Industry News - August 2021

Industry News - August 2021

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Uponor appoints Michael Rauterkus as president and CEO

Uponor’s board of directors appointed Michael Rauterkus as president and CEO of Uponor Group and chairman of the executive committee. He will join the company and assume the CEO responsibility in August.

Milwaukee Tool expanding corporate operations

Milwaukee Tool announced the expansion of its corporate operations into downtown Milwaukee. The company’s current global headquarters in Brookfield, Wisconsin, will remain the central location for the company’s corporate operations. Anticipated to open in October, the building will house 1,200 employees within the next three years.

ServiceTitan expands with Salt Lake City office, adds VP

ServiceTitan announced it will open an office in the greater Salt Lake City region. As the company’s fifth office location, the new office will serve multiple functions, including as a global center for ServiceTitan customer support. ServiceTitan also announced that it has brought on Kim Park, vice president of global customer support, to lead the company’s initiative to hire customer experience talent in the region. As a longtime Utah resident, Park brings more than fifteen years’ experience growing and scaling customer support organizations in the Salt Lake City region.

Italian brand Foster selects Water Inc. as U.S. distributor

Water Inc. was named as the U.S. distributor for Italian brand Foster’s plumbing line. The company will represent the brand’s plumbing products in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.

Waterless earns National Green Building Certification

Waterless Co. earned National Green Building Standard Certification from the National Association of Homebuilders’ Home Innovation Research Labs. The NGBS is an ANSI-approved green building certification program that focuses on single-family and multi-family residential buildings and remodeling projects.

Watts offers course on mitigating Legionella risk

Mitigating the Risk of Legionella is a new eight-module online course from Watts for facility managers, engineers and infection control professionals. In this 2 1/2-hour course, industry experts explain points of Legionella risk in a building’s premise plumbing system, best practices for testing and monitoring, current design trends and more. To preview or to register, go to

Bradford White and Plumbers Without Borders join forces

Bradford White Corp. partnered with Plumbers Without Borders, a grassroots nonprofit organization working to increase global access to safe water and sanitation. The partnership supports Plumbers Without Borders’ ongoing contributions to professional training, promoting careers in the trades and maintaining the industry’s commitment to the highest standards of quality for products and services. 

Rinnai launches business development initiative

Rinnai America Corp. created a strategic business development team to pursue acquisitions and partnership opportunities that expand its product offerings in new and existing categories. The company began its domestic manufacturing strategy in 2018 with the opening of a facility in Griffin, Georgia. In 2020, Rinnai announced the opening of its new Innovation Center of Excellence located in Peachtree City, Georgia. A new factory located on a 60-acre Greenfield site, also in Griffin, is scheduled to open later in 2021.  


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