PEOPLE ON THE MOVE Armstrong International named VP of engineering and manufacturing Patrick B. Armstrong its corporate president and CEO.He succeeds David M. Armstrong, who died July 15, 2010. Danfoss’ VLT Drives division appointed Frank Taaning-Grundholm global pump OEM business manager. Barclay Sales Ltd. Said that Sydney Irvine, a retail merchandiser, will also handle outside sales — Vancouver market, and Chris Flynn will serve as outside sales — Southern Alberta Region. InSinkErator added Manivone Kitzke as new product manager for its Water Products Division. Hansgrohe North America promoted Lars Christensen to director of product development and appointed Claudia Mueller director of marketing. BLANCO hired Tim Ahearn, a sales veteran with 30-plus years in the kitchen and bath/decorative plumbing industry, as national sales manager. United States Pipe and Foundry Co.(U.S. Pipe) named Paul Ciolino president, succeeding Raymond Torok, who is retiring.ost recently Ciolino was president of Griffin Pipe Products Co. Moisture Control Services (MCS), a division of Munters AB, named Elvir Kolak president for its U.S. and Canada operations. Victoria & Albert, which offers volcanic limestone bathtubs, named Javier Korneluk as VP of sales for the U.S. and Canadian markets. Controlled Release Technologies (CRT), a manufacturer of HVAC maintenance products and chemicals, hired Jonathan Dunagin as marketing director and Kristen Burgess as client services representative. ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) named Shahin Moinian executive director for ICC-ES certification programs. Tour & Andersson, which offers HVAC hydronic systems engineering and products, hired Mark Hegberg as hydronic training manager for the TA Hydronic College, North America. Triangle Tube named Dr. Lou Vorsteveld VP of engineering and QC, and Gerry Clisham director of marketing. Vorsteveld formerly was president and CEO of Buderus/Bosch. Clisham was global products director for SOUTHCO. OBITUARIES Milton Miller, 88, one of the founders of the Tri-State Distributors Association, which eventually became the North Central Wholesalers Association, and former president of Trumbull Industries, died July 20. After serving in the U.S. Army in the 1940s, he joined the family business which became known as Trumbull Industries, and helped lead its growth. John “Bill” Christiansen Jr., 83, who served as president of the Southern Wholesalers Association from 1982-1983, died August 24. He served in the U.S. Army, Airborne Division, was the national sales manager for American Standard Co., and founded Chris- More Inc., Memphis, TN. Memorials may be sent to: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 1100 Ireland Way, Suite 203, Birmingham, AL 35205-7001 Franklin Electric Offers Mobile Training Facility Franklin Electric Offers Mobile Training Facility F r a n k l i n Electric has added a mobile training facility to its training portfolio.The trucktrailer can be converted to showcase either drives for constant pressure applications or sump, sewage, and effl uent pumps. BITS AND PIECES EXPANSION, ACQUISITIONS, RELOCATION... APR Supply (Lebanon, PA) said it plans to acquire YC Supply (York, PA), a plumbing, heating and air conditioning distributor with locations in York, Harrisburg, Shrewsbury and Gettysburg, PA, and part of York Corrugating. The acquisition is expected to close in October. Blackman Plumbing Supply (Bayport, NY), a distributor of plumbing, heating and cooling supplies since 1921, has acquired Ridgewood Corp. (Ridgewood, NJ). “The acquisition of Ridgewood will allow Blackman to effectively expand our operations throughout New Jersey, from the suburbs of Philadelphia to the lower Hudson Valley in New York State,” said Robert Mannheimer, Blackman’s president and CEO. IPS Corp. acquired American Brass & Aluminum Foundry, which produces and markets bath wastes, plastic, cast iron and brass plumbing drains and fittings, cleanouts and associated accessories. IPS Corp. manufactures industrial and commercial solvent cements, primers, sealants, plumbing and roofing products, as well as structural and assembly adhesives. The Radiant Panel Association will celebrate the grand opening of its 2,200-sq.-ft. office with an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at 8512 Oswego Road, Suite 180, Baldwinsville, NY. Noritz America Corp. opened a new 1,650-sq.- ft. Showroom and contractor-training facility in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, GA. The showroom presents a series of vignettes of tankless installations in various residential and commercial contexts. REP UPDATE KWC AMERICA hired FourMax Marketing LLC (Plainville, MA) to represent its KWC and Hansa brands in the New England region. GRAFF added four manufacturers rep agencies.TD Sales and Marketing for Wisconsin; Riverstone for northern Illinois, northwest Indiana and Minnesota; Westco Sales for Colorado; and WMS Decorative Resources for northern California and northern Nevada. Glentronics announced that Warren Harding and Dave Andrus of Progressive Marketing & Sales (Rockford, MI), are new PHCC Pro Series regional independent sales representatives, covering