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ePIPE® Team Granted Three Patent Allowances for the Lead (Pb) Reduction and Leak Prevention to Underground Pipes.
Pipe Restoration Technologies, LLC, (PRT) makers of the ePIPE®, Lead-Free, Leak-Free™ and LeadSmart® product lines, announced that it has received three Notice of Allowances from the U.S. patent office.

Chicago Faucets Updates 2017 Commercial Catalog, Highlighting Conservation and Sustainability.  Chicago Faucets, manufacturer of the highest rated commercial electronic and manual faucets, is pleased to introduce its 2017 Commercial Catalog with new information and new products, accessories and replacement parts.

Modern Distribution Management names Ferguson as 2017 HVAC/Plumbing Market Leader. Ferguson is ranked No. 1 on Modern Distribution Management’s 2017 Top HVACR/Plumbing Distributors list and is also included in this year’s Top Jan-San Distributors list as HP Products, a Ferguson Enterprise.

ASHRAE Seeks Public Comment on Guideline to Minimize Legionellosis in Water Building Systems. -- Those interested in commenting on the guideline may do so from July 28 – Sept. 11 --

T&S Brass Unveils New Look Across Product Line.
T&S Brass and Bronze Works is unveiling a revamped design for its foodservice and plumbing products, starting with its widely used pantry faucets and pre-rinse units, pairing T&S reliability with modern styling and aesthetics.

New Website Helps People Who Are Starting A Plumbing Business.
Business Broker Resource is a brand new website designed to help people who want to start a plumbing business. The resources provided are also suitable for those who already own a plumbing business, but want to learn how to attract more clients.

Grundfos names O’Mara as vice president of service for Americas.
She brings more than 25 years of experience leading operations, sales, product and service teams in industries ranging from manufacturing to technology.

PHCC Launches New Estimating Tool: Cloud-based Labor Unit Database.
The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) has partnered with Harrison Publishing House’s CINX platform to offer a new cloud-based PHCC Labor Unit Database that can help contractors streamline the estimating process and prepare accurate bids.

Uponor invests $17.4 million to expand PEX pipe manufacturing.
Company expands in Apple Valley, Minn.; centralizes and upgrades Canadian operations.

Kohler Co. Reinvents Its Approach To Global Retail With Launch Of KOHLER Experience Centers.  Created to serve the fast-growing segment of design professionals working on projects around the world and to offer consumers on-site product immersion, the new retail concept will make it easier than ever to experience and buy KOHLER products.

Wilo USA acquires Weil Pump, Scot Pump, and Karak Machine Corp.
Wilo USA, a provider of pumps and pump solutions for building services, water management, and groundwater, is pleased to announce it has under the terms of an
asset deal, acquired pump manufacturers Weil Pump Co. Inc., and Scot Pump Company, as well as the component manufacturer Karak Machine Corporation.

Winsupply opens new plumbing and mechanical company in Houston.
Winsupply Inc., one of the largest distributors in the nation, has opened a new Winsupply company in Houston serving plumbing, mechanical and industrial contractors throughout southeast Texas.

Chicago Faucets Announces Same Day Shipping of CFNow!™ Products.
Chicago Faucets, the leading manufacturer of commercial faucets and fittings, has announced "same day" shipping of products in their exclusive CFNow!™ program.

TOTO USA Donates to Habitat For Humanity New York City.
TOTO USA hosted a donor appreciation event in its flagship experiential Gallery for Habitat for Humanity New York City (Habitat NYC) to celebrate its product and monetary contribution.

Plumbing Professors Launches Franchising Initiative.
Become part of a team and take your plumbing, sewer & drain business to the next level or start the plumbing business you always dreamed of.

IAPMO Unveils Redesigned Learning Center Website.
In order to create an even better user experience for students, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®) has redesigned its learning center website from top to bottom.

ePIPE Team Awarded 17th US Patent.
ePIPE Team Awarded US Patent for Cleaning and Sealing Pipes "In-Place", Providing Protection against Leaks and Reduction of Lead Leaching.

Goulds Water Technology Announces Q2 2017 Training Schedule.
Water professionals are encouraged to enroll in Goulds Water Technology’s (GWT) new wastewater e-Learning course that highlights the advantages, disadvantages, features and applications of wastewater pumps and accessories.

12V Ridgid PEX-One Press Tool Launched.
Ridgid hopes to improve the way contractors install Pex with the new 12V Ridgid Pex-One. Designed for one-handed use, the Pex-One weighs in at five pounds and can press multiple sizes up to one inch with an interchangeable die system.

Contractors Group Aims to Quell Plumbing Workforce Shortage.
Facing an industry workforce shortage, the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association has deployed an initiative with the goal of attracting more than 100,000 millennials to the workforce by 2020.

2017 Watch List: Ferguson shares three kitchen & bath predictions.
As the kitchen and bath industry heads into trade show season and manufacturers prepare to unveil their latest innovations, the product experts at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery share three trends they expect to have a major moment in 2017.

Mansfield Plumbing Support for Local Organizations Grows in 2016.
Mansfield Plumbing played a strong role in supporting the communities where they operate in 2016 with 89 different donations totaling $38,309.

Industry-first ProPEX® opposing-port tees for PEX hydronic systems.
New ProPEX® engineered polymer (EP) opposing-port tees reduce the number of required fittings in a riser application by 75%

Ferguson acquires Underground Pipe & Valve, Inc.
Ferguson Waterworks, the largest company in the Waterworks industry and the largest distributor of plumbing supplies and PVF in the U.S., announces the acquisition of Underground Pipe & Valve Incorporated.

