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2014 October

Our October 2014 issue features a look at the 2014 Supply House of the Year: Ferguson Enterprises.

2014 Supply House of the Year: Ferguson Enterprises

National distributor’s sustained success centers on people and innovation.

There is an office at Ferguson Enterprises’ headquarters in Newport News, Va., that bears resemblance to a high-school art classroom.

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Supply House Times On the Road: WIT’s 40th Anniversary

WIT celebrates 40th anniversary.

WIT & Co. certainly knows how to throw a party. The buying group recently celebrated its 40th anniversary at The Nines hotel in downtown Portland, Ore., where networking and educational opportunities were augmented with plenty of good times.

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NetworkASA 2014 a major success

Good times ahead for the American Supply Association.

Industry forecast at NetworkASA provides optimism.

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Supply House Times Profile: Viessmann's Dr. Michael Luz

Viessmann sees opportunity for high-efficiency equipment.

Manufacturer approaches 25th anniversary in the U. S. with new product offerings, expanded website.

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You can benefit from ASA's many industry reports

In each of my “Letters from ASA President” this year, I have set my focus on one or more areas in ASA provides benefit to its members. 

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Scottish device aims to reduce fuel bills

Hey, who doesn’t want to save fuel?

Hey, who doesn’t want to save fuel? And who doesn’t want to sell stuff that saves fuel? 

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U.S. now the world's leading natural gas producer

At the top.

The fracking revolution seems to continue its unprecedented growth.

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The future of retail and brick-and-mortar stores

Yesterday and tomorrow.

What does the future hold for retail and brick-and-mortar stores? 

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The advantages of hiring experienced professionals

Counter smarts.

I headed over to my local hardware supply to see “Joe,” the store’s plumbing guru.

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How to fight a new e-commerce distribution tactic

Take control.

The list of competitors is growing.

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How to identify ideal sales talent.

The chosen ones.

Let’s face it. Salespeople represent the future of your company. 

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Sudden cardiac arrest

October is national Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month.

Being prepared can mean the difference between life and death. 

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Wounded soldier program making a difference

Peabody Supply sponsors Net-Zero energy home

The Net-Zero energy home is located in Salisbury, Mass.

This is the first-ever Net-Zero energy home in Salisbury, Mass.

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Consolidated Supply named one of the best places to work

It’s one of Oregonian newspaper’s top workplaces.

Congratulations to Consolidated Supply!

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Eastern Penn Supply opens new branch

The new branch is located in Mifflintown, Pa.

The new location is the company’s 11th branch and is located about halfway between Harrisburg and State College.

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Viega showcases mobile promotion truck

It is traveling from coast to coast across the continental United States

The new 30-ft.-long mobile showroom is a customized F-550 Super Duty truck.

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Bradford White appoints Bruce Carnevale executive VP

Carnevale named executive vice president and COO of Bradford White.

Carnevale previously served as the company’s executive vice president of sales and marketing.

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Liberty Pumps announces Bergen building expansion

It that will add 81,000 sq. ft. to the company’s manufacturing and warehouse space in Bergen, N.Y. Construction is expected to be completed in February 2015.

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Elkay names rep agency of the year

Elkay Manufacturing awarded Herkowski Stickler & Associates as its Rep of the Year for 2013.

Congratulations to Herkowski Stickler & Associates as Elkay’s 2013 Rep Agency of the Year.

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Lochinvar expands world headquarters

It is adding 74,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing and storage capacity.

Lochinvar will expand its world headquarters in Lebanon, Tenn.

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Winwater opens Arkansas location

The company is associated with WinWholesale.

Located at 324 Airport Rd., in Bentonville, Northwest Arkansas.

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Merit Brass earns award

This award honors 99 great workplaces for top talent in northeast Ohio.

Merit Brass recently received the NorthCoast 99 award.

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Beschloss joins USA Today online columnist lineup

Congratulations to our own Morris Beschloss!

The nationally published Gannett media entity is now posting Beschloss’ daily blogs on its website.

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Metals shipments stagnant in August

MSCI noted inventory increased across the board.

Inventories of aluminum products increased 10.8% from August a year ago.

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Knapp Supply holds 140th anniversary party

Knapp Supply was founded in 1874.

Knapp Supply recently celebrated its milestone anniversary with a day-long gathering at its Muncie headquarters.

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Warmup thermostat for radiant heating

Warmup’s 3iE is a fully interactive thermostat with touch technology and energy monitoring for radiant heating that learns from the user’s programming changes and temperature selections. 

