Plumber Industry News: May 2019

A roundup of recent industry news exclusively for plumbing professionals

Wynnchurch Capital’s industrial platform rebrands as Midland Industries
Wynnchurch Capital announced that it has rebranded its industrial distribution platform as Midland Industries. The platform is made up of Anderson Metals, Midland Metal, Buchanan Rubber and Mid-America Fittings. Midland Industries distributes and manufactures valves, fittings, hoses, couplings and related products.

“The new name helps us better communicate our culture and broad set of capabilities to our customers,” says Vince Hodes, CEO of Midland Industries. “The new brand reflects the company’s commitment to a unified strategy, and we’re very bullish about the growth opportunities ahead.”

Electric Eel celebrating 80th year
Electric Eel, based in Springfield, Ohio, since 1939, is celebrating its 80th year as a manufacturer of quality drain and sewer cleaning equipment. Electric Eel’s current product line includes a wide range of electric and gas-powered sectional drain cleaning machines, drum-style machines, high-pressure water jetters, and pipeline inspection camera systems and locators.

A. Robert "Bob" Carnevale
A. Robert "Bob" Carnevale

Bradford White mourns loss of Chairman A. Robert Carnevale
Bradford White announced the passing of its chairman, A. Robert “Bob” Carnevale. He began his Bradford White career in 1961, shortly after serving in the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division in Bamberg, Germany. He started with the company as an inside order entry clerk while completing his education in a night school program at Penn State University. Carnevale rose through the ranks of Bradford White by immersing himself in all aspects of the business including sales, engineering, manufacturing and finance. He eventually attained the positions of executive vice president and then COO.

Carnevale, along with a small group of his colleagues, saw the opportunity to buy a portion of Bradford White from its then parent company to set the foundation for his goal of creating an American-owned, wholesale-only water heater company with its manufacturing facilities located in the United States. His dream was ultimately realized in 1992.

MyTana Mfg. releases employee handbook template
MyTana Mfg. released an employee handbook template. The free resource provides explanations, instructions and sample text to help plumbing and drain cleaning business owners clarify policies and avoid legal problems. A free copy of the template can be downloaded at inbound.mytana.com/employee-handbook-template.

Infiltrator Water Technologies purchases Presby Environmental Inc.
Infiltrator Water Technologies announced the purchase of Presby Environmental Inc. Presby Environmental manufactures the Enviro-Septic, Advanced Enviro-Septic, EnviroFin and other wastewater treatment technologies.

“We are excited to be able to expand our products with the proven Presby Environmental product line. The family of Presby Environmental products complements Infiltrator’s core business and helps to strengthen our industry leadership position. The combination of Infiltrator and Presby Environmental supports our vision to reimagine and revolutionize onsite water management,” says Roy E. Moore Jr., president and CEO of Infiltrator Water Technologies. 

A. O. Smith receives 2019 Energy Star Partner of the Year award
A. O. Smith was named a 2019 Energy Star Partner of the Year for its contribution and dedication to manufacturing high-efficiency water heaters. A. O. Smith’s accomplishments were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in April.

Taco Comfort Solutions announces new manufacturer sales firms
Taco Comfort Solutions has announced two new manufacturer’s representative firms. R. F. MacDonald, based in Hayward, California, is now the exclusive Taco representative for Northern California. The company president is Jim MacDonald. Southwest Sales Reps, with offices in Mesa, Arizona, and Las Vegas, now serves Taco exclusively in Arizona and Southern Nevada. The firm was founded by Earl Brockert in 2002. 

Smith-Cooper International wins vendor award
Smith-Cooper International received the Industrial Vendor of the Year award for 2018 from the wholesaler Winsupply. The company was chosen based on several criteria, including being a leader in growing the industrial segment’s business at Winsupply in 2018. The company was also judged on selling to a breadth of locations, and for providing strong support at the local level, as well as consistent volume and growth.

SFA Group acquires German pump manuacturer
Saniflo’s parent company, SFA Group, announced the acquisition of Zehnder Pumpen GmbH, a German manufacturer of pump technology for industry, home and garden markets. Zehnder Pumpen’s portfolio encompasses more than 1,000 pumps and pump systems for freshwater supply and sewage and wastewater disposal within two brands, ZEHNDER and blueZPring. The purchase was effective as of the first of this year.

Beth Westmoreland
Beth Westmoreland

PRIER Products announces new production manager
PRIER Products announced the appointment of a new production manager, Beth Westmoreland, who will oversee the production personnel and activities on the plant floor. She started her career in the Air Force working on B-52 simulators.

“I love solving problems and streamlining the process flow, which has led me to multiple opportunities throughout my career,” she says.



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