Openings, awards, networking opportunities, product training and charitable donations are among recent special events in the PHCP industry.

CIPH Habitat for Humanity Home In Newfoundland Is Dedicated

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating hosted a dedication ceremony in St. John’s, Newfoundland, at which CIPH Chairman of the Board Russ Morgan of  IPEX Inc. presented the house keys to the Alvarez family. Among the more than 100 attendees at the event were CIPH President & General Manager Ralph Suppa, the Newfoundland Region Board and members, Habitat for Humanity volunteers and members of the media. The family is expected to move into the hydronic-heated home in late November. Since 1994 CIPH members have donated $6.3 million in cash and products to Habitat for Humanity.

Wholesaler Reports Huge Growth In Annual Heating Show

Waterbury, CT-based Torrington Supply and Litco Supply reported that attendance at its fourth annual Heating Show held in August was up more than 200% vs. last year. More than  350 heating contractors gathered in Plantsville, CT, for the event, which was intended to show appreciation to both customers and vendors and provide networking and educational opportunities.

Featured speakers included Matt Conant of A.O. Smith and Peter Butler of AKR Associates/Buderus.  Representatives for Noritz, Honeywell and Crown also made presentations. Dan Holohan spoke on “Classic Hydronics.” New and upgraded heating products were on display from 65 exhibitors, including anchor vendors A.O. Smith, Burnham, Honeywell, R.W. Beckett, and Weil McLain.

TSC Distribution Group is a privately held wholesale-distributor of residential, commercial, and industrial plumbing, heating and air conditioning equipment, pumps, and industrial piping supplies serving Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York State from 10 locations in Connecticut, three in Massachusetts and one in New York.

Famous Reports Increased Attendance At Annual Tri-State Expo

The 27th annual Tri-State Expo held in Cleveland, OH, Sept. 14-15, hosted by wholesaler Famous Enterprises, drew more customers than last year and raised funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation via a raffle. HVAC, plumbing, industrial and building product contractors and industry professionals were invited to attend the event at no cost to meet with vendors, see product demonstrations, and obtain special pricing. Among the more than 400 manufacturers exhibiting were Aprilaire, Arzel, Armstrong Air, Bradford White, Frigidaire Appliance, Honeywell, Kohler, Luxaire, MasterBrand Cabinets, Moen, NIBCO, Slant Fin, Triangle Tube, Viega and White-Rodgers. The expo also included fee-based State of Ohio and NATE certified courses offered by Famous University to earn Continuing Education Credits and NATE certification and free special interest seminars.

Dahl Brothers Hosts Plumbing Contractors Advisory Committee

A select group of plumbing contractors was invited to the first Contractor Advisory Committee meeting hosted by Dahl Brothers Canada Ltd., in August. The meeting included a roundtable discussion and factory tour. Dahl Brothers manufactures plumbing and heating valves and specialties. Pictured (L-R): Ted Higginbotham, Sawtooth Plumbing; Roger Peugeot, Roger the Plumber; Vince Marino and Dawn Kennel, Vince Marino Plumbing; Don Caughlin, My Plumber Heating & Air; and Barney Gidders, Gidders & Son Plumbing.

Basco Honors Triangle Sales

Basco Shower Enclosures named Triangle Sales of western Pennsylvania its Plumbing Representative of the Year, based on overall annual sales growth. Pictured (L-R) are: Brett Adelman of Triangle Sales; Cindy Goodwin, vice president of plumbing sales, Basco; RJ Blum of Triangle Sales; Don Gamble, executive vice president of sales & marketing, Basco; and Jason DeBruer, regional sales manager, Basco.

NORITZ America Talks Tankless

Editors representing Supply House Times, Plumbing & Mechanical and pme (PM Engineer) visited the NORITZ America Bensenville, IL, showroom for a tour and discussion of tankless water heaters and other products. Pictured (L-R): Yoshi Asano, senior manager, marketing department, and Bob Hitchner, senior VP-sales, marketing & business development, both with NORITZ America; Bob Miodonski, group publisher of the BNP Media plumbing books and editor of Plumbing & Mechanical; and Jason Corey, regional sales manager, Midwest, of NORITZ America.

Renamed Radiant Professionals Alliance Hosts Open House

The Radiant Professionals Alliance, formerly known as the Radiant Panel Association, held an open house at its headquarters in upstate New York in late September. The building has several functional radiant aspects to it, including a conference room that is radiantly cooled. Pictured are Ted Lowe (right), RPA executive director, and George Zebrowski, publisher of Plumbing & Mechanical, sister magazine to Supply House Times.

REHAU Opens Academy In Canada

REHAU announced the opening of its first permanent Academy training center in Canada, located in Burlington, Ontario.  A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Sept. 21, presided over by REHAU Ontario sales director James Clavel (pictured, center, at podium, with the REHAU Ontario regional staff) and REHAU Academy manager Lance MacNevin. REHAU Academy training classes will be held at the new facility, including seminars for hydronic radiant heating, snow and ice melting and geothermal piping systems. The inaugural training class, a Skill Builders Complete seminar, was attended by more than 25 construction industry professionals.  MacNevin, Ontario account manager Dale Hanscomb and other training professionals will serve as facilitators for the seminars.

Slant/Fin Kicks Off Heating Season With Product Expo

Slant/Fin Corp. held a high efficiency product Expo at its headquarters and manufacturing facility on Long Island in Greenvale, NY, in September. About 150 wholesalers and contractors witnessed live firing demonstrations of high efficiency oil and gas boilers. Slant/Fin’s new Lynx boiler line was displayed with the company’s other high-efficiency oil and gas boilers and baseboard. Attendees also met with OEM vendors, attended seminars and toured the manufacturing facility.

Orlando, FL-based manufacturers rep firm Harry Warren will represent the plumbing line of T&S Brass in Georgia.

Harry Warren Expands Representation Of T&S Brass

Orlando, FL-based manufacturers rep firm Harry Warren will represent the plumbing line of T&S Brass in Georgia. The company has represented T&S for more than 21 years in the state of Florida. Harry Warren has a five-state footprint through three separate agencies and specializes in commercial, industrial, residential and luxury channels managed by independent sales directors. Bob Mycoff is president and Bill Orris is sales manager.

“Bumble Bee” Wins Taco's Name That Pump Contest

When Taco unveiled its latest variable speed pump - in yellow and black - at the NAOHSM show in Providence in May, it also announced its “Name That Pump” contest. More than 2,800 submissions were collected in a ballot box at the show and during the 60-day online promotion. Mario-Luc Ranger, a control technician at The University of Central Florida and one of 50 people who submitted the name “Bumble Bee,” was declared the winner of a  yellow and black Smart Car in a random drawing. When he picked up the car, he was wearing a bumblebee costume.

WinWholesale Attends NetworkASA 2010

Rick Schwartz (center), president and CEO of WinWholesale (Dayton, OH) enjoyed some networking time with Scott Franz, publisher of Supply House Times (left) and Jim Olsztynski, editor of Supply House Times (right), at the opening reception of NetworkASA 2010: THRIVE in Chicago Oct. 12, sponsored by Bradford White.

Taco Thanks Emerson Swan

Taco President and CEO John Hazen White Jr. and members of Taco’s executive operating committee visited Emerson-Swan headquarters in Randolph, MA, to host a barbecue lunch for employees of the rep firm. Emerson-Swan and Taco are celebrating 75 years of business association. Introduced by Joe Swan, chief executive officer of Emerson-Swan (at right in picture), White presented an oversized thank-you card signed by virtually all of Taco’s employees.