Plumber Industry News: November 2018

A roundup of recent industry news exclusively for plumbing professionals

CUES launches redesigned website 
CUES launched a newly designed website, featuring a new look and feel with less text and more imagery. Streamlined menus and simplified navigation make it easier to use, and it has a responsive layout for all platforms, including smartphones and tablets. 

Picote Solutions’ Brush Coating System gains approved status
Picote Solutions announced that its Brush Coating System for the rehabilitation of deteriorated pipelines now holds WRc Approved status. The WRc Group is an independent public limited company providing research and consultancy in water, waste and the environment in the United Kingdom. The assessment schedule from WRc includes: all aspects of appearance; mechanical characteristics testing, including short-term flexural modulus, long-term flexural modulus and temperature of deflection under load; resistance to high-pressure waterjetting; resistance to abrasion; product design; product and materials manufacturing; and installation procedures.

SJE-Rhombus launches new websites
SJE-Rhombus launched four new websites as part of the company’s rebranding efforts. Existing sites for, and received a redesign, while an additional corporate site was created for SJE-Rhombus at This new site contains all corporate information, such as history, ESOP, leadership and career opportunities.

PHCC names International Code Council as newest partner
The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association announced a new corporate partnership with the International Code Council. Through this alliance, PHCC members will have increased access to I-Codes books and training, potentially through the PHCC associations.

Ranger Design celebrates 30th anniversary
Ranger Design announced 2018 is the company’s 30th anniversary. Originally started in founders Randal and Derek Cowie’s small garage, the company now has over 300 distributors for its van shelving, ladder racks, drawers and bins, bottle holders and other van accessories.

Asahi/America acquires Performance Plastics
Asahi/America acquired Louisiana-based Performance Plastics. The fabrication shop will aid Asahi/America in expanding its existing fabrication capabilities and capacity, as well as broaden the company’s engineered plastic products and service offerings.

GPS Insight announces new CEO and executive promotions
GPS Insight announced the promotion of Gary Fitzgerald to chief executive officer. Former CEO and founder, Rob Donat, will remain with the company as chairman of the board. Wayne Holder, the company’s controller, moves to the chief financial officer role and Jason Walker, vice president of sales, becomes chief revenue officer. Fitzgerald joined the company in November of 2016 from GE, where he served as an enterprise architect for 10 years. He served as vice president of technology for almost two years and led the company’s product development efforts, technical teams and security practice.

Taco Comfort Solutions names three new regional sales vice presidents
Taco Comfort Solutions named John Morgan as area vice president, Western U.S. Morgan has over 25 years’ experience including sales, operations and marketing and his experience includes positions as senior vice president at a Fortune 500 medical device company. Ric Turmel was named as area vice president, Central U.S. Previously at Taco Comfort Solutions, Turmel lead the business development and commercial sales teams and the iWorX controls group. Taco Comfort Solutions also promoted Geoff Bent to Southeast region manager, commercial products. Previously, he was a regional sales manager for Taco Comfort Solutions’ building automation system product group.

Geoff Bent
Geoff Bent
John Morgan
John Morgan
Ric Turmel
Ric Turmel


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