COMPANY NEWS • Montreal-based DESCHENES GROUP has entered into an agreement to acquire CORIX WATER PRODUCTS, a division of Corix Infrastructure. The transaction, subject to regulatory approval and other closing conditions, is expected to be completed this month. CWP distributes products for waterworks, sewer and irrigation systems with 36 locations in Canada from the province of Quebec to British Columbia, and has 12 locations in Washington and Oregon, California and Texas. Under the name Corix Control Solutions, the company also provides measurement and control equipment to the oil, gas, municipal and industrial market sectors in Western Canada in seven locations. The acquisition adds 51 locations to the DGI network and 650 qualified people. • BASCO SHOWER ENCLOSURES announced the addition of the NORTHEAST SALES GROUP sales agency to support the plumbing wholesale market throughout the New England region. Northeast will cover Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. • AMERICAN STANDARD, part of LIXL, announced its ActiClean self-cleaning toilet has been named a 2017 R&D 100 Award finalist in the process and prototyping category. With ActiClean the user presses a button, walks away and the system will scour the bowl with cleaning fluid, then soak and rinse, producing a clean bowl. • BRIGGS PLUMBING PRODUCTS and Laurcon Capital, owners of the Coast Foundry product line, have entered into an agreement to purchase and reopen the Patriot Porcelain manufacturing facility located in Kokomo, Ind. The 330,582-squarefoot facility is being repurposed and refurbished. The effort will improve facility features with an advanced manufacturing platform and additional growth space for a centrally located distribution center, creating a prominent domestic manufacturer and distributor, Briggs noted. PEOPLE NEWS • Viega hired CRAIG CULLEN as its director of sales operations. In this position, Cullen is responsible for sales support as it relates to reporting, analysis, demand forecasting and pricing analysis. Cullen has more than 25 years of sales operations experience in a number of industries. He previously was director of sales operations for Xylem, Inc. • In other Viega news, the company expanded the role of JOE PIKUS, director of business development. Pikus now is responsible for growing business development in the government, health-care and hotel segments, as well as overseeing OEM accounts. Pikus joined Viega in 2003 as district manager for northern Ohio and began working on national accounts in 2006 before being promoted to territory director in 2008. • The Forte décorative plumbing and hardware buying group named YELENA ZBARKSY chief financial officer. Zbarsky was CFO at Cohn Communications, which was the buying group’s previous association management firm. • Wilo USA welcomed DARREN T. MCGUIRE as its new director of operations for its production and distribution facilities in Thomasville, Ga. McGuire is responsible for overseeing production and order flow through both facilities to uphold the company’s high standard of quality and customer service, Wilo noted. • dahl Brothers Canada named STEVE CLARE vice president business operations-OEM where he will be responsible for the growth and development of the OEM business channel. Also, RON MECHALY was named vice president of operations where he will be responsible for providing leadership and direction to the operations function at dahl. • Water-Right, a water-treatment industry OEM, recently announced the hiring of VICKI ANDERSEN as associate brand manager. Andersen assists in the marketing efforts and upholding positive brand images and long-term strategy for Water-Right wholesale product lines, including the Sanitizer and Impression brands. • AHRI recently honored JIM VERSHAW, chief engineer for Trane Residential HVAC & Supply at Ingersoll Rand, with its highest award. The AHRI Richard C. Schulze Award recognizes individuals who are leaders in the HVAC industry and who have made significant contributions throughout their careers.
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