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Grand openings, a design training contest and an anniversary highlight this month. firstname.lastname@example.org F. W. Webb Opens State-Of-The-Art Boston Facility Boston recently welcomed F.W. Webb’s new 50,000-sq.-ft. wholesale supply store and retail bath showroom. The latter, Frank Webb’s Bath Center, will be the company’s first in the city. Located on Dorchester Avenue, the state-of-the-art facility features an open-concept design that allows wholesale trade customers to browse merchandise. Tom Blades, general manager of the Boston location, said, “Our customers are now able to view and select merchandise rather than waiting for a sales clerk to track down items in the warehouse. “And, in addition to our core industrial PVF and plumbing and heating supplies … the new supply store will also carry HVAC controls and refrigeration and fire protection products, providing our customers with more of what they need for any job.” The showroom will feature a range of bathroom and kitchen displays with premium product lines, including TOTO, Hansgrohe and American Standard. A wall of full-functioning showerheads and faucets offers customers the opportunity to evaluate water flow before purchase. The store’s green design includes solar panels on the roof and a geothermal unit for heating and cooling needs. Cowan Supply Opens Luxury Showroom In September, Cowan Supply opened a new 4,000-sq.-ft. luxury plumbing showroom in Atlanta. It also held a Designer/Consumer Grand Opening event and a Contractors/Plumbers Counter Day celebration. Attendees had opportunities to win prizes and learn about products and technologies with representatives from Kohler, INAX, MTI, Jetta, Electric Mirror, Hansgrohe, Watermark Designs, Delta Faucet and many other vendors. Cowan’s new facility is equipped with areas for designers, home builders and remodelers to meet with clients. Areas for industry training and events are also available. Counter sales hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p. m. Showroom hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. North Dakota Designer Wins InSinkErator Training Contest From May through August, InSinkErator held its “Are You Smarter?” contest with a series of four online training programs. Each month, the first 100 designers that finished the module were given a spot in a drawing for an all-inclusive vacation to the Occidental Grand Papagayo resort in Costa Rica. Meghan Aberle of Baths & Beyond, Western Steel & Plumbing in Bismarck, N.D., was selected as the grand-prize winner (pictured). Lamya Aljabi of Aljabi Architecture & Interior Design in La Mesa, Calif., took home first prize with a Dell Inspiron Slim Series desktop computer system and computer desk. Second-prize winners: Kim Harris-Grant of Columbus Winnelson Showroom in Columbus, Ohio; Christine Tingen of Ferguson Enterprises in Apex, N.C.; and Louise Dunworth of White Supply Co. In Coldwater, Mich., had a choice among an iPad2 from Apple, a Dyson Ball vacuum or a Fujifil digital camera bundle. Conference Celebrates DPHA 10th Anniversary More than 400 attendees and 70 exhibitors converged at the 10th Annual 2011 Decorative Plumbing & Hardware Association Conference and Product Showcase in October in San Jose, Calif. This year’s conference included education sessions, marketing opportunities and product showcases. The meeting was the first time DPHA offered CEU courses for architects and designers. Educational training for salespeople was also available. “DPHA members returned to their businesses with competitive advantages and an upbeat attitude in today’s challenging marketplace,” DPHA President David Crossley said.
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