<b>Fortune Chairman Addresses ASA</b> Bruce Carbonari, chairman and CEO of Fortune Brands, spoke at the Plumbing industry Educational Forum & Breakfast Oct. 14 at NetworkASA 2010: THRIVE in Chicago. He currently serves as chair of the Policy Advisory Board at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.Rick Fantham, president of Hajoca Corp. (Ardmore, PA), greeted Carbonari (pictured on left) following the presentation. <b>Canada’s Noble Looking To Buy U.S. Distributors</b> Noble, one of Canada’s largest distributors of PHCP supplies, has embarked on an expansion strategy that includes U.S. distributors. “We’re hoping to have an acquisition in the United States in 2011,” said Michael Storfer, president. Noble, owned by Rona Inc., recently signed an agreement to acquire the assets of $90 million Canadian HVAC distributor Don Park Inc. <b>CIPH Reports Sales Growth</b> The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating said its members’ sales were up 8.4% in September vs.the same time last year.The confidential report produced by the Profit Planning Group said the $509 million sales for September were the highest since 2008. Year-to-date total sales were up 8.7%. <b>People On The Move</b> APR Supply Co. (Lebanon, PA) announced that Chris Farling was named southwest regional branch manager; John Ratchford was named southwest regional sales manager; and Mitchell Sellers was named Harrisburg branch manager. Heating, Airconditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) added Jonathan Melchi to its staff as manager of government affairs. Build.com, an Internet retailer, appointed David Berman as executive vice president. The Air Movement and Control Association International elected as its president Michael Barry, president of Twin City Fan Cos. Ltd. BLANCO hired Pamela Anton as national sales coordinator. Bradford White Corp. promoted R. Bruce Carnevale to senior vice president – sales and marketing, and Michael J. Borinski to vice president and chief financial officer. Also, the company announced the retirement of Herbert F. Foster, who spent 34 years with Bradford White and most recently was vice president of administration. Franklin Electric Co. Named Tom Strupp vice p r e s i d e n t , global human resources, and Steve Aikman as vice president, global water systems engineering. GROHE named Franz Droege president and chief executive officer for GROHE America, a subsidiary of GROHE Water Technology AG & Co. Pentair Residential Filtration promoted Sam Karge to vice president of global marketing; and Gerard McKeown to vice president of sales. HydroMassage Products appointed Eric Dinsdale national sales manager of luxury baths. Rinnai Corp. promoted Phil Weeks, general manager, to chief operating officer, and James York, director of engineering, to vice president of engineering. Also the company named Carmella Ross director of human resources. Stiebel Eltron hired Paul D. Palmisciano as Western regional sales manager. The Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) said it has selected Bill Mudge, vice president of sales and marketing at Danfoss Drives, as a recipient of a 2010 Richard C. Schulze Award at its annual meeting in November. Quick Drain USA hired John Stenicka as commercial sales manager. American Standard Brands announced that President and CEO Don Devine will speak at the Greenbuild 2010 Residential Summit, while Jim McHale, Ph.D., vice president of operations and engineering, will speak at the World Toilet Summit. American Hometec hired Tom Woody as regional sales manager and also hired Ed Baker, who will handle technical sales in the Philadelphia area and nationwide product training.Michael Rapp was appointed Northeast regional sales manager. In addition, Teresa Clarke-Myers and Kayla Lahijani have joined the company as marketing communications specialist and marketing communications coordinator, respectively. Blackman Plumbing Supply (Bayport, NY) named Kevin Gordon marketing director. <b>Bits And Pieces</b> <b>Rep update...</b> John Guest USA named Sales Service Plus (Plymouth, MI) its rep for the state of Michigan, Alliance Manufacturer Representatives (Houston, TX) for south Texas; and Banks & Head Agency (Anniston, AL) for Alabama and the Panhandle region of Florida. Honeywell Power Products announced Mid-Atlantic Representatives Inc. as its new sales force in the Northeastern territory, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Maryland. The sales team includes David Lund, Joe Camarata and Jack Bollus. <b>Expansion...</b> Co burn Supply Co. (Beaumont, TX) opened a new PRO STOCK store in Lake Charles, LA. This is Co burn 12th PRO STOCK store, and the wholesaler said it plans to open three more in the next several months. Win Wholesale (Dayton, OH) announced that Albuquerque Win water Works Co. Has opened to provide general, municipal and utility contractors throughout New Mexico with water line, sanitary sewer and storm sewer products and supplies. Scott Mac Kay is president. Hansgrohe AG opened a new branch in Brazil in September. <b>Industry News...</b> Waterless Co. Inc., a U.S.-based manufacturer of waterless urinals, announced it was granted trademark status for “Waterless” by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Sense program honored Caroma with the inaugural Excellence Award and named Moen Manufacturer Partner of the Year. Kohl er Co. Was chosen by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Sense program as an inaugural Excellence Award recipient for strategic collaboration. TOTO USA was presented with the 2010 Conserve Georgia Water Conservation Award by Governor Sonny Per due. Gerber Plumbing Fixtures LLC donated 25 Water Sense certified toilets and faucets to Seacrest Country Day School in Naples, FL. The Geberit Group released its 2010 Sustainability Report. ISH Frankfurt is scheduled for March 15 – 19, 2011 in Frankfort, Germany. Hercules Chemical said its Web site, www.herchem.com, is now in a format compatible with most smart phones. Uponor was recognized by the National Fire Sprinkler Association for its 10 years of membership and its continued dedication to the fire sprinkler industry through products, education, training and awareness. Zurn Pex’s fire sprinkler piping system was recently certified by NSF International for meeting applicable fire protection requirements. Noritz America extended its 12-year/6,500-hour warranty to residential thankless water heater products used with controlled recirculation systems. This includes all models that feature the company’s durable, commercial-grade heat exchanger. Radiant Panel Association has changed its name to the Radiant Professionals Alliance, incorporating the slogan “Integrating comfort and energy.” The Unified Group announced its newest purchasing partner, National Compressor Exchange. Metropac, a national HVAC/R master distributor, is now stocking several OEM product lines including Goodman, Lochinvar, Reznor, Teledyne Lars and York. Rheem and others will be available soon. The company has also increased its on-hand quantity of Honeywell zone valves, thermostats, actuators, combustion products and zoning products, and has expanded its inventory of products from Johnson Controls, White Rodgers and Maxitrol. Metropac stocks 15,000 SKUs from 50-plus vendors and that number will increase with the addition of the OEM lines. Other lines carried include Invensys/Robertshaw, ITT/McDonnell & Miller, Schneider/TAC/Erie/Barber- Coleman, As co, Fir eye and Grundfos. Thermasol, a gold corporate sponsor at the 2010 Decorative Plumbing & Hardware Association conference and expo in October, presented Brian Skowronek of E & B Distributors with an Apple iPad as the winner of the Passport-To-Prizes contest.
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