Industry News - May 2021

Industry News - May 2021

HammerHead Trenchless announces leadership transition 

Jeff Gabrielse has been named managing director of HammerHead Trenchless, assuming leadership of the HammerHead brand within the newly formed Rehabilitation and Replacement division of The Toro Co. Gabrielse will be overseeing the HammerHead Rehabilitation and Replacement business, continuing its focus on delivering innovative trenchless equipment and solutions for the water, wastewater and gas markets.

NuFlow welcomes vice president of product development

NuFlow Technologies welcomed Jim Foresi as NuFlow’s vice president of product development. Foresi was most recently vice president of product development at TriLumina. Previous positions include roles at Sandia National Laboratories and Emcore. Foresi has a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Boston University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Franklin Electric announces recipients for outstanding achievements

Franklin Electric held its 2021 Commercial Summit, which included educational sessions, keynote presentations and celebrated sales achievements for its U.S. and Canada water operations. The winners of the company’s awards are: Franklin Electric Salesperson of the Year, Alex Bracht, territory manager – Western Region; Field Service Engineer of the Year, Todd Hofstra, senior field service engineer – Western Region; and Team of the Year, Northeast Region – sales, field service, marketing and customer relations, Jim Sacriponte, Bryan Defoe, Dan Kolath, Robert Rufh, Tom Mitchell, Jennifer Ford, Ilse Gallegos, Jim Hartmann, Ryan Horner and Bob McClain.

Boshart Group announces leadership appointments, transitions 

Gary Boshart, founder and chair of the Boshart Group, and its newly appointed CEO, Jeremy Kuepfer, announced leadership appointments and transitions in their North American operations. Kuepfer most recently served as the senior vice president of IT and operations. Kuepfer announced that as of March 1, Bo Andersson, who has served Flomatic for over 50 years, most recently as president, will transition to a new role as director of research and development for Boshart. Also effective March 1, Kuepfer said Nick Farrara will be appointed president of Flomatic.

W.E. Rawson adds Joiner as marketing services manager

Jennifer Joiner has joined W.E. Rawson’s group of companies Applied Felts, Maxliner and Ferratex Solutions as marketing services manager. In this new role, her responsibilities will be market development, new product promotion and maintaining a positive experience with current and prospective customers. She brings over 13 years’ experience in CIPP for the water and wastewater pipeline rehabilitation industry. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting with a minor in business management and is a licensed commercial and residential general contractor.

Neighborly experiences network growth in 2020

Neighborly, a franchisor of 28 home-service brands, ended 2020 with 382 new franchise agreements awarded, setting new records for signed agreements in three quarters. Neighborly’s presence consists of 4,500 franchises representing 28 total brands across nine countries.

Bradley Corp. names new vice president of business development

Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin-based Bradley Corp. appointed Mark Whittington to vice president of business development. In his role, Whittington will be responsible for growing Bradley’s plumbing products business. He has held various sales, operations and supply chain leadership positions in the plumbing industry for 20-plus years, most notably with Elkay Mfg. as executive vice president, plumbing.

RIDGID products used for Elyria City schools building project

The Elyria City School District and Emerson’s RIDGID headquarters both call a small corner of Northeast Ohio home. The school district is constructing five new schools for their more than 4,000 pre-K to eighth grade students, and several of the tradespeople working on the project are using RIDGID tools. The $120 million project is on target to be completed by the end of 2021. Over the years, RIDGID has sponsored many key projects within the district, including a technology lab, new computer equipment for students, and the district’s Maker Space, a learning area dedicated to fostering science, technology, engineering and math education.

RWC joins forces with Home Builders Institute to address labor gap

Reliance Worldwide Corp. is partnering with Home Builders Institute, a national leader in career training for the building and construction industry, as the exclusive trade sponsor for its 22 plumbing programs across the U.S., primarily serving Job Corps students and justice-involved individuals. HBI’s programs help approximately 10,000 students each year receive hands-on training and find meaningful careers in the trades. HBI also provides them with job placement and transition assistance, and qualified graduates are able to enter advanced training programs to expand their education and experience.

Ranger Design announces new team members

Ranger Design named Michael Diaz as director, fleet upfit solutions, to help meet demand for its van solution manufacturing needs for small and large fleets. Diaz joined Ranger Design in 2019 and previously led business development for Ranger Design’s central U.S. market. Prior to Ranger, Diaz spent 13 years with Enterprise Holdings including 11 years with Enterprise Fleet Management.

The company also announced Jim Bigelow joined Ranger Design and will be responsible for clients in the telecommunications and utilities sectors. During his 30 years in the fleet industry, Bigelow held senior fleet positions with DHL Express, Pinnergy, ServiceMaster and UPS. Most recently at Cox Enterprises, Bigelow oversaw a national fleet of more than 16,000 vehicles.  


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