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U.S. Congressman Introduces IAPMO Supported Plumbing Research Investment Legislation. U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Penn.) on Friday introduced legislation intended to promote federal investment in research to ensure the data used in the development of U.S. plumbing standards reflects the 21st century’s more water efficient technologies.

Geberit USA names ACS Marketing as new sales representative for the southwest.
Geberit is pleased to announce that ACS Marketing will now represent Geberit plumbing products in the Southern California, Arizona and Las Vegas markets.

Saniflo Names PEPCO Sales New Agent in Texas.
SFA Saniflo U.S.A has appointed PEPCO Sales as its new sales representative in the state of Texas. In business since 1965, PEPCO Sales serves the plumbing, mechanical, HVAC, waterworks, fire protection and irrigation industries and will carry the full line of Saniflo products.

Winsupply opens plumbing, heating distributor in central Long Island.
Winsupply Inc., one of the largest distributors in the nation, has opened Winsupply of Smithtown (N.Y.), serving contractors in the plumbing and hydronic heating industries on Long Island and in the New York City metropolitan area.

American Standard Celebrates Plumber Know How in Contest Seeking the Ultimate Plumbing Expert.
Winner Will Serve as Spokesperson on Videos, Social Media, and at Special Events; Receives Compensation and Publicity to Grow Own Business

Viega Wins Plastic Pipe Institute’s 2016 Project of the Year Award for Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency.
Viega Climate Mat system installed to create innovative heated drying slab.

America First 2016 Trade Show and Products Expo to Be Held on November 9th, 2016.  In 1965, manufacturing accounted for 53% of the domestic economy; by 2004 it was down to 9%. Between February 2001 and February 2016, the United States lost two thirds of the remaining manufacturing jobs.

Ferguson acquires The Plumbing Source.
Ferguson announces the acquisition of The Plumbing Source, Inc. in a stock transaction completed October 24, 2016.

BrassCraft Manufacturing Co. to unveil new PlumbShop® brand at PHCC Connect 2016.  BrassCraft Manufacturing Co. is excited to announce the unveiling of its new PlumbShop® brand at the PHCC Connect 2016 meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

New Heat Pump Water Heater Changes the Game
New product from A. O. Smith designed to slash electric water heating bills.

Plumbing Industry VMI Programs Accelerate in First Half of 2016.
Elkhart, Gastite and Matco-Norca All Launch VMI Programs w/Advanced Datalliance Platform Oatey and Winsupply Share Value of Their Vendor Managed Inventory Experiences.

PMI Issues RFP to Determine If Low Flow Rates in Plumbing Systems Yield Opportunistic Waterborne Pathogens.
PMI seeks to understand if lower flow rates may impact public health.

Clean Design brochure identifies compatible fixtures for Geberit in-wall systems.
The Clean Design brochure from Geberit lists the wall-hung washdown toilets, including WaterSense® models and urinal models that correspond to Geberit’s installation systems.

Viega Solutions Included in Revit® and AutoCAD® MEP Service Software.
AutoDesk building system design programs are the latest to include Viega.

Viega Expands PEX Product Offerings. New Viega PEX systems are ideal for commercial and municipal use.
Viega introduces Viega PEX Press test plugs, PEX Press 45-degree elbows, PEX Press 90-degree flare elbows, PEX Press reducing tees and PEX pipe supports, expanding its PEX offerings for a variety of applications including commercial and municipal.

Uponor and Belkin International partner to create Phyn — new intelligent water company.
Uponor Corporation (Uponor) today announced the formation of Phyn, a new partnership with Belkin International. Phyn represents the next wave of the smart home and will create an intelligent water solution that protects family homes and businesses from leak damage, enables mindful conservation, and enhances household water usage with automated and anticipatory controls.

NIBCO Boosts Valve Offering through Acquisition of Webstone Company, Inc.
NIBCO INC. announced that it has acquired the valve assets of Webstone Company, Inc. The transaction was finalized on May 23, 2016. The new business unit will be named, “Webstone, a brand of NIBCO.”

ePIPE®’s Newest Patent: A Proven Solution for Water Conservation and Reducing Lead Leaching in Drinking Water Pipes.   ePIPE® Lead-Free, Leak-Free™ pipe restoration system has been granted its 15th U.S. patent, #9352357, for effectively and safely sealing leaks and protecting pipes from lead leaching.

Mansfield Plumbing Launches Powerful New Toilets.
Mansfield Plumbing, an industry leader with Made in America toilets, has introduced the new DENALI Power Flush toilet and the new PROTECTOR No-Overflow Toilet.

Plumbing Distributors Inc. Converts 47% of Customers to Electronic Adoption in Less Than Three Months with Billtrust.
Billtrust's Invoice Central portal helps Plumbing Distributors Inc. realize cost savings, increase electronic adoption and improve customer satisfaction.

3D Printed Faucets from DXV by American Standard Win Best of BDwest Product Design Award. First Commercially-Available Metal Faucets Created with DMLS Process.
The groundbreaking collection of 3D printed metal bathroom sink faucets from DXV by American Standard was recognized with a Best of BDwest Product Design Award at the annual trade fair hosted by Boutique Design.

Viega Announces 2016 Water Quality Seminars.
Training course on reducing the risk of microbial growth in commercial plumbing system offered in three locations.

Marquette University and A. O. Smith Corporation to lead initiative advising White House and Congress on manufacturing and water solutions.
Marquette University and A. O. Smith Corporation have agreed to lead a top-level national initiative aimed at ensuring the continued global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing.