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A. O. Smith commercial water heater

A. O. Smith’s Cyclone Mxi is a modulating, high-efficiency commercial gas water heater. 

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American Standard urinal flush valves

American Standard’s high-efficiency urinal flush valves offer Selectronic hands-free function, flexible power options, reduced maintenance and reliable performance. 

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Franklin Electric water pumps

Franklin Electric’s SubDrive SolarPAK technology gives water pump installers and users the option to use solar as the power source on virtually any 4” well. 

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Chicago Faucets metering faucets

Chicago Faucets’ 3510 Series of water-conserving metering faucets feature a 0.5-gpm nonaerating outlet. 

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Lochinvar high-efficiency boiler

Lochinvar’s FTXL fire tube boiler is designed with a stainless-steel fire tube heat exchanger. 

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Willoughby wall-hung urinal

Willoughby Industries’ wall-hung, high-efficiency urinal is fabricated from welded 16-gauge, type-304 stainless steel. 

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UV Resources UV-C lamp system

The UV Resources RLM Xtreme fixtureless UV-C lamp system delivers high-output ultraviolet energy to irradiate coils and destroy mold, bacteria and microbes in demanding, high-volume HVAC environments. 

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Goulds energy-efficient water pump

Goulds Water Technology’s e-HM stainless-steel series is a horizontal multistage water pump for commercial and industrial applications. 

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Woodford freezeless faucets

The Woodford Model 22 and the V22 (vertical version) freezeless hot and cold faucets allow homeowners to have hot and cold water outside. 

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General Pipe Cleaners drain clog cutter

General Pipe Cleaners’ Double U-Cutter, nicknamed “The Spider”, features both front and rear blades. 

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Bosch heat pumps

Bosch Thermotechnology introduces a new split system version of its FHP LV Model package heat pump for commercial applications. 

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Matco-Norca shower system

Matco-Norca has added a three-setting handheld shower system as part of its Build Your Own/ Job Packs that allow customers to mix and match elements of the company’s faucet line. 

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Winters pressure transmitters

The LXP and LIS series transmitters from Winters are designed for harsh environments with their rugged stainless-steel construction, NEMA 4X, 6P, 7 or 9 enclosure ratings and high resistance to shock and vibration. 

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Warehouse guide for distributors

E-commerce “distributors” rarely make warehouse mistakes and operate very efficiently, so competing against them requires filling orders accurately, quickly and at a low cost. 

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Tile Redi shower pan

Tile Redi’s Bathtub Replacement…Go Tubless shower pans have been created to fit the footprint of the bathtub and replaced with a shower. 

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Webstone Valves enhanced manifold

Webstone Valves’ Hydro-Core manifold now is packaged with prefabricated and insulated supply/return lines outfitted with connections for nearly any boiler. 

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AquaOne water shutoff

AquaOne Technologies’ Toilet Guardian is an electronic water-saving device that shuts off water to the toilet when a leak or overflow is detected. 

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Mansfield elongated toilet

Mansfield Plumbing’s WaterSense-compliant, gravity-fed Maverick 1.0 EL SmartHeight toilet uses 38% less water, flushing with only 1-gpf and flushes 500 grams (MaP rating). 

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Laars boiler and tankless water heater

Laars’ Mascot LX condensing combi boiler and tankless water heater, which features a heat exchanger, is a natural gas or LP-fired unit that offers 95% efficiency, full modulation and a plentiful supply of domestic hot water on combi units. 

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SFA Saniflo above-floor pump

About the size of a small wastebasket, the compact Saniswift pump is an above-floor plumbing solution where no below-floor drainage exists. 

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Keeney automatic laundry shutoff

Keeney Manufacturing’s TimeOut shut off-valve is a cost-effective engineered solution that is manually activated and automatically shuts off the water supply to washing machine hoses. 

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Uponor snow and ice-melting system

Uponor’s snow and ice melting system circulates a warm water and glycol solution through freeze-resistant, crosslinked PEX tubing, which is buried in concrete, asphalt or a sand bed. 

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BNP Media’s Plumbing Group, comprised of the Plumbing & Mechanical, Supply House Times, PM Engineer (pme) and Reeves Journal brands, recently visited Grundfos’ new North American headquarters building in the western Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Ill.

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2014 October

Our October 2014 issue features a look at the 2014 Supply House of the Year: Ferguson Enterprises.

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