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April 2014

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In the April issue of Supply House Times, there is much focus on young professionals in the distribution industry. Find out who is being recognized as this year's Young Executives for the American Supply Association and read who will be taking over Aaron & Co. when it's current owners retire. Read about Central Plumbing Specialties' recent expansion, catch up on the latest news from the distribution industry as well as the latest products!

Aaron & Co.’s Mike Laudino and Lindsey Portnoy-Rodner are two young executives making an impact

Their time is now for Aaron & Co.’s Laudino and Portnoy-Rodner.
April 11, 2014

Aaron & Co.’s Mike Laudino and Lindsey Portnoy-Rodner know all eyes are on them. Laudino, 32, and Portnoy-Rodner, 28, are third-generation executives at the Piscataway, N.J.-based distributor of plumbing, heating and cooling products.


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Supply House Times On the Road: WinWholesale Annual Meeting 2014

WinWholesale Annual Meetings and Vendor Showcase draws massive crowd.
April 11, 2014

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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Carr Supply benefits from the remodeling of its two Ohio showrooms

The wholesale distributor was started 97 years ago in 1917 by Charlie Essig as a farm equipment supplier.
April 11, 2014

Dual showroom gems in Columbus and Dayton, Ohio.


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

The New York City-based plumbing and heating wholesaler was looking to expand.
April 11, 2014

Perfect fit for Central Plumbing Specialties.


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2014 Supply House Times Young Execs 20

Supply House Times once again asked our industry partners to identify some of these rising stars.
April 11, 2014

Find out who made the list for the second annual Supply House Times Young Execs 20!


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What does the global oil stage look like moving forward?

Murky future
April 11, 2014

Most energy analysts have been surprised by the recent price climb of West Texas Intermediate crude oil to more than $100 per barrel. Since U.S. demand, which reflects the domestically extracted “light crude,” traditionally generates its lowest prices in the winter months, historically annual prices dropped accordingly in 2013, during which prices averaged from the low to middle $90s.


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Young guns in the plumbing industry

Developing the industry’s next generation is critical.
April 11, 2014

In this month’s issue of Supply House Times, you’ll notice quite a bit of attention being given to the next generation of leaders in our industry. This goes to show just how important a topic this is and will continue to be.


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Young executives are part of a bright industry future

Youth served.
April 11, 2014

During my working years, I always have been one of the younger employees at jobs I’ve held. I barely was old enough to vote at my first regular job that took me through my last semester of high school and all four years of college.


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The value of accident investigations

Find the cause.
April 11, 2014

Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act, often referred to as the General Duty Clause, requires employers to “furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.”


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Guest Editorial: E-commerce best practices for competing with online threats

Fight back in the B2B arena.
April 11, 2014

With the launch of Amazon Supply and Google Shopping for Suppliers, having a functional, viable and compelling e-commerce platform is more important now than ever before for PHCP and PVF wholesalers.


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2014 AHR Expo: Part 2

Where is the refrigerant industry headed?
April 11, 2014

At each AHR Expo I look forward to meeting with the people from Airgas — an important supplier of refrigerant reclaim services to our industry — because I can rely on what the company tells me.


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My worldwide adventures in the heating industry

Happy trails.
April 11, 2014

I’m in the last 20 months of doing seminars and that has me reflecting on the places I’ve been and the sometimes strange and always wonderful things I’ve seen when it comes to heating.


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A Look Ahead at the U.S. economy and construction sector

The reality is that the economy and your future are looking good through the middle of the year.
April 11, 2014

The media has had a lot to say about the bad weather earlier this year and tough economic data. My fear is the worrisome news could lead you to conclude that the business cycle is weakening underneath you and that it is time to hoard cash and say “no” to new initiatives.


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Slow metals growth continues in February

According to the Metals Service Center Institute, year-over-year growth picked up slightly in the United States for both steel and aluminum in February.
April 11, 2014

According to the Metals Service Center Institute, year-over-year growth picked up slightly in the United States for both steel and aluminum in February.


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Two key PVF events slated for Houston

The spring PVF Roundtable takes place Tuesday, May 20 at the Westin Galleria in Houston.
April 11, 2014

The PVF Roundtable is coming off another record-setting event in February, which was headlined by Chicago Tube & Iron President and CEO Dr. Don McNeeley’s keynote address.


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MRC Global announces full-year 2013 results

MRC Global recently announced fourth-quarter and full-year 2013 results. The
April 11, 2014

MRC Global recently announced fourth-quarter and full-year 2013 results. The company’s sales increased 3% from $1.31 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012 to $1.34 billion in the same quarter of 2013.


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Peabody Supply hosts Jamaica customer event

Peabody Supply Co. recently treated its plumbing and heating professionals to a weeklong vacation at the Club RIU in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
April 11, 2014

Peabody Supply Co., a division of Hajoca Corp., recently treated its plumbing and heating professionals to a weeklong vacation at the Club RIU in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.


