Plumber Industry News: Caleffi Invites Designers to Showcase Work

Envirosight appoints sales partner; Ferguson teams with Marines in toy drive; Wilkinson acquires Ultra Filtronics
Plumber Industry News: Caleffi Invites Designers to Showcase Work
Pictured are Dave Skindelien (left), Midwest Sales & Marketing, Rogers, Minnesota, and Kurt Koegel of Koegel Heating Solutions, Miltona, Minnesota, a recent Caleffi Excellence winner.

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Caleffi Hydronic Solutions invites designers of hydronic or plumbing systems to showcase photos and video of their work from installations that incorporate Caleffi products as part of Caleffi Excellence, an ongoing contest in its third year.

Monthly winners are determined by an instant audience poll of attendees to the Coffee with Caleffi educational webinar series. Winners receive an iPad mini and become eligible to win the grand prize – a trip for two to tour Caleffi’s World Headquarters in Italy. The winner will be chosen from the 12 monthly winners by a panel of Caleffi executives.

“In 2015 we implemented something new by having monthly winners chosen from industry peers attending Coffee,” says GM Mark Olson. “Surprisingly, unlike in the past when webinar attendees would quickly disconnect after the educational content finished, now 95 percent or so hang on to view the finalist entries and cast their vote. We are eager to learn something from each entry and apparently so are the designers out there.”

Envirosight appoints sales partner for Pacific Northwest

Envirosight appointed True North Environmental Equipment as its exclusive sales partner for Envirosight equipment in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. This partnership will give True North the exclusive rights to sell Envirosight’s sewer inspection technology throughout the Pacific Northwest region.

“True North stood out to us – they are relentlessly committed to customer service and support,” says Mike Vislay, director of sales. “Each region presents its own challenges when it comes to sewer infrastructure. With their regional expertise, True North is in a great position to address the unique challenges of the Pacific Northwest and provide end‐users with a comprehensive solution tailored to their needs.”

True North Environmental Equipment is a division of Vimar Equipment and has offices in Hillsboro, Oregon, and Marysville, Washington.

“This partnership will initiate our focus on serving the environmental market,” says Todd Hystad, general manager of True North. “We will utilize our industry relationships and established presence to promptly penetrate the market with Envirosight’s innovative, high‐caliber inspection technology. The training and support from Envirosight has been phenomenal in bringing us up to speed; we are eager to seamlessly begin supporting users of Envirosight’s equipment in the region.”

Ferguson partners with Marines to collect Toys for Tots

Ferguson partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation as part of the company’s third annual Project Holiday Joy. Ferguson served as a national corporate donor for the Toys for Tots program and collected more than 4,000 toys for children on Virginia’s Peninsula, home to the company’s headquarters.

“It is wonderful to see the generosity of our associates and their continued support of our community,” says CEO Frank Roach. “The Ferguson Family extends beyond our business to help others in need.”

More than 150 Ferguson locations across the country also participated in Project Holiday Joy and collected toys, gift bags, food and monetary donations for local children, families and the military.

Wilkinson acquires Ultra Filtronics

George T. Wilkinson, a leading firm in energy efficient commercial and industrial boilers, services and mobile boilers, acquired Ultra Filtronics, a leading provider of ultrapure water purification systems for the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Ultra Filtronics will retain its name and operate as Ultra Filtronics Inc.

 “Ultra Filtronics has proven itself to be a leader in all aspects of ultrapure water systems,” says Geoff Wilkinson, Jr., president of George T. Wilkinson Inc. “Their staff has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this critical field and has successfully grown to provide unparalleled services to a vital sector of the New England Economy. I look forward to our continued expansion while building on the high level of dedication and service that our customers have come to expect.”

Spartan Tool names sales manager

Spartan Tool promoted Eric Boonstra to sales manager. He will support the needs of the company’s customers by coordinating and communicating with the territory managers, customer service representatives, engineers and the factory. 

TT Technologies launches website

TT Technologies launched a new trenchless website that enables users to view and interact with the site using mobile devices. Trenchless contractors and engineers are able to get information on trenchless tools, methods and parts and accessories on their mobile device directly from the jobsite.

The site contains photographs, illustrations and animations of trenchless methods and applications including pipe bursting, pipe ramming, horizontal boring, lateral replacement and directional drilling. 

Bill Howe offers homeowners ‘Howe-to’ videos

The Bill Howe Family of Companies is helping homeowners save money with helpful DIY tips and simple repairs through a series of “Howe-to” videos.

“There are so many simple repairs that many people can do themselves,” says William Haws, general manager. “And while we always recommend a professional handle your plumbing repairs in San Diego, there are a few things you can do with a little bit of knowledge and a few easy steps.”

Each video features a plumber or HVAC specialist. The first video in the series demonstrates how to change a toilet flapper to stop a running toilet and save water.

See the video below.

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