Plumber Industry News: Bradley Corp. Names President/CEO

Ferguson acquires Andrews Lighting, expands in Seattle; Water Technology names VP, director.
Plumber Industry News: Bradley Corp. Names President/CEO
Bryan Mullett

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Bradley Corporation promoted Bryan Mullett to president/CEO. He represents the fifth generation of leadership by the Mullett family.

Mullett, chief strategy officer, will assume his new role upon retirement of Michael Sipek, current CEO, on June 30. Sipek has led Bradley on behalf of the Mullett family since 2007.

“Having the fifth generation of our family continue the leadership of this company has been a goal of mine since I assumed leadership from my father in 1980,” says Donald Mullett, chairman of Bradley Corporation. “Our family is excited about the exceptional staff at Bradley today and the strategies being implemented to continue Bradley’s growth over the next generation.”

Donald Mullett will remain chairman of the board of directors for the company.

For 95 years, Bradley Corporation has designed and manufactured commercial washroom and emergency safety products, and today is a leading source for commercial plumbing fixtures, washroom accessories, restroom partitions, solid plastic lockers, and emergency safety fixtures and industrial grade electric tankless heaters.

Ferguson acquires Andrews Lighting, expands in Seattle

Ferguson acquired Andrews Lighting Gallery in an asset transaction completed April 4. Ferguson will conduct business from the former Andrews Lighting Gallery locations as Andrews Lighting & Hardware Gallery, a Ferguson enterprise.

Andrews Lighting Gallery has showrooms in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma. The business has been operating for more than 30 years and is owned by Steve and Vicki Andrews, who purchased the company in 1989.

“Andrews Lighting Gallery is a tremendous company,” says Ferguson CEO Frank Roach. “It has a strong reputation among local builders and remodelers. As well, its associates will bring a wealth of lighting expertise to Ferguson and will maintain our high level of customer service in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City markets.”

Ferguson also opened a new showroom in the SoDo district (South of Downtown) of Seattle, Washington. The 10,667-square-foot showroom is about five times larger than the previous location at 4100 West Marginal Way Southwest.

“Downtown Seattle is a growing hub for all things new and inventive in the city, from global headquarters and world-renowned dining to local art galleries and urban living,” says Chris Hoag, director of showrooms/builder sales – northwest. “We have enjoyed more than 15 years in the Seattle market and want to give our customers a fully interactive showroom experience. Our move and expansion to SoDo gives us more space to showcase inspiring bath, kitchen and lighting products and offer our customers a personalized consultation.”

LIXIL Water Technology names VP, director

Scott Stockham was named vice president of U.S. trade sales and Mark Owens was promoted to senior director, key strategic accounts for LIXIL Water Technology Americas. Stockham will lead the division’s commercial teams and be responsible for all sales activities of the American Standard, DXV and GROHE brands. Owens will be responsible for supporting sales efforts for the business unit’s key customer accounts.

“These changes in the sales leadership team will help us to better serve our customers by aligning the synergies and talents within the GROHE, American Standard and DXV organizations,” says Mike Marchi, chief operating officer of LIXIL Water Technology Americas, American Standard, DXV and GROHE. “This restructuring will aid our team in further developing strong, positive relationships within each sales channel, building upon our growth momentum to continued success in the future.”

Frame Plumbing owner elected to insurance board

David P. Frame of South Bend, Indiana, was elected to the Board of Directors of Federated Insurance Companies.

Frame is the owner of Bob Frame Plumbing Services, a fourth-generation, family-owned plumbing contractor business in South Bend, Indiana. The business serves residential, commercial, municipal and industrial clients in northern Indiana and southern Michigan while keeping an eye on employee safety and training.

Frame is an active member of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC) at a local, state and national level. He has served as president of both Indiana PHCC and St. Joseph Valley PHCC. His work with PHCC focused on labor negotiations, health and welfare, entertainment, and marketing. He currently sits on the Insurance, Safety & Risk Management Committee of PHCC National Association.

“Dave operates his business with honesty, quality, integrity and service,” says Federated Insurance chairman, president and CEO Jeff Fetters. “We welcome him to the Board of Directors and look forward to the unique insight he will bring to our organization.”

Ranger Design distributor named Master Upfitter

Ranger distributor Kodiak Upfitters was named Master Upfitter 2015-2016 by Daimler Vans/Mercedes-Benz America. The designation recognizes Kodiak as an expert in its field, and ensures that its work meets the highest standards for upfitting and customization of Mercedes Sprinter, Mercedes Metris and Freightliner Sprinter cargo vans.

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