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In the November issue of Supply House Times, read about the final PVF Roundtable meeting of 2013, what happened at NetworkASA 2013 at Capitol Hill and see how the attendees at Hansgrohe celebrated. Two supply houses have reached a milestone this month so peek inside the issue to see who they are! Also, read about the latest products and news updates in the wholesale and distribution industry.
It doesn’t take long to notice John Strong’s laidback and fun-loving approach to life. A conversation with the tell-it-like-it-is Strong almost always contains some type of humor.
In April 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy issued new efficiency standards for residential storage water heaters — gas-fired, oil-fired and electric — and gas-fired tankless water heaters. These efficiency standards become effective in April 2015.
The Association of Industry Manufacturers Representatives (http://www.aimr.net/ AIM/R) opened its annual conference to manufacturers again this year, and 30 vendors attended the meeting Sept. 25-28 in Albuquerque, N.M. Last year in Boston, 20 manufacturers attended the AIM/R meeting.
In 2013, the bath and kitchen manufacturer reached many new benchmarks, including 10 years of its Raindance showerhead, 15 years of Hansgrohe China, 20 years of its partnership with renowned designer Phillipe Starck and 40 years of Hansgrohe Spain.
With NetworkASA 2013 being held in Washington, D.C., one of the main attractions of the convention was the opportunity for ASA members to meet with their members of Congress.
As I write my second-to-last letter having just returned from 2013 in Washington D.C., “refreshed” and “enthusiastic” are two terms that come to mind from not only my perspective as ASA president, but also as a convention attendee.
Dec. 1, 2013 is the deadline to complete employee training, which includes GHS as part of the site Hazard Communication Standard program. HCS commonly is referred to as HazCom or HazCom 2012. The HCS is OHSA Standard 29 CFR 1910.1200.
With Halloween having recently passed, I recall as a child going to a haunted house at our town’s American Legion hall. While other children were screaming, I looked at the costumed American Legion worker holding a fake chainsaw and gave him a “come on, now” look as I shook my head and walked away.
A good friend of mine called the other day and told me: “I had my regular A/C spring tune-up last week and this week it stopped working. So I called my A/C guy and now he says I need to change out the whole thing!”
The speed of business in the PHCP and PVF wholesale industry can be blazing fast, with materials flying in and out of the doors faster than most credit departments can handle. Deciding who can have company credit, how much credit and when to pull the plug are daily decisions that impact the bottom line.
Three years ago, we presented a proposal for distributor research on the trends and usage of vendor rebates. The proposal was received with enthusiasm and the ensuing presentation demonstrated sincere and substantial interest from the distributor panel. However, the proposal didn’t make the final cut as the legal issues were too sensitive.
What is becoming increasingly clear is that the nation’s booming fossil-fuel energy activity is not only exceeding all recent records in this arena, but cloaking general industrial activity (manufacturing, mining, utilities) shortfalls at levels still well under the degree of industrial production and capacity utilization reached prior to the 2008-10 Great Recession.
I doubt any of you are surprised that the number of private-label products showing up in the marketplace is rapidly growing. Many of you are starting to show and sell your very own private-labeled faucets, bath accessories and other popular showroom sell items.
Wolseley plc recently announced its financial results for the 2013 fiscal year.
Michel Sales Agency recently hosted a daylong seminar on “Cutting Edge Hydronics,” presented by BNP Media Plumbing Group Hydronics Editor John Siegenthaler, P.E., of Appropriate Designs.
Johnstone Supply and DDI System have signed a letter of intent on the transfer of Johnstone Supply’s Data Services subsidiary, including its DSPro distribution software to DDI System, creating a new DDI-DSPro division.
“Mastering Hydronic System Design,” an online course taught by BNP Media Plumbing Group Hydronics Editor John Siegenthaler, is now underway to a sellout class of 50 students.
Legend Valve appointed Pat Durkin to the position of Western regional sales manager.
F.W. Webb recently announced the opening of a new location in Falmouth, Mass.
Stafford, Tex.-based COOPER Valves recently announced it has acquired Houston-based Accuseal, a leading manufacturer of severe service metal-seated ball valves.
Grant Supply Co. is celebrating 80 years in business.
Joe Poehling of Madison, Wis.-based First Supply and Pat Adams of Kansas City, Mo.-based MKS Pipe and Valve Co. were presented with ASA’s 2013 IPD and Plumbing Division awards of excellence respectively at NetworkASA 2013 in Washington.
ASA members participating in NetworkASA 2013 in Washington, D.C., Oct. 2-4 experienced a wide range of emotions during their stay in our nation’s capital.
Sumitomo Corp. and Baton Rouge, La.-based Edgen Group recently announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement whereby Sumitomo will acquire all outstanding shares of Edgen Group for $12 per share in cash
The final PVF Roundtable of 2013 broke yet another attendance record.
OmegaFlex’s Ed Moran was named the winner of the Association of Independent Manufacturers’/Representatives Golden Eagle Award
Modern Supply, the 2011 Supply House Times Supply House of the Year, recently announced that it is again a Kohler distributor.
Ferguson will become an authorized American Standard wholesaler as of Jan. 1, 2014.
Bradford White eF Series offers remarkable thermal efficiency ratings as high as 99.1%.
The NRC661 has an energy factor of 0.91 for natural gas and 0.93 for LP.
Rheem’s new line of water heaters is specifically designed for wholesalers and plumbing professionals.
Seven types of check valves enhance Val-Matic’s line to meet varying applications.
Stiebel Eltron Accelera 300 heat pump water heater can extract up to 80% of its energy requirements from the energy around it.
Rinnai introduces its E Series Boiler, the E50C condensing combi boiler.
Sioux Chief’s expansion tank support kit comprises a simple, strong steel bracket to secure expansion tanks to wall studs.
Gerber adds several high-performing, high-efficiency toilet options to its popular Allerton Collection — all offering 1.28 gpf.
Delany Products has updated its original Flushboy Valve by introducing its Flushboy Ultra with an updated sleek design on the top cover for a streamlined look.
Isenberg introduces its brand-new kitchen faucet, Model 100.1404.