Plumber Industry News: Grundfos Appoints Managing Director

IPEX completes $55 million expansion; PHCC offers HVAC, plumbing pre-apprenticeship courses.
Plumber Industry News: Grundfos Appoints Managing Director
Dieter Sauer

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Grundfos Pumps Corporation appointed Dieter Sauer regional managing director of the Americas region. He will oversee all aspects of the global pump manufacturer’s North and South American business, including driving regional growth and maintaining a workforce.

“I am honored to take on this new responsibility and look forward to working with the Americas team to deliver our regional objectives,” says Sauer, who has 20 years of pump industry experience, most recently serving as president of Grundfos Water Utility, the Grundfos-owned water utility company based in Aurora, Illinois. Sauer replaces Duncan Cooper.

“With his extensive knowledge of the pump industry and leadership acumen, we are confident that Dieter will expand upon the progress the region has made under Duncan’s leadership,” says Due Jensen, executive vice president.

IPEX completes $55 million Edmonton plant expansion

IPEX completed a $55.4 million expansion of its Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, plant. The 17,245-square-foot facility enables the thermoplastic piping systems manufacturer to provide western provinces with large diameter PVCO piping.

“Alberta has been a strong proponent of our piping systems as a responsible choice for sustainable infrastructure for many decades,” says Alex Mestres, CEO, IPEX Group of Companies. “We are proud to be at the forefront of new technologies and products that let us serve our Canadian customers with unparalleled responsiveness for their current and future demands.”

In addition to the three new PVC and PVCO lines, 15 local full-time skilled tradespeople, including PVC extrusion line operators, design engineers, as well as quality control and maintenance workers will be joining the Edmonton plant.

“We’re pleased to continue investing in the Alberta economy,” Mestres says.

This plant expansion represents an exciting opportunity to grow our business in the great city of Edmonton.

PHCC offers HVAC, plumbing pre-apprenticeship courses

The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Contractors (PHCC) Educational Foundation offers potential workers an opportunity to learn about day-to-day aspects of the trades before beginning a longer-term apprentice program and career through its HVAC & Plumbing Pre-Apprenticeship Course. Available online, prospective apprentices can take the course, using six thematically-focused modules that include basic math skills, tools, safety and construction drawings.

“This broad introductory program is a perfect way for potential employees to get a glimpse of how they can succeed in our industry,” says Merry Beth Hall, the foundation’s director of apprentice and journeyman training.

Offering this new course gives the foundation an opportunity to work with employment centers and schools, as well as with contractors, to provide potential industry workers with a realistic view of the opportunities in the industry and the skills those workers need. For an employer, taking on an apprentice is a big investment in that individual’s future. That financial commitment, the foundation believes, is best made when the prospective apprentice understands the expectations and has the fundamental knowledge and skills for the trade. 

To register for the online course, visit HVAC & Plumbing Pre-Apprenticeship Course for an enrollment form. There is a $59 fee for PHCC members and $79 fee for non-members.

Nexstar Network adds sales representative

Nexstar Network named Lucas McAlpin to its sales team. McAlpin has worked in the plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical trades for eight years and has 15 years of sales experience.

“Having worked in our industry in a senior management role, he easily identifies and empathizes with owners,” says Rachel Whitman, director of sales for Nexstar. “He has experienced Nexstar from a member’s point of view and has seen how Nexstar can change the lives of PHCE owners and their employees. That level of authenticity and insight is invaluable. He’s also smart, compassionate and fun to be around, so both members and prospective members will enjoy the time they spend getting to know Lucas.”

McAlpin joins a team of 38 coaches, trainers and support staff who work with plumbing, HVAC and electrical residential service contractors to help them improve their businesses.

Dwyer Group awards franchise scholarships to veterans

The Dwyer Group awarded five veterans a $1,000 scholarship for use with franchise training or other franchise opening costs as part of its VetFran program. The scholarships are awarded to honorably discharged veterans who have been chosen and qualified to operate a Dwyer Group franchise.

This year’s recipients include Carl Allen, Marc Beede, Nathan Burkholder, Ricky Jones and Robert Starvish.

“Helping our veterans on their career paths in the private sector is a real honor,” says Mike Bidwell, president and CEO of Dwyer Group. “These men and women have fought hard to keep our country safe and in return, we want to thank them for their service and assist those who are interested in franchising to make a smooth transition.”

Funding for the scholarships came from Dwyer Group, Dawson Insurance and PTN Vendor Veteran Scholarships.

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