Plumber Industry News: American Standard Wins 2015 Good Design Award

Vac-Con saves $150,000 on sales tax exemption; Gold Medal Service co-owner hosts CEO workshop
Plumber Industry News: American Standard Wins 2015 Good Design Award
The American Standard VorMax high-style, water-efficient toilet received the 2015 Good Design award for design excellence in the bath category.

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The VorMax toilet line from American Standard was named a 2015 Good Design Award recipient in the bath category for design excellence. This award is presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies.

Showcasing a classic composition suiting traditional bathroom settings, the water-efficient toilets employ the VorMax flushing system, which has been independently verified to clean the bowl two times better than conventional toilets. Eliminating the traditional tiny rim holes around the bowl that carry water during flushing, the VorMax flush delivers one powerful jet of water that scrubs the entire bowl completely clean.

These WaterSense-certified, high-efficiency toilets (HET) remove all splatter and clinging waste using only 1.28 gallons of water per flush (gpf). VorMax toilets feature a CleanCurve Rim that omits the rim overhang and holes inside the bowl where dirt and buildup can hide. EverClean finish inhibits the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew on the surface.

“We are thrilled and honored to accept this esteemed recognition from the Chicago Athenaeum for the cutting-edge, high-performance VorMax platform,” says Maha El Kharbotly, chief marketing officer of LIXIL Water Technology Americas, American Standard, DXV and GROHE. “American Standard has a 140-year history of leadership in improving the quality of everyday life for our customers. This legacy of developing stylish bath and kitchen products with progressive technologies like VorMax is reinforced by this revered design excellence award.”

Good Design is the world's oldest and most prestigious design program. Each year, The Chicago Athenaeum presents the Good Design Awards for the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product and graphic designs produced around the world. One of the main factors for the awards selection is based on whether or not a product can enrich society and people's lives through its design.

For this 65th Good Design competition in 2015, several thousand submissions were entered from 47 different countries, with more than 900 winners selected by a jury of design professionals, leading industry specialists and design press. Submissions are judged on criteria established in the original 1950 program for the highest aesthetic in terms of innovative design, new technologies, form, materials, construction, concept, function, utility, energy efficiency and sensitivity to the environment.

Vac-Con saves $150,000 on sales tax exemption

Vac-Con, in the midst of an $11 million plant expansion, saved over $150,000 on Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s sales tax exemption on manufacturing equipment. Vac-Con hosted the governor in January at a stop on his Million Miles for a Million Jobs Tour. Vac-Con plans to hire about 60 employees as a result of the expansion.

Gold Medal Service co-owner hosts CEO workshop, Feb. 2-5

Mike Agugliaro, co-owner of Gold Medal Service, a $28 million service business offering plumbing, heating and cooling, drain and sewer cleaning and bathroom remodeling, and founder of CEO Warrior, a business mentoring and coaching service for home service business owners, will host a four-day CEO Fast Track Academy workshop, Feb. 2-4, in East Brunswick, New Jersey.

The workshop, at the Gold Medal Services training facility on Cotters Lane, features Agugliaro’s blueprint to success, where he will dive into common roadblocks that stand in the way of true business bliss.

“The CEO Warrior Fast Track Academy was developed out of my own desire to spend more time doing the things I enjoyed, while still running a top-earning, reputable and reliable service business,” says Agugliaro, a guest presenter at the 2016 WWETT Show. “Through my own trial and error with different business blueprints and methods, I created an intensive workshop that pinpoints the struggles of service business owners and turns those challenges into game-changing opportunities.”

The CEO Fast Track Academy will be a hands-on workshop giving participants the knowledge and tools they need to grow their brand presence, attract new business, secure repeat customers, uncover hidden profit centers, and find and keep the best talent. Agugliaro will demystify typical service business barriers that can stand in the way of success and show business owners how to rise above the competition without spending huge sums on marketing.

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