Millard with Ed Del Grande (left) and Mike Chandler (right), vice president of marketing, Kohler Co.
Ferguson Enterprises, Newport News, VA, and Kohler Co. co-hosted a nationwide competition to find the fastest plumber in the United States. Contestants installed a Kohler Cimarron Comfort Height™ two-piece toilet featuring the DryLock™ installation system, a Kohler Forté® centerset lavatory faucet, and a multi-piece Sterling ensemble™ tile shower made of Vikrell™ material in 65 qualifying events held across the country. Eight regional finalists and their Ferguson representatives won all-expense-paid trips to the final contest in Green Bay, WI, in November, where they stayed for two nights at Kohler's American Club and also attended a Green Bay Packers football game. Triple Master Plumber Ed Del Grande, who hosts “Ed the Plumber” on the DIY network and serves as Kohler's spokesperson, was the master of ceremonies for the final contest. Matt Millard of 5-Star Plumbing in Brentwood, CA, won the grand prize of $3,000 with an installation time of one minute, 18 seconds. The other seven finalists also received cash prizes.