Plumber Industry News: February 2021

A roundup of recent industry news exclusively for plumbing professionals

Mike Mushinski
Mike Mushinski

Restoration 1 and bluefrog Plumbing + Drain recap 2020
Waco, Texas-based brands Restoration 1 and bluefrog Plumbing + Drain capped off 2020 filled with expansion, new programs, awards and more, underscoring the essential demand for both companies. Restoration 1 awarded 40 new locations, expanded into West Virginia, Utah, South Dakota and the District of Columbia, and ended the year awarding 350 locations to-date across 43 states. bluefrog Plumbing + Drain awarded six new locations, entered Virginia, and is now servicing eight states. Additional 2020 highlights included Restoration 1’s naming Sherry Rose as COO and bluefrog Plumbing + Drain naming Mike Mushinski as president.

Shane McDaniel
Shane McDaniel

Draincables Direct is now DCD

Starting in January 2021, Draincables Direct underwent a name change and is now known as DCD. The company has expanded its product line to include larger drain cleaning machines known as the Valor Series, as well as offering drain cleaning replacement parts, blades, cutters, video inspection equipment, and jetter hoses and nozzles. DCD will continue to provide the same product and services, direct from the manufacturer.

Asahi/America welcomes new business development manager
Asahi/America welcomed Shane McDaniel to its business development team, as business development manager for actuation products. McDaniel brings a diverse set of skills and experience with him to Asahi/America, ranging from instrument and controls technician to outside sales and aftermarket sales and service. He will work closely with the company’s sales and engineering teams to further promote Asahi/America’s actuation product line across a variety of industries in the U.S.

Mr. Plumber acquires Heffner Plumbing
Mr. Plumber, a provider of plumbing services serving central Indiana, announced the acquisition of Heffner Plumbing, a plumbing service provider that has operated in Avon, Plainfield, Zionsville and Brownsburg, Indiana for more than 20 years. The acquisition comes as Mr. Plumber continues to work toward growing its customer base in central Indiana.

Thomas Troeger
Thomas Troeger

REHAU appoints Dr. Thomas Troeger CEO of Americas
REHAU announced the promotion of Dr. Thomas Troeger from CMO to CEO of the Americas region. During 14 years with REHAU, Troeger became director of the furniture solutions business division in North America in 2013 and then vice president of the division for the entire Americas region in 2015. Troeger joined the regional executive board in January 2019 as chief sales and marketing officer.

Vernon Bitzer Associates now offers RectorSeal products
RectorSeal, based in Houston, Texas, announced that Vernon Bitzer Associates will represent RectorSeal’s plumbing products in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware. Vernon Bitzer is headquartered in Warminster, Pennsylvania.

Shashwat Nath
Shashwat Nath

Watts introduces new senior product manager
Shashwat Nath joined Watts as senior product manager, shut-off valves. He has overall responsibility for the strategy, new product development and product management of Watts solutions for ball valves and butterfly valves, as well as its range of AquaLock, ANKA and APEX plumbing system fittings. He brings extensive experience in product management for large product portfolios across several industry verticals. He also has extensive experience related to IoT systems, both hardware and software.

Armstrong names Simon Allan global director
Armstrong Fluid Technology announced that Simon Allan has been named global director, standard building products, and a member of the company’s leadership board. Allan joined Armstrong in 2018 with responsibility for Armstrong’s UK and European wholesale strategy and the development of the circulator market in those markets. In mid-2019, he assumed the interim role of sales director, UK, and led the team through a period of transformation and change including the COVID-19 pandemic business interruption.

Simon Allan
Simon Allan


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