Weaver said. MORSCO ANNOUNCES NUMEROUS PERSONNEL MOVES Fort Worth, Texas-based MORSCO confirmed to Supply House Times Morrison Supply Co., President Stan Allen is no longer employed by the distributor, which ranks 10th in the 2017 Supply House Times Premier 150 distributor rankings and now has more than 170 branch locations and more than 2,500 associates in 17 states. “During his time with MORSCO, Stan made significant contributions to the company and the MORSCO team wishes him the very best in his future endeavors,” MORSCO CEO Chip Hornsby said. MORSCO also announced Frank Seymour has been named president of the company’s Waterworks Division. Seymour joined Fortiline Waterworks, a MORSCO company and the second-largest American-owned wholesale distributor of underground water, sewer and storm utility products in the United States, in late 2014 as vice president of sales. “I am excited to see Frank take the next step in his career,” said Mike Swedick, president of MORSCO’s plumbing division. “He has done a tremendous job since joining Fortiline and I look forward to continuing to work closely with him as we develop and grow the MORSCO organization.” Also, Ben Cagle has been named senior vice president, operations for Fortiline. Cagle joined Fortiline in 2002 as an IT coordinator after serving the company as an IT consultant for three years. Cagle was promoted to director of operations, then vice president of operations in 2007. He brings more than 30 years of operations and waterworks experience to MORSCO. In other personnel news, the company promoted Robert Kleinkauf to vice president HVAC Texas/Oklahoma/New Mexico for all MORSCO. In company branch news, Murray Supply, a MORSCO company, is opening its second South Carolina branch in Charleston. The new location at 2509 Clements Ferry Road is about 50,000 square feet and features commercial plumbing, residential plumbing and repair products, mechanical and industrial pipe, valves and fittings, and MRO products for the multi-family housing market. The opening is Murray’s sixth plumbing branch. It also has two MRO branches and one industrial PVF location. Additionally, Expressions Home Gallery opened a new location in San Antonio, Texas, located at 9901 Broadway, Suite 104. The new facility features 11,000 square feet of space and is the brand’s seventh showroom in Texas and 16th overall in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona and California. FERGUSON ACQUIRES TWO HOUSTON COMPANIES Ferguson announced the recent acquisitions of Custom Lighting & Hardware and Lighting Unlimited, both located in Houston. Custom Lighting & Hardware has been in business for more than 30 years and specializes in assisting customers with lighting, hardware, plumbing and decorating needs. The company will be rebranded and operate as Custom Lighting & Hardware, a Ferguson enterprise. Founded in 1995, Lighting Unlimited offers a wide selection of lighting products and full-service lighting design and specification services. The company will now operate as Lighting Unlimited, a Ferguson enterprise. In addition to the newly acquired locations, Ferguson has four showrooms in the greater Houston area. UPONOR EXPANDING MINNESOTA MANUFACTURING FACILITY Uponor North America (Uponor) is expanding its manufacturing facility in Apple Valley, Minn., beginning late spring 2017, with completion expected by January 2018. The $17.4 million investment will be used toward the expansion of an additional 58,000 square feet to increase manufacturing capacity to meet customer demand. This is the 10th expansion since Uponor began operations in Apple Valley in 1990. The most recent expansion took place in 2016 when the company invested $18 million and added 88,000 square feet to its manufacturing facility. Uponor also has leased an 8,500-square-foot office and lab space in a building next to its manufacturing annex, which the company’s technology group will occupy beginning mid-May 2017. The company’s North American investments and growth are not limited to the United States. Uponor announced last year it was consolidating the Canadian head offi ce with its eastern distribution center, which moved to Mississauga, Ont., last June; the Canadian headquarters moved into the same building last month. A. O. SMITH NAMES WHEELER PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER A. O. Smith Corp. recently announcedKevin J. Wheelerhas been named president and chief operating offi cer. In his new role, Wheeler will be responsible for A. O. Smith’s global water heater and boiler operations as well as its global water treatment business.He also will oversee the company’s research function, including its Corporate Technology Center in Milwaukee as well as the information technology function.Wheeler will report to Chairman and Chief Executive Offi cerAjita G. Rajendra. The $2.69 billion company has 20 manufacturing plants and 10 product engineering facilities around the world and employs about 15,500 people. Since 2013, Wheeler has served as senior vice president, president and general manager of North America, India and Europe water heating, A. O. Smith’s largest operating unit. He brings 23 years of company experience to his new position.He joined A. O. Smith in 1994 as a regional sales manager for the former Water Products Company. WOLSELEY CANADA PARTNERS WITH UNIVERSITY TO MAP SUPPLY CHAIN Burlington, Ontario-based Wolseley Canada and the University of Windsor recently announced Wolseley has partnered with UWindsor’s mathematics department to create a digital model of Wolseley’s distribution network. Once complete, the project will provide Wolseley with a detailed, interactive model of the company’s supply-chain operations and will provide UWindsor PhD, graduate and undergraduate students with valuable real-world experience in their field of study, Wolseley Canada noted. Representatives from Wolseley Canada’s supply chain department have provided the team at UWindsor with information about the company’s various points of supply-chain contact, including locations of branches, distribution centers and vendor distribution centers. The team at UWindsor will use this information, in addition to data regarding locations of major highways, rail lines, and other supply chain-specific content, to build an interactive software-based model for the company.
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