Industry News - March 2020

Viega sponsors snowboarder/plumber Cheever

Viega announced its sponsorship of Jonathan Cheever, a 2018 Olympian and a 14-year member of the U.S. Snowboard Team as a snowboard cross racer. This winter he is competing in the FIS Snowboard World Cup in Europe. He is racing for the U.S. as an independent athlete. Cheever is also a licensed journeyman plumber who supports himself in the off-season installing water heaters and plumbing bathrooms. He works as a plumber out of Park City, Utah, where he’s done jobs for teammates and coaches. He also sometimes returns in the summer to his hometown of Saugus, Massachusetts, to work with his father and brother, who own Mark Cheever Plumbing and Heating.

Noritz America announces new sales partner

Noritz America recently announced that Keyline Sales, based in Downey, California, will help cover the Southern California plumbing and heating market, working in conjunction with the company’s staff sales team in that region. Established in 1974, Keyline personnel will serve the entire plumbing and heating chain of distribution, calling on wholesalers, contractors, builders and inspectors, as well as mechanical and specifying engineers, according to Jason Fleming, Noritz vice president of sales and marketing.

Municipal sewer grout school dates announced

In conjunction with CUES, Avanti and Logiball, the municipal grout school will be held March 25 and 26 in Orlando, Florida. The level 200 program will provide hands-on demonstrations for leak sealing and present technical information on several topics including lateral and mainline test-and-seal packer operation and performance, mixing and optimizing AV-100 acrylamide grout performance, review and demonstration of new NASSCO/ICGC grout specifications, live infiltration and grout-sealing demos, and new grout testing and monitoring information and methods. Attendees will receive credit for 10 professional development hours certified by the Center for Innovative Grouting Materials and Technology. To register, contact Jessica Williams at Avanti, 281-956-3111 or email

Bradley appoints Johnston vice president of manufacturing

Bradley announced the appointment of Jim Johnston to vice president of manufacturing. Johnston will be responsible for operations of all Bradley manufacturing/plant locations — including Menomonee Falls and Germantown, Wisconsin; Marion, Ohio; and Delton, Michigan — directing supply chain, quality assurance and lean/continuous improvement. He will be leading the design, development and implementation of strategic initiatives to continuously enhance operations. With more than 20 years’ industrial manufacturing experience, Johnston has overseen domestic and international operations, as well as operational integrations. He has worked for companies such as Bucyrus, Caterpillar and most recently L3Harris Technologies.

Amazing Machinery announces expansion of products

Amazing Machinery announced it has expanded its selection of cable machines, cables and blades. It now offers a full line of Draincables Direct cables, replacement ends, and blades. It has replacement cables for Electric Eel, Valor, General Pipe Cleaners/General Wire Spring, Cobra and many others. It also offers cable machines and sectional machines from Steel Dragon, RIDGID and General Pipe Cleaners. Cable lengths range from 10 to 150 feet, and cables are available in 1/4 to 1.5 inches in diameter. Additionally, it offers most cables with choice of no core, aircraft wire, cable core or plastic core. 


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