Plumber Industry News: Franklin Electric VP Appointed to HI Board

Uponor North America named a top Minnesota workplace; Taco Comfort Solutions hires marketing brand manager.
Plumber Industry News: Franklin Electric VP Appointed to HI Board
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DeLancey Davis, Franklin Electric vice president and president of North America Water Systems, was appointed to the Hydraulic Institute’s 2016-2019 Board of Directors. The Board is primarily responsible for the strategic direction and defining the organizational priorities of the Hydraulic Institute — the global authority on pumps and pumping systems.   

“It’s an honor to represent Franklin Electric as part of the Hydraulic Institute’s Board of Directors,” Davis says. “As the largest association of pump industry manufacturers in North America, we have some lofty, yet achievable goals. I look forward to collaborating with the HI board in addressing critical issues confronting the industry.”   

Uponor North America named a top Minnesota workplace

Uponor North America was named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. This is the fourth consecutive year the company has received the recognition.

“It's an honor to be named to the Minneapolis Star Tribune Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota for the fourth year in a row,” says Bill Gray, president, Uponor North America. “I am proud and grateful to work with an incredibly dedicated and passionate group of people.”

Taco Comfort Solutions hires marketing brand manager

Taco Comfort Solutions appointed Ken Watson to the new position of marketing and brand manager. He brings 20-plus years of advertising and marketing experience to Taco, having served in both agency and client-side roles.

“Ken Watson brings a wealth of hands-on experience to our marketing team here at Taco Comfort,” says Gene Fina, vice president of marketing. “Ken will serve as a key player in overseeing marketing and sales initiatives with our rep agencies and outside marketing partners. We welcome him to the Taco family.” 

AquaMotion names stocking representative 

AquaMotion, a Rhode Island manufacturer of single-, multi-speed and variable-speed circulators and recirculation systems named Patterson Sales Agency as its stocking representative for Northern California, Northern Nevada and Hawaii. Patterson Sales will sell the AquaMotion product line through wholesale distribution channels.

Bosch Thermotechnology regional president appointed to AHRI board

Vitor Gregorio, regional vice president for Bosch Thermotechnology Corp., was appointed director-at-large for the board of the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).

AHRI is the trade association representing manufacturers of air-conditioning, heating, commercial refrigeration and water heating equipment. An internationally recognized advocate for the industry, AHRI develops standards for and certifies the performance of many of these products. AHRI’s 300-plus member companies manufacture quality, efficient and innovative residential and commercial air-conditioning, space heating, water heating and commercial refrigeration equipment and components for sale in North America and the world.

“I am exceptionally gratified to serve on the board of AHRI,” Gregorio says. “With the rapid advancement in efficiency, control technology and connectivity of HVAC systems and home appliances, the industry is challenged with maintaining sales growth while ensuring consumers and building owners enjoy a positive long-term experience with their comfort systems.”

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