Plumber Industry News: May 2020

A roundup of recent industry news exclusively for plumbing professionals

U.S. Boiler launches new online training platform
U.S. Boiler launched its new online training program, called U.S.B-U (U.S. Boiler University). U.S.B-U was developed to provide an archive of readily accessible information to help heating professionals perform service and installations quickly, and with a high degree of confidence. The new training platform delivers educational content in video and blog format. Live online training seminars are also offered. The training material is developed by U.S. Boiler’s technical sales and support staff. To learn more, visit

Ajita Rajendra
Ajita Rajendra

Rajendra retires as executive chairman of A. O. Smith Water Heaters
A. O. Smith Water Heaters announced that executive chairman Ajita Rajendra retired effective May 1. The company’s board of directors has elected Kevin Wheeler as the new chairman of the Milwaukee-based water technology company. Wheeler will continue to serve as president and CEO of the company. Rajendra will remain a member of the company’s board of directors. Rajendra joined A. O. Smith in January 2005 as president of its Water Products Co., a manufacturer of residential and commercial water heaters and boilers, and he was named an executive vice president of the corporation in 2006. He was promoted to president and COO in August 2011 and was elected to the company’s board of directors in December of that year. Rajendra was named executive chairman of the corporation in September 2018 as he continued to lead the company’s board of directors.

Steve Maszczak
Steve Maszczak

Pipe Lining Supply adds a new technical representative
Pipe Lining Supply hired Steve Maszczak for the technical representative position serving the Northeastern U.S. He brings more than 10 years' CIPP experience to Pipe Lining Supply. He started as a CIPP technician, moved to a CIPP foreman and worked in sales and project management for the past seven years. Maszczak will support the company’s customer base with training, advice and sales for CIPP lateral lining and AIPPR pipe coating projects for drain, waste and vent in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.

Uponor Distribution Center powered by wind energy
Uponor North America announced that its Lakeville, Minnesota, distribution center now receives 100% of its electrical power from wind energy, and is the first major manufacturing customer to participate in Dakota Electric Association’s Wellspring Renewable Energy program. As a partner in the program, Uponor will annually purchase approximately 2.2 million kilowatt-hours of wind-generated electricity, which is equivalent to powering 263 homes’ electricity use for one year.

Brian Suriner
Brian Suriner

Oatey promotes Suriner to vice president
Oatey announced the promotion of Brian Suriner to vice president, wholesale national accounts. In 2014, Suriner joined Keeney Mfg., which Oatey acquired late last year, as vice president of marketing and commercial sales. In his new role, he will manage the corporate relationships at Ferguson Enterprises, IMARK, Affiliated Distributors, Winsupply, Hajoca, Commonwealth and Reese for the Oatey and Keeney Mfg. businesses.


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