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PEOPLE ON THE MOVE Plimpton & Hills Corp. (Hartford, CT) appointed Calvin “Tripp” Hills III, formerly vice president, as president.The wholesaler supplies plumbing and heating products for residential and commercial use from 13 locations in Connecticut and western Massachusetts.Pictured (L-R) Calvin Hills III with Calvin Hills, CEO. WinWholesale (Dayton, OH) named Mike Atwell an area leader in its eastern region. He will oversee 55 Win companies in Kentucky, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania, representing the Winnelson, Winair, Winlectric, Windustrial and Winfastener brands. Formerly, he was president of Elizabethtown Winnelson Co. Interline Brands (Jacksonville, FL) named Kenneth D. Sweder president, effective immediately. He will also remain chief operating officer. In other news, the company announced that one of the Founding members of its board of directors, Ernest Jacquet, who currently serves as a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee, will not seek re-election to the board following the expiration of his term in May. He was instrumental in bringing Interline public and helping shape its growth and acquisition strategies. Ferguson Integrated Services, a division of Ferguson (Newport News, VA), announced that Steve House and Adam Langhals earned the designation of Certified Professional in Supply Management from the Institute for Supply Management. The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating announced that Elizabeth McCullough, CIPH’s general manager- trade shows, was inducted into Canada’s exposition management Hall of Fame at a gala event hosted by the Canadian Association of Exposition Management. InSinkErator hired Scott Carr as its south central regional sales manager. He has more than 20 Years of sales experience including several years with Delta Faucet Co. Uponor announced that Eric Skare, product manager, Fire Safety, was appointed to the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) Residential Committee. Emerson Climate Technologies – Refrigeration and Solutions named Kent Hiland president of Emerson Climate Technologies – Latin America. Elkhart Products hired Jacques Klopper as vice president of operations, according to Brooke Chase Associates. He spent the past 11 years with Watts Water Technologies. The M. K. Morse Co. Named Scott Karlis national sales manager in its commercial division, focusing on the electrical and plumbing channels. H. D. Hudson Manufacturing Co. Hired John Geatches as sales manager – professional division, according to Brooke Chase Associates. Most recently he was district sales manager at Lochinvar Corp. AirTight, a mission critical site and HVAC service contractor, McCullough added Lauren Hilton as a sales and marketing specialist. OBITUARIES Stan Pattie, 69, died Feb. 2, following a career in the HVAC/R industry that began in 1968 and included stints with White Rodgers, Maplechase and ICM. He retired in October 2010. He was a member of HARDI since 2001, had served as a committee chair, and regularly attended its meetings and conferences. Kevin R. Jacoby, 50, who spent the past four years as a product manager in the HVAC division at Jones Stephens, a specialty plumbing product supplier to plumbing wholesalers, died of cancer Feb. 19. He spent many years in the plumbing industry, with stints at D. A. Fehr in Friedensberg, PA, and JMF Co. In Bettendorf, IA. He was well-known among customers and vendors in the industry and also had many friends in Asia from his visits overseas. Thomas H. Kleppe, 81, founder and president of Florida-based manufacturers rep firm Tom Kleppe & Associates, died Jan. 24. He helped develop market penetration for some of the top plumbing and PVF manufacturers and was an active member of industry groups including AIM/R, ASA, SWA and PHCC. Frans Roffelsen, 93, founder of Spirotech B.V. (Helmond, The Netherlands) and Spirotherm (Glendale Heights, IL), died Jan. 27.Roffelsen and his wife owned Spirotech B.V., founded in 1985 as a manufacturing and sales company for Spirovent and other products, and Spirotherm, started in 1990 for North American manufacturing and sales. Their son Erik Roffelsen and his wife took over the businesses in 2005, but Frans Roffelsen continued his daily visits to the office well into his 80s. Bob DeWyze, 88, the former director of ITT Bell & Gossett’s Little Red Schoolhouse in Morton Grove, IL, for more than 40 years, died Feb. 8. He trained tens of thousands of HVAC/R professionals from the mid-1950s until his retirement in 1997.John Guest USA hired The Walter S. Morris Co. (Foxboro, MA) to cover all six New England states; BWA South (Hilliard, OH) for Ohio and northern Kentucky; and Triangle Sales (Bridgeville, PA) to cover the western portions of Pennsylvania and Maryland, along with West Virginia. TSS Associates announced itself as a newly formed manufacturers representative serving the HVAC industry in upstate New York and western Massachusetts. Focused on training, sales and service, the company is led by Rich Sebast and ASA Announces Two Personnel Transitions The American Supply Association hired Benjamin Stephens as director of marketing & communications effective Jan. 26. He has more than 12 years of experience in association marketing. In other news, ASA announced the retirement of Paul F. Martin, senior director, program & business development of the ASA Education Foundation, effective March 1.Martin was with the ASAEF for 12 