How many people reach a point to celebrate five complete decades working in the same industry? Better yet, who remembers the exact date they began their career? Bonomi Valves’ Rick Wentzell does. On Oct. 1, 1971, Wentzell began his career in the PVF industry and since that time has grown passionate about creating product, figuring out how best to sell it, and now, training the folks coming up.
Supporting the installation of cured-in-place lining to reconstruct sections of deteriorated sewer pipe, subcontractor Airy’s safely plugs lines and bypasses 14,000 feet of 60-inch sewer line using Cherne Muni-Ball pipe plugs.
IMARK Plumbing and Luxury Products Group held its summer invitational in Marco Island, Florida in late July. This was the group’s second in-person event since the onset of the pandemic. Members and suppliers gathered at the JW Marriot Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa for group updates, industry insights and networking. During the event, IMARK Group’s Vice President of PVF Scott Bardreau announced the launch of three new verticals for its members: PVF, irrigation and waterworks.
Dakota Supply Group (DSG) announced the acquisition of Montana Waterworks & Irrigation (MTWW) in an asset purchase effective September 1. Montana Waterworks is a waterworks distributor serving Eastern Montana from its Billings location. This will be DSG’s first waterworks location in the state.
Winsupply has completed the purchase of Discount Drainage Supplies, a waterworks distributor with three locations in Ohio. Based in Akron, Discount Drainage is the largest stocking distributor of drainage pipe and related products in Ohio, including culvert pipe, PVC pipe and septic supplies. Details of the purchase were not disclosed.
In January 2021 American Underground Supply (AUS) will open its fourth branch in De Soto, IA. This facility sits on 1.5 acres with an 8000 square foot warehouse. De Soto is the first AUS location in the state of Iowa.
The Water and Sewer Distributors of America has postponed the annual meeting, will be held in Naples, FL.
December 1, 2020
The WASDA Board of Directors reviewed and discussed several options for the WASDA Annual Meeting (February 21 – 24, 2021) in Naples, Florida. In so doing, the leadership considered many factors, including the following: participation levels, the economy, consumer confidence, travel restrictions, fiscal responsibility, potential liability, possible additional outbreaks of COVID-19 and the tenor of the attendee experience, WASDA noted.
Ferguson announced the acquisition of Old Dominion Supply, Inc. (“Old Dominion”), a wholesale distributor of HVAC parts and supplies in Maryland and Northern Virginia, and Atlantic Construction Fabrics, Inc. (“ACF”), a geotextile company operating along the East coast.
Watts has launched a new webpage, the Backflow Hub, for plumbing professionals from beginners to seasoned “pros.” They can now stay up to date on today’s complex plumbing systems with resources developed by Watts backflow experts.
It has been a long time coming, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced issuance of the final rule "Use of Lead Free Pipes, Fittings, Fixtures, Solder, and Flux for Drinking Water."