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Ferguson Completes Acquisition of SG Supply, Reports Rise In Fiscal Year Sales Ferguson Enterprises finished its acquisition of all assets of SG Supply Sept. 26.The company will now run as SG Supply Co., a Ferguson enterprise. Founded in 1959, SG Supply is a supplier of plumbing products, water heaters, hydronic heating and PVF for contractors and also runs one of the largest single-site soil pipe inventories in the Midwest in Calumet Park, Ill. This was Ferguson’s third acquisition in 2011 after acquiring Summit Pipe and Supply and Louisiana Chemical Pipe, Valve & Fitting in August. “From the beginning, we were impressed with SG Supply’s personnel and operations,” Ferguson CEO Frank Roach said. “Their location and product offering allows us to expand our presence in the northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana markets and better serve commercial customers in those areas.” Craig Weiss, SG Supply’s former president, will remain to transition the business. In other news, Ferguson posted $8.8 billion revenues in the 2011 fiscal year, a 9% gain in sales over 2010. It marked the 16th consecutive month of positive like-forlike sales for the company. The projections measure sales growth though Ferguson’s existing stores or branches that have been open for at least one year. It does not factor the impact of new locations, acquisitions or closures. Ferguson’s blended branches, which serve residential and commercial customers, showed solid revenue and market share growth throughout the year. The PVF and HVAC sectors made gains during the year and continued to perform soundly. A buoyant oil and gas sector helped the Industrial business perform well. “Our success this year was a testament to the hard work of our associates,” Roach said. “The last two years prove that we can adapt to any market conditions if we continue to be agile as a company and focus on providing world-class customer service to our customers.” INAX Opens First U.S. Showroom Japanese manufacturer INAX opened its first showroom in the United States Oct. 26 in New York City. The 3,100-sq.-ft. space in Midtown Manhattan’s Flatiron District is dedicated to INAX’s brand of sanitary fixtures and tile. In addition to a large selection of quality bath products, guests will be able to talk with trained INAX consultants for their expertise. The showroom will give retail customers and trade buyers a chance to experience integrated “smart toilets” such as the Regio and Satis models by INAX. Both products feature advanced automation and INAX’s water-saving Vortex Flush technology. Wholesale Inventories Rise 0.4% Inventories at U.S. wholesalers rose 0.4% in August and were up 14.4% from the prior year, the U.S. Commerce Department recently reported. Sales of wholesalers rose 1% for the same month, while the inventory-to-sales ratio was 1.16. Blackman Plumbing Supply Celebrates 90 Years, Hosts Trade Show Bayport, N.Y.-based Blackman Plumbing Supply hosted its 2011 trade show with nearly 2,000 attendees, featuring 117 booths and 60 vendors. The event took place Sept. 14 at Blackman’s headquarters, which offered special show pricing on plumbing, heating and HVAC supplies and an array of door prizes, including flat-screen Tvs, iPads and iPods. “We’re proud to celebrate our 90th anniversary with our customers, vendors and employees,” Blackman CEO and President Robert Mannheimer said. “Everyone shared an evening of fun, food and friends.Of course, we were even more pleased to pass on excellent savings from the industry’s leading manufacturers.” RPA To Conclude Negotiations With IAPMO In a letter to its members, the Radiant Professionals Alliance, formerly Radiant Panel Association, announced that it is close to concluding negotiations with the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials for the continuation of a home for RPA membership and services.RPA was founded in 1993 and is committed to the expansion and promotion of radiant technologies, as well as the education of radiant designers, installers, manufacturers and servicemen. But due to the rapidly changing HVAC industry, RPA has decided to meet its members’ needs by teaming up with IAPMO. “As the sponsor of the American National Standard-designated Uniform Plumbing Code and Uniform Mechanical Code, IAPMO members are dedicated to working in concert with government and industry for safe, sanitary plumbing and mechanical systems,” RPA President Dorothy Biggs said. “In seeking to increase the scope and influence of the radiant panel industry, RPA sees IAPMO as the perfect place to provide a future home for RPA members. “IAPMO’s desire to advance the mission of the RPA and to provide an enhanced level of professional services and support will be a win-win for the membership of both associations,” she said. RPA expects the details of the negotiation to be finalized by the end of the year. LEED Professional Credentials Achieve ANSI Accreditation The Green Building Certification Institute announced that three of its LEED Professional Credentials are now accredited under the American National Standards