PMI Members Donate Hundreds of Faucets and Supplies Installed by UA Plumbers in Flint. In response to the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich., members of Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) donated hundreds of faucets and other plumbing supplies that were installed last weekend in more than 1,500 homes.

Watts Water Technologies Completes Acquisition of Apex Valves Limited.
Watts Water Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: WTS) announced today that it completed the acquisition of 80% of the outstanding shares of Apex Valves Limited (“Apex”), a New Zealand company, for approximately $22 million, with a commitment to purchase the remaining 20% ownership within three years of closing.

AERCO Stars in History Channel’s “Operation Green Building”!
The 11-minute segment was featured in their special episode, "Operation Green Building," celebrating green companies that are environmental stewards and continually implement eco-friendly practices.

Walk for Water Event Helps Grundfos Raise Awareness of Global Water Crisis.
Roughly 175 Grundfos employees joined family, friends and corporate partners in its annual Walk for Water event held in Kansas City, Mo., and Aurora, Ill. The initiative was designed to raise awareness about the global water crisis and to raise funds for safe, sustainable water solutions in developing countries.

Fernco celebrates opening of new manufacturing and distribution center.
Fernco, Inc celebrated a grand opening for a new manufacturing and distribution facility located in Davison, Mich. The event was attended by employees and companies who have impacted Fernco’s success.

InSinkErator® Announces Winner of Trip Giveaway at KBIS 2016.
The company is excited to announce that Andrew Pace, Green Design Center, Waukesha, Wis., is the winner of a trip for two to Las Vegas, including flight, three nights at Wynn®, a dinner prepared and hosted by acclaimed Chef Johnny Church, plus a night tour of The Strip.

Sloan Puts Water Efficiency to Work.
Sloan has just released a new landing page and brochure dedicated to putting water efficiency to work. The landing page and brochure outline Sloan’s commitment to water conservation and feature a variety of water efficient products that help achieve water efficiency goals.

2016 Plumbing Industry Insights from Mansfield Plumbing.
Higher focus on aging-in-place products for the bathroom. Faster availability of products for plumbers. Continued focus on high performance, low consumption toilets. These are just some of the top trends for 2016 in the plumbing products industry identified by leaders of Mansfield Plumbing.

NIBCO Expands Valve Offering Through Sure Seal Acquisition.
NIBCO INC. announced today that it has acquired the assets of the Sure Seal product line from OPW Engineered Systems, Inc. The assets related to OPW’s Transportation valve line will remain with OPW.

Jones Stephens Expands West Coast Distribution With Opening of New California Facility.  The Valencia distribution center supports 5,000 most-frequently ordered Jones Stephens plumbing and MRO products.

Grundfos SL Submersible Wastewater Pumps Offer Unmatched Durability, Efficiency and Serviceability. The Grundfos line of SL submersible wastewater pumps are designed to handle raw, unscreened sewage, effluent, large volumes of surface water and process water in municipal, utility and industrial applications.

New, free pipe design calculator for plumbing and heating systems now available online. The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) today announced it has released a new, free, online software tool that aids in designing plastic pressure pipe systems using PEX, PE-RT and CPVC.

WinWholesale acquires M. Cooper Supply.
Plumbing distributor serves Chicago, northern Illinois and northwest Indiana.

Mansfield Plumbing Celebrates "Made in the USA Day."
As companies across the country observe "Made in the USA Day" on July 2, Mansfield Plumbing will celebrate the day by marking 86 years of manufacturing operations in Ohio.

Lochinvar® Celebrates Winning VIP Contractors at CMA Fest.
Lochinvar recently hosted 16 of its top VIP Contractors and their guests for the annual four-day Nashville Experience.

Ferguson Enterprises Joins Thermostat Recycling Corporation’s Program.
200 HVAC locations are participating to recycle mercury thermostats.

PHCC Voices Concern over Clean Water Act Rule.
Expanded federal jurisdiction could negatively affect construction projects, organization says.

Uponor, Inc. to Resolve U.S. Class-action Suit through Enhanced Warranty.
Uponor, Inc. and several home builders, plumbers and distributor partners have requested court approval of two class-action settlements relating to alleged failure risks of Uponor yellow brass fittings.

Grundfos Appoints Jonathan Hamp-Adams as Managing Director.
Grundfos Pumps Corporation has elevated Jonathan Hamp-Adams to the newly created position of Managing Director for the company’s Commercial Building Systems (CBS) unit.

Taco to move into plumbing, VRF and geothermal markets. Corporate restructuring signals growth and diversification.  Taco, Inc. has announced a reorganization of the company and its marketing direction in order to facilitate entry into plumbing, VRF and geothermal markets.

Political, Community Leaders Celebrate at Uponor Groundbreaking Ceremony for $18M Expansion.  Uponor North America (Uponor) held an official groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the company’s seventh expansion in the greater Twin Cities area.

Cedar Rapids Winsupply opens to serve plumbing customers in eastern Iowa.
Cedar Rapids Winsupply has opened in Iowa to provide plumbing contractors in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding area with an inventory of high quality plumbing products, supplies and services.

Mansfield Plumbing looking to hire 40 new workers.
Thanks to continued business growth, Mansfield Plumbing is currently looking to hire 40 new full-time employees.

RESNET to develop National Residential Water Efficiency Rating System.
RESNET, the Residential Energy Services Network, in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council and a coalition of water efficiency experts, homebuilders, environmental organizations and home energy professionals is developing the nation’s first Water Efficiency Rating (WER) Index.

2015 Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC®) Now Available.
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials
(IAPMO®) has released the hardcopy and digital versions of its 2015 edition of the Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC®).