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Murray Supply hosts NCPMA board meeting

Murray Supply Co. recently was the host site for the North Carolina Plumbing and Mechanical Association’s first-quarter board meeting.
April 11, 2014

Murray Supply Co. recently was the host site for the North Carolina Plumbing and Mechanical Association’s first-quarter board meeting. The featured guest speaker was second-term North Carolina Senator Richard Burr.


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Morrison acquires Alamo Appliance

Morrison Supply Co. recently announced it acquired the assets of Alamo Appliance of Fort Worth.
April 11, 2014

Morrison Supply Co. recently announced it acquired the assets of Alamo Appliance of Fort Worth (Texas).


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Zoeller Celebrates 75 Years

The company would like to say thank you to its employees, reps, contractors, vendors, dealers, shareholders, family members and all others who have had relationships with the company over the years.
April 11, 2014

Based in Louisville, KY since 1939, Zoeller Co. is proud to be part of the American Supply Association.


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ASA Showrooming Breakfast a Hit at KBIS

ASA Showroom Managers Networking Council held a successful breakfast during KBIS 2014
April 11, 2014

ASA Showroom Managers Networking Council held a successful breakfast during KBIS 2014.


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ASA and UnleashWD Announce Spirit of Innovation Award

The Unleashing the Spirit of Innovation Award will recognize innovators who are breaking through challenges and seizing opportunities.
April 11, 2014

As you drive south on Interstate 65 leaving Indiana and entering Louisville, immediately to your right is Louisville Slugger Stadium. A two-story-high message on the outside stadium wall reads “Louisville. It’s Possible Here.”


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4 ‘Tax’ Increases That Could Affect Your Business

Between Social Security, Medicare and corporate or individual taxes, most business owners I know pay anywhere from 20% to 30% of their net income to the federal government.
April 11, 2014

These expected new costs to business courtesy of Washington could be cause for concern.


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A. O. Smith high-efficiency water heater

A. O. Smith introduces its high-efficiency residential water heater, the Vertex 100 power direct-vent 75-gal. gas water heater.
April 11, 2014

An extension of the state-of-the-art Vertex line, the 75-gal. version is an Energy Star-qualified product and boasts up to 96% thermal efficiency.


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Jones Stephens adjustable toilet seat hinge

QuicKlean toilet seat hinge system provides a simple solution for installation, as well as quick removal for cleaning.
April 11, 2014

The innovative and patent-pending www.jonesstephens.com QuicKlean toilet seat hinge system provides a simple solution for installation, as well as quick removal for cleaning.


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Legend Valve press swing check valve

The P-451 NL Legend press swing check valve is ANSI/NSF 61-G compliant, third-party-certified by the Water Quality Association.
April 11, 2014

The P-451 NL Legend press swing check valve is ANSI/NSF 61-G compliant, third-party-certified by the Water Quality Association.


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Venstar color touchscreen thermostats

Venstar’s ColorTouch residential and commercial color touchscreen programmable thermostats can now be integrated with Control4 automation systems.
April 11, 2014

Venstar’s ColorTouch residential and commercial color touchscreen programmable thermostats can now be integrated with Control4 automation systems.


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M.K. Morse reciprocating saw blades

M. K. Morse Co. introduces a new bimetal reciprocating saw blade lineup.
April 11, 2014

M. K. Morse Co. introduces a new bimetal reciprocating saw blade lineup.


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General Pipe Cleaners portable pipe inspection

General Pipe Cleaners’ new Gen-Eye Micro-Scope compact handheld inspection tool offers the versatility to inspect small drain lines, toilet traps or hard-to-reach places such as ductwork, furnaces and crawlspaces.
April 11, 2014

General Pipe Cleaners’ new Gen-Eye Micro-Scope compact handheld inspection tool offers the versatility to inspect small drain lines, toilet traps or hard-to-reach places such as ductwork, furnaces and crawlspaces.


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Bradford White commercial water heater controls

Bradford White announces the addition of its exclusive ICON HD commercial control system to the company’s 100-gal. 399,999 Btu/hr. eF series ultra-high efficiency water heater.
April 11, 2014

Bradford White announces the addition of its exclusive ICON HD commercial control system to the company’s 100-gal. 399,999 Btu/hr. eF series ultra-high efficiency water heater.


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American Standard trade-exclusive toilets

The American Standard Cadet PRO toilet collection now includes five different bowl and tank options.
April 11, 2014

The American Standard Cadet PRO toilet collection now includes five different bowl and tank options.


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Niagara Conservation UHET dual-flush toilet

The Stealth ultra-high-efficiency dual-flush toilet from Niagara is equipped with two flush options
April 11, 2014

The Stealth ultra-high-efficiency dual-flush toilet from Niagara is equipped with two flush options: 0.5 gpf (half) and 0.95 gpf (full), with an average of 0.65 gpf.


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April 2014

2014 April

In the April issue of Supply House Times, there is much focus on young professionals in the distribution industry. Find out who is being recognized as this year's Young Executives for the American Supply Association and read who will be taking over Aaron & Co. when it's current owners retire. Read about Central Plumbing Specialties' recent expansion, catch up on the latest news from the distribution industry as well as the latest products!
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