PEOPLENEWS • JOHN KOPF joined Navien as a boiler product manager responsible for leading efforts to identify future product needs, assisting in development of new offerings and building a winning product portfolio, the company noted. • Mestek recently announced JOHN WROBEL has joined its team as director of training and development. Wrobel has more than 33 years of experience in the HVAC industry, including 14 years working as a hands-on and applications trainer. • DiversiTech Corp. appointed DANIEL MCINERNEY vice president, logistics and TED ZERAFA vice president, global sourcing, effective immediately. • Watts named MICHAEL DIERKES product manager, Watts drains, and also appointed CHRIS BRADY to the position of product manager, Orion and BLÜCHER. • The Forte decorative plumbing and hardware buying group named HOLLIE WINGATE its new marketing director. Wingate has 11 years of experience in developing brands and digital footprints. • Danfoss appointed RICHARD HATCHER its new head of sales for its heating business. • State Water Heaters through its partnership with the PHCC Educational Foundation awarded a scholarship to TIMOTHY KAUFFMAN of Chesapeake, Va., who is studying HVACR installation, service and repair at Tidewater Community College. He plans to use his education to obtain a technicianlevel position and become a teacher in the HVACR community. The scholarship is a $2,500 individual award. • Val-Matic President and CEO JOHN V. BALLUN has been elected to the Valve Manufacturers Association of America Board of Directors. • As of Jan. 1, Austin, Texas-based EEA Consulting Engineers will be led by Todd Schmitt, the company’s current vice president. COMPANYNEWS • GENERAL PIPE CLEANERS launched a new mobilefriendly website at WWW.DRAINBRAIN.COM. The website offers quick, easy and intuitive access to General’s full line of drain-cleaning, inspection and repair tools, including how to use them and where to buy them, the company pointed out. • UPONOR and PCL Construction announced Uponor’s North American headquarters annex manufacturing facility has achieved LEED Gold certification. The new 90,000-sq.-ft. building supports the lean manufacturing operations for Uponor’s plumbing, fire safety, radiant heating and cooling, hydronic piping, and pre-insulated piping systems. • MULCAHY CO. Acquired BLESI-EVANS, moving the company into steam boiler sales to further serve the heating industry. Mulcahy is a manufacturers representative providing hydronic solutions to the heating, cooling and plumbing industries. • The CAST IRON SOIL PIPE INSTITUTE recently introduced its new digital and print advertising campaign, “We’ve Seen it All. We’ve Done It All.” The campaign supports CISPI’s mission of educating plumbing engineers and building and plumbing inspectors on specifications and model codes. For more information, visit the group’s new website at www.cispi.org. • EVAPCO recently acquired ALCOIL USA, a York, Pa-based company that designs and manufactures micro-channel heat exchangers. The newly-formed EVAPCO Alcoil will pursue the same business Alcoil has developed and will operate from the existing Alcoil location.
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