Plumber Industry News: November 2021

A roundup of recent industry news exclusively for plumbing professionals

RIDGID awards four PHCC scholarships
RIDGID awarded scholarships to four plumbing and HVACR apprentices as part of its partnership with the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Educational Foundation and its apprentice contest. Each winner received a $1,000 education scholarship, plus $1,500 of tools from RIDGID and special recognition at PHCC Connect 2021, held Oct. 20-22, in Kansas City, Missouri. The 2021 scholarship recipients included: Tyler Earle, Forestdale, Massachusetts; Martin Gorman, Belmont, Massachusetts; Paul Kwiecinski, Chicago; Christopher Friendly, Anchorage, Alaska.

Daniel Rademacher
Daniel Rademacher

Viega’s Daniel Rademacher wins leadership award
Viega manager Daniel Rademacher has won the PMG Leadership Award from the International Code Council for his work in training and educating plumbing professionals around the world. Rademacher, who is the Trades Education Network program manager for Viega, was given the award at the ICC’s annual meeting in September. The award is given each year to an individual or organization for exceptional service to the plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas and swimming pool/spa industry.

Western Drain opens new store in Anaheim
Western Drain Supply opened a new location in Anaheim, California. Shoppers can quickly find the brands they prefer in exclusive brand rooms stocked with tools and supplies from Picote, RIDGID and APS. The store also features a try-before-you-buy pipe wall where customers can put equipment to the test before purchasing. A new training center allows the company to host on-site seminars and demonstrations for new product releases, pipe lining, patching and descaling.

Matt Kozak
Matt Kozak

Matt Kozak receives AIM/R Golden Eagle Award
Matt Kozak, vice president of sales for Bradford White Water Heaters, was named the 2021 recipient of the Golden Eagle Award by the Association of Independent Manufacturers’ Representatives. The AIM/R Golden Eagle Award, presented annually at the group’s conference, recognizes senior-level plumbing manufacturing executives who have actively supported independent reps and their important role in the supply chain.

bluefrog Plumbing + Drain to expand in Arizona
bluefrog Plumbing + Drain announced plans to award 12 franchise agreements in 2022 with two locations in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, at the top of the list. As part of the network’s planned expansion, the plans are part of bluefrog’s larger goal to open 50 new locations in the U.S. over the next five years.


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