Industry News - March 2021

Industry News - March 2021

Watts Introduces new senior product manager 

Nadeem Mirza joined Watts as senior product manager, backflow and risers. He has overall responsibility for the strategy, new product development and product management of Watts, Ames Fire and Waterworks, and FEBCO brand backflow and riser solutions. He has extensive experience in product management for large and diverse product portfolios across several industry verticals and global markets.


Ashland Pump announces name change, acquisition

Ashland Pump announced it acquired Water Source, a supplier of accessories and pumps for the sump, sewage and water systems markets. The Water Source team, currently located in Norwalk, Ohio, will be relocating to the Ashland, Ohio, facilities. Their key staff will remain with the company. In addition to the acquisition, Ashland Pump is also changing its corporate name to Ashland Water Group, effective Jan. 1, 2021.


Flomatic releases 2021 condensed valve catalog

Flomatic announced the release of its 2021 full-color condensed valve catalog and price list. Flomatic’s main valve product categories include check valves, foot valves, butterfly valves, swing check valves, air release/vacuum valves, plug valves, gate valves and a wide range of automatic control valves.


Oatey acquires Mexico’s Contact Industries

Oatey announced the acquisition of Contact Industries, S.A. de C.V., based in Guadalajara, Mexico. Contact Industries was founded over 25 years ago and manufactures an extensive line of products that are sold under the Contact brand name throughout Mexico to the plumbing and retail channels. Product categories include solvent cements, solder and flux, and other plumbing chemicals and accessories.


Viega names Markus Brettschneider as new CEO and president

Viega announced it has named Markus Brettschneider as the company’s new CEO and president. Brettschneider replaces Dave Garlow, who resigned effective Sept. 1, 2020. In his new position, Brettschneider is responsible for the overall operations of Viega. He most recently was with ABB, where he was group senior vice president and global head of marketing and sales for industrial automation and global head of group solutions and channels.


RectorSeal and TRUaire combine forces

RectorSeal, a wholly owned subsidiary of CSW Industrials, acquired TRUaire to provide residential and commercial grilles, registers and diffusers to its expanding product line designed for professional contractors. The TRUaire brand will be the largest brand within the RectorSeal family. As part of the acquisition, legacy RectorSeal distribution centers will be used to deploy products across many TRUaire distribution centers.


Bradford White agrees to purchase Keltech assets

Bradford White announced it has reached a definitive agreement with Bradley Corp. to acquire the assets of Keltech, a manufacturer of commercial electric tankless water heaters. Upon closing, the acquisition will expand Bradford White’s portfolio of commercial electric products to help satisfy a wider variety of customers and prepare for the ongoing adoption of electrification initiatives by communities throughout North America.  



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