Plumber Industry News: Asahi/America Names Business Development Manager

PMI advocates restoration of underground water infrastructure; Dwyer Group ranked among Inc. 5000.
Plumber Industry News: Asahi/America Names Business Development Manager
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Asahi/America named Jon Alanis business development manager for industrial products in the western region. Based in Arizona, he will promote the company’s industrial single- and double-wall piping products.

PMI advocates restoration of underground water infrastructure

In the first step of a committed advocacy effort for the safety and sustainability of America’s drinking water, Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) introduced a position statement and infographic advocating for the restoration of the United States’ underground water infrastructure.

“To help ensure the safety and sustainability of our water supplies, the nation must restore an aging, leaky underground water infrastructure that sometimes endangers public health,” says Barbara C. Higgens, PMI CEO and executive director. “To realize PMI’s vision of ‘safe, responsible plumbing – always,’ our members believe that we must contribute to the goal of safe water always.”

Higgens cited the American Society of Civil Engineers’ “Report Card for America’s Infrastructure,” which gave the U.S. drinking water and wastewater systems D grades, and the ASCE’s “Failure to Act: Closing the Infrastructure Investment Gap for America’s Economic Future,” which states that only 30 percent of America’s water and wastewater infrastructure needs between 2016 and 2025 are funded, leaving an investment gap of $105 billion. The Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association reports 850 water main breaks a day, and the U.S. Geological Survey estimates more than 1.7 trillion gallons of treated water are lost to leaks annually, with 16 percent of treated water never reaching the tap.

PMI has traditionally advocated for water-efficient plumbing products, particularly those certified by the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program. However, lead-in-water crises in Flint, Michigan, and thousands of other American communities — coupled with concerns about waterborne pathogens such as legionella, water main breaks and leaks, drought and their collective impact on water infrastructure — led PMI to begin an advocacy effort focused on water infrastructural issues.

“To reach our goal of clean, safe and plentiful water, we’re going to have to educate policymakers and the general public about the importance of a restored national water infrastructure and water-efficient plumbing products,” Higgens says. “We’re going to have to convince everyone that the investment is worth it. From PMI’s perspective, it’s absolutely essential.”

Dwyer Group ranked among Inc. 5000

The Dwyer Group was named to Inc. magazine’s 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the nation for 2016. The list ranks private businesses according to percentage of revenue growth over a four-year period. Dwyer ranks 4,742 on the 2016 list.

“This is wonderful recognition for our entire franchise family,” says Mike Bidwell, president and CEO of Dwyer Group. “Our continued growth and success is a credit to our strong network of franchisees and a dedicated corporate team. We would not be where we are today without the commitment, hard work and passion of both our franchisees and our corporate associates.”

TRIC Tools provides training in Israel

Gennady Belous of Z-Techno, distributor for TRIC Tools distributor in Russia, traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel, to provide training on TREIC’s M50 pipe bursting system to Guy Meiri and Sons. Meiri wanted to make sure his team was following the correct procedures to create a safe operating environment. Z-Techno has been a TRIC distributor since 2008.

Insight Vision names business development manager

Insight Vision named Jim Sell business development manager. He will be responsible for managing, assisting and maintaining relationships with Insight Vision customers.

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