Articles by Mike Miazga

A converted car dealership adds to Central Plumbing Specialties' service capabilities.

The New York City-based plumbing and heating wholesaler was looking to expand.
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Perfect fit for Central Plumbing Specialties.


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Supply House Times On the Road: WinWholesale Annual Meeting 2014

WinWholesale Annual Meetings and Vendor Showcase draws massive crowd.
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WinWholesale held one heck of a family reunion recently. The Dayton, Ohio-based company’s Annual Meetings and Vendor Showcase drew a crowd of about 1,200 to the Gaylord Texan resort in Grapevine, Texas, just outside Dallas.


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There’s good news for the PVF industry

Be prepared for even more industrial PVF growth.
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In my report on the recent winter PVF Roundtable meeting in Houston, Supply House Times columnist and ASA Industry Analyst Morrie Beschloss used the signature sign-on line from World War II-era radio commentator Gabriel Heatter to describe the outlook for the industrial PVF industry.


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Supply House Times Profile: Forte’s Doug Hermance

Forte President Doug Hermance likes where the decorative plumbing and hardware industry is headed.
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Supply House Times recently interviewed Forte President Doug Hermance at the decorative plumbing and hardware buying group’s 2014 conference at Trump National Doral outside Miami. Hermance is the president of Houston-based Westheimer Plumbing & Hardware, which features two showroom locations (Houston and The Woodlands) and a warehouse operations center.


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Healthy outlooks for Omni and Luxury Products Group

Both Omni and LPG report increased sales at 2014 spring meetings.
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The Omni and Luxury Products Group buying groups had good news to report at their recent spring meetings held at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, Fla. Omni President Bob Hoff told the more than 1,000 attendees that group sales were up 10% over 2012 levels and total sales to vendor partners had again moved over the much-sought-after $1 billion barrier.


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Service speaks volumes at Kolson

Customers are king at New York-based master distributor Kolson.
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In this high-tech, hustle-and-bustle day and age, a phone call to businesses in many walks of life likely will include dealing with some form of nonhuman interaction.


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Master distributors are seizing the opportunity

Master distributors are putting themselves in a position to thrive.
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One of my three beagle dogs recently lost a portion of her ear after an attack by a neighborhood dog. Fenway (my wife’s a huge Red Sox fan; we had another beagle named Boston) had to undergo emergency surgery to save/reconstruct the ear.


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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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