Institute Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies. The LEED AP Building Design + Construction; the LEED AP Interior Design + Construction; and the LEED AP Neighborhood Development credentials join three other LEED credentials in the program. “More than 170,000 professionals have proven their commitment to green building through LEED accreditation,” said Beth Holst, vice president of credentialing at the GBCI. “ANSI accreditation validates the integrity of our processes under an international standard. It reinforces the superior standard of LEED Credentials and the professionals who hold them.” The GBCI is among a group of 34 personnel certification bodies in a variety of sectors that have achieved ANSI accreditation since the start of the program in 2003. Progress Supply Partners With Century Cincinnati-based Progress Supply has partnered with Century and will offer Century brand residential furnaces, heat pumps and air conditioners. According to Progress Supply, adding the Century product line is a natural extension of its existing commercial lines, which include brands such as Copeland, Tecumseh, Fujitsu, Larkin, Johnson Controls, Belimo and Honeywell. “We have had many of our customers ask us to carry a residential line of equipment, so we sourced out a line that met our high expectations of quality standards and reliability,” Progress Supply President and COO Gary Sparks said. “Century provides us with that quality brand that we can offer for an outstanding value.” Progress Supply expects these additional lines to further growth opportunities in the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana markets. 2012 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show Dates Revised The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show has moved up its annual trade show and conference to April 24-26, 2012, at McCormick Place, to accommodate the G-8 and NATO summits being held in Chicago. KBIS’ conference will begin April 23. Owned by the National Kitchen & Bath Association and produced by Nielsen Expositions, KBIS brings together nearly 20,000 of the industry’s top dealers, designers, builders, remodelers, retailers, and other professionals directly involved in the design and remodel of residential kitchens and bathrooms. There will be no impact on hotel rates or availability, and the NKBA and Nielsen do not anticipate any impact on the number of attendees or exhibitors at KBIS based on the date shift. Attendees can look forward to the KBIS 2012 trade show floor featuring the newest and most innovative kitchen and bath products from 500 global manufacturers. Candice Olson is scheduled to be the keynote speaker. Registration will be open in January 2012. Lochinvar Kicks Off 7th VIP Contractor Program Entering its seventh year, the Lochinvar VIP Contractor Program, offers participating contractors bigger rewards than ever before.The program is designed to help contractors maximize profits, while rewarding them throughout the heating season for their performance and participation. The VIP Contractor Program has grown to include Lochinvar products such as the Efficiency+ and Solution residential boiler lines, the KNIGHT XL commercial boiler and the Squire Indirect Water Heater. With each registered purchase of any of these products, the contractor earns points that can be redeemed online from a large catalog of prizes, including fl at-screen televisions and sporting goods. Contractors can mail in registration cards that come with each unit, but online registration is encouraged and earns the contractor an additional 20% extra bonus points. PEOPLE ON THE MOVE Moen promoted Kevin Campbell to senior director of marketing - Wholesale Business Unit. Campbell, who started with Moen in 1998 as an intern, will lead wholesale product marketing, trade marketing, brand management and marketing communications efforts. He previously served as director of marketing of Moen’s Retail Business Unit. NSF International appointed Alex Zhang to managing director, Water Systems, Asia-Pacific. Zhang was promoted from his general manager position overseeing NSF’s Shanghai operations. Zhang has 16 years’ experience in water treatment technologies, operations management and international regulations relating to water quality. Fluidmaster hired industry veteran Jim Whiteherse as senior vice president of Global Sales. Whiteherse was a senior vice president of sales until 2010 for BrassCraft where he was responsible for sales, marketing and product development. He was also in charge of strategic partnerships with the company’s major wholesale and retail accounts. Anvil International appointed Shawn Farrell to national material control manager. Farrell has worked for Anvil for 19 years, serving for the past 10 years as a material control manager, with responsibility for the Midwest, Northeast and Canadian regions. The company also hired Jim Roland as a mechanical/industrial specialist for the Midwest region. He will focus on expanding Anvil’s market share in the Midwest through PVF and plumbing distribution channels. Todd Beckley joins Anvil as a mechanical specialist and will cover the Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa