Plumber Industry News: May 2022

A roundup of recent industry news exclusively for plumbing professionals

Plumber Industry News: May 2022

Liberty Pumps’ new material handling center is on track to be completed by the end of 2022.

Liberty Pumps building new material handling center
Liberty Pumps’ announced its new material handling center is under construction and on track to be completed by the end of 2022. The 107,000-square-foot expansion will house both raw and finished component inventory, and allow for more efficient tracking and flow of components to manufacturing. The expansion will also allow for additional manufacturing space in Liberty’s current building when material storage is moved over to the new facility.

Blackwater Alert launches new e-commerce site
Blackwater Alert launched its new e-commerce website, allowing home and business owners to directly order its sewer and septic backup alert system. The alarm system provides audible alerts and can be programmed with a smartphone. Based out of Bridgewater Corners, Vermont, Blackwater Alert was first designed and manufactured in 2016.

Steve Hocurscak
Steve Hocurscak

Watts introduces new senior product manager
Steve Hocurscak has joined Watts as senior product manager, regulators and automatic control valves. He brings extensive experience in product management for large product portfolios across several industrial verticals. He previously worked in leadership level product and business management roles for valve companies, such as Metso and Neles.

RWC’s HoldRite celebrating 40 years in 2022
HoldRite, part of the Reliance Worldwide Corp. portfolio, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. From its inception four decades ago, the brand solves common job site challenges to create efficient, safe solutions for the construction industry, including pipe supports, in-slab stub-ups and supports, cast-in-place firestop sleeves, acoustic noise and vibration solutions, DWV testing systems and no-hub fitting restraints.     

Tim Fowler
Tim Fowler

SJE names new chief information officer
SJE announced Tim Fowler has joined its leadership team as chief information officer, a new position for the company that will oversee IT initiatives and the current IT team. He will be based out of the SJE location in Plymouth, Minnesota. Before joining SJE, Fowler held a series of VP and divisional CIO roles at Polaris Industries.

HALO Water Systems products
HALO Water Systems products

Supply Smart and HALO Water Systems partner
Supply Smart has announced a distributor partnership with HALO Water Systems. The partnership will increase the accessibility of HALO Water Systems’ water conditioning and filtration system products to contractors. HALO products can’t be purchased at any box store or online retail storefront, making Supply Smart’s vast distribution network and ability to provide same-day shipping an ideal partnership for HALO.

Milwaukee Tool opens office in Chicago
Milwaukee Tool opened a new office in Chicago. The location will serve as an engineering design and innovation space to accommodate the company’s continued investments in new technology. Over the past decade the company has experienced double-digit growth globally and currently employs more than 10,000 people in the U.S. Chicago’s pool of technical talent is one of many reasons Milwaukee Tool chose to expand to the city.

Milwaukee Tool's new Chicago office
Milwaukee Tool's new Chicago office


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