Rebates for Water-Efficient Plumbing Will Save Significant Water in California, PMI Says.  Plumbing Manufacturers International estimates up to 360 million gallons a day can be saved through Governor Brown’s call for a statewide rebate program.

Pioneering VorMax Toilet Delivers The Cleanest Flush Ever Engineered.
Four New Toilet Styles from American Standard Provide a Cleaner, Water-Efficient Experience with Innovative Flushing Technology.

Liberty Pumps announces major expansion for 2015.
Liberty Pumps, a manufacturer of sump, sewage and wastewater pumps is undergoing a major expansion of its facilities.

Pee-powered 'green' toilet to light up refugee camps.
Scientists in the UK have developed an innovative new plumbing technology that can convert urine into electricity, with the hopes that the system can be used to light up the dark corners of refugee camps in conflict zones.

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning Announces First Acquisition of 2015.
SE Holdco, LLC, the parent company of Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC, (Service Experts) one of North America’s largest AC and heating repair brands, has announced its first major acquisition of 2015, after having completed three acquisitions in 2014.

Viega Introduces PEX Press Fire Protection Fittings in High-Performance Polymer.
Eight new fittings and an innovative installation bracket offered for ease of installation and cost effectiveness.

WinWholesale selects A. O. Smith plumbing Vendor of the Year.
WinWholesale Inc., one of the largest distributors in the nation, has selected A. O. Smith as its 2014 plumbing Vendor of the Year. A. O. Smith supplies products to WinWholesale local companies representing the Winnelson, Winsupply and Noland Company brands.

Leading Online Vendors of PEX, Plumbing, HVAC Supplies Announce Merger.
Delaware-based company PexMall and Canarsee in New York will combine their enterprises to form one streamlined plumbing, heating and HVAC online storefront with a specialty in offering PEX tubing supplies.

Uponor Innovations Now Accepting Applications for Game-changing Ideas for 2015.  For entrepreneurs, business owners or investors that have great ideas but lack the resources to get those ideas off the ground, Uponor North America (Uponor) offers Uponor Innovations LLC.

BrassCraft Pledges to Help The Future of Plumbing Profession, Offering $1,500 Scholarships to Support Promising, Hard-Working Apprentices. 
In an ongoing effort to promote and invest in the future of the plumbing profession, BrassCraft Manufacturing today announced its commitment to supporting the next generation of skilled tradesmen.

Sloan Signs with Chicago Cubs as Legacy Partner and Official Water Efficiency Partner.  World’s leading manufacturer of water-efficient solutions will help Chicago Cubs expand sustainability efforts through water conservation.

Viega Announces 2015 Water Quality Seminars.
Free training course on reducing the risk of microbial growth in commercial plumbing system offered in five locations.

Plumbing Manufacturers International Supports "Federal Water in the 21st Century" Legislation.  Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) expressed its support for “W21: Water in the 21st Century Act.” The legislation – reintroduced in both the House (H.R. 291) and Senate (S. 176) – would formally authorize the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program and spur other initiatives promoting water efficiency, savings and sustainability.

Mansfield Plumbing Offers 2015 Industry Insights.
Continued focus on water conservation. Increased consumer conveniences. Faster delivery of product. These are some of the top trends for 2015 in the plumbing products industry identified by leaders of Mansfield Plumbing.

RectorSeal® Acquires SureSeal®, the Market-Leading Manufacturer of Waterless Floor Drain Trap Seals. The acquisition positions RectorSeal as the leader in waterless trap seal protection, a high growth segment of the plumbing market.

TOTO Introduces MyGreenPayback.
Company's New App Offers Consumers and Professionals the Ability to Calculate their Green Product Purchases' "Return on Investment" and "Return on Environment"

Liberty Pumps Announces Bergen, N.Y. Building Expansion!
Liberty Pumps has broken ground on a major building expansion that will add an additional 81,000 square feet to its manufacturing and warehouse space, as well as another 8,000 square feet to its product research and development area.

Viega Launches Campaign to Promote Water Quality and Hygiene.
Water quality campaign encompasses education, design tools, product system solutions and support for the engineering community.

Don't Get Bent Out of Shape, Get Uniweld's Crossbow™ Ratchet Tube Bender Kit.
Uniweld's Crossbow™ Ratchet Tube Bender Kits Take Tube Bending to New Heights. Uniweld Products is always seeking new technologies to simplify the work of their end-users.

Kohler Company and NIBCO INC Recognized for Loyal Commitment to Industry Education. At a time when workforce development in the plumbing-heating-cooling industry is more crucial than ever, the PHCC Educational Foundation recognized the continued commitment of two corporate supporters – Kohler Company and NIBCO INC. – with its Chairman’s Awards.

FloLogic Inc. Launches New “FloLogic System 3.5” for Indoor, Outdoor and Now Below Grade Installations.  FloLogic Inc.’s new FloLogic System 3.5 robust automatic water monitoring and shutoff system is designed for indoor, outdoor and now below grade installations.

SharkBite maker to open new $50 million Alabama plant, with 130 jobs.
A manufacturer for the plumbing and heating industries will open a new $50 million facility in Cullman to launch U.S. production of the SharkBite plumbing connection system.

MFS Supply Launches New Line of Plumbing Fixtures.
Ohio-based real estate supplies company MFS Supply has launched a new line of plumbing fixtures for laundry rooms, bathrooms and kitchens. Available in a variety of finishes, the new line is offered nationwide.

