Formerly an old Chicago manufacturing facility, Able Distributors' new warehouse was basically bought on an old-fashioned handshake. Unfortunately for the Bleier brothers, co-owners of Able Distributors, they didn't know what they were getting into when they purchased the building in 2003. The Able central stocking warehouse can be found at 5610 Bloomingdale on Chicago's northwest side. It is a building that is roughly 60 years old and located in an area that has been “neglected due to the growing movement of manufacturing to the suburbs and overseas. But we believe the area is ripe for a comeback and we're proud to be contributing back to the community,” says Michael Bleier, co-owner and vice president.
The inaugural “Innovative Thinking” conference drew 80 participants to the lush resort of Lake Lanier Islands near Atlanta last June 12-13. Few were sorry they came. Sponsored by BNP Media Co.'s Plumbing Group of magazines - Plumbing & Mechanical, SUPPLY HOUSE TIMES, PM Engineer - the conference focused on “Hiring, Retention and Training” as the subject of in-depth examination by experts on these topics from within the PHCP industry, along with a sprinkling of fresh ideas by outsiders.
The Water Quality Association (WQA) is an international trade organization serving the residential, commercial, industrial and small system water treatment industry. It was created in 1974 following the merger of two predecessor organizations: the Water Conditioning Association International and the Water Conditioning Foundation. The formation of WQA created a single industry voice to address rapidly growing industry challenges and opportunities for the water treatment professional.
The New Milford, CT, bath and kitchen showroom operated by Modern Plumbing Supply started the year out right with a grand opening Jan. 2. This location combines a 5,000-sq.-ft. luxury showroom, a 5,000-sq.-ft. self-service parts counter and a 15,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in one expanded and renovated building that had previously housed only its 10,000-sq.-ft. warehouse, adjacent to its former showroom. The showroom faces competition from a Home Depot store across the street and another upscale wholesaler showroom about 15 miles away.
Plumbers know how to fix all types of equipment that need water to flush, flow, circulate, recirculate, pump, heat and cool. For the last few years, we've been championing the plumber who can also “fix” water.
Retiring Ferguson CEO Frank Roach and his successor Kevin Murphy talk about the seamless leadership transition, the company’s future and views on the current marketplace. Read more stories in 2017 May Issue.