territories. Hastings Tile & Bath, a luxury bath and kitchen product importer and distributor, named industry veteran John Veras as its regional sales manager for the Eastern Region. Veras will manage Hastings sales effort east of Minnesota. Veras has 26 years of experience in the high-end bath and shower industry. Arkansas Supply promoted Robert Wright to CEO.Wright has been with the company for 55 years. He will be spending more time overseeing the long-term growth of the company. Terry Buffalo, Wright’s stepson, will take over as president of Arkansas Supply. Graff has hired Stephen LaMachia as its Eastern regional sales manager. LaMachia will work closely with Graff’s Western regional sales manager, Chris Kulig. LaMachia will focus on managing independent reps, showrooms and dealers throughout the East. LaMachia worked in the same position with Hastings Tile & Bath and with Sonia America. Prier Products named Chris Poskin as its shipping, receiving and inventory manager, and he will manage Prier’s distribution facility. Poskin will assure on-time, complete and correct outbound shipments. Additionally, he will manage Prier’s inventory by ensuring proper receiving, quality control inspection systems and regulation of inventory systems. Watermark Designs appointed Jody Rosenberg to the position of president of sales and marketing. Rosenberg has worked in the kitchen and bath industry for 24 years, including as the national sales and marketing manager at Sonia America. More recently, Rosenberg was the vice president of sales and marketing at Graff. OBITUARIES Timothy A. Dolan, vice president of Dolan & Traynor Inc. based in Wayne, N.J., died Sept. 3. Dolan started in the familyowned wholesale business as a warehouse assistant and worked his way up to vice president. Dolan served on multiple advisory councils of several plumbing industry associations and was also a member of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers. Mark Thompson, 48, regional sales manager for Mestek’s Beacon Morris and Sterling HVAC product lines, died Sept. 29 in Fort Smith, Ark. He began his career with Rheem and spent the last 18 years with Allied Commercial prior to joining Mestek. BITS AND PIECES Rheem opened a new research and development facility just north of Indianapolis that will focus on developing integrated solutions for the company’s heating, cooling, water heating and pool/spa heating products lines. The lab will be the newest addition to Rheem’s Advanced Technology Integration organization. Slant/Fin developed a new website (www.slantfin.com) to reinforce its history as an industry leader and better serve customers and heating professionals. The website is easier to navigate and has information for both homeowners and contractors. Customers and contractors also can interact with Slant/ Fin via Facebook. People can share their experience and ask about their heating needs. Both the website and Facebook page provide links to Slant/Fin new blog, Hydro-News. The blog will have industry stories and product news in detail. Geberit launched www.mygeberit.com to be a resource for bathroom designers looking for new ideas on how to maximize space in the smallest areas. The website provides images and shows the benefits of using Geberit Concealed Tank and Carrier Systems with wall-hung toilets. These toilets hide plumbing and provide usable space for homeowners. Also, designers and clients can use the new website to search for compatible toilets, view different types of flush plates and get all the information on Geberit’s technology and installation. AWARDS… Kohler has won a WaterSense Excellence Award for the fourth straight year from the EPA. The company was recognized for its efforts in promoting and publicizing its WaterSense-labeled plumbing products with displays at nearly 900 wholesale showrooms. Niagara Conservation Corp. was presented with a 2011 WaterSense Excellence Award in the manufacturer category for its 2010 campaign to increase public awareness of the WaterSense label. In addition to donating showerheads to the “We’re for Water” kickoff, a campaign to promote household water conservation, the company had billboards placed in Times Square in New York City and in Las Vegas that featured the benefits of WaterSense-labeled Niagara toilets. NEW WEBSITES… Camfil Farr Air Pollution Control’s “Web 2.0” site incorporates interactive chat features, a comprehensive video library and social media. North American visitors can view the updated website at www.farrapc.com; international visitors can log on to www.camfiliarrapc.com. EXPANSIONS…… Columbia Specialty Co., a distributor of carbon, stainless and alloy piping materials, opened a new 44,000-sq.-ft. facility in Long Beach, Calif. The facility is three times the size of the company’s former building in Paramount, Calif., and will let Columbia significantly grow its inventory and fabrication capabilities. Columbia outgrew its old facility and the new location will allow the company to be under one roof further enabling a larger on-hand inventory and more cost-effective products for its customer base.
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