Uponor Enhances Engineering Resources Website.
Uponor North America (Uponor) recently updated its engineering website, Uponorengineering.com, to offer even more resources for professionals specifying and designing PEX plumbing, radiant heating/cooling, hydronic distribution piping and pre-insulated piping systems.

American Standard Partners with Water For People to Improve Sanitation Facilities Worldwide.  600,000 SaTo Sanitary Toilet Pans to Be Distributed Over the Next Five Years.
 

Uniweld Introduces Amazing Demo Video of Cool Blue™ Heat Sink Paste for Use When Brazing Metals.  Uniweld's patented Cool Blue™ heat sink paste helps to protect HVAC components when brazing copper tubes.

Copper Industry Advises Plumbing Professionals in Soldering New, No-Lead Copper Alloys.
New Legislation Prompts the Copper Development Association to Revisit Soldering Techniques for Making Proper Joints.

Twin City Hose, Inc. Announces UL® Classification for Water Quality.
Twin City Hose Completes UL® Classification for Lead-Free* Verification In Compliance With the 2014 Federal Mandate.

Viega Educational Facility Offers Industry Training Opportunities.
Educational facility offers wide range of courses to help industry professionals stay current in the industry.

New Plumbing Franchise Leaps to 25 Signed Franchise Partners in Five Months.
bluefrog Plumbing + Drain™ Expands with Multi-Unit Franchise Partners in Related Industries and Independent Plumbers, Contractors.


Uniweld Products, Inc. Joins Blue Hawk University to Educate the Masses.
Uniweld Products, Inc. has become a member of the Blue Hawk University, and will be able to share their technical knowledge with a larger audience.

Uponor Launches Industry-first PEX to CPVC Adapter Fittings for Commercial Piping Systems.   Uponor North America (Uponor) is launching an industry-first innovation with six new ProPEX® Lead-free (LF) Brass CPVC Adapter Fittings for transitioning from CPVC to PEX in commercial plumbing and hydronic distribution piping systems.

BrassCraft Offers Professional Plumber's Tool Bag to Graduating Apprentices.
In a continuing effort to promote the plumbing profession while encouraging the development of the next generation of professional plumbers, BrassCraft Manufacturing is helping to start off young careers right with a practical gift:

Uniweld Announces the Release of Their New 2014 HVAC/R & Plumbing Equipment Catalog.  Uniweld's 2014 HVAC/R & Plumbing Catalog for Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Plumbing, Heating, Automotive, and Maintenance applications is now available.

Pink Plumbing launches ideal opportunity for aspiring female plumbers.
Hull manufacturer Ideal Boilers and Derby-based Pink Plumbing have joined forces to develop a local specialised training academy for women in the plumbing and heating industry and are urging merchants to back the project.

ASPE joins industry coalition for energy efficiency legislation.
ASPE joined a coalition of 19 leading plumbing and mechanical industry organizations in supporting H.R. 4801, a bill that would call for the Department of Energy to report on the impact and savings potential of improved thermal insulation systems in federal buildings.

 

Sioux Chief’s downloadable BIM offering enables designers to specify and include Sioux Chief product details in their models while helping contractors develop supply chains in a digital format and make decisions based on how installations relate to other building components.

Noritz Now Offering Contractors Online Tankless Water Heating Education for Added Convenience.  New training supplement gives plumbing and heating contractors of all experience and skill levels an easier way to gain product knowledge.

IAPMO Seeks Proposals for 2015 Edition of Green Plumbing and Mechanical Code Supplement.  The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), publisher of the Green Plumbing and Mechanical Code Supplement (GPMCS), is calling for
code proposals toward the 2015 edition of the GPMCS.

Solco Plumbing Supply Opens Premier Kitchen and Bath Showroom in Downtown Brooklyn.
Founded in 1960, Solco Plumbing Supply has been serving the New York metropolitan area for over 50 years. We are the go-to supplier for plumbers, developers, contractors and homeowners for all their plumbing, heating, decorative and commercial needs.

American Standard Donation Supports Plumbers Without Borders.
Contribution Helps Connect Volunteer Plumbers Around the World with People and Agencies in Need, Facilitates Access to Safe Water and Sanitation.

PMI supports Senate legislation authorizing WaterSense program.
This would provide a dedicated source of funding for the water equivalent of EnergyStar.

Uponor Introduces Two New EP Multiport Tees for Commercial PEX Plumbing Applications. Uponor North America (Uponor) recently launched two new, engineered polymer (EP) multiport tees to meet the increasing demand in commercial plumbing systems using crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) pipe.

BrassCraft how-to videos now include plumbing installations and products.
New videos feature common plumbing installations and BrassCraft products. BrassCraft Manufacturing introduces new how-to videos of common plumbing installations and features on BrassCraft products.

TOTO Inks National Distribution Deal With WinWholesale.
For First Time in US, Company's Products Available from Coast-to-Coast Distributor
TOTO, the largest plumbing manufacturer in the world with $5.1 billion dollars in annual sales, announced today that it has entered into a strategic alliance with WinWholesale, Inc., to distribute the company's high-performance, planet-friendly products across 37 states in the U.S.

Uniweld Improves Cap’n Hook Wraparound Brazing Tips; Ideal for HVAC/R Technicians and Plumbers.  Uniweld Cap’n Hook tips for brazing now offer more flames that evenly provide 100 percent, wraparound heat distribution.

Pump Products Extends Discounts to PHCC and ESA Member Contractors.
Pump Products is offering deep discounts and expert product support to plumbing, HVAC and electrical contractors with professional affiliation.

