Industry News - December 2020

Industry News - December 2020

Robert Goldschmidt named president of Roto-Rooter

Robert Goldschmidt was named president of Roto-Rooter Services Co. He succeeds Rick Arquilla, who is retiring at the end of the year. Goldschmidt currently serves as executive vice president, a role he has held since 2015. As president, he will oversee operations, national sales, call centers and corporate merger and aquisition activities. He will also provide guidance to the company’s manufacturing division and franchising network.


RIDGID and Greenlee bring experts in JobSite Live series

Emerson’s RIDGID and Greenlee brands are putting its experts in front of people everywhere with JobSite Live, a new virtual event series that gives professionals the chance to interact with their peers and ask questions about everything related to the skilled trades. The series kicked-off with a RIDGID Instagram Live event dedicated to the latest trends in diagnostic and monitoring technologies, including RIDGID Cameras with TruSense technology. The interactive question and answer format allowed viewers to learn how certain tools can help them work more efficiently on the job site.


ServiceTitan and Kinetico announce partnership

ServiceTitan announced a partnership with Kinetico, a global manufacturer of residential and commercial water softeners, drinking water systems and specialty filters. Kinetico’s systems are distributed through independent water treatment dealers in more than 100 countries. 


Grundfos breaks ground on new center

Grundfos announced the groundbreaking of its Americas Regional Center, located in Brookshire, Texas.

The 45,000-square-foot facility is expected to be completed during the Spring of 2021. Grundfos is currently seeking to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The new offices will house company sales, operations, engineering, HR, finance and other support functions.


Caleffi announces R & G Sales as Arizona rep

Caleffi North America announced R & G Sales as its representative throughout Arizona for sales support and training for the heating, cooling and plumbing related markets.


PPG names Logemann as chairman and CEO

Professional Plumbing Group’s board of directors and Dunes Point Capital named Robert Logemann as Chairman and CEO of PPG. Logemann joined PPG, owned by DPC, earlier this year as executive chairman and will also assume the CEO role.


Viega names Brettschneider new CEO and president

Viega named Markus Brettschneider as its new CEO and president. He replaces Dave Garlow, who resigned effective Sept. 1. In his new position, Brettschneider is responsible for the overall operations of Viega. He most recently was with ABB, where he was group senior vice president and global head of marketing and sales for industrial automation and global head of group solutions and channels.


Uponor Canada names Hartwick as general manager

Uponor announced the appointment of Chris Hartwick as general manager, Uponor Canada, with a strategic focus on Canadian sales, marketing, customer service and customer engagement. He most recently served as director of sales for commercial building services, in the U.S and Canada, at Xylem.


Dave Viola named new CEO of IAPMO

The IAPMO board of directors announced that IAPMO COO/Executive Vice President Dave Viola has been appointed to CEO, effective Jan. 1. He will succeed Russ Chaney, who is retiring after a quarter-century at the helm of the 95-year-old association. Chaney will remain as an executive adviser to the CEO. Viola has more than 25 years’ senior management experience within the plumbing and mechanical industry. He joined IAPMO in 2007 and has served as IAPMO’s COO for the past seven years, with strategic and operational responsibility for the comprehensive array of IAPMO Group programs and services.  



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