years, serving as its executive director for most of his tenure. He will continue working on a project basis for the Foundation, initially on a new course for the Essentials brand for counter sales, and will remain available as a consultant to members and distribution professionals. HARDI Distributors Report Sales Growth In December Heating, Airconditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) said North American HVACR distributor sales for December showed average growth for the month of 17% vs. December 2009. The running 12-month sales improved for the fi fth consecutive month. “We were spot-on with our 10% growth rate projection for 2010, but despite a stronger economic environment, we don’t see enough in the HVACR industry to sustain that level of growth next year,” said HARDI’s chief economist, Alan Beaulieu of the Institute for Trend Research. BITS AND PIECES REP UPDATE Basco Shower Enclosures hired Suncoast Sales to oversee the plumbing wholesaler territory in the state of Florida, excluding the panhandle region. JACLO Industries added two reps: Stehr Enterprises, covering Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C., and Meridian Marketing & Sales, for Arizona, New Mexico and southern Nevada. John Guest USA hired The Walter S. Morris Co.(Foxboro, MA) to cover all six New England states; BWA South (Hilliard, OH) for Ohio and northern Kentucky; and Triangle Sales (Bridgeville, PA) to cover the western portions of Pennsylvania and Maryland, along with West Virginia. TSS Associates announced itself as a newly formed manufacturers representative serving the HVAC industry in upstate New York and western Massachusetts. Focused on training, sales and service, the company is led by Rich Sebast and Steven Grady, who together have more than 45 years of industry experience. INDUSTRY NEWS The American Supply Association said it has entered into a formal working relationship with members of United Purchasing Affiliates (UPA). UPA is a 32-year-old buying and marketing group comprised of hundreds of strong, mid-sized wholesalers located throughout the United States. It operates five distribution facilities. Sonepar Canada, a national electrical distributor, said it agreed to purchase substantially all of the assets of SESCO/QUESCO, a division of HD Supply Canada that operates five branches in the Toronto area. Closing was scheduled for the end of February 2011. SESCO/QUESCO, an independent distributor of electric products for the commercial, residential and institutional markets, as well as the industrial and OEM sectors, will join Sonepar Canada’s Ontario division, consisting of Osso Electric, Gescan and Texcan. The American Supply Association is seeking nominations for a new industry safety recognition award that highlights ASA member efforts to achieve safety excellence. Based on the previous year’s OSHA 300A data, awards will be presented in both the manufacturer and wholesaler categories. Nominations will be due to ASA by July 1. American Standard introduced a toilet challenge app that will work on the iPhone, iPad and iPod. Available for download at iTunes, it offers a video demonstrating how American Standard toilets fare against a variety of unusual materials. The app also provides product specs and finds local retailers. Sloan Valve Co. Released its Continuing Education Unit course, “Next Generation Green Restroom Design,” which qualifies for 1 credit hour for American Institute of Architects (AIA), Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), and Construction Education (CSI) members. The free online continuing education course, which Sloan has co-sponsored with Excel Dryer, is now available on the AEC Daily Web site at www.aecdaily.com. Grundfos Pumps announced the 2011 Grundfos Technical Institute (GTI) Training Schedule beginning March 22 and continuing into November. Visit www.Grundfos.us and click on the Technical Training section for information. Lochinvar released its 2011 course schedule for Lochinvar University. It begins in March and continues through October at Lochinvar’s Tennessee headquarters.For more information, visit www.Lochinvar.com and select Training. Moen introduced a portfolio of premium products that will combine the best products, programs and services of the ShowHouse and Moen product lines. The company said consumer research showed that the Moen brand is preferred by consumers in the luxury faucet market. DDI System says its inform software provides information in understandable dashboards that display Top-level overviews with drill-down capabilities for quick access. The ability to leverage purchasing and sales information increases cross-sell opportunities, allows for effective management of advertising, and highlights pipeline potential, according to the company. The Unified Group, an association of independent HVAC commercial contractors, announced DebonAir Mechanical (Hialeah, FL) and Hawks & Co. (West Deptford, NJ) as its newest members.NAOHSM said its annual convention and trade show in Hershey, PA, from May 22-25, 2011, will include a variety of social events. Webstone said it is offering contractors who register online at www.webstonevalves.com/contractors the chance to win Webstone hats, t-shirts and products. Continental Fan Manufacturing is celebrating 25 years in business. It was founded in 1986 to manufacture and distribute ventilation equipment.Today it supplies air moving equipment and offers a quick ship program.
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