KWC ZOE – New style icon in the world of kitchen faucets.
Strikingly innovative in both its design and its technology, the new KWC ZOE combines an elegantly curved shape with exceptional functionality in ways that are unmatched by any other premium kitchen faucet.

Transition Fittings from Viega Make Press Connections Between Copper and PEX Systems. Viega offers the only press fitting to transition from copper to PEX tubing, eliminating the need for solder or threaded adapters.

WinWholesale names plumbing and HVAC vendors of the year.
A.O. Smith Water Products is WinWholesale 2013 Plumbing Vendor of the Year
Vendor’s people and programs contributed to WinWholesale growth

Ferguson acquires six appliance showrooms in New Jersey.
Newport News-based Ferguson, a wholesale plumbing distributor, acquired Karl's Sales and Service Co. LLC and its six showrooms in northern New Jersey.

As Lead Free Becomes Law, Matco-Norca Leads the Way.
Matco-Norca announces certified lead free products and help complying with new Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act that took effect January 4.

New App Puts Viega LLC Catalog At Your Fingertips.
Leave the printed catalog at the office. This streamlined app puts the complete Viega LLC product catalog in the palm of your hand. Find the Viega fitting, valve, tubing, piping or accessory that you’re looking for easily.

Bosch Thermotechnology’s Portugal Plant Reaches Production Milestone of 20 Million Water Heaters.   Bosch Termotecnologia S.A’s Aveiro plant, 70 kilometers south of Porto in the northwest region of the country, passed the 20 million mark in production of gas-fired water heaters this past fall.

GoDaddy Offers 14 New Website Domain Extensions including .plumbing.
Website-domain registrar GoDaddy is allowing people to pre-register for 14 new domain extensions including both “.plumbing” and “.equipment.”

Uponor Expansion Ribbon-cutting Ceremony Brings Political, Community Leaders Together.
Uponor North America (Uponor) celebrated the fifth expansion to its 230,000-square-foot corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility in Apple Valley, Minn., more than quadrupling its size since opening in 1990.

Sioux Chief Launches Product Video Series for Plumbing Contractors.
The new Sioux Chief rough plumbing video series offers plumbing contractors need-to-know information about time, labor and money saving innovations in Sioux Chief’s Supply, Drainage and Support categories.

American Standard Expands Cadet PRO Portfolio of Trade Exclusive Toilets.
New Tank Designs, Colors and Lever Options Added to Trusted, High Performance Cadet PRO Toilet Series.

Kohler Co. Shares Sustainability Stories Through Believing In Better™ Platform.
Company asks 'What do you Believe?' through blog and booth unveiled at Greenbuild.

GRAFF®’s Ametis Shower System Honored With Architectural Products Magazine’s Prestigious Product Innovation Award.
GRAFF®, the Milwaukee-based manufacturer of precision engineered products for the kitchen and bath, announced today that they are the recipients of the 2013 Product Innovation Award (PIA) from Architectural Products magazine.

New Tomahawk Website Offers Finish Plumbing Edge to Plumbing Contractors and Wholesalers. The new Tomahawk website includes features and benefits for Sioux Chief/Tomahawk representatives, wholesalers and contractors in plumbing specialty, gas specialty and tools.

Sioux Chief Donates Rough Plumbing Supplies To Operation Finally Home.
Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Ron Wiley and family will be receiving a house with rough-in plumbing products donated by Sioux Chief. Their partner, Price Brothers Inc. has donated all the plumbing labor.
 

TOTO Is The First Plumbing Manufacturer To Validate Its Products' Environmental Performance With New Sustainable Minds' Transparency Reports.
Company Innovates a Solution and Goes Beyond Compliance in Response to LEED v4's 'Building Product Disclosure and Optimization' Option.

Survey Reveals BrassCraft Manufacturing No-lead Awareness Campaign Effective.
After an extensive awareness campaign informing plumbers of the January 2014 no-lead law, BrassCraft Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer of plumbing products, released survey results revealing the campaign's effectiveness.

Sioux Chief Announces 2014 No Lead Product List for Contractors, Wholesalers.
The No Lead 2014 countdown is on! The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act brings legislative change to the plumbing industry starting January 4, 2014. Plumbing professionals are encouraged to request Sioux Chief’s No Lead product list to prepare for 2014 No Lead purchases.

MATCO-NORCA HAS LEAD FREE WATER SUPPLY LINES READY FOR JANUARY 4th 2014.  For residential potable water applications, Matco-Norca offers both Stainless Steel and Vinyl reinforced water supply lines that are lead free.

Zurn Plumbing Solutions Deliver Significant Labor/Cost Savings for Upstate New York Project. Long-Term Care Facility Shortens Construction Timeline, Saves Millions in Financing. “I chose Zurn products because I was looking to save time on a necessarily fast-paced job.” - Chad Krajewski, Plumbing Foreman, MLP Plumbing & Mechanical, Inc.

Uponor’s New Industry-first Products Meeting Demand for Commercial PEX Plumbing Systems.  Uponor North America (Uponor) recently launched several new products in its engineered polymer (EP) product line to meet the increasing demand in commercial plumbing systems using crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) pipe.

Uponor Innovations Identifies Emerging Markets and Game-changing Products.
Uponor, Inc. is excited to announce the launch of Uponor Innovations LLC — a new, wholly owned subsidiary and corporate enterprise designed to identify emerging markets and create new, game-changing products.

Xylem’s Bell & Gossett Little Red Schoolhouse® is back in session for the fourth quarter. New plumbing systems design seminar introduced to curriculum.
Bell & Gossett, a brand of Xylem Inc., and a leader in education for the hydronic heating and plumbing industries, announced its training course schedule for fourth quarter 2013 at the Little Red Schoolhouse outside Chicago, Ill.

Delta Faucet Company Sponsors Six Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Educational Foundation Scholarships.
Delta Faucet Company announced the winners of six $2,500 scholarships for students pursuing plumbing, heating and cooling related studies.

Matco-Norca Announces New Lead Free Plumbing Website.
Businesses rushing to fulfill the requirements of Public Law 111-380 (Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act) for lead free plumbing supplies for potable water, which comes into effect January 4th, 2014, can turn to Matco-Norca’s new lead free plumbing website to get all the information and supplies they need.

Jacuzzi Luxury Bath Welcomes New President.
Jacuzzi Luxury Bath, a leader in hydrotherapy solutions, recently announced that Joey Davis has joined the company as President.

Taco announces 6+1 promotion for residential hydronic components.
Taco announced its 6+1 promotion for residential hydronic components. The 6+1promotion, which runs from August 15 to October 30, 2013, is designed to cut costs for installers looking to get a jump on the cold weather while upgrading the performance and safety of any system.
American Standard Expands Monterrey Commercial Faucet Offering.
New Healthcare Faucet Debuted, Plus Models for Commercial Bathroom Sinks; Features Include Solid Brass Construction, Plus Drip-Free, Maintenance-Free Performance.

NextEnergy Inc. to distribute KWT heat pumps in North America.
Viessmann Manufacturing Company Inc. is proud to announce an agreement with geothermal firm NextEnergy Inc. to secure North American sales support, installation and service for its high temperature output KWT heat pumps.

Viega LLC welcomes new CEO in October.
In October 2013, Viega LLC will welcome Vice President of Sales Dave Garlow as the new CEO and president. Dan Schmierer, who has led the company since its founding in 1999, will retire in December 2013.

RIDGID® Adds Self-Leveling Camera Head To SeeSnake® Max™ rM200 Camera System.  RIDGID®, a leading innovator of SeeSnake® Max™ rM200 Camera System technology for the plumbing industry, announces a new self-leveling camera head for its SeeSnake® Max™ rM200 Camera System.

Morrison Supply Acquires Norman Plumbing Supply.
Ft. Worth, Texas-based Morrison Supply recently announced the acquisition of Oklahoma City area-based Norman Plumbing Supply.

LIXIL to Acquire ASD Americas Holding Corp., Parent of American Standard Brands.  
Kitchen & Bath Products Leader Will Serve as Platform for North American Presence as LIXIL Continues Globalization of Business.

Viega’s Zero Lead™ Alloy Exceeds Lead-Free Requirements.
Viega is the only manufacturer that has developed its own registered, lead-free silicon-bronze alloy specifically for press fittings.

BrassCraft Manufacturing Introduces Redesigned Website. Intuitively redesigned to effectively search product offerings, product information and corporate announcements, the website has been enhanced with richer content and greater functionality. An expanded product gallery provides users with access to the full line of BrassCraft® products and complete catalogs.

Watts Water Technologies “Cuts Ribbon” on NH Foundry.
30,000 sq. ft. Foundry Supports Company’s Lead Free Initiative, NH Jobs.

Uponor North America named Top 100 Workplaces for 2013.   Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions about organizational health, job expectations and employee engagement.

Viega Expands the MegaPress® System Offerings.
Viega’s MegaPress system for black iron pipe now includes new sizes of caps and flanges.

Uponor Named 2013 Manufacturer of the Year by Manufacturers Alliance.
Uponor was honored as the 2013 Manufacturer of the Year in the large-company category by the Manufacturers Alliance, an association providing peer-to-peer training, education and resources that allow Midwest manufacturing companies to continuously grow, improve and stay competitive.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin Tours Sloan Headquarters, Discusses Water Efficiency and Manufacturing Jobs.  U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) visited Sloan’s Franklin Park, Ill., headquarters and factory on March 26, during which he discussed water efficiency, the strong market for green products and manufacturing jobs with Sloan President Jim Allen and other Sloan employees.

RectorSeal Acquires G-O-N® LLC, Originator of the Plumbing Industry's Glue-On-Nozzle Downspout.  The industry's only theft-proof, glue-on nickel-bronze downspout nozzle that can be installed after the wall is built.

BrassCraft(R) Service Parts Already Compliant to 2014 No-Lead Legislation.
As of January 4, 2014, Federal Public Law 111-380 prohibits the sale of plumbing fixtures with a wetted surface area containing more than a weighted average of 0.25% lead.

Sioux Chief Sponsors ‘Team DrivenSioux Chief Sponsors ‘Team Driven’ at FIRST Robotics Competition World Championships.  After six grueling weeks of long nights and early mornings, FIRST Team 1730 - Team Driven, the Lee’s Summit High School Robotics team, turned its vision of the best robot for this year’s FRC game, Ultimate Ascent, into a reality.

Uponor North America Expanding for Fifth Time to Meet Manufacturing Demand.
Beginning in May, Uponor North America will be breaking ground at its headquarters facility in Apple Valley, Minn., to add 17,500 square feet of manufacturing space to help meet forecasted growth for crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) tubing for plumbing, fire sprinkler and radiant heating and cooling systems.

Ferguson acquires Davis & Warshow.
Move provides entry into the New York City residential and commercial plumbing market.

Commercial Service Specialist Uses Multi-Unit Tankless Water Heating Systems to Solve Restaurants’ Hot-Water Problems.  Facilities Resource Group offers turnkey Noritz tankless water heating packages, prefabricating rack systems at its Michigan headquarters, shipping and installing them at restaurants nationwide with the help of local plumbing contractors.

American Standard Brands Named 2012 WaterSense Partner of the Year.
Technological Advances and Commitment to Water Conservation Earn Special Recognition from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Industry Leaders Form Get the Lead Out Plumbing Consortium.  The purpose of this unique meeting was to develop strategies to alert and prepare industry constituents for upcoming changes in the allowable level of lead in plumbing products.

Grundfos Pumping Systems Attain Listing for Drinking Water Safety.  Global pump manufacturer strengthens commitment to quality, public safety by assuring early compliance with 2014 requirements for lead content in U.S. pumping systems.

IAPMO Releases 2012 Green Plumbing and Mechanical Code Supplement.
The second edition of the Green Plumbing and Mechanical Code Supplement (GPMCS), has been released.

BrassCraft Manufacturing Company Offers Custom Designed and Manufactured OEM Products.  BrassCraft Manufacturing Company, a leading manufacturer of premium quality plumbing supplies for over 65 years, offers its customers collaborative services for original products or modifications to any of its 12,000 existing products.

Solco Plumbing Supply Honors Domestic Manufacturing with America First 2012 Trade Show on November 15th. On Thursday, November 15th 2012, Solco will host "America First 2012," a trade show focusing exclusively on American made plumbing products.

Football Legend Terry Bradshaw Teams With Ferguson.
Bradshaw will serve as the spokesperson for Ferguson's contractor business which consists of commercial and residential plumbers, HVAC contractors, waterworks contractors, builders, and remodelers.

Mansfield Plumbing Products, LLC Expansion Plan - Receives Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit.  Mansfield Plumbing Products, LLC, one of the largest domestic producers of sanitary ware products, has been awarded a 60% Job Creation Tax Credit over eight years by the Ohio Tax Credit Authority.

IAPMO GreenPlumbers® Solar Hot Water Workshop Offered Online through Hanley Wood.  IAPMO GreenPlumbers® Training is now offering a free solar hot water workshop
online through Hanley Wood University.

SANICUBIC 1 Grinder System Offers Clog-Resistant, Lower-Cost Alternative to Sewage Ejector Packages.  Designed for residential and commercial applications where the sewer line or the septic tank sits above or away from the structure.

Transition to Green Plumbing in Healthcare.  The plumbing system is fundamental to a healthcare facility's success. Probably no other built facility places more demands and complex requirements on plumbing than the hospital.

HANSGROHE SWINGS INTO SPRING WITH EXCITING NEW PRODUCTS & BRIGHT OUTLOOK. N.A. Headquarters Expands, Exports & Gives Back.

Rheem Opens a New PROSTOCK Store South of Atlanta with Hughes Supply.
McDonough, Ga.-based store will distribute Rheem HVAC parts and aftermarket supplies to local contractors.

Optimum Service Solutions, Inc. Brings Service Plans and Maintenance Agreements into the 21st Century with the Launch of Service Plan Builder.
Service Plan Builder will allow Service Companies within the Services Sector to Sell Service Contracts, Service Agreements and/or Maintenance Plans to their Customers Online.

2012 RIDGID® Reputation Roadshow in Full Gear.  Highlights include visual inspection products, utility locators, drain maintenance and pressing technology. Attendees also receive RIDGID gear, meet a RIDGID calendar model, enjoy lunch and have the opportunity to ask experts about any product in the RIDGID line.

Honeywell and Rebuilding Together Providence Revitalize Day Camp form Underprivileged Children.  Honeywell donated more than $7,500 in materials and more than 50 Honeywell employees and volunteers from Oil Heat Cares and EDOS Manufacturers’ Reps, Inc. helped with the project.

Jeff Woods Joins Sweeney Rogers Geraghty  Sweeney Rogers Geraghty is pleased to announce that Jeff Woods has joined the organization in the role of Business Development Manager for the Mestek Products Division.

Bryant Heating and Cooling Announces Medal of Excellence Regional Winners  Fifteen Bryant Factory Authorized Dealers throughout the U.S. and Canada were selected for the prestigious award.

Mestek Announces New Boiler Group Sales Manager  
Mestek welcomes Doug Bolasevich as their new Sales Manager – Boiler products.

Rinnai Products Featured at HGTV Green Home in Plymouth MA  Rinnaicondensing boilers and water heaters were recently featured at an open house at the HGTV Green Home in Plymouth MA.


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BRYANT EDUCATIONAL EVENT Helps Dealers Sell High Efficiency Evolution Solutions Factory and distributor representatives (with help from BryantMan of course) unmasked 2010 marketing, advertising and promotion programs as well as the new 2010 Bryant product lineup.

Bender Plumbing Showroom Profile  Bender Supply takes pride in their plumbing, kitchen and bath showrooms. They will have six open by the end of April.

Pensotti-USA Appoints Pendleton Associates as Representatives. Pensotti heating products have been keeping the northeast warm since the 1970’s. Thousands of boilers later, the quality, value, dependability, and efficiency of its line of boilers have earned Pensotti the reputation as one of America’s best heating values.

Viessmann Introduces Direct Sales Staff for Eastern NE.  Jim Bolduc, Tom Fullerton, and Kevin Flynn have joined Viessmann to deliver superior sales and technical support to the wholesalers, contractors, and engineers throughout the territory.

Sweeney Rogers Corp. and Frederick Geraghty Announce Merger to Form Sweeney Rogers Geraghty Corp.   Prior to the announced merger, both companies served the New England plumbing, heating, and HVAC market specializing in support and training in high quality energy conserving products.

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