upper and lower Michigan. AWARDS, RECOGNITION The National Association of Oil Heating Service Managers (NAOHSM) honored industry professionals during its annual conference and trade show earlier this year.For a list of winners visit www.supplyht.com. INDUSTRY NEWS Supply New England (Attleboro, MA), in conjunction with the Embassy Group Ltd., was awarded the World Vision Humanitarian Award for 2009, presented by World Vision, in recognition of the wholesaler’s efforts in support of World Vision’s storehouse distribution centers. VAI (Vormittag Associates Inc.) said its S2K Sales Force, a Web-based application designed to Provide an integrated and mobile Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution, is available on the iPad and as an add-on option for any module within the S2K Enterprise Software Family. The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating reported that its wholesalers’ sales for July were up 6.4%, and year-to-date total sales were up 8%, vs. last year, based on research by the Profit Planning Group. DDI System released its inform software Version 23, which incorporates Transaction Auditing, Visual Financial Reporting, Inform Analytics, and Advanced Report Writer. AirTight Mechanical, a critical site HVAC service contractor in Charlotte, NC, celebrated its 11th anniversary with employees and their families in August. CIPHEX West 2010 meets Nov. 3 and 4 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Richard Trethewey from television’s This Old House has joined the speaker lineup. HOLDRITE, formerly Hubbard Enterprises/HOLDRITE, a manufacturer of residential and commercial construction products, officially changed its name to HOLDRITE and launched a redesigned Web site at www.holdrite.com. Totaline Sales Centers are offering free goods to customers with a qualified purchase of Factory Authorized Parts, Totaline-branded products or Payne heating and cooling equipment during 2010. Midland Metal (Kansas City, MO) is celebrating 30 years in business. Bill Hodes and his son, Nick, founded the company in 1980, selling brass fittings to the plumbing market. Today Billy Hodes, the youngest son of Bill Hodes, is owner and president of the family-owned company that supplies fittings, nipples, valves, clamps and plumbing accessories to the oilfield, well water, plumbing and HVAC markets. Danze has been named a sponsor of The House Designers’ first-ever Energy Star approved house plans. Geberit launched its online Bath Drain Selector to help showroom consultants, plumbing contractors and wholesale counter personnel locate compatible Geberit drains for bathtub fixtures. John Guest USA donated Speedfit fittings and PEX piping for the plumbing installed in a rehabbed three-bedroom, two-story home that was donated to the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity in Minnesota. F. W. Webb (Bedford, MA) said it will be the title sponsor for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event Sept. 18 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The race, formerly the New Hampshire 100, will now be known as the F.W. Webb 100. BITS AND PIECES PVF Web site, www.parkerfluidcontrol.com, makes it easier to browse through the company’s lines of solenoid and process control valves and to find distributors of those products. TOLCO is unveiling its revamped Web site at www.tolco.com as a resource to demonstrate its capabilities in seismic bracing and custom fabricated supports. THIS ’N THAT Marmon/Keystone recently held its annual Supplier Recognition Day, and presented the perfect performance award to RathGibson for achieving the highest scores in the areas of on-time delivery, zero defects, and outstanding service. The Manufacturers Standardization Society of The Valve and Fittings Industry (MSS) announces the start of the MSS Scholarship Program for Engineering and Materials Science students. Interested students who meet the criteria can fill out an application form posted on the MSS Web site, www.mss-hq.org. The application deadline is March 31, 2011. The International Trade Administration reported that on August 6, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its affirmative preliminary determination in the antidumping (AD) duty investigation of imports of drill pipe from the People’s Republic of China, at margins ranging up to 429%. NIBCO and CADworks, a leading Autodesk Revit content-solutions provider, have collaborated to provide NIBCO-specified valves to the architectural, engineering and construction community through the Autodesk Seek Library (type ‘NIBCO’ in the search bar for full product listing). Royal Group Adds Pipe Facility Royal Group Inc. has expanded its Royal Pipe Systems division with the addition of a pipe facility in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada.The new facility produces high performance pressure and sewer pipe up to 24 inches used in wastewater, municipal and industrial water applications.Pictured (L-R): Rob Julien, project manager; Luciano Vitone, supervisor; and Claudio Ardolei, vice president manufacturing, Royal Pipe Systems, at the new facility in Woodbridge, Ontario.
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