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ASA Roundtable 2013: Part 2

PHCP distributors discuss staff growth, e-commerce issues, buying groups and ASA’s value in the second of a two-part series.
By Mike Miazga
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In last month’s issue, a panel of leading PHCP executives made its feelings known on a variety of issues related to government regulation and how the current political climate is affecting the industry. In the second of this two-part series, the group delves into issues related to the everyday workings of its companies, including staff growth, e-commerce and attracting young talent into the industry.


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For Team Alloys owner Bill Bootz, employees and customers mean everything

Team Alloys shows what a true master distributor can really do.
By Mike Miazga
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Bill Bootz, owner of Houston-based industrial PVF master distributor Team Alloys, didn’t know much about the business when he first started as an outside salesman back in the 1980s. “My first sales call to SMS of Texas was on Sept. 18, 1989,” he recalls in vivid detail. “They told me my price was higher than domestic. I said, ‘What’s domestic?’ I knew absolutely nothing about the business — completely zero.”


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Master distributors continue to play a key role in the industry

Master distributors starting to rise in importance.
By Mike Miazga
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Trends and forecasts always are frequent topics of discussion in the PHCP/PVF industry. That definitely holds true for the master distribution end of the equation. A group of master distribution executives recently spoke with Supply House Times on a variety of topics related to their companies’ roles in the industry.


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ASA Roundtable 2013: Part 1

PHCP distributors talk about the economy, health care and e-commerce in the first of a two-part series.
By Mike Miazga
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Now more than ever, legislative and regulatory decisions play a major role in the way PHCP and PVF distributors conduct business. A blue-chip panel of distributors had plenty to say about that and many other hot-button topics during an exclusive roundtable interview conducted by Supply House Times and the American Supply Association during NetworkASA 2013 at the Renaissance Marriott DC Downtown Hotel in Washington.


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Solarwood

Here are some ways to combine solar collectors and wood-gasification boilers.
By John Siegenthaler, P.E.
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In many parts of the U.S., the summer of 2013 was a banner season for solar energy collection. Many solar thermal systems, especially those in the over-baked western part of the country, undoubtedly collected enough heat that they reached the upper temperature limit of the storage tank and had to dump excess heat.


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Supply House Times Profile: Viega’s Dave Garlow

New Viega CEO puts emphasis on training and product innovation.
By Bob Miodonski
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Construction activity will increase as the need to attract young people to the trades grows. Last month, Supply House Times interviewed Viega LLC CEO and President Dave Garlow at his office in Wichita, Kan., on issues facing the plumbing-and-heating industry.


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Greenbuild 2013

Even with new products on the back burner, there still was plenty to see at Greenbuild 2013.
By John McNally
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After walking the Greenbuild 2013 exhibitor hall Nov. 20-21 it became evident that major manufacturers did not pack as many new products or technologies for the Philadelphia incarnation of the premier sustainable building trade show.


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KBIS and IBS hope to be bigger and better

Optimism abounds for first combined KBIS-IBS show in Las Vegas.
By Mike Miazga
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If the preshow buzz is any indication, the co-locating of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and the International Builders’ Show already is a smash hit. The two major industry trade shows go under the same roof for the first time Feb. 4-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of what is being billed as Design & Construction Week.


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Winning formula for Equity Plumbing buying group

Equity Plumbing buying group excited about its future.
By Mike Miazga
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The Equity Plumbing buying group celebrated its fifth anniversary earlier this year and recently held its well-attended first annual national meeting.


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The Global Group of Companies takes master distribution to the next level

One stop PVF at the Global Group of Companies.
By Mike Miazga
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In the ever-evolving world of master distribution, anything a company can do to gain efficiencies can be a game-changer.


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