Plumber Industry News: September 2018

A roundup of recent industry news exclusively for plumbing professionals

John White Jr. reassumes CEO role at Taco
The Taco Family of Cos. chairman and owner John White Jr. announced that he would reassume the role of company CEO, effective immediately. The company also announced that John White III and Benjamin White have been named vice presidents. Former CEO Wil VandeWiel left the company to pursue other opportunities.

William Christensen
William Christensen
Kurt Plattner
Kurt Plattner

REHAU announces new CEO and chief financial officer
The Supervisory Board of REHAU Group announced that William Christensen was appointed the new company CEO. He was previously the chief marketing officer and is replacing Rainer Schulz, who has run REHAU since 2010. Kurt Plattner is the new chief financial officer, taking over the responsibilities of Dieter Gleisberg. Plattner has been with REHAU for 25 years and was recently head of treasury, controlling, and finance at the company’s headquarters in Muri, Switzerland.

Bruce Carnevale
Bruce Carnevale

Bradford White promotes Bruce Carnevale to CEO
Bradford White announced the promotion of Bruce Carnevale to the position of president and CEO. In his new position, he will have overall responsibility for Bradford White Water Heaters, LAARS Heating Systems, Niles Steel Tank and Bradford White Canada. He replaces the retiring Nick Giuffre. Carnevale began his career with the company in 1996, serving as the product manager of international sales. Since June 2017, Carnevale has been serving as president and chief operating officer.

Tim Dunphy
Tim Dunphy

RIDGID announces new marketing director of underground technologies
Tim Dunphy was named marketing director of underground technologies for RIDGID. In this role, Dunphy will manage new product development, partner relations, and new business opportunities for the RIDGID line of diagnostics, inspection, locating, and drain cleaning products. He has over 20 years’ experience in consumer-packaged goods and durables marketing, and he holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Florida.

Premier Tech Aqua's new office in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.
Premier Tech Aqua's new office in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.

Premier Tech Aqua opens new office in Pennsylvania
Premier Tech Aqua announced it opened a new office in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. The company has 4,200 team members in 25 countries and 42 plants in operation. "We have laid the groundwork for growth and expansion in the Northeastern, Central, and Western U.S. We are creating more jobs, and we look to fill them,” says Eric Marceau, general manager.

Michael Langen
Michael Langen

Weil-McLain names new director of sales
Weil-McLain named Michael Langen as its director of sales. He will be based at the company’s Burr Ridge, Illinois, headquarters. As director of sales, he will be responsible for leading the U.S. organization in its growth strategy, including channel management and contractor engagement initiatives. Langen has more than 20 years’ experience in sales strategy and execution. Most recently, he was the sales director for the electrical and hydronic business at Honeywell International.



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