Plumber Industry News: American Standard Named Vendor of the Year

PHCC forms South Carolina chapter, Nu Flow names vice presidents
Plumber Industry News: American Standard Named Vendor of the Year
American Standard was named Showroom Plumbing Vendor of the Year by Ferguson. Accepting the award is Bert Magladry (third from left), manager of US trade sales for LIXIL Water Technology Americas, American Standard. Ferguson associates assisting with the award presentation included (from left) Scott Russell; Mary Hannah Fout; Terry Bradshaw, spokesperson; Sam Rose and Rodney Grainger.

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American Standard Brands was named Ferguson's Showroom Plumbing Vendor of the Year. American Standard also received the Featured Counter Product Award for its Colony Soft centerset bathroom faucet promotion.

Vendor of the Year Awards are presented in three categories – plumbing, lighting and appliances. Criteria include overall sales performance, channel marketing engagement and execution, and the sales support provided.

Featured Counter Product recognition was based on successful marketing and sales execution of a promotion for the Colony Soft bath faucet in nearly 600 Ferguson blended branch counters across the United States. 

“We are so pleased to receive this prestigious recognition from a valued partner like Ferguson,” said Steven Delarge, chief executive officer and president of LIXIL Water Technology Americas, American Standard, DXV. “Ferguson’s influence on the marketplace cannot be overstated. We deeply appreciate this opportunity to work closely in partnership with a leading supplier of commercial and residential plumbing products.”

PHCC forms South Carolina chapter

The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors – National Association (PHCC) formed a new state chapter in South Carolina. 

Officially chartered in September 2015 as a PHCC-affiliated association in South Carolina, the chapter has elected officers, identified event goals for 2016 and established a recruiting strategy to bring on new members to the organization. The national PHCC office will provide administrative support until full services are established at the state level. 

The South Carolina chapter will focus on providing members with education, a voice in the national and state political arena and peer groups/networking. Education and networking events planned for 2016 include attendance at PHCC’s national Legislative Conference, May 18 and 19, in Washington, D.C. 

 “We are excited to welcome the PHCC of South Carolina into the PHCC family,” says PHCC President Chip Greene, Greene & Associates, Macon, Georgia. “We’ve been working with local members and industry partners to re-establish a strong state affiliate to give contractors easy access to the edu­cation, training, regulatory and legislative support that can put them a step ahead of the competition. Thanks to a combined effort, this chapter has become a reality.” 

Chapter officers include Gary Goodwin, president, Twin Systems, Aiken, South Carolina; Joe Miller, vice president, AAA Accurate Backflow Testing & Repair, Lexington, South Carolina; Anja Smith, secretary, All Clear Plumbing, Greenville, South Carolina, and Tom Wilbert, treasurer, Carolina Cool, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Directors at Large include Chris Corley, Corley Plumbing Air Electric, Greenville, South Carolina, and Justin Goodwin, Twin Systems, Aiken, South Carolina.

Associate Directors at Large include Jason Brantley, Weeks-William-Devore, Matthews, North Carolina, and Jodi Thomason, Hughes Supply, Aiken, South Carolina. 

House passes WaterSense amendment

The Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program received congressional support this week with passage of the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act (HR 8) by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), the voluntary, not-for-profit international industry association of manufacturers of plumbing products, says passage of the amendment will help sustain the WaterSense program. PMI worked closely with representatives Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and Jerry McNerney (D-California), sponsors of the amendment, to ensure its passage.

 “The successful private-public WaterSense program has helped consumers save billions of gallons of water since its inception in 2006,” says Barbara C. Higgens, PMI CEO and executive director. “Authorization will strengthen the program and assure even more significant savings in the future.”

More than 13,000 different models of products and services have earned the WaterSense label, certifying they meet performance standards of being at least 20 percent more water efficient than other products meeting federal standards in the same category.

Many of the products, including showerheads, toilets, urinals, faucets, faucet accessories and commercial pre-rinse sprays are manufactured by PMI member companies.

WaterSense authorization is expected to be voted on by the U.S. Senate in the New Year as part of the energy reform bill sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Senate Energy Committee Chair.  PMI says it will continue to work to ensure that WaterSense authorization remains intact in a final energy package.

Illinois-based PMI serves as the Voice of the Plumbing Industry. Member companies produce about 90 percent of the nation’s plumbing products. As part of its mission, PMI advocates for plumbing product performance and innovation contributing to water savings, sustainability, public health and safety and consumer satisfaction. 

Nu Flow names vice presidents

Nu Flow named Justin Mizell executive vice president. He will be responsible for overseeing sales throughout Nu Flow’s East Coast locations. Joshua Shrock also was named Vice President of East Coast Operations.

BJM Pumps adds technicians

BJM Pumps named Jared Crouch engineering technician. A former U.S. Navy missile technician, Crouch has worked as a sewage treatment mechanic, wind turbine technician, medical robotics engineering technician, and mining instrumentation engineering technician. The company also hired Bob Covill as pump technician.

General Pipe Cleaners receives Editor’s Choice Award

General Pipe Cleaner’s Hot Shot pipe-thawing machine was selected by Rental Magazine for the 2015 Editor’s Choice Award. The selection was based on innovation, versatility, productivity and profit potential.

 “It is an honor for General Pipe Cleaners to be chosen for this award by such a 

reputable publication,” said Marty Silverman, vice president of marketing, General Pipe Cleaners. “We proudly stand by our time-tested products, and it’s always special to receive this kind of recognition.”

KNIPEX Tools wins industry awards

The KNIPEX Tools LP-patented hose clamp pliers received the Pro Tool Product Innovation Award and PTEN Innovation Award. The pliers is made for quickly opening hose clamps.

The Pro Tool Innovation Awards (PTIA) are judged by a panel of professional tradesmen in the electrical, plumbing, MRO and concrete fields as well as general contractors and builders. The awards seek to discover and recognize the most innovative tools in the residential and commercial construction industry across a wide variety of categories.

Franklin Electric offers training for NGWA attendees

Franklin Electric will offer 10- to 15-minute in-booth (719) training on pumping systems at the Groundwater Expo (NGWA 2015) at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Dec. 16-17. Training does not apply towards CEP credits.

Wednesday, Dec. 16, sessions include:

  • 1:30 p.m. – Submersible Pump Sizing: Avoiding Mishaps
  • 2:15 p.m. – Driving Optimal Efficiency: P-Series VFD Setup
  • 3:00 p.m. – Seize Your Competitive Edge: Solar Certified Contractor Program
  • 3:35 p.m. – Your Onsite Companion: Meter Utility 101 (voltmeter/ammeter)
  • 4:30 p.m. – Your Onsite Companion: Meter Utility (ohmmeter/megger)
  • 5:00 p.m. – Jump on Board with Wireless Connectivity: Navigating FE Connect (submonitor)

Thursday, Dec. 17, sessions include:

  • 9:30 a.m. – Your Onsite Companion: Meter Utility 101 (voltmeter/ammeter)
  • 10:00 a.m. – Your Onsite Companion: Meter Utility (ohmmeter/megger)
  • 10:30 a.m. – Jump on Board with Wireless Connectivity: Navigating FE Connect (subdrive NEMA 3R)
  • 11:00 a.m. – Seize Your Competitive Edge: Solar Certified Contractor Program.

Mansfield Plumbing legacy employee wins ultra marathon 

Nicholas Kopp, 23, a legacy employee for Mansfield Plumbing, completed the 100-mile 7th Annual Oil Creek 100 ultra marathon in a record 17 hours, 4 minutes. Averaging 10 minutes per mile, he beat the previous course record by 21 minutes.

Kopp worked several summers at Mansfield Plumbing while in school. His grandfather, uncle and father have all worked for the company over the years. John Kopp, Nicholas's father, recently celebrated his 27th anniversary with Mansfield Plumbing and works in the Grade and Pack Department as a grader.

LMK’s Hydro Hat prevails in patent reviews

Recent rulings of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office have no impact on the continued validity of the fundamental patent claims surrounding LMK’s commercial embodiments for the Insignia Seal.

LMK prevailed on petitions filed by BLD on patent claims surrounding LMK’s commercial embodiments for the Insignia Seal. Specifically, claims covering the Hydro Hat remain 100 percent intact and valid following BLD’s challenges to LMK’s patent claims.

The PTAB also determined that some of the claims of U.S. Patents 7,975,726; 8,667,991; and 8,667,992 were unpatentable. However, those patent claims are not focused on the Hydro Hat sealing gasket, but primarily describe materials and methods that are not practiced by LMK.

As a result of the PTAB’s decisions, nothing changes for LMK’s patented cured in-place pipe processes, and BLD cannot practice the use of the Hydro Hat sealing gasket without infringing LMK’s patent rights.

TRIC Tools CEO appears on radio program

TRIC Tools CEO Ward Carter and John Rafferty, marketing director, appeared on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Bay Area Ventures, a weekly program hosted by Donald Landwirth on SiriusXM’s Channel 111 Business Radio in November. Landwirth discussed TRIC’s lateral pipe bursting system, its history, innovation, customer satisfaction and practicality.


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