F.W. WEBB ANNOUNCES ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNERSHIP F.W. Webb Co.’s Alliance Environmental Group entered into a strategic partnership with the National Response Corp., a global environmental, industrial and emergency response solutions company. With the acquisition of Alliance Environmental Group last fall, F.W. Webb began offering a broad range of environmental testing, remediation and consulting services to commercial, institutional and industrial customers. “The NRC strategic alliance broadens the scope of the F.W. Webb Company’s Alliance Environmental Group to provide turnkey environmental solutions,” said Felix Perriello, president of Alliance Environmental Group. “With the expertise and global reach of NRC, Alliance Environmental Group now has the capacity to respond quickly and effectively to customers’ environmental emergencies and hazardous spills anywhere in the U.S.” Alliance Environmental Group is staffed by highly experienced environmental scientists, engineers and technicians. The team brings vitally important environmental services to sensitive industries and customers, such as construction; commercial property owners and brokers; power/energy production and distribution; pulp/paper processing; municipalities; food/beverage production; labs and medical facilities; manufacturing and electroplating; chemical production, use and handling; and pharmaceutical and life sciences. In addition to addressing unexpected environmental emergencies, Alliance Environmental Group handles planned needs pertaining to land use, construction, expansion, maintenance, operations, compliance reporting, regular audits, etc. Among a wide-range of services offered are the following: Air-quality testing, remediation and compliance; environmental due diligence; hazardous materials management, including disposal; leaks and spills; permitting, planning and compliance; professional engineering services; storm water and waste water management; and sustainability and optimization programs. NEW ANTIDUMPING INVESTIGATIONS STARTED U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross recently announced the initiation of new antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations to determine whether imports of cast iron soil pipe fittings from the People’s Republic of China are being dumped in the United States and whether producers in China are receiving alleged unfair subsidies. These AD and CVD investigations are based on petitions filed by Mundelein, Ill.-based Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute, whose members are Oakland, Calif.-based AB&I Foundry, Charlotte, N.C.-based Charlotte Pipe & Foundry and Tyler, Texas-based Tyler Pipe. The estimated dumping margin alleged by the petitioner is 92.48% and the unfair subsidies are estimated to be above de minimis. In the AD investigation, the Commerce Department will determine whether imports of cast iron soil pipe fittings from China are being dumped in the U.S. market at less than fair value. In the CVD investigation, the Commerce Department will determine whether Chinese producers of cast iron soil pipe fittings are receiving unfair government subsidies. If the Commerce Department determines cast iron soil pipe fittings from China are being dumped into the U.S. market, and/or receiving unfair government subsidies, and if the U.S. International Trade Commission determines that dumped and/ or unfairly subsidized U.S. imports of cast iron soil pipe fittings from China are causing injury to the U.S. industry, the Commerce Department will impose duties on those imports in the amount of dumping and/ or unfair subsidization found to exist. In 2016, imports of cast iron soil pipe fittings from China were valued at an estimated $8.6 million. AD MEMBER SALES INCREASE 10% The Wayne, Pa.-based AD buying group reported sales for all AD members across 10 divisions and three countries grew by 10% during the first six months of 2017 to $17.8 billion. Purchases from AD suppliers grew by 16%. Distributions to members were up 15%. On a same-store basis, by industry, electrical sales were up 10%; PHCP was up 8%; industrial/PT was up 9%; and building materials was up 19%. By country, same-store sales in the U.S. grew 8%; Canada was up 9% and Mexico grew 6%. “2017 is exceeding expectations for AD members and AD overall,” AD Chairman and CEO Bill Weisberg said. “Member support for AD Supplier Partners and AD programs are running strong. New members and suppliers are joining every division. There are a lot of great companies in AD. Investments we’ve made to help our members and suppliers compete and win are bearing fruit.” DEACON INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY ANNOUNCES NEW HIRES Harleysville, Pa.-based Deacon Industrial Supply announced a bevy of recent new hires. Bryan VanSchaick has transitioned into the company’s sales training program after starting in the warehouse in 2016. Brian Sutkowski joined the Deacon purchasing department as one of two supply chain/inventory analysts. Mike Gonzalez joined the warehouse team, while Mark Lester is working with the company’s valve automation team as a technician. Shelby Hernandez, who started last year as a front-desk receptionist, has been promoted through Deacon’s purchasing department from an assistant to supply chain/inventory analyst. Finally, Dale Murphy joined the sales training program in May. EASTERN INDUSTRIAL SUPPLIES EARNS TOP WORKPLACES AWARD Greenville, S.C.-based Eastern Industrial Supplies was awarded a 2017 South Carolina Top Workplaces honor by Integrated Media Publishing. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics., a research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including alignment, execution and connection to name a few. “The overall positive feedback from our ambassadors of our organizational health and workplace culture is humbling,” Eastern President and CEO Kip Miller said. “Our ambassadors truly care about people and they have a strong desire to have a positive impact upon one another, their communities, their country and cultures around the world. They are the reason our Eastern Cares initiatives thrive and drive our positive culture and growth.” OBITUARY FORMER CONBRACO PRESIDENT AND CEO CARL MOSACK DIES Former Conbraco Industries President and CEO Carl Mosack died Sunday, Aug. 13 at the age of 86. Mosack started his professional career with Consolidated Brass Co., working in various positions until becoming president in 1967. The company, now known as Conbraco Industries, grew under his leadership from $1 million in sales to more than $180 million. The Mosack family has led the privately held company for three generations. It was acquired by Aalberts Industries in 2010. Additionally, Mosack was directly responsible for the original launch of the Apollo Valve in 1968. That product, the company noted, transformed it from a specialized manufacturer to a market leader. Mosack, who spent two years in the Air Force, also was committed to supporting the American workforce, keeping all manufacturing in the Carolinas as employment grew to more than 1,000 people. Mosack is survived by his wife Romelia Adams-Mosack, his children Kathi Mosack Dantzler (husband, Bill), Cal Mosack, Carole Mosack Lee (husband Chris), Glenn Mosack (wife Hollie) and numerous grandchildren. Glenn Mosack is the current president and CEO of the Apollo Flow Controls umbrella of brands (Lasco, Apollo, Elhkhart, Shurjoint). Cal Mosack is the senior vice president of mergers and acquisitions North America for parent company Aalberts Industries. Apollo Valves was the recipient of the 2016 Supply House Times PVF Ring of Honor award.
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