Plumber Industry News: Mansfield Recognizes Veterans

Plumbing fixture manufacturer honors employees, donates products for Homes for Heroes
Plumber Industry News: Mansfield Recognizes Veterans

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Veteran’s Day has special meaning at Mansfield Plumbing. It’s a day to honor 49 employees in the company who have served more than 300 combined years in the United States military.

Of the 49 employees with 302 years of military experience at Mansfield, 23 have served in the Army, eight in the Marines, eight in the Air Force, five in the Navy, three in the Army National Guard, one in the Army Reserves and one in the Air National Guard. Five employees are still serving, while three employees have served in two branches of the military. The person with the longest service record is Ron McKinley, a maintenance mechanic at Mansfield, who was in the Navy for 23 years.

 “We have 538 manufacturing employees at our facilities in four locations across the country, so it’s impressive that almost 10 percent of our workforce has served in the military,” says Jim Morando, president of Mansfield Plumbing. “We’re exceptionally proud of all our employees. However, we’re both proud and grateful for those who have defended our country by dedicating their efforts to military service.”

Over 90 percent of the millions of sanitaryware pieces made each year by Mansfield Plumbing are made in America at locations in Ohio and Texas.

“We are a strong supporter of bringing jobs to Americans, supporting our economy and our workforce,” Morando says. “Having so many veterans working at Mansfield is a responsibility and a privilege. That’s one of the reasons why our company supports the Building Homes for Heroes program. We donate sanitaryware and bathware products to homes being created for injured service men and women returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as a way to honor the contributions made by our employees.”

Mansfield Plumbing donated toilets, lavatories and tubs to the Building Homes for Heroes program this year. Many of those products were used in the construction of ADA-compliant homes for returning veterans who have restricted mobility.

Grundfos employees raise awareness of water crisis

About 175 Grundfos employees joined family, friends and corporate partners in its annual Walk for Water event held in Kansas City, Missouri, and Aurora, Illinois, in October. The initiative was designed to raise awareness about the global water crisis and to raise funds for safe, sustainable water solutions in developing countries.

In partnership with Water Missions International, the non-competitive, educational event is meant to illustrate the plight of people in developing countries who sometimes walk four miles each day to obtain water, which is often from contaminated sources. Halfway through the 3.5-mile walk, participants filled three-gallon buckets with water, simulating the literal burden of life in a developing nation.

Grundfos first held the event in 2012, and to date has raised over $200,000 for Water Missions International that has provided thousands of people with daily access to safe water in Haiti and Uganda.

“The innovative water-pump technology provided by Grundfos is used by Water Missions to deliver safe water to people in need around the world,” says Lauren Jernigan with Water Missions International. “Grundfos’ Walk for Water partnership with Water Missions International allows employee to see firsthand the impact and personal toil of the global water crisis.”

Grundfos Pumps Corporation also named Anthony Sellers vice president of finance for the company’s Americas region. He will be responsible for all financial activities for North and South America.

Jaime Howe-Stolis business award finalist

Jaime Howe-Stolis, daughter of San Diego plumber Bill Howe and office operations manager for the company’s plumbing division in San Diego, California, is a finalist for the Women Who Mean Business Award.

The WWMB recognition event is one of the longest running events for women business leaders in San Diego and the country. Hosted by the SDBJ since 1993, the event recognizes women leaders in the community who have a proven record of success, not only in their careers, but also in philanthropic endeavors, mentorships and their personal lives. The 22nd annual award ceremony will take place on Nov. 18.

“We could not be more proud of Jaime,” said Bill Howe, president of the Bill Howe Family of Companies. “But, of course I have always known she would do great things in the company. She is the next generation of Bill Howe, and will lead the next 35 years.”

Tina Howe, vice president and mother of Howe-Stolis; Amber Baynard, human resource director, and Jessica Kalloch, business development director, of the Bill Howe Family of Companies are past honorees of the award.

ePIPE receives French potable water certification

Pipe Restoration Technologies’ ePIPE potable water epoxy received the Attestation De Conformite Sanitaire (ACS) (Certificate of Sanitary Conformity) in France in October. Under supervision of CARSO, ePIPE setup and testing was audited and completed on site in Leon, France. The ACS Certificate applies to materials in contact with water intended for human consumption.

RapidView appoints training and installation expert

RapidView named Richie Notz training and installation expert. Notz previously was a field supervisor for a pipeline inspection company where he used IBAK equipment and was in charge of training new employees on the equipment.

Quam Construction joins LMK network

Quam Construction of Willmar, Minnesota, joined the LMK network of independent licensed contractors for the T-Liner Main-to-Lateral Connection Lining System in July. As part of its underground utilities division that services municipal, commercial, and residential areas, Quam also has plans to become licensed in LMK’s Performance Liner Sectional Spot Repair, Cured-In-Place Manhole Rehabilitation, and VAC-A-TEE Cleanout systems.

Envirosight creates inspection crawler set-up posters

Envirosight has created an inspection crawler wheels set-ups poster to help crawler operators select the best wheels for a given pipe. The poster illustrates wheel configurations most appropriate to various combinations of pipe diameter, material and condition. To request a complimentary poster or to download a PDF of the poster, visit The 18- by 24-inch poster will be mailed within 2-4 weeks to residents in the United States and Canada.

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