PEOPLE ON THE MOVE Hansgrohe said that Nicolas Grohe, who has served its North American operations for nearly 10 years, most recently as director of marketing and product development, will return to Europe this summer to work at Hansgrohe headquarters. HD Supply White Cap hired Ian Heller as vice president, marketing and merchandising. His 26 years of industry experience include 15 years with W.W. Grainger. HD Supply named Joseph Izganics senior vice president. He oversees its retail and installation service businesses including Creative Touch Interiors, Crown Bolt, and HD Supply Repair & Remodel. Formerly he was a division president for The Home Depot. BrassCraft Manufacturing Co. Hired Michael S. Pierron as national sales manager for special markets, including industrial and international markets. He formerly worked for Midland Metal, Kohler and Bemis. The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors of California named Peggy J. Hall interim executive VP, succeeding Harry Moos, who has retired but will remain as a consultant to PHCC. DURAVIT appointed Art Smith northeastern regional sales associate. NSF International named Alex Zhang general manager of its joint venture in China, NSF Shanghai Co. Ltd. Xylem Group hired J.T. Stewart as national sales manager for the Xylem and Zoli brands. He also will be active in Xylem Group’s 3D private label division at the wholesale level. Border States Electric (Fargo, ND) named Gary Baxter plumbing sales and marketing manager for its South Central region. His 30- plus years in the industry include stints at Ferguson and Expert Piping Supply. Grand Hall, producer of the Eternal Condensing Hybrid Water Heater, promoted Paul Home to VP of product and marketing and Yolanda Perteet to VP of operations. AirTight Mechanical, a critical site HVAC service contractor in Charlotte, hired Dennis Osbourne and Eddie Sain as service technicians. OBITUARIES John A. (Jack) Muir, 86, former VP of operations for PHCP distributor W. T. Andrew Co., died July 13. The company was a founding member of former buying group C.L. Watt (later merged with Affiliated Distributors) and member of the Michigan Association of Distributors before being sold to the Macomb Group in 1996. Muir was a veteran of the Canadian navy. Mary C. Hedges, 85, former VP and treasurer of Schans Supply, Utica, MI, died July 25. She worked with her husband of 63 years, James G. Hedges, in the plumbing industry throughout her career. While he was a salesman at the W.T. Andrew Co. She helped with clerical work. During the 1960s and 1970s she served as the office manager for James Hedges and Associates (a manufacturers rep firm) and during the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s she was the office manager/controller for Schans Supply. Expansion, Acquistions, Relocation... Pacific Plumbing Supply Co. LLC (Seattle, WA) opened a 2,100-sq.-ft. radiant and hydronic showroom, The Pacific Green Room, at its headquarters. WinWholesale (Dayton, OH) opened Lehigh Valley Windustrial Co. (Bethlehem, PA), serving central and eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey, led by Richard Raidline, president; and Newark Windustrial Co. (New Jersey) to serve the Newark region, led by Dean Lucas, president. Both distribute pipe, valves, fittings and fire protection equipment. Northeastern Supply (Baltimore, MD) acquired Standard Supply and Equipment (Front Royal, VA), a distributor of residential plumbing and well and pump products. Former Standard Supply owner Gary Hickerson will continue to work with Northeastern to help provide a smooth transition and new services/products to customers. Standard employees Diane Pence and John Ramey, who is now the branch manager, will remain on staff. RSS Manufacturing, a U.S.-based (Costa Mesa, CA) OEM supplier to high-end faucet marketers, was founded by Geoff Escalette, former coowner and president of BrassTech/Newport Brass. The company offers precision manufacturing, production runs of any size and short leadtimes. PHCP industry veteran Don Arnold, author of “College of Product Knowledge” and a Supply House Times’ contributing editor, serves in a sales and marketing role with RSS. For more information, visit www.rssmfg.com. American Standard Brands acquired Safety Tubs LLC, a designer and manufacturer of walk-in bathtubs. Solar Skies Mfg. LLC relocated its office and manufacturing facility from Starbuck, MN, to a larger 40,000-sq.-ft. facility in Alexandria, MN, designed to support lean manufacturing principles. REP UPDATE The Weinstein Group LLC (Langhorne, PA) now represents INAX, a Japan-based manufacturer of tiling, building materials and sanitary fixtures for residential, commercial and public buildings. The Jomar Group announced new sales reps: Elmco Duddy for southern California; Elmco & Associates for northern California; Elmco Stewart for Arizona and Elmco Ford for Nevada. Each Elmco location will also be a stocking warehouse for Jomar products. Hastings Tile & Bath hired three rep firms: Vision Marketing for Arizona and southern Nevada; Beauchesne and Associates for the Northwest Territories, including: Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia; and WMS Decorative Solutions for Northern California and northern Nevada. AWARDS, RECOGNITION Birdsall Bath Design, a 6,500-sq.-ft. luxury bath showroom and subsidiary of W.A. Birdsall & Co. (North Plainfield, NJ), received silver LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. BLANCO said its MicroEdge technology is a 2010 International Design Excellence Award Finalist. TRAINING, NETWORKING BLUE HAWK, a purchasing cooperative for HVACR distributors, is partnering with BlueVolt to offer BLUE HAWK University, an online training resource with free registration for BLUE HAWK members. Taco has unveiled the online FloPro Team Neighborhood, a learning and social environment where contractors and hydronic professionals can ask questions and share jobsite experiences. Grundfos brought its “Pumps on Tour” mobile educational center to Chicago in June, attended by representatives from about 75 mechanical contracting and industrial companies and 12 Chicago-area wholesale-distribution firms. INDUSTRY NEWS WinWholesale’s Winnelson and Noland (Dayton, OH) unveiled an interactive Bath & Kitchen Idea Center Web site at www.bathandkitchenideacenter.com for designers, plumbing contractors, builders, remodelers and consumers. JMF now offers free VIP membership to customers, including a monthly newsletter and monthly promotions. JMF is a manufacturer of rough plumbing, appliance installation components and line sets. Sign up at www.jmfcompany.com. The Commercial Products Group of Hart & Cooley announced that Ward Industries’ product line is now stocked in its Mira Loma, CA, distribution center, serving customers in Alaska, Hawaii, California, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
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