HARDI Foundation Forms Center For Energy Efficiency Heating, Airconditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International recently formed the Center for Energy Efficiency Optimization. The CEEO will be a subsidiary of the HARDI Foundation, which is dedicated to researching wholesale distribution’s role, contribution, impact and opportunities to advance the adoption of energy-saving technologies and practices in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial applications, including renewable energy technologies. The CEEO will not be trade specific, but rather provide a central hub for any wholesale distribution interests to explore, quantify and grow their role in driving energy efficiency in their respective industries. The goal of the CEEO is to become the predominant source for research on wholesale distribution’s influence on the adoption and use of energy-saving technologies. “HARDI believes wholesale distributors — especially within the HVACR channel — play an integral role in the success of energy-efficiency incentive programs but there’s been very little research or quantification of that role to date,” Executive Vice President Talbot Gee said. The first CEEO research project partners with Vermont Efficiency Investment Corp., an authority on energy-efficiency incentive programs, and focuses on quantifying HVACR wholesale distribution’s impact in and opportunity with residential HVAC effi ciency programs. This project is designed to provide a better understanding of the dynamics between distributors and contractors as well as the supply chain barriers to residential HVAC effi ciency program success. John McNally Joins Supply House Times John McNally joined Supply House Times and BNP Media Aug. 8, as a senior editor and integrated content specialist. He will cover the bath-and-kitchen market and edit Bath & Kitchen Pro e-News along with his other assignments. McNally most recently worked at The Journal Times in Racine, WI, where he was a copy editor, page designer and feature writer in the newspaper’s sports department. He has also worked at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Monroe Times in Wisconsin. McNally can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-405-4052. BITS AND PIECES > EXPANSIONS Lubrizol Advanced Materials has begun work on a multimillion-dollar expansion of its manufacturing facility in Louisville, KY. The work is expected to last through 2012 as the facility expands to meet its growing demand around the world for its TempRite chlorinated polyvinyl chloride products.Hailing America Corp. expanded its sales and customer service staff and moved into a larger facility in Leesport, PA.Hailing operates five warehouses across the country offering copper tubing for plumbing, HVAC and OEM applications, as well as a full line of copper and PEX fittings. Cleveland, OH-based Merit Brass has expanded its geographical footprint to include Birmingham, AL(additional distribution centers in Sparks, NV, and Dallas). The 33,000-sq.-ft. facility will open Oct. 3. Bryan Humphries, who recently joined the company with 20 years of experience in distribution, will manage the Birmingham facility with Luke Webb as an inside sales rep. Also, Merit Brass recently hired a Pacific regional sales manager, Alex Willis. PEOPLE ON THE MOVE A.O. Smith Corp. promoted Ajita G. Rajendra to president and COO, effective Sept. 1. Rajendra will head the company’s water heater operations in North America, Europe, China and India.He will also head the company’s water purification business in China. Rajendra has been with A. O. Smith since January 2005.Ferguson promoted Steve Johnson to district manager of the Northwest region, which includes Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. His responsibilities include strategic direction and financial performance. Tony Farina was named general manager of the Virginia region for Lyon Conklin & Co., an HVAC wholesale distributor.Farina will be in charge of the development and leadership of HR, and managing financial results. Also, Kyle Grant was named general manager of the Ohio Region for Ferguson Heating & Cooling, the HVAC division of Ferguson Enterprises.Grant will oversee four locations: Akron, Cleveland, Maumee and Streetsboro. Peter Censky, the Water Quality Association executive director for the past 24 years, announced July 27 that he will retire in early 2012. A transition to an executive will be made in the early months of 2012. Censky was hired to run the WQA in July 1987. He is credited with programs and leadership that helped consumers gain confidence in water treatment products. OBITUARY Bill Maron, Southwest regional sales manager for Merit Brass Co. Since 2007, died Aug. 19 in Greesboro, NC, after a battle with cancer. Maron spent his entire career dedicated to the Greensboro and Charlotte areas, previously serving as an industrial sales rep for Kivett Industrial, as well as territory manager for Snider Inc. and as VP/sales and marketing for his father’s company, Ernest J. Maron Co. ISH China Changes Venue, Adds Solar Thermal Area ISH China & CIHE, the China International Trade Fair for Sanitation, Heating, Ventilation & Air-Conditioning, will move to a new venue for its April 2-4, 2012, edition — Beijing’s New China International Exhibition Center, close to Beijing’s Capital International Airport.Organizers are expecting to attract 1,000 exhibitors and 35,000 visitors during the three-day show. The 2012 show has two new additions. The Solar Zone, dedicated to the solar thermal industry, will make its debut at ISH China in response to market demand. China continues to be the world’s largest market for solar hot water and space-heating products, accounting for about 70% of global capacity. A hall dedicated to the sanitation industry, showcasing products from domestic and international manufacturers, also will be featured. Learn more at www.ishc-cihe.com or email email@example.com. Dellon Sales Represents Baxi Dellon Sales is proud to announce it now represents Baxi Wall Hung Boilers. The line consists of wall-hung condensing and non-condensing boilers, as well as combi-units. Pictured here (left to right): Spencer Bodner, Scott Dellon, David Dellon and Jon Ross all from Dellon Sales. > CERTIFICATION, AWARDS… Charlotte Pipe’s cast-iron pipes and fittings were certified green by the ICC Evaluation Service. Both pipes and fittings are made from a minimum of 96% recycled content and remain 100% recyclable. The pipes also received a Verification of Attributes Report (VAR No.1021) that informs building officials and architects that the products comply with specific green requirements. Gerber Plumbing Fixtures was given seven (ADEX) Awards for Design Excellence for its stylish and high-performing plumbing products. Gerber received three platinum awards for the Avalanche 1. 28 one-piece compact elongated HE toilet, North Point HE urinal and lavatory with shroud; three gold awards for the Carol Stream bathroom faucet, Daylene kitchen faucet and a metering faucet; and one silver award for its Gerber PLUS valve. > INDUSTRY NEWS… Emerson Climate Technologies has announced it will increase all Copeland refrigeration products by an average of 3% to 9% beginning